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Valdorcia under the tuscan sun tour

It is stated that 350.000 years ago human beings settled in this part of Tuscany thanks to the geology of the area, essentially tufa stone made, a sedimentary stone resulting from the volcano eruptions of the Amiata mountain (today non active anymore), which helped to carve shelters in it as well as thanks to the strategical position being along the roads which connected the inland of Tuscany to the coast. So it is easy to imagine how much the archeologists found around here and how much is dated back 6-7th century BC. when the Etruscan - our ancestors- settled in the area.


 
 


But Valdorcia means also rolling hills, cypress trees, a breathtaking countryside and as a matter of fact since the year 2004 it is part of the UNESCO thanks to the standards of landscape, the architecture which are also the result of the human action since the Renaissance. And it is back to then when hilltop towns like Pienza and Montepulciano- have been transformed from medieval fortresses into the first examples of the new life style.  

This area is of course the perfect setting for movies and some of the most popular like "The English Patient", "The Gladiator", took place here.



The drives are scenic and emotional and I'm sure it will be a memory forever making you dream to go back soon even before leaving it. 

The Valdorcia is the perfect combination of Middle Ages and Rennaissance in its hamlets and villages where artisans are still hand beating the copper and farmers are producing cheeses like the ancestors did.

Expectations from a day in the Valdorcia: Medieval and Renessaince towns, arts and crafts, cheese & olive oil tasting, organic food, only on request red wines from the Orcia Valley- DOC red and/or Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello wines.


HIGHLIGHTS - VALDORCIA UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN TOUR 

FULL DAY TOURS - 9/10 HRS-
PICK UP/DROP OFF AT YOUR LODGING
VISIT MONTEPULCIANO- ARTISANS
ORGANIC TUSCAN MEAL & CHEESE TASTING
VISIT PIENZA-ARTISANS-PAINTERS
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ALTERNATIVELY ETRUSCANS, HOMEMADE PASTA MEAL, PIENZA

110 EUROS PER PERSON - ONLY LUNCH EXTRA
GROUP DISCOUNTS
JOINABLE TOUR OR PRIVATE TOUR AVAILABLE

(FOR THE JOINABLE TOUR MIN. 4 PARTICIPANTS)

DETAILED ITINERARY - VALDORCIA UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN TOUR

Meeting at your hotel in Florence or Siena at around 8:30/ 9:00 in the morning

Siena is the best home base to visit this southern part of Tuscany if you prefer to avoid a longer driving part from Florence. So pick up will depend on your home base.

The tour can be customized according to your main interests for example we can be focused on the landscape, scenic roads where to stop to take pictures, or go also visit a small etruscan museum in the morning.

Then the tour will give you the chance to see Montepulciano, meet an amazing coppersmith giving us a demo of his skills and passion.


After we can or go to an organic farm (meal extra cost) whre we will have an unforgettable meal based on the fresh farm products and we will taste the best raw milk cheese produced in the area, or we can go toward Pienza and eat a local meal based on appetizers, cheeses and homemade pasta! On request pasta cooking class can be arranged.
The afternoon will be spent walking around the jewe
l town of Pienza where we will meet

in a small workshop an amazing painter and we can taste cheeses if we didn't before and you will have a nice time there.
At around 4:30/ 5 pm we will be ready to happily drive back home.

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