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From Rome: Private Day-Tour of Tuscany

1. From Rome: Private Day-Tour of Tuscany

Take a break from the chaos of Rome with a Tuscan holiday. The tour focuses on the famous Val D’Orcia region, visiting the historic hill towns of Montepulciano, Pienza and the vineyards of Montalcino. If you have a taste for Tuscany but just a short time in Italy, this tour is for you! A comfortable air-conditioned car or minivan will collect you in Rome and by mid-morning, you will be in the ancient Etruscan town of Montepulciano. The next stop is at the vineyards of Montalcino. This is where one of Italy’s best wines, Brunello di Montalcino, is produced. Absorb views over some of Tuscany’s most beautiful vineyards before heading to Sant’Antimo Abbey where, with a bit of luck, you’ll be just in time to hear the monks perform Gregorian chants. Your private driver will take you out of town to a beautiful Tuscan vineyard. At lunch, enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by bruschetta and three more types of wine along with a spread of cold cuts and local specialties over a three-course lunch. Next stop – Pienza. You will hear how this World Heritage site was conceived by Pope Pius II as a “utopian village” and get information on sites you may want to visit, such as the two Renaissance palaces and the beautiful Duomo. Pienza is a small town so you'll go off on your own and take some time to wander around, enjoying ancient architecture and views of the rolling countryside. Whatever you choose to do with your time, be sure to sample Pienza’s most important product, pecorino cheese, in one of the many artisan food stores around the town. With full bags packed with wine and cheese, meet back at the car for a comfortable and scenic drive back to Rome.

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Pienza and Montepulciano Wine Tour from Siena

2. Pienza and Montepulciano Wine Tour from Siena

Enjoy a day of culture, wine, and food as you visit some of the most impressive towns and villages in Tuscany. Go to the picturesque town of Pienza, and taste world-famous wines produced in Montalcino and Montepulciano. Meet your guide in Siena and join the rest of the group to start your full-day tour. Depart Siena and transfer to a wine cellar in Montalcino. Cross gently rolling hills full of vineyards, and then sample local wines served with a delicious snack of the local produce. Continue to Pienza to discover the “Touchstone of Renaissance Urbanism.” Considered an artistic jewel of the landscape of Val d’Orcia, Pienza is a perfect combination of architectural beauty and harmony. Most of the lanes bearing impressive names overlook the breathtaking landscape of the Val d’Orcia. Unique smells and flavors are entwined with this natural and artistic heritage. Pienza’s most renowned tradition is pecorino cheese. End the tour at Montepulciano, where the stateliness of its Renaissance buildings and the refined beauty of the town's churches mix with the ancient tradition of wine making. Enjoy some free time before your return transfer to Siena by bus.

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From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

3. From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

The first part of your full-day tour begins with a visit to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, the City of Fine Towers, a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site. Armed with helpful information from your tour escort you’ll have free time to explore the town’s historical center and browse its artisan shops. San Gimignano is also the birthplace of Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in the area. The wine is noted for its high quality and for being the first Italian DOCG wine. The tour continues on to Monteriggioni, the ancient crown-shaped fortress that appeared on Italy’s old 100-Lire currency. The 13th-century walls feature 14 towers that Dante likened to the giants in his Inferno. Afterwards, you’ll stop at a winery for a lunch of salami, cheese, and other local products, accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wines. Visit Val d’Orcia, another Tuscan jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Montalcino, perched on a hill overlooking 1,500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed to the area’s international reputation. The final stop of the day will be a local wine cellar, where you’ll have a chance to taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, rated among the finest Italian DOCG wines. Sample other typical local products as well.

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From Florence: Brunello Tuscan Wine Tour with Lunch

4. From Florence: Brunello Tuscan Wine Tour with Lunch

Departing from Florence, set off to discover one of the most esteemed wines in all of Italy on a day trip to the famous Tuscan wine region of Brunello. After being picked up from your hotel in Florence, climb aboard a comfortable minivan and head into the stunning Tuscan countryside. Skirting the city of Siena, arrive at Tuscany's most beautiful panorama, the Brunello di Montalcino territory. Learn about how this region offers an absolutely perfect microclimate. More so, the wine is given a maturation of about 5 yrs before it hits the shelves - which is part of what makes Brunello so unique and so precious. Visit 2 premium wine cellars with wine produced from the same Sangiovese grapes. In the smaller boutique winery, sample and taste Brunello DOCG together with an abundant traditional multi-course Tuscan lunch. By visiting 2 wine cellars different in size and winemaking philosophy, get to understand the nuances between innovation and tradition in Brunello wine production.  Besides our knowledgeable guide giving pointers on how to best taste the wines during the tasting, enjoy the chance to visit a typical medieval village town. While strolling down the little windy roads and alleys,hear stories of this adorable little UNESCO hamlet village. Return to Florence in the same minibus where you will get dropped off back at your starting point.

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Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings

5. Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings

Wine lovers will enjoy this full-day tour through the beautiful Tuscan landscape with stops to visit some typical local wineries. Explore the famous wine hills of Montalcino and learn about the process and passion involved in creating Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy's most prestigious wines. Your tour begins with a drive along the ancient Roman road from Siena to the famous wine hills of Montalcino. The first stop will be at a small, typical area winery where you’ll have a chance to walk in the vineyards, explore the cellars, and enjoy an introductory tasting of world-famous Brunello wine. Next you’ll head to Montalcino, the hill town that gives its name to the region and its wines. Here you’ll have the opportunity to climb the fortress walls, spend some time browsing the shops and tasting the Brunello wines in wine bars, or simply enjoy the incredible views of the valleys and vineyards below. After visiting the town of Montalcino the tour continues on to the stunning ancient mystical Benedictine Abbey of Sant Antimo, a special place in a tranquil setting. You’ll enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch at a family-run winery, accompanied by the delicious wines produced at the facility. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the farm. In the afternoon you’ll visit a third winery where you’ll get a detailed description of the wine-making process, and learn how the vines are cared for and about the long aging process in oak barrels. After visiting the cellars and getting to know the winemakers, you’ll sit down for a final tasting of this nectar of the gods.

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From Florence or Siena: Montepulciano Wine Tour with Lunch

7. From Florence or Siena: Montepulciano Wine Tour with Lunch

Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning and travel first to Brunello, a boutique family-run winery and one of the most famous in the area. Enjoy tastings of some high-quality wines on site. Travel to the second winery for some tastings, before you visit the town of Pienza, which is known as the "pearl of Valdorcia". In the early afternoon, explore the village of Montepulciano. Make your way to an underground winery cellar, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch of local products, paired with in-house wines, before being returned to your accommodation.

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From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour by Minivan

8. From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour by Minivan

Brunello, considered the best wine in the world, has its ancestral roots in the passion of the inhabitants of Montalcino and in the ancient winemaking tradition, handed down from one generation to the next. The town of Montalcino, with its Sangiovese grapes the wine is produced from, stands on a charming hill that lets you relish its natural wholesomeness. The town, its ancient fortress, and some of the best wineries in the world are the focus of this specialized tour. The winemaking process which includes a long maturation in casks made from valuable wood, make Brunello the “Italian ambassador in the world of our winemaking reality.” Taste prestigious wines from some of the finest wineries in Montalcino and enjoy the wonderful surrounding area.

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From Rome: Full-Day Trip to Tuscany

9. From Rome: Full-Day Trip to Tuscany

During this tour around Tuscany you'll see the medieval architecture of towns such as Montepulciano, Pienza, Monteriggioni and Siena. You’ll see the winemaking process, have a chance to taste some of the region’s fine wines and enjoy a lunch of tasty regional specialties. The town of Montepulciano was a crucial trading center for Tuscany from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Its fame today derives from its world-renowned red wine. Proceed to the town of Montalcino, which has always been of major importance to the region due to its strategic hilltop position. It is home to Brunello, the well-known Tuscan red wine. Brunello is produced exclusively from the Sangiovese Grosso grape. The country’s average annual production is nearly 8 million bottles. Next on your tour is a stop in Siena, where you’ll see the medieval towers and alleyways that characterize this elegant town. The Piazza del Campo, the shell-shaped main town square, is one of the most unique in Italy. This is the home to the famous horse race known as the Palio one of the country’s best-preserved medieval traditions.

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Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting with Local Snacks

10. Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting with Local Snacks

Enjoy an exclusive 1.5-hour wine tasting experience with local snack pairings in the setting of an elegant medieval castle in Montalcino. Go for a stroll in the vineyard together with your professional sommelier and learn about the wine-making process before the guided wine tasting of 3 local wines. Meet your sommelier to first take a walk together in the vineyard. Hear the history of the castle and its family as you admire the beautiful Tuscan landscape and learn more about traditional high-quality wine production methods and techniques. Then it is time for your exclusive guided wine tasting of 3 local wines paired with delicious Tuscan appetizers and bread. During the wine tasting, you will taste 3 of the most important and world-famous Tuscan wines, such as Sangiovese IGT or Brunello di Montalcino. The professional sommelier will provide in-depth explanations about what you taste and the uniqueness of these Italian wines.

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What people are saying about Montalcino

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and used to be a wine maker himself. He walked us through the wine making process even before we got to the first tasting which really helped understand the cellar your better. The 3 wineries selected were all very different but we got a great flavor of the types of brunellos from different parts. Most of the group bought wine from 2 out of the 3 wineries, which goes to show how much we enjoyed it. The only downside was the lunch was below average. It was a at a charming winery, but the pasta was overdone (shocker for Al dente country!). However the starter and desert was great and wine pairing was very generous indeed .

Nicolò was an outstanding guide. He was punctual and spent a lot of time helping us understand Toscana and all it has to offer. We went to 2 very good wineries in Montalcino and another in Montepulciano before stopping in Pienza for a short while to enjoy great gelato. Highly recommend!

Marella was absolutely awesome! We learned so much about Brunello and the history behind the wine. We had an awesome time and visited so.e of the best wineries in all of Tuscany. We would highly recommend this trip to everyone! Great job, it was wonderful!

En utomordentlig upplevelse! En mycket trevlig charmerande chaufför som startade turen bra. Sen mycket trevlig introduktion till vinerna på de de två ställen vi stannade på. Lärorikt, gott och framförallt trevligt!

The activity was what we wanted. Alexander the driver speaks very good spanish and he helped us all the time.