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Why Choose It?
- Discover Pienza: a stunning 15th century town and the capital of pecorino cheese.
- Explore Montalcino or Montepulciano - two towns that have aged as well as their wines.
- Journey through the Tuscan countryside in private luxury van/vehicle with an expert driver.
Indulge your palate in some of the low-hanging fruits of Pienza, Montalcino or Montepulciano. This full-day private tour from Rome or Florence transports you deep into the Tuscan countryside for a culinary and cultural adventure around Italy’s most viticulturally renowned region.
Driving through Tuscany is an experience in itself. As you cruise along in your air-conditioned car, your journey leads you through a landscape of rolling hills, wild olive groves, and bursting vineyards. But it’s what awaits you that makes the journey really worthwhile.
Discover the 15th century town of Pienza
We first reach the town of Pienza which, thanks to the generous patronage of Pope Pius II, is one of the most authentically Renaissance towns in Italy. We visit the main square, home to some of the towns most evocative buildings: the Duomo, the Palazzo Comunale,the Palazzo Borgia, and the Piccolomini.
We then soak in the stunning panoramic views over the beautiful Val d’Orcia and indulge in a lunch involving some delicious ‘pecorino’ (cheese made with sheep’s milk) – Pienza’s globally beloved local product.
Marvel at the wonders of Montalcino
Just an hour south of Siena, across folding hills and winding rivers, stands the medieval hill-town of Montalcino. It’s an affluent town, sustained by the trickling effects of world-renowned viticulture and a steady stream of local and international tourism. Yet it’s also unspoilt – a true Tuscan treasure dotted with enoteche wine bars and quaint delicatessens.
Montalcino’s most famous export is its Brunello di Montalcino. Made from 100% sangiovese grapes, this DOCG wine (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin), which boasts considerable longevity, is enjoyed throughout the world. Taste it here at the source, accompanied by a special pairing of cured meats and select local cheeses.
Or lose yourself among the magnificence of Montepulciano
Instead of Montalcino, your private tour can stop by the town of Montepulciano. Best known for its eponymous wine, this medieval walled city is just as ripe in Renaissance architecture. Climbing one of its vantage points for a breathtaking panoramic over Chianti is truly an unforgettable experience.
The vineyards surrounding Montepulciano’s walled centre produce some of the best wine in Italy. Indulge to your hearts content with as you pair these wines with a range of select regional delicacies before we make our scenic journey back to the Eternal City.
- Itinerary:PienzaCheese and Wine Degustation
- Not Included:Cheese and wine degustation to be paid on spot.
- Wheelchair accessible:Yes. (Itinerary may differ).
- Meeting Point:Hotel meeting point
Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
Wonderful Wine Tour My husband and I did the secret wine bar tour with Sara. She was an absolute delight—so easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable. She took us places we would... read moreMy husband and I did the secret wine bar tour with Sara. She was an absolute delight—so easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable. She took us places we would have never chosen on our own and they were all amazing!
My only warning is that you will be full by the end of this tour—which is a great thing! We weren’t sure how much food would be provided, so we made late dinner reservations that we ended up canceling because we had plenty to eat on the tour!!
I highly recommend this experience, and highly recommend requesting Sara as your guide! read less - 4/01/2022
A great evening with Marcos. I always wanted to know how to make the perfect pizza and gelato. Here, Marco the expert will show you how. It was a great participation event with lots... read moreI always wanted to know how to make the perfect pizza and gelato. Here, Marco the expert will show you how. It was a great participation event with lots of laughs, and we all got to sit down together afterwards to eat our creations. This is a great event for adults and children alike. Narco and his team are a credit to the company. read less - 12/05/2021
Exceeding Expectations in Unexpected Location This is an essential tour. After many trips to Rome this is an excursion we were excited to take. Our expectations were exceeded. Sara was great and made the tour... read moreThis is an essential tour. After many trips to Rome this is an excursion we were excited to take. Our expectations were exceeded. Sara was great and made the tour special. She has a great personality and is engaging. The chef, assistant, and team at Castel Gandolfo were all terrific to work with.
If there is one thing to do when visiting Rome after the major sites and time around the city, take this trip. read less - 12/03/2021
Geeking out at The Vatican Rosi was our guide for the experience and she was A+. Not just knowledgeable but also passionate and a great story teller. She was patient w questions and made the... read moreRosi was our guide for the experience and she was A+. Not just knowledgeable but also passionate and a great story teller. She was patient w questions and made the overall experience incredibly fun. read less - 11/30/2021
The 2 villas of Tivoli We did the Private tour of Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli. The driver picked us up from the hotel in Rome and drove to the Villa Adriana, where... read moreWe did the Private tour of Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli. The driver picked us up from the hotel in Rome and drove to the Villa Adriana, where our guide, Barbara, met us. Thoroughly versed in ancient history and art history, she was a lively and fascinating guide. Never exhausting or boring, always good company, Barbara clearly loves what she does, sharing her knowledge of Rome and environs and deepening the appreciation of discerning travelers who want to learn about what they see. She was a good sport, because it was a windy rainy day, not ideal for a long day outdoors! I would definitely hire her again. read less - 11/04/2021
Gracious, Knowledgeable, Experienced Walk Inside Rome has the best, most informed guides and they never disappoint!
From the first inquiry through the tour they are also the most gracious and accommodating. Our most... read moreWalk Inside Rome has the best, most informed guides and they never disappoint!
From the first inquiry through the tour they are also the most gracious and accommodating. Our most recent guide at the Vatican was TEO, knowledgeable, friendly, and someone who clearly loves the city of Rome. The owner of WIR, Marilena is hands on, and considers you a friend after the first tour! read less - 11/02/2021
Great Guide and Tour Very impressed and happy - From booking to the tour, everything was very smooth. I had some questions about the tour before booking - sent an email with responses prompt... read moreVery impressed and happy - From booking to the tour, everything was very smooth. I had some questions about the tour before booking - sent an email with responses prompt and the relevant information. We did the early morning Vatican Tour with Walks Inside Rome with our guide Barbara, who was amazing. Spending the extra money was worth the experience of WIR, in depth knowledge of the guide, early access to the Vatican and the path/route to see the highlights and relevant areas of the Vatican. Would highly recommend for anyone to book this tour, and would consider them for other tours next time in Rome! Thanks to the team at WIR and special shout out to Barbara who was so very considerate (my Mom was 89 years old and visiting the Vatican for the first time, making sure my Mom was at the front and able to see everything even though she was a tiny bit slower than everyone else! Grazie Mille! read less - 10/12/2021
Making Pizza & Gelato in Roma This was a fun, educational experience. I enjoy cooking, baking, etc so learning to make authentic Roman style pizza and a simple recipe for gelato is a skill I... read moreThis was a fun, educational experience. I enjoy cooking, baking, etc so learning to make authentic Roman style pizza and a simple recipe for gelato is a skill I can take home! Our chef/instructor, Marco, was enthusiastic and his experience shown through as he explained what and why following the recipes was important. The kitchen space was well equipped and the dining space magical. Next time we’re in Rome (yes we tossed coins in the Trevi Fountain) we will take another course from his organization. read less - 9/27/2021