- duration 8 hours
- tour type Small group
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5-79 yrs
- max group size 8
- guiding method Fully guided
- Tour Code BM-6852
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- See the magical landscapes of the Crete Senesi and Val d’Orcia
- Explore and enjoy the hill town of Pienza with free time for exploring
- Savour a traditional lunch at an organic dairy farm
We then enter the UNESCO heritage site of the Val D’orcia valley where you come across some of Tuscany’s most famous postcard pictures. We arrive at the beautiful utopian renaissance town of Pienza, one of the first towns to be entirely planned out on paper by architects and artists of the time. They were called upon by Pope Pius II - the humanist pope to help him in renovating his native town and bringing it to new splendor.
Pienza is rightly considered the gem of the renaissance in the Val d’Orcia. You will also have the opportunity of viewing the Romanesque church of Corsignano or spend your time shopping and enjoying the pretty alleys of this little town. After Pienza we make our way to a local dairy farm for a wholesome and refreshing lunch based on the fresh ingredients produced on the farm. Here you can learn about cheese making process, visit the farm's animals and learn about the lifestyle of the area. Lunch will be served on a panoramic terrace, weather permitting.
In the afternoon, we visit one of the biggest of the Tuscan hill towns, Montepulciano. This town was at first under the dominance of the medieval Siena and then under the renaissance Florence. Here you can recognize the influences of both towns in its architecture and art. The town is located on a steep hill overlooking the amazing views of Tuscany - Umbria border.
Visit the main square, Piazza Grande, and explore one of the many old wineries carved out of the ground below the city. This town is rich with many important palaces owned by the noble families that lived here.
After a short walk around town with your guide, you have free time for tasting the "Nobile" of Montepulciano or you may pass time visiting the town and its many stores, palaces, churches and streets.
As you follow the main road downhill, you can try to picture the “Bravio delle Botti” - a town festival that included a competition among the neighborhoods of the town that raced wine barrels from the bottom of the hill to the top.
- Expert English-speaking driver/guide
- Lunch in an organic dairy farm with spectacular views of Val d'Orcia
- Round trip transportation
- Visits to Pienza & Montepulciano with leisure time and wine tasting
- gratuities (optional)
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Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.Other Practical InformationYour meeting point is at the Basilica of San Domenico in Siena at 9:30am. It is easy to find even if you are arriving from out of town or in your own car, as there is ample parking in the vicinity. Here you will meet your driver/guide for the start of the tour. On some occasions, the itinerary might vary a little. However, the day will maintain a similar general imprint, same duration and have all the same inclusions.
How many days are enough for Europe?
You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent.
Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.
What is the best month to visit Italy?
The best time to visit Italy is between the months of April and June as well as from September to October. The weather on the Italian Peninsula during these months is ideal for going out on sightseeing tours, hiking, and exploring treasures stretching from Palermo to the lagoons of Venice. Traveling to Italy during July and August is avoided by many because of the summer heat and crowds, while the period between November to March sees the fewest visitors in big cities. However, these months coincide with the prime skiing season in the Alps, while southern parts of Italy, such as Sicily, remain relatively warm during this time of year. Find more information here.
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Is an Italian holiday expensive? How do the ATMs work in Italy? What is the currency of Italy?
While it is true that Italy is not an expensive destination, it is not exactly a budget destination either. Your vacation funds will go much further in Italy than they would in Scandinavia or the UK, with daily budgets of around USD150 per person sufficient for mid-range travelers who do not want to miss out on any of the country’s most important sights. Most banks have ATM machines (called bancomat) with English language options. All you need to do is look for the US or the UK flag. Plus, most machines accept both Visa and Mastercard. Please keep in mind that you will withdraw your cash in euros, with EUR1 slightly more than its USD equivalent.
Is English spoken in Italy? Should I learn communication phrases in Italy?
It was not too long ago that finding anyone who spoke English in Italy was an ordeal. This is not the case anymore. Most people in the cities have some understanding of the language, although numbers decrease as you move further into the countryside. Therefore, it is better to know a few basic phrases in Italian (per favore means please and grazi means thank you) if you are heading for the country. This will not only make your stay in the country easier but also ensure that you show respect to the people and their culture.