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Shopping, Parking & Getting Around

  • Shopping

    Given that we’re in the home country of one of Italy’s most famous wines, it would be criminal not to shop for Brunello di Montalcino in several of our favourite vineyards. The choice reflects the complete experience - a combination of the wine, the sense of place and true hospitality.

  • Sesti Wine

    This romantic, charmingly set wine estate is run by an eclectic family whose roots don’t lie in wine. Owner Giuseppe Sesti started out as an astronomer and opera-director before rescuing a tumbledown Tuscan hamlet. Sesti brings his eclectic knowledge of the stars to bear on the biodynamics of wine-making. The results are impressive, from the starry Brunellos to the simpler Rosso di Montalcino.
    Address: Sesti Wine, Castello di Argiano, 53024 Montalcino (SI)
    Tel: +39 0577 843921
    Web: www.sestiwine.com

  • Il Palazzone

    Run by Laura and Marco, this small, welcoming Montalcino wine estate is noted for the owners’ enthusiasm, expertise and generosity of spirit, which is ably communicated. In addition to fine Brunello, try the versatile and affordable Rosso del Palazzone, which goes with most meals. Also on offer are estate-produced virgin olive oil, a Grappa di Brunello Riserva and a Super-Tuscan, dedicated to the owner’s parents.
    Address: Localita Le Due Porte, 245, 53024 Montalcino
    Tel: +39 0577 846142
    Web: www.ilpalazzone.com

  • Parking & Getting Around

    Hilltop Montalcino lies south of Siena, off of the SS2, about a 45-minute drive. Approaching from the north, leave the SS2 just south of Buonconvento. From the south or east, you can arrive via San Quirico d'Orcia, the heart of the Val d’Orcia, or via Grosseto. Parking in Montalcino can be tricky, particularly in the height of summer, when you might need to park outside the city walls.  More convenient is to both enter the town and park around the Fortezza, where there are several car parks. Explore the town on foot, beginning with the Fortezza. Unless you book an organized tour, you’ll need a car to visit the wine estates. As for lovely drives from Montalcino, expect a range of dreamy routes through the Val d’Orcia that combine rolling hills and hilltop villages with a mystical atmosphere.

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Authentic Tuscany Highlights: Siena, Winery tour, San Gimignano

Tuscan wine region with a historical overview, for a maximum of 8 people in a small group tour from Florence. The tour includes a visit and walk through a small hilltop town in the scenic Tuscan countryside with immaculate views, a visit to a non commercial tuscan wine estate to visit the cellars and have wines/oil tasting, lunch at one organic farm where to sample other 4 types of wines along with tuscan specialties as home made pasta, cheeses, fresh vegetables, farm to table products.

from $137.52

Val DOrcia, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and experience the heart of Tuscany by visiting the enchanting Val D’Orcia, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
We will start visiting the first winery where you will have private tour of the cellars, receive a full explanation of the wines and tasting three differents wines DOC Val D’Orcia.
Lunch at an organic agricultural farm located in Pienza countryside to enjoy the visit and the cheese tasting sheep and goat cheeses made from raw milk.
During the tasting they will explain the stages of cheese production from hand –milking to the final product.
Meanwhile you may relax on the terrace with a breath–taking panorama of the Val d’Orcia Valley.

from $273.89

The Ultimate Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Private Tour

Get ready to see the Uffizi's essentials, express style! Don’t waste any time and explore one of the world’s largest and most beautiful museums! Enter with a skip-the-line ticket and let your local host select for you only the utmost best, from paintings to sculptures and drawings. See the greatest Florentine Renaissance pieces of art made by artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. And hear more about the origins and the inspiration behind the famous masterpieces. A break on the terrace with a view on Signoria's Square to enjoy a flavorful coffee/cappuccino is included

from $84.80

Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence

Make like a real Tuscan cook on this 4.5-hour evening cooking class in a Florence cooking school. Working in a modern kitchen in the old building, learn how to create a quintessential Tuscan 4-course dinner of staples such as Hunter’s Chicken (chicken stew), fresh pasta and ‘tiramisu’ (cocoa, espresso and mascarpone pudding). Gain valuable insider tips from an expert local chef, and then enjoy your dishes during a convivial dinner, complete with well-matched Tuscan wine. Receive personalized attention on a small-group class limited to no more than 16 people.

from $79.07
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