TUSCANY WINE TOUR: Full-Day Itinerary (Montepulciano and Orvieto) From Rome
Having left the center of Rome, you will drive north through the beautiful landscape of Lazio and Umbria. Driving past the old medieval town of Orte perched on top of cliffs you will stop in Orvieto and walk on your own through the old center. You may enter the Gothic Cathedral with a frescoed Last Judgement to rival Michaelangelo’s, fine art galleries and artisan shops featuring locally made crafts especially ceramics.
After about an hour’s drive you will be in Tuscany passing through the old medieval town of Chianciano, today a famous international Spa resort and, from here, onward to the historical center of Montepulciano. You will be given time to explore at your leisure the cobblestoned streets, to admire noble residences, medieval churches, fortifications and City Hall square with the high bell tower, the symbol of the town. Visit the courtyard and Palazzo Ricci, the work of the architect Baldassare Peruzzi. Wine tasting is held inside an ancient cellar, described by Bella Italia magazine as the most beautiful in the world. You will taste four different world renowned wines including the world class Vino Nobile di Montepulciano while also sampling the region’s artisan salamis and cheeses. You will have the opportunity to buy wines and olive oils directly from the producer which can be shipped anywhere in the world. Continue then to explore the shops of local craftsmen where you will learn the technique used for the production of copper objects, mosaics, wood carving and jewelry-making and more. The drive back to Rome is about two and a half hours where you will be dropped-off at your hotel after this unforgettable day tour in Tuscany and Umbria.
Availability: Year round
Days of operation: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Duration: About 9 hours
Pick-up at hotel: 9:30 am or 2:00 pm
Price for private group : from 2 to 6 people maximum 1 or 2 people € 490.00 3 people € 610.00 4 people € 720.00 5 people € 830.00 6 people € 940.00
PAY CASH OR IF YOU PAY WITH CREDIT CARD. 10% SURCHARGE.
Included: Chauffeur, mini-van or car, wine tasting with 4 wines, a snack with local produce, pick-up and drop-off at hotel.
Not included: Tickets for any Orvieto attractions, lunch and any food or drink ordered outside of the organized wine tasting are not included in the tour price. Gratuity for chauffeur is also not included, though it is customary to offer a gratuity if you are pleased with your service.
Optional Lunch or Dinner Add-on: After you have worked up an appetite, if you wish to avoid the touristy spots and have a quality, authentic Italian meal, you can add on lunch or dinner at one of the very best local restaurants in the area.