Best of Tuscany Tour
In just a single day departing from Rome, you’ll get to sample fine Tuscan wines and cheeses, enjoy spectacular architecture, beautiful views, a typical gourmet Tuscan lunch served in a spectacular setting. Visit the Abbey of St. Antimo where, on occasion you will get to hear real Gregorian chants live during the monks religious services.
An authentic gourmet Tuscan lunch is served at a beautiful farm, and includes a professional wine tasting of Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy’s finest red wines.» Learn more!
Best of Tuscany Tour
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Take a break from the chaos of Rome with a Tuscan holiday. This tour will focus on the famous Val D’Orcia region, visiting the historic hill towns of Montepulciano, Pienza and the vineyards of Montalcino. You will explore winding streets, catch beautiful views of rolling hills from city walls, hear centuries-old Gregorian chants, stop at a typical Tuscan farm for lunch and have plenty of time left over for sampling world-famous foods and wine – all locally produced. If you have a taste for Tuscany but just a short time in Italy, this tour is for you!
A comfortable air-conditioned bus collects you in Rome and by mid-morning you’re in the ancient Etruscan town of Montepulciano. You will tour the town’s most important sights from the exposed brick Duomo and the main square to Punch’s Tower where Punch (without Judy) strikes his bell from the clock tower every hour. You will see ancient Etruscan walls and venture deep into medieval wine cellars still used today. You’ll have a bit of free time for photo ops before we’re back on the bus to next stop, the vineyards of Montalcino!
The arrival in the area of Montalcino is perfectly timed to leave you at Sant’Antimo Abbey where stone walls ring with the sound of Gregorian chants, performed here in the same way as they have been for centuries. Lose yourself in ancient rituals after taking some time to enjoy the view over some of Tuscany’s most beautiful vineyards. This is where Italy’s best wine, Brunello di Montalcino, is produced and you’ll have a chance to enjoy an exemplary bottle on the next leg of our journey and a sure highlight – lunch.
The bus will take you out of town to a typical Tuscan farm where we will be wined and dined with the finest local produce. Devour three courses of regional dishes that surprise and delight, washed down with local wines. Lunch is especially sweet when you know so much of it has been grown, processed and prepared in this very place! Lunch is followed by a professional guided wine tasting of the wines produced on site.
Back on the bus your guide will prepare you for 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 will split up here and take some time to wander alone, enjoying the serenity that is still true to the Pope’s vision today. Marvel at the ancient architecture, take in views of the rolling countryside beyond or get hopelessly, wonderfully lost in the town’s winding streets. You’ll be given a map so you’ll always be able to find yourself again. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to make time to sample Pienza’s most important product – pecorino cheese.
With satisfied appetites and bags packed with wine, cheese and pici pasta, you will meet back at the bus for a comfortable and scenic drive back to Rome. Take a well-deserved nap, watch the country fly past or spend the time planning your next visit to Tuscany – because one visit is never enough!
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Meeting time and point
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Meeting point is at the center of Piazza del Popolo, by the large fountain with the lions and the obelisk. All details will be listed on your voucher. Please arrive at the specified meeting point ready for a prompt departure. City Wonders strongly recommends you consult a map before leaving for the meeting point. The tour ends at Piazza del Popolo.
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Best of Tuscany Tour, Adult
"Very informative and entertaining. Great history lessons about the area and wonderful information! One of the highlights of our trip!! The tour guide was outstanding and so was the tour guide in Montecino. The bus driver was always very courteous."
Shari S, United Kingdom, April 2014
Best of Tuscany Tour, Adult
"Even though the weather was not cooperating with showers and breeze in the hilly town of Montepulciano, we all braved the freezing cold to continue. Eventually the sun came out on our way to hear the monks chant which was a little disappointing. The oldest monk could not help but keep yawning. Maybe such is his life! The lunch with wine tasting was hosted right in the center of a wine cellar. It was awesome to see the tables all set up and surrounded by oak barrels of Brunello di Montalcino. Five different wines were poured, a white, Rosso di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, aforementioned Brunello, and after meal, a dessert wine. Very relaxing and enjoyable. The owner tended to our tables and provided suggestions and answers. We were given an hour of free time to roam in Pienza which is well preserved with little change. The view of the landscape is marvelous and the pecorino cheese, especially stagionato (aged), is my favorite. Our guide Antonella was high-spirited, helpful, and good-natured. It was an enjoyable tour despite the weather. Recommended."
Albert T, United States, April 2014
Best of Tuscany Tour, Adult
"Stefanie was wonderful, very warm and kind. We enjoyed the tour so much, it was one of our favorite days on our trip! Although the tour is a full day, they pack a lot in so it was important that we stay on time and on track, Stefanie was able to move us along in a gracious way while allowing us all to fully enjoy each portion of the tour. She recommended a great little cheese shop in Pienza where we purchased our very first wheel of cheese, the shop owner there was just the sweetest. We will always remember our day in Tuscany with fondness. From beginning to end, it was just lovely. "
Rebecca C, United States, April 2014
Your ticket (voucher) will be delivered online. Paper tickets are not required. Your voucher is the proof of booking and settlement. You must print it and present it at the bus terminal located at the address listed on the voucher. You will have access to our voucher desk through a secure link provided in your order confirmation email.
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Booking changes and cancellations are VALID only when made through us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can change your reservation date at no charge if you notify us at least four (7) days before your arrival, subject to availability. If you cancel your reservation and you notify us at least five (5) days before your arrival, there is a 20% cancellation fee. After this time no refunds can be made. It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded. Cancellation fees will not be waived for any reason, however, they may be covered by travel insurance. We *highly* recommend that you have insurance with *adequate* coverage, including Force Majeure.