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Our most recommended Montepulciano Day Trips

From Rome: Tuscany Day Trip with Lunch and Wine Tasting

1. From Rome: Tuscany Day Trip with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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.

From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

2. 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.

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

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

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and experience the heart of Tuscany on this day trip from Florence. Ride in a spacious and air conditioned van to the luch Val D’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop a wineries, stroll through local towns, and savor local cheese. Hop aboard the comfortable bus at a centrally-located meeting point in Florence. Relax on the drive through the Tuscan countryside on the way to Montalcino. Try some world-renowned Brunello wine and stroll through the cellars and museum of a wine estate. Hear about the history of this estate which once belonged to the powerful Piccolomini family, whose members included Pope Pius II. Move up to the peak of the town for views of rolling hills, ancient oaks, picturesque olive groves, vineyards, and cypress trees. Continue to Pienza, which stands high upon a hill and dominates the Orcia valley with extraordinary views. Sample Pecorino cheese  and explore the charming streets of this small town at your leisure. Head to Montepulciano, home to the famous Vino Nobile vineyards where some of the vampire movie "New Moon" was shot. Sip on some wine while visiting the dungeon where the wine is stored under the ancient walls of the winery. Return by bus to Florence.

From Florence: Pienza and Montepulciano Guided Wine Tour

4. From Florence: Pienza and Montepulciano Guided Wine Tour

Explore the wine lands and medieval villages of Tuscany with a guide on a day trip from Florence. Escape the “Cradle of the Renaissance” on an air-conditioned vehicle and head to Pienza and Montepulciano. Sample some of the most celebrated Brunello di Montalcino wines.   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 Siena: Pienza and Montepulciano Small-Group Tour

5. 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!

Tuscany: Movie Sets Tour in Valdichiana Senese & Val d'Orcia

6. Tuscany: Movie Sets Tour in Valdichiana Senese & Val d'Orcia

Explore the cinematic side of Tuscany on this guided movie set tour that visits iconic film locations in Valdichiana Senese and Val d'Orcia. See where films like “The Gladiator” and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” were filmed. Afterward, enjoy a wine tasting at an underground cellar in Montepulciano. Begin at the meeting point in Piazza Grande, Montepulciano. From there, visit the villages and hills between Valdichiana and Val d’Orcia that have been featured in your favorite films. “The Gladiator,” “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “The English Patient,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Heaven,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” and “The Medici” are some of the major film sets you may recognize. Listen as your guide retraces the plots of the moments shot at these locations. At the end of the tour, enjoy a wine tasting of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG at an underground cellar in the historic center of Montepulciano. Tour the cellar as you sip your wine.

Private Tour From Florence to Cortona and Montepulciano

7. Private Tour From Florence to Cortona and Montepulciano

Meet your English-speaking driver at your hotel on a comfortable Mercedes-Benz to start the journey to the beautiful Cortona. Enclosed by stonewalls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, Cortona sits on the top of a hill. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno. The town has become very popular in the past decade thanks to the book by Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun (and the movie with Diane Lane) which is set in Cortona. You will have time to relax or explore the area, the driver will suggest the best things to do in the area.  Leave at 11:30AM for have a delicious light lunch at a family winery. Continue then to Montepulciano on a relaxing 30 minute drive on the hills surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Of course your driver can stop the car at anytime you want if you wish to take photos. Arrive at the charming Montepulciano around 2:00PM. This is a medieval hill town of rare beauty full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners. Montepulciano has received lots of attention following the filming of the vampire saga Twilight sequel New Moon here and has seen a notable increase in visitors. A walk through Montepulciano is the best way to view the town as well as enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside covered by vineyards producing the famous Nobile which is possible to taste in the many wine shops located within the city's walls.

Val D'Orcia: Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino with Winery

8. Val D'Orcia: Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino with Winery

Built in 1500 along a narrow ridge of limestone, Montepulciano is well-known all over the world for its imposing Renaissance palaces and for the Vino Nobile, one of the most appreciated Tuscan wines all over the world. After the guide provides you with some background of the area, enjoy some free time on your own. Your next stop will be to Pienza. This is one of the most beautiful Tuscan towns, a rare example of Renaissance architecture brought to completion. Have some free time for lunch and relax. In the early afternoon, continue through enchanting landscapes to reach Montalcino, famous for the finest wines in the world: Brunello di Montalcino. Experience the romance of the mighty fourteenth-century fortress rises from atop the hill.

From Florence: Val d’Orcia Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour

9. From Florence: Val d’Orcia Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour

Meet your guide in Florence and drive in total comfort amongst beautiful countryside, to reach the heart of the southern province of Siena and its marvelous wine regions Orcia and Montepulciano. Start by visiting Montepulciano, then head towards the first winery of the day. You will explore the vineyards, enjoy a private tour of the cellars, receive a full explanation of the wines and get to taste different DOC Val d’Orcia wines. Savour the famous Nobile di Montepulciano wine, one of the most important wines in Tuscany. Enjoy lunch at the second winery, which is also an organic agricultural farm located in the countryside surrounding Pienza. Admire the panoramic views of the Val d'Orcia valley from their farm to table restaurant, while eating authentic Italian dishes. Sample some sheep and goat cheeses made from raw milk, paired with home-made wood-oven baked bread, jam and honey. Learn about the entire process of cheese production from hand milking to the final product. Continue your tour in the afternoon with a visit to the famous town of Pienza. At the end of the day, return to Florence through the Tuscan countryside.

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What people are saying about Montepulciano

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 225 reviews

Highly recommended our tour guide Peter was the best we've ever been out it It was certainly the highlight of our extortion to Rome. Would definitely recommend this trip to anybody The experience was flawless from start to finish. All we can say is thank for a lovely experience one we will never forget. Peter is the man

I had an absolutely amazing time on this tour. Mattia was our guide and he was so kind (and funny!) and is a winemaker himself so he knows his stuff. Very knowledgeable. I had a great time and am so glad I booked this tour!

A well organized day with a wonderful, dedicated tour guide and magical places. The wine tasting and lunch in particular was a delight.

The tour really worth to have a glance of Tuscany in once day. Top attractions and nice group of people.

This trip was awesome and our bus driver Super Marius is a legend