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Private Southern Tuscany Food and Wine Tour
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Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking
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
Pick-up at your accommodation
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Situated just southeast of Siena is a small medieval hill town by the name of Montepulciano, famous for its food and wine. Particularly, the town produces Vino Nobile, “noble wine”, which is a delicious red wine renowned the world over.
Originally an Etruscan settlement, it eventually became a small Roman town that served as a garrison for road patrols. Following the collapse of the Roman Empire, Montepulciano was ruled by the Lombards, who turned the town into a religious center. The town’s medieval period is marked by constant warring between the surrounding Republics and the local noble families. Montepulciano eventually flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries, with famous local architects such as Giacomo Barozzi and Baldassarre Peruzzi building palaces and other important structures, bringing great beauty to the town. Some of the main sights now are 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.
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Today, Montepulciano is an important agricultural centre, focusing especially on the cultivation of Montepulciano grapes for the various wine productions in the area, the most famous of which is the Vino Nobile.
The Vino Nobile is a rich red wine produced around Montepulciano, in Tuscany. It is composed primarily from the San Giovese grape which is cultivated in the vineyards around the town, and is listed under the DOCG label of quality.
The Vino Nobile has a bright ruby red color and a rich texture. Refined aromas of cherry and plum follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft, round tannins and a flavorful finish.