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Private Southern Tuscany Food and Wine Tour
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Your private Southern Tuscany Food & Wine Tour will take you on a charming journey to discover the beautiful towns of Montepulciano and Pienza.
Your driver and guide will meet you at your accommodation in Rome to take you on a full day excursion.
The journey will start immediately while you enjoy the delightful views from the car. Leaving Rome you will head to the North and pass through the gorgeous countryside. In two hours you will reach your first destination: Montepulciano.
The medieval town of Montepulciano is located southeast of Siena on a hill. The city is famous not only for the beautiful historical center but also for the delicious food and wine.
The origins of Montepulciano are Etruscan. When the Romans took over the Etruscan possessions it became a garrison for road patrols. Later the Lombards turned the town into a religious center. During the Renaissance period many beautiful palaces were added to the city. The tour will take you to the wonderfully preserved historical center of the city. During your 90 minutes walk your private guide will showcase you the main sights of the city: the Palazzo Comunale, the town hall designed in the same style as Florence’s, Palazzo Tarugi, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, also called the Duomo of Montepulciano.
After the city tour is the time to try the famous wine of Montepulciano! Visiting a historical winery you will taste three famous wines of the area: Rosso di Montepulciano (Red of Montepulciano), Vino Nobile (Noble Wine) and Vin Santo (Holy Wine). These incredible wines will be pared with a mouth-watering “tagliere” a selection of local charcuteries and cheeses.
Montepulciano’s wineries are very interesting. The historical ones have adapted Etruscan tombs into “cantine” (cellars). Those locales maintain the perfect climate all year round, not too cold during the winter and not too hot during the summer.
Now your driver and guide will bring you to visit the unique renaissance town of Pienza. Pope Pius II decided to have the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance one. Many Italian and European cities later adopted this model. UNESCO declared Pienza a World Heritage Site in 1996. The most important buildings of Pienza are located in the central Piazza PIo II. Your guide will show you the beautiful Palazzo Piccolomini, Palazzo Vescovile and the Duomo.
At the end of Pienza’s tour you will return to your accommodations in Rome.
– Round trip transportation with private car
– Expert English speaking driver coordinator
– Wine tasting and light lunch
– Visit of Montepulciano
– Visit of Pienza
– Visit of a Historical Winery
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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Pecorino di Pienza
The delicious Pecorino di Pienza is a Tuscan Pecorino, one of the oldest cheeses of the world. It is made from 100% whole sheep milk.
The word Pecorino derives form Pecora that means sheep in Italian.
The Tuscan Pecorino is a sweeter and milder version of the ones produced in southern Italy.
There are three different kind of Pecorino: Fresco (fresh), semi-stagionato and stagionato (seasoned). The Pecorino Fresco is aged for a minimum of 40 days and a maximum of 2 months; the semi-stagionato one is matured for up to 4 months and the Stagionato between 4 and 18 months.
The Pecorino di Pienza is becoming one of the most famous cheeses of the region.
Pienza is located in the Val d’Orcia, between Montalcino and Montepulciano, two cities famous for the wine production.
The area of Pienza is very different from the rest of the Tuscany; the dry clay earth is not easy to cultivate. Probably for this reason since before the Etruscan period sheep are being raised here.
The Pecorino di Pienza is today mostly made with veal rennet; however the more traditional cheese makers still use rennet made from plants.
The raw milk used for the production of the Pecorino enters right away the cheese-making procedure.
After the coagulation with the animal or vegetable rennet the cheese is marinated with vinegar and salt or left to dry. Then the Pecorino is left to mature in humid rooms in the Caseificio (the Dairy). The wheels of cheese are covered with walnut leafs and intermittently moistened with Tuscan Olive Oil and covered with grease and wax.
The Pecorino di Pienza is superb when pared with Montalcino’s chestnut honey and Tuscan wine, especially Chianti and Vino Nobile.