1. Italy
  2. Tuscany
  3. Siena
  4. Val d'Orcia

Pienza and Montepulciano Small Group Tour from Siena

Product ID: 47141
Drive through a beautiful Tuscan landscape on an 8-hour tour from Siena, and see the characteristic villages of Pienza and Montepulciano, renowned for its wines. Enjoy a traditional lunch at an organic dairy farm, and tour ancient wine cellars.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the quaint medieval hamlet of Pienza
  • Sample the noble wines of Montepulciano
  • Enjoy lunch on the terrace of a local dairy farm
  • Learn the process of making Italy's famous pecorino cheese
  • Wander among the noble palaces of Montepulciano
  • Tour one of the historic wine cellars, carved out of the landscape
  • Travel along the moonscape road of the Crete Senesi
Full description
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!
Includes
  • Round trip transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • 3 course meal and pecorino cheese tasting at an organic farm
  • Cellar tour and wine tasting in Montepulciano
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Museum tickets
  • Tips and gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the Basilica of San Domenico, Siena

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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What an amazing day - Elio made this adventure in Tuscany a highlight of our recent European holiday. He started the day by finding out our interests and then tailor-made the sights & activities above our expectations. His local knowledge and descriptions of places of interest in his musical Italian accent brought each place we visited to life. And the farm lunch was yet another highlight - all 4 courses & the wine were produced on farm and each part was fully explained. Elio drove us at a comfortable speed in a modern fully air conditioned van. Thanks again Elio was such a memorable day

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1 July 2019

Marella is a Tuscany gem!

This tour with Marella through the countryside, small towns, Pienza, Montepulcino, was very genuine and authentic. I would book more tours with Marella and Tuscan Escapes, we learned so much about Tuscany and she really has a passion for sharing the culture and unique experiences that you cant get anywhere else, genuine, authentic Tuscan lifestyle experiences, history and stories.

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14 May 2019

Daniele was amazingly enlightening - his vast amount of knowledge regarding the surrounds, the agriculture, the people’s philosophy and life in Italy in general made this day more than just sightseeing. This was the best tour we’ve done whilst in Italy and highly recommend it to those who wish to experience a real taste of Italy. Ele from Canberra, Australia

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3 July 2018

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Tuscan Escapes by Papilio

Product ID: 47141