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Tuscany Taster Tour: Day Trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine

1. Tuscany Taster Tour: Day Trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine

A comfortable, air-conditioned coach will pick you up in Rome. As you drive towards rolling hills, your expert tour guide will explain Tuscany’s rich culture and answer any questions you might have about the day ahead.  First, enjoy a walking tour in the hill town of Montepulciano. Take in an ancient but still-functioning wine cellar and ruins that pre-date Rome. Next visit San Biagio, a 16th-century Renaissance church with a travertine facade welcoming in the sunlight and exquisite decorations inside. Just a short drive away awaits a delicious Tuscan lunch. Enjoy a 3-course meal with wine pairings in the wine cellar of an authentic vineyard farmhouse, including the famous Brunello di Montalcino and varieties from the vineyard itself.  Buy your souvenir Tuscan wine here or wait for the final stop: Pienza. Your tour leader will offer insights, but your time is yours: shopping for pecorino cheese, balsamic vinegar, wines, and other local specialties, finding the right photo opportunity, or simply wandering the streets like a local. Next, return to Rome in air-conditioned comfort — fulfilled, relaxed, and ready for the next day.

Val D'Orcia: Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

2. Val D'Orcia: Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and experience the heart of Tuscany by visiting the enchanting Val D’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the beautiful towns of Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano and enjoy two different wine tastings and savour the famous Pecorino cheese! The tour starts with a wine tasting session in Montalcino, the land of the world-renowned Brunello wine. Here you will be enchanted by the outstanding charm of a special and definitely worth visiting wine cellar/museum. The estate has a rich history: it once belonged to the powerful Piccolomini family, whose members included Pope Pius II. Next you move up to the peak of the town, where a magnificent sight will take your breath away: sunny rolling hills, ancient oaks, picturesque olive groves, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards and isolated cypress trees atop hills. The tour continues to Pienza, which stands high upon a hill and dominates all the Orcia valley with extraordinary views. Enjoy the cheese tasting session with the famous Pecorino cheese (included in the tour!) and explore the pretty alleyways of this small town at your leisure. The last stop takes you to Montepulciano, home to the famous Vino Nobile vineyards and more recently famous for the filming of the vampire movie "New Moon". Enjoy your second wine tasting session while visiting the dungeon where the wine is stored under the ancient walls of the winery, before heading back to Florence.

From Siena: Pienza and Montepulciano Small-Group Tour

3. From Siena: Pienza and Montepulciano Small-Group Tour

Travel along one of the most panoramic roads in Tuscany, driving the characteristic moonscape of the Crete Senesi en route to the medieval hamlet of Pienza in the Val D’Orcia valley. One of the first towns to be entirely planned on paper by important architects and artists of the time, Pienza was commissioned by Pope Pius II - the humanist pope - to help him renovate his native town and bring it to new splendor. A wholesome lunch, based on fresh local ingredients will be waiting on a beautiful terrace (weather permitting) at a local dairy farm. Learn about the process of making Italy’s famous pecorino cheese. Continue in the afternoon to Montepulciano, one of Tuscany’s largest hill towns. Under the dominance of Siena in the Middle Ages, and Florence during the Renaissance, today it is renowned for its wine. See influences from both towns in the architecture and art of the historic center, located on a steep hill with beautiful views of the Tuscan and Umbrian border. Go to the main Piazza Grande, and tour one of the many wineries, carved out of the earth below the city. Discover some of the palaces of the noble families that once lived here. After a short walk around town with a guide, enjoy some free time to taste the fabled wines, or continue to explore the palaces, churches and streets on your own. As you follow the route of the main road downhill, imagine how hard the “Bravio delle Botti” festival must be; a competition to race wine barrels from the bottom to the top of the hill!

From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

4. From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

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.

From Florence: Pienza and Montepulciano Guided Wine Tour

5. From Florence: Pienza and Montepulciano Guided Wine Tour

Explore the wine lands and medieval villages of Tuscany on a full-day tour from Florence. Escape the “Cradle of the Renaissance” to sample some of the most celebrated wines in all of Italy. Transfer to Pienza to explore its Renaissance heart. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Val d’Orcia, and learn about Pienza’s ancient traditions.  Next, go to the village of Montepulciano in the Val d’Orcia where you'll discover stately Renaissance buildings and churches of rare beauty, all set among the vineyards. Have some free time to visit the village before your return transfer to Florence.

From Florence or Siena: Montepulciano Wine Tour with Lunch

6. 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.

Florence: Val d'Orcia Private Chauffeur-Driven Tour

7. Florence: Val d'Orcia Private Chauffeur-Driven Tour

Let your driver do all the work as they take you on a journey through the enchanting Val D'Orcia countryside, a region known for its scenic beauty, picturesque villages, rolling hills, and cypress trees. Explore in total freedom the enchanting towns of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano, and try some of the best wines in the world. The first stop will be Montalcino, the land of the world-renowned Brunello wine. Here you will be enchanted by the outstanding charm of the tiny village itself, a maze of cobbled streets, quaint wine shops, and Romanesque-style churches. Next stop is the majestic medieval fortress. Admire the views of sunny rolling hills, picturesque olive groves, and scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards. Continue to Pienza, built high on a hill with extraordinary views of the Orcia valley. The entire city was rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town by order of Pope Pius II, and represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts. Explore the pretty alleyways of this small town at your leisure and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. The last stop will be Montepulciano, home to the famous Vino Nobile vineyards and more recently famous for the filming of the vampire movie "New Moon". Enjoy free time here to stroll around Renaissance buildings, majestic palaces, and imposing churches.

Pienza: Palazzo Piccolomini Entrance Ticket

8. Pienza: Palazzo Piccolomini Entrance Ticket

A visit with the audioguide allows you to discover the inner courtyard of this wonderful palace, built as an expression of the interrelations between man and nature. Wander through the hanging garden and the charming rooms of the Palazzo Piccolomini, then enjoy a breathtaking view from the loggia over the Orcia Valley.  The palace was the summer residence of Pope Pius II, and is part of a complex that includes the cathedral and the square, commissioned by the Pope and built in 1459 by famed architect Bernardo Rossellino, student of Leon Battista Alberti. The rooms on the main floor are furnished with period furniture, paintings and other furnishings, testimony to a past that still remains intact. Pienza is also known as having the first roof garden of the Renaissance, with views of the Val d'Orcia and Mount Amiata.

Montalcino: Brunello’s Wine Temple Ticket and Wine Tasting

9. Montalcino: Brunello’s Wine Temple Ticket and Wine Tasting

Pre-book your entry ticket to Brunello Temple for an immersive and emotional journey to discover Brunello, king of wines and of the Montalcino territory. Enrich your visit with an optional tasting of 1 or 2 glasses of Brunello's wine. The experience begins at InChiostro, where a virtual reality viewer station called InVolo will allow you to immerse yourself in villas, castles, vineyards, and the small villages of the vast municipal area. Passing through the uncovered cloister, descend into an underground environment where the four founding pillars that have made Brunello unique are revealed through immersive videos. Move on to hear the voices of Brunello: interviews with the characters who have played a role in Brunello’s legend. In a divine painting, you’ll be invited to leave your mark through the color palette of Montalcino's colors. Artistic masterpieces will be presented in Calix, an expression of the inspiration and creative work that the land of Montalcino has been able to instill in people. Along the route, admire the frescoes of the Church of Sant’Agostino and learn the history of the area and its artistic heritage through the collections of the archaeological museum and the Civic and Diocesan Museum.

Florence: Wine Tasting and Tuscan Villages Full-Day Trip

10. Florence: Wine Tasting and Tuscan Villages Full-Day Trip

Discover the magical essence of lesser-known Tuscan villages on this trip. Immerse yourself in rural culture and authentic beauty of Val d’Orcia valley. Relax while tasting local wine and experience the scenic panoramas and rolling vineyard-covered hills of the region.  Listen to the history of hidden villages from your guide. The harmonious hills of this magical place change colors every season. Feast on a traditional Tuscan lunch. Taste their wines paired with local cheese and extra-virgin olive oil. After lunch, continue to your next stop. Relax in the famous Roman spa of Bagno Vignoni. The hot and steaming thermal waters are great for sore muscles. Rejuvenated, continue to Pienza, an incredible village full of history and traditions. This town is famous for its typical cheese, the “pecorino”. See excellent examples of Renaissance architecture in the historic center.

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What people are saying about Pienza

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 459 reviews

Amazing experience for wine lovers like us. In addition to visiting 2 beautiful vineyards, we visited one of the most beautiful places in Italy, the Val d'Orcia. It's really worth it!!!

We had a wonderful day in Tuscany, the food was just amazing and so are the hosts and the guides. Was definitely our best day in Italy

The farm experience and the family was great. They made us feel like part of them

Very nice tour. Great opportunity to see the small towns in one day.

The winery has amazing wines. The guides are really nice.