Duration : 10 Hours
While all of Italy’s diverse regions have their own distinctive charm, there’s no place like Tuscany for a taste of authentic Italy. In the Val d’Orcia, the evocative beauty of the landscape beckons the visitor to drink in the deliciousness (both literally a figuratively) in one of its many pretty Medieval villages. Here travelers will find not only genuine Italian food but also a slower pace of life, recalling a time when life was simpler and simple pleasures were enjoyed to the fullest.
Our immersion in authentic cuisine and amazing countryside is for those seeking a true Tuscan slow-food experience while surrounded by some of the country’s most awe-inspiring countryside. Get ready for a real Italian lunchtime feast with wine in the heart of Tuscany.
Features of this Authentic Tuscany & Food Day Trip (Montepulciano, Pienza & Val d’Orcia) from Rome:
Nestled in one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany, between the Val d’ Orcia and the Val di Chiana, is the hilltop town of Montepulciano. A perfect Medieval village, it is set amongst vineyards, rolling landscapes, and thermal springs.
You will be guided on an hour-long tour of Montepulciano with a local guide, strolling the narrow streets lined with elegant palazzi in their brick and chestnut hues. If it’s near the top of the hour, you will want to catch the striking of the bell at the Torre del Pulcinella clock tower. The Pulcinella is a popular character from 17th century Neapolitan commedia dell’arte, famous for his pot belly, gangly legs, crooked nose, and enormous mouth.
After your guided visit, you’ll have some free time to wander around on your own to browse the many lovely shops and excellent local food products.
This is the real Tuscan deal — seasonal ingredients lovingly prepared by hands that have learned the local culinary traditions directly from the generations before them. The setting for lunch will be picturesque and genuinely Tuscan, and will vary based on availability (a factor of the truly authentic nature of the locales).
Take your time relishing this meal, the company, and the conversation in a truly Italian way, where the simplicity of peasant food is made regal by the opulence of a leisurely pace. When you finally push away from the table you will be full to the brim, not only from the fabulous food but also from the camaraderie.
Until the early 1400s, Pienza was a small farming community of no great acclaim, but the birth of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini changed all that.
Piccolomini, who became a great humanist scholar and, later, Pope Pius II, was the first to implement the humanist concept of urban design in his hometown. Thanks to these genius town-planning techniques, Pienza was turned into a little jewel of the Renaissance that we can still fully appreciate.
Today, the village is best known for its cheese, especially pecorino (sheep’s milk) cheese. As you meander through town you will be wafted along by the marvelous cheesy smells emanating from the shops. You will have time to visit Pienza on your own, which is easy to do on foot.
After a scenic drive back, you’ll be returned to your hotel.
Is the driver also a guide?
Our English-speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.
Does this tour include lunch and wine ?
Yes lunch and wine is included.
What is the duration of the tour?
The duration of this service is approx .11 hours including pick up and drop off at your hotel in Rome.
Is this service private?
This service is not private but shared with other passengers. The average group size is 6 and it will not exceed 8 persons in one single vehicle.
Do we follow a standard itinerary or is the itinerary flexible?
Since this is a shared tour, the suggested itinerary is pretty much standard but if you have any specific requests please contact our office and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Does the tour include a guide?
You will have a walking guide for 1 hour for the Montepulciano portion tour.
Where do you pick us up?
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel or accomodation.
There will be a full charge for bookings canceled with less than 72-hour notice for any service required. In this case, a full charge will be made on your credit card. If you miss your flight or if your airline decides to cancel the flight due to bad weather or if your flight is directed to another airport on arrival, please advise us on time (as soon as you know) or a full charge will be made.
Please give us enough time so we can accept other reservations and allocate them to our chauffeurs. If the ship does not make it to the pier for bad weather, you will not be considered responsible so NO CHARGE will be made to your credit card. A full charge will be made for a no-show-up.?
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