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Pienza and Montepulciano, discovering the Valdorcia region

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Tuscany offers you a variety of characteristic hilltowns and food and wine delights that vary from one area of the region to another. Pienza and Montepulciano are located in the picturesque "Val d'Orcia". Sitting at an elevation of 605 mt. (about 2000 ft.) Montepulciano offers wonderful sceneries over the Tuscan rolling hills and the possibility to experience the taste of its famous wine Nobile di Montepulciano paired with the best local cuisine.

Like several other Tuscan site, Montepulciano has Etruscan origins and a Roman history. Developed mainly in the Medieval era and in the Renaissance. Our tour will start from the top of the peak where the famous Piazza Grande (main square) features the Town Hall, the Cathedral and other important Renaissance Palaces. We will work our way down immersed in the magical atmosphere created by the unique architecture of both Medieval and Renaissance times. The ancient roads are lined up with merchants selling local produce such as the famous cold cuts from wild boar meat, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the Pici pasta and local Truffle. Definitely worthwhile sampling.

Upon request we can arrange a wine tasting experience in one of the monumental cellars of the city center.

Pienza, once a sleepy medieval hilltown was transformed into what was to be Pope Pius II's ideal of Renaissance city in the 15th century. The city's memorable vistas off the main piazza are breath-taking as the Cathedral seems to slip off the hillside. This area is known worldwide for the most exquisite production of Pecorino (sheep cheese). While walking along the narrow renaissance streets of Pienza you will be submerged by the scents coming from the little shops selling this local treasure. Cheese vendors will be glad to offer you a sampling of the massive variety of Pecorino: be it aged in ashes, underground, in bay leaves, with truffle, with spices, etc. The city today has been marked by the UNESCO registrar as one of the world's great heritage monuments.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

  • Available: All year round. Rain or shine
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Traveling time: 4 hours
  •  Area: Montepulciano Val d'Orcia and Pienza – (see map)
  • Allergy Caring: We can cater to all sorts, please let us know ahead of time.
  • Wineries (as option): Well Rated
  • Wine Tasting (as option):
  • Reds: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – Sangiovese grape mainly

 

 

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

  • Luxury Air Conditioned vehicle
  • Fluent English speaking Driver,
  • Panoramic Drive through the hills of Chianti
  • Visit of the city of Montepulciano, Valdorcia countryside, Pienza
  • Pick up and drop off in Florence or its immediate surroundings.
  • All local Taxes, gasoline, driver's meal

 
Please note that you can pick up at your place outside of Florence.
We are also available to personalize your itinerary,
1) visiting a winery for wine tasting.
Contact us and we'll send you a personalized program and quotation.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Lunch
  • Admission fees where required unless otherwise specified

 

TYPICAL SCHEDULE

 

09:00 Start from accommodation and drive to Montepulciano

10:45 Visit Montepulciano (wine tasting optional)

12:45 Panoramic Drive through the hills of Valdorcia (time to stop for picturers)

13:30 Lunch in Pienza

15:00 Visit of Pienza

16:30 Drive Back

18:00 Arrive at accommodation

 

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