The flavors of Val d'Orcia: guided tour from Florence

Duration: 11 hours and 30 minutes approx.  Location: Siena
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Per person
70.00
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Why choose this experience?

1 To be plunged into Val d'Orcia, the heart of Tuscany, and admire the villages of Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano
2 To relish the flavors of this area with two wine tastings and a tasting of Pecorino di Pienza, the renowned cheese
3 To visit Val d'Orcia with an expert guide who will assist you throughout the duration of the tour

Take some time to get away from the traffic of the city and immerse yourself in the breathtaking views that only Val d'Orcia,Tuscany, can offer ... Located in the heart of Tuscany, this area is a perfect union between man and nature: it is this interaction that , in 2004, led UNESCO to enlist Val d'Orcia Park as a World Heritage Site.

By taking part in our tour 'Flavors of Val d'Orcia' you will discover the artistic and food and wine gems of this enchanting area and be mesmerized by the views unfolding before your eyes: crop fields, colourful vineyards and pasture lands harmoniously intertwined with tucked-away cottages accessed along unpaved roads lined by rows of cypress trees.

What to see in Val d'Orcia? By participating in our excursion, you will visit some of the most beautiful Val d'Orcia towns - Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano – and combine them with a tasting of Montepulciano wine and the famous pecorino Pienza cheese. But let’s take one thing at a time.

After meeting your guide, you will leave Florence on a comfortable Gran Turismo coach heading for Montalcino, a charming Val Dorcia medieval village surrounded by majestic city walls and dominated by the ancient fortress built in 1361 almost as a symbolic evidence of the passage of the city under the ruling of the city of Siena. Perfectly preserved since its construction, the Fortress is nowadays often the venue of choice for major events and concerts, such as the yearly 'Jazz & Wine Festival' in July.

You will start with a visit to a celebrated winery where you will deservedly enjoy a tasting of Brunello, a renowned wine produced in the area and appreciated all over the world for its qualities. You will then walk to the top of the village where, we have no doubt, you will be left speechless in front of the magnificent picture-postcard view embracing sun-dappled hills peppered with red and yellow flowers, ancient oak trees and picturesque vineyards!

Continuing our tour of Val d'Orcia, you will then visit Pienza, a small town, perched on a hilltop on a commanding position over the valley below. Known as the "Ideal City" of the Renaissance, Pienza was the brainchild of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini. After he became Pope Pius II in 1458, he decided to transform Corsignano, his small native town, into a great utopian city that embodied the principles of the Italian Renaissance. And so, in just four years, following a design by Bernardo Rossellino, who trained under the great architect Leon Battista Alberti, a complex of splendid palaces was built: the Cathedral, Palazzo Piccolomini, the City Hall and the magnificent Piazza Centrale. Precisely for its renaissance urban canons and the arrangements of perspectives, Pienza was enlisted in the Unesco World Heritage in 1966. You will enjoy some free time to explore the historic center and its pretty narrow streets, in addition to tasting Pecorino Pienza, one of the best-known local delicacies that should not be missing from any Val d’Orcia tour.

The final part of the itinerary will include a Montepulciano tour, a beautiful medieval village set among verdant hills, vineyards and sun-drenched fields. Surrounded by majestic ancient walls, it is crossed by only one main street, called Corso, from which alleys and squares depart: in the historic center you can still admire sumptuous buildings and beautiful palaces, bearing witness to the glory that the town enjoyed during the 16th century under the ruling of the Medici Family. Having said that, do you know what the village of Montepulciano owes its fame to? Clearly, to Montepuciano red wine! This is in fact where the Montepulciano Nobile Wine is produced, a red DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) known around the world, whose unique qualities you will have the opportunity to taste by taking part in our tour. You will then visit a typical cellar and its 'secret rooms', hidden away underneath the ancient walls, where Montepulciano wine is preserved. 
One interesting fact. The village of Montepulciano has recently come under the spotlight as it was chosen as the location of some of the scenes from the movie 'New Moon', the second chapter of the 'Twilight' saga. 

Are you dying to visit Val d'Orcia? Book this tour online and discover the wonders of this land ... combined with a bit of time deservedly spent in peace and relaxation!

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Important info

Availability:

all year, except for 25th December and 1st January

Departure point:

Florence, 'Tickets & News Kiosk', Piazzale Montelungo (bus parking area next to Santa Maria Novella Station)

Departure time

From 1 November to 30 March
Wednesday
8.00 am


From 1 April to 31 October
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
8.00 am

Languages available

English
Spanish

Prices

Full: €70,00

Concessions
children up to 3 years: free
children 4 to 12 years: €35,00

Duration
11 hours and 30 minutes approx.
Inclusions
  • Gran Turismo Coach
  • Expert multilingual escort
  • Free time in Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano
  • Visit to a winery in Montalcino and Montepulciano, with a tour of the cellars and tasting of Brunello and Vino Nobile
  • Tasting of Pecorino cheese in Pienza
  • Option to buy typical local products at reduced prices
Exclusions
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

There will be no refund in case of NO-SHOW (non-attendance at the start of the tour at the allocated time and at the meeting point indicated on the voucher) and/or rejection of the service on the day; if customers wander off during the tour; or if they decide to leave the tour before the end of the service.

To take part in the tour, you must be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the departure time specified, and present either a paper or an electronic voucher.

The scheduled of the visits is subject to change.

Due to the nature of the itinerary, this our is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Bookings can be made up to 24 working hours before the service.

In case of any problems on site, please ring the emergency number on the voucher.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled. The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or receiving a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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