Montalcino and Pienza
If you love wine and cheese you will love our private excursion to Montalcino & Pienza!
Montalcino is of course best known for its acclaimed Brunello wine but it is also a handsome hilltop village with sweeping views of the marvelous countryside. Our day begins by visiting the old town centre and its fortress. In the late morning we’ll drive out into the country for a wine tasting at one of the picturesque and respected wineries that produce Brunello, where you will get a full sensory immersion in the magic of this land and its products.
The feature of the afternoon is Pienza. Set amidst the sumptuousness of the Val d’Orcia, Pienza is one of the most romantic places in Tuscany — scenes from The English Patient were shot here — and a cheese-lover’s paradise.
Pienza was also home to Pope Pius II, a humanist during the Renaissance who had the town built to exemplify his progressive town planning ideas. These urban planning concepts, still evident in the historic center, eventually spread throughout Italy and the rest of Europe. We’ll take a walk through the historic center where you’ll see the pope’s house and Pienza’s streets of Luck, Love and Kisses. Be prepared to the seduced by the perfume of pecorino wafting from the many gorgeous cheese shops.
- 08.30-10.30 pickup from your lodgings in/around Florence, scenic drive to Montalcino
- 10.30-11.15 stroll through Montalcino’s historic centre
- 11.15-11.30 slow drive through the countryside to the winery
- 11.30-13.30 winery tour and tasting, followed by lunch
- 14.00-15.45 Pienza*
- 15.45-17.30 drive back to Florence
*The feature of the afternoon is Pienza, but if if you are interested and time permits we can visit the abbey of Sant’Antimo. Located less than 15 minutes from Montalcino, Sant’Antimo is an active monastery where monks still chant as the sun streams in through slender Romanesque windows. Time has stood still in this place where you will find exceptional beauty in its completely unadorned interior.
Montalcino is of course best known for its legendary Brunello wine but it is also a handsome hilltop village with sweeping views of the marvelous countryside.
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A full sensory immersion in the magic of this land and its products.
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