This route will allow you to discover Tuscany Minor and its hidden treasures. In the region of Siena stand some of the most characteristic sites of the region: perched on top of a hill, the ancient village of Monteriggioni has retained its beautiful enclosure of medieval walls, and, in Chiusdino, the Abbey of San Galgano is a ruined hermitage which contains a mysterious sword stuck in the rock. The Val d´Orcia, a vast emblematic valley with winding hills dotted with cypresses and vineyards, is the ideal place to dive into the heart of dazzling pastoral beauty. Pienza is considered the embodiment of the Renaissance utopia of the creation of an “ideal city”.
Arrival of the group in the late afternoon in the region of Siena. Accomodation at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – Montalcino, Sant’Antimo and San Quirico d´Orcia
After breakfast at the hotel, departure to Montalcino, an enchanting medieval village surrounded by a mighty city wall and dominated by an ancient castle of authentic architectural perfection. Meeting with the local guide and visit of the historical city center immersed in the magnificent landscape and renowned throughout the world for the production of the precious Brunello di Montalcino wine. Continue to S. Antimo to visit the abbey, isolated in a clearing surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and wheat fields. Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon continue to S. Quirico d’Orcia and visit one of the most notable examples of medieval urban structure, which retains many signs of its ancient importance. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – San Galgano and Siena
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to San Galgano, to visit the fascinating Abbey with the uncovered roof and the Hermitage of Monte Siepi where, according to legend, San Galgano retired in 1170 by sticking his sword in the rock, where it still stands today. Continue to Siena for lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, meeting with the guide and visit of the city, known throughout the world for the famous Piazza del Campo in the shape of a shell, where the famous Palio takes place every year. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Monteriggioni and Chianti Region
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Monteriggioni. Meeting with the local guide and visit of one of the most important fortified villages of the region, incredibly intact, located on a hill, from where it dominates the surrounding landscape, surrounded by medieval walls and alleys. Continue to the Chianti area for lunch. Then, panoramic bus tour of the region, passing by villages and vineyards, immersed in the nature of the hills and cypresses. Visit to a local winery with wine tasting. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Pienza and Montepulciano
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Pienza. Meeting with the local guide and visit of the Tuscan village of undeniable charm, the result of the renovation work commissioned by Pope Pius II Piccolomini during the Renaissance, whose project was to transform his hometown into the perfect utopian city of the Renaissance, an ideal of laborious and peaceful coexistence among men. Continue to Montepulciano. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon guided tour of the village which rises in a predominantly agricultural hilly landscape. After the visit, stop in a cellar and taste the famous Tuscan noble red wine. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Return to your area
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure of the group and end of our services.