Pick up your car rental at Rome or Florence Airport and drive to Montalcino. Montalcino is a hilltop town surrounded by olive groves and famous Brunello vineyards of ancient origins. During the middle Ages the village went under the power of Siena, who built the pentagonal fortress and the Palazzo dei Priori, now Town Hall. Its museums exhibit notable artworks by Sienese artists of XIV and XV century. Overnight.
Today you could enjoy an independent full day tour of Siena and San Gimignano. Built on top of three hills at the connection between Valdelsa and Valdarbia, Siena dates back to Etruscan time. The city flourished during the middle Ages, when its merchants and bankers became powerful allies of Florence. Most monumental buildings were built during this time: the Cathedral, The Palazzo Pubblico, the Torre del Mangia, the Palazzo Tolomei (the oldest private palace in Siena). Also the paintings by Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Duccio di Buoninsegna and Simone Martini date back to the same time. Piazza del Campo is world famous for it’s “Palio”, the horse race that is run every 2nd July – dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano – and 16th August – dedicated to Maria Assunta. San Gimignano is world famous for its towers built during the XIII century. The most important buildings and monuments are Porta S. Giovanni, with the nearby Museo di Arti e Mestieri, the Arco dei Becci, piazza Duomo, the heart of town with the Collegiata church (that houses famous frescoes by Taddeo di Bartolo and Benozzo Gozzoli), the Palazzo del Popolo, with the Museo Civico and the Palazzo del Podestà. Return to Montalcino. Overnight.
Today you will enjoy a cooking class with Marcella, in Montalcino, followed by lunch. In the afternoon you could visit the town of Montepulciano, an authentic medieval village also well known for its great wines: The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, among others. Born on top of a hill that overlooks the Valdichiana, Montepulciano is an ancient town with a renaissance historic centre that was built by Florentine architects (Michelozzo, Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio ) during the long domination of Florence. Piazza Grande is the heart of town with the Town Hall building, that reminds us of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the Cathedral, that houses several XV century paintings, Palazzo Contucci and Palazzo Tarugi. Outside the main walls one finds the beautiful church of S. Biagio, magnificent artwork by Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio. Upon your return, you will visit a local winery and enjoy a vine tasting. Overnight.
Today you could visit the towns of Radda in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti and Gaiole. These villages are all in the wine region and are very close to eachother. Here you really experience the Tuscan country-side and the hospitality of its people. in a panoramic location amongst woods and vineyards, Radda lies in the heart of the Sienese Chianti region. From 1415 it became the head town of the Chianti League and still retains its original medieval layout. The Fattoria of Montevertine, nearby Radda, houses the Museo del Chianti, with exhibitions relating to popular traditions connected with aspects of domestic life and farm work (visits with reservations). The nearby Fattoria Castello di Volpaia also offers the possibility of visiting its winery and olive press. Overnight.
Today you could visit the towns of Cortona to the South of Tuscany. Once in Cortona you are also very close to Assisi, the city of St. Francis, and other beautiful villages, such as Montefalco, Bevagna, Deruta, Gubbio, Todi and Torgiano, where you could visit the wine museum of the Lungarotti Wineries and sample some of their wines. Overnight.
Today you could visit some Tuscan shopping outlets: Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabana, Fendi and others. In the afternoon, after you have returned to Montalcino, participate in a Cooking Class with Marcella, followed by dinner with wine. Overnight.
Today you could drive to the “Cinque Terre” (approximately 2-hour drive), a wonderful stretch of coastal land, on the Southern Ligurian Coast, comprising the Medieval fishing towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Here you could enjoy a full-day of trekking through these beautiful villages, taking in the breathtaking views of the seascape. Return to Montalcino. Overnight
Today you will be leaving Tuscany and will drive to Florence, where you will drop off your Car Rental. End of tour.
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7 Nights at a charming Country Inn in Montalcino
|Everything which is not clearly specified under “rate includes”|
|Breakfast daily||Optional excursions|
|7 day (all-inclusive) Car Rental (manual transmission)||Tips and personal expenses|
|2 Cooking Classes followed by lunch/dinner|
|1 Wine tasting|
Rates and Dates
|2016 DATES – PER PERSON||DBL/TPL|