Day Trips From Rome: Tuscan Hilltowns, Fortresses & Vineyards

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13 hrs

Max 18

Why take this tour?

If you want to see Tuscany without having to navigate all those winding country roads (and maybe enjoy a glass or two of that famous wine), this is the day trip for you. We'll whisk you out of Rome and show you the best of Tuscany including a scenic lunch in Val d'Orcia, a vineyard, two beautiful hilltowns and a historic fortress.

Highlights

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    Soak up the sights and sounds of the splendid Pienza

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    Explore a local farm and immerse yourself in your surroundings

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    Indulge in a Tuscan feast, with locally-sourced ingredients

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    Visit the Montalcino Fortress

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    Savour each sip of Tuscany's most famous export - wine!

Take some time to explore Italy beyond Rome

Tuscany is one of the true gems of Italy. From mouth-watering cuisine and world-class wine, to a deep and fascinating history; this region is one of the country's most popular among tourists and locals alike. On this tour you'll board a small, comfortable air-conditioned bus in Rome (no tourist buses for us, your vehicle seats a maximum of 18 guests).

Traveling with one of our fun, engaging tour leaders, you'll head into the Tuscan countryside for a cultural and culinary adventure. As you drive, they'll give you some background about the region; from the destruction wrought in WWII to the incredible produce that grows here (wine and cheese in particular).

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Tuscany is one of the true gems of Italy. From mouth-watering cuisine and world-class wine, to a deep and fascinating history; this region is one of the country's most popular among tourists and locals alike. On this tour you'll board a small, comfortable air-conditioned bus in Rome (no tourist buses for us, your vehicle seats a maximum of 18 guests).

Traveling with one of our fun, engaging tour leaders, you'll head into the Tuscan countryside for a cultural and culinary adventure. As you drive, they'll give you some background about the region; from the destruction wrought in WWII to the incredible produce that grows here (wine and cheese in particular).

Starting in Pienza, you'll have an hour of free time to wander the beautiful streets, shop and taste world-famous pecorino cheese, honey and jams. Be sure to check out the Etruscan well and the phenomenal views that stretch across the region from 'Strada del Amore', the street of love.

Next you'll head to a local farm to enjoy a lunch of hyper local ingredients. When you show up you'll get a brief look around to see what is growing and being raised before sitting down to a proper Tuscan feast. The menu changes with the season so whenever you go, you can be sure you're eating only the freshest ingredients sourced from the surrounding hills and right there on the farm.

After lunch you'll visit Montalcino Fortress, where you'll climb the ancient walls for expansive views of the countryside. And let's not forget the wine! The most famous export of Tuscany, and this micro-region in particular. After the fortress, you'll visit a nearby vineyard for a guided tasting of Tuscan wines including Montepulciano and Barolo grapes.

Tuscany has a lot of culture to experience, but this is as close as you can get to distilling its essence into a single day. We'll take you to the best spots where you'll meet the people behind the region's most famous exports and learn what makes them so special. Traveling with a local tour leader throughout the day, you'll get all the inside knowledge with none of the hassle, so that all you'll have to worry about is which wine you're bringing home (don't worry, they ship internationally!)

  • Sites Visited
  • Pienza Town
  • Farm in Val d’Orcia (for lunch)
  • Montalcino Fortress
  • Renowned vineyard in the Montalcino region
  • Tour Includes
  • Round-trip transport from Rome
  • Lunch at a farm
  • Wine tastings at a Montalcino vineyard
  • Special access ticket to climb Montalcino Fortress walls
  • Expert English-speaking tour leader
Pienza with your tour leader
Stop in to local artisan food stores
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Excellent tour. Sabrina was fantastic and knowledgeable.

Andrea was an awesome guide! Fun, knowledgeable, and overall made the day very enjoyable! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience Tuscany in a leisurely way.


FAQ

Can I use this tour as a transfer from Rome to Tuscany?
Unfortunately, this tour cannot be used as a transfer from Rome to Tuscany.
Does this tour include lunch?
Yes! Please email us beforehand and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
Can I take this tour if I use a wheelchair?
Unfortunately, our vehicles cannot accomodate wheelchairs and some of the sights, like the farm, farm, are not wheelchair accessible.
Does this tour accommodate vegetarians & people with food allergies?
Yes, but please contact our customer service team after you book (info@walksofitaly.com) so that your guide will be aware on the day of the tour. Also, not all of the tastings on the tour can be substituted for others, but we will do our very best to make sure that you always have something to eat.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Can I bring my child's stroller on this tour?
Although the places we visit on this tour accomodate strollers we don't always have enough room in our transport vans to accomodate them. Please notify us after booking if you are traveling with an infant. Also contact us after booking if you require a car seat.