Tuscany: Val d'Orcia

Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, San Quirico are real pearls of Val d’Orcia chosen by Unesco as heritage site for its artistic value and its unique landscape. In every  church and village you will meet renaissance architectural treasures.

bagno vignoni

Thermal baths disseminate the territitory: Bagno Vignoni is a popular destination known especially for its hot springs and the central Square of Sources with a 16th century tank.

Brunello di montalcino

The names of the wines are famous in all the world: Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and as for the food come and discover it with our chef Paolo Trippini that will cook some tuscan specialities with you.

Tuscany: Val d’Orcia and the Renaissance

Mar 21, 2018 | Tours

Val D’Orcia is a region of Tuscany in central Italy,  extending from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. Its gentle, cultivated hills are occasionally broken by gullies and by picturesque towns and villages. And the countryside is breathtaking with narrow streets  surrounded by cypress lined roads. In the centre of Val D’orcia and Val di Chiana there are many attractions worth visiting. 

DAY ONE

Departure in the morning from the meeting point in Rome and arrival at our country house near Pienza. After check-in visit to the town of Montepulciano, known as a jewel of the XV century  thanks to its Renaissance art and architecture: visit Piazza Grande, which is at the highest point of Montepulciano, and have a look at the tower and the Gothic façade of the Palazzo Comunale and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Lunch in a local restaurant. Visit to a cellar of vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Return to the country house for Wine lesson no. 1 with our professional sommelier on the history of wine and its cultural importance, main vines  of Tuscany, wine cultivation tecniques, the correct glasses to use, tasting of 3 wines.  Dinner  in a local  restaurant.   

Day Two

After breakfast a visit to Pienza, the hometown of Pope Pius II, which has hardly changed over the centuries. In 1996 Pienza was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site thanks to the magnificent views, Piazza Pio II, the streets with “romantic” names such as Via del Bacio (Kiss Street) and Via dell’Amore (Love Street) and… for the cheese.   At  lunch time  we will be busy with the first cooking class  with the professional chef Paolo Trippini. We will then discuss ingredients and prepare a real Italian lunch that we will of course eat ourselves! After lunch, it’s time for San Quirico d’Orcia a small village with a beautiful church dating from the year 714, a Rose Garden and green spaces within the ancient, narrow streets. We will then visit a cellar and have  Wine lesson no. 2 (how to smell wine, typical scents of white and red wines, how to sharpen your senses,  identifying aroma and  bouquet). Dinner in a local restaurant.

DAY THREE

After breakfast we meet our top chef Paolo Trippini for the second cooking class. We will  make fresh pasta, a few main courses and a dessert.  After lunch visit to the town of Montalcino and historical centre dominated by the imposing Rocca or fortress built in 1361 to mark the passage of Montalcino under the domination of Siena. Visit to a cellar to taste the famous Brunello of Montalcino. Dinner in a local restaurant.  

Day Four After breakfast visit to Bagno Vignoni, a popular destination known especially for its hot springs and the central Square of Sources with a 16th century tank containing thermal waters. There are also great views on Rocca d’Orcia and on the Orcia River. Lunch in a local restaurant and visit to  a cellar for  Wine lesson no.3  (tasting wine, the senses of tasting, the link beetwen wine and territory).  In the evening return to Rome.  

Before breakfast, our more energetic guests are welcome to join us on a 40 mins slow jog among olive groves and vineyards.

On request a Yoga session can be provided with: Youryogaroma teachers.

 The tour will take place with a  minimum of 8 participants. 

Highlights

  • Visit Val D’Orcia, Unesco World Heritage site.
  • Admire the towns of Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza.
  • Enjoy the countryside with its gentle hills   surrounded by scenic cypresses.
  • Walk in the streets of Pienza with  “romantic” names such as Via del Bacio (Kiss Street) and Via dell’Amore (Love Street).
  • Dont miss the rose garden in San Quirico d’Orcia.
  • Have a bathe in the hot spring waters of Bagno Vignoni.
  • Follow the lessons of Paolo Trippini, pupil of Gianfranco Vissani. His creations are becoming increasingly famous in the international gastronomic world.
  • Learn to love the wines of Tuscany through the lessons of our certified  sommeliers.

Prices

Ask for a quote for tihs tour. Our proposal includes: minivan pick un and  drop off at Rome airport and local transport.

3 night accomodation in a Country house with breakfast (in double room).

2 lessons with our chef Paolo Trippini, and 3 meals (not including drinks). 3 wine lessons with our certified sommelier.

Professional guide  tours to historical and artististic sites.

Prices are not inclusive of entrance tickets to musems, archeological/historic sites  and other extras.

All lessons and tours are  in english.  Every member of group should  provide to his own travel insurance against theft, loss and medical problems (we suggest Direct travel or Alliance).

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