1-800-454-5922 Toll Free

Sign in


Shopping, Parking & Getting Around

  • Shopping

    The Val d’Orcia is a foodie hotspot so shopping often focuses on edible produce, including speciality foodstuffs that can be taken home or, more likely, devoured in your villa. Expect to be waylaid by tempting small cheese shops, wine-producers and enoteche (wine bars that may double up as wine shops) especially around Pienza. Stock up on local Rosso d’Orcia to quaff overlooking your Tuscan pool, as well as virtually local Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and full-bodied Bruncello di Montalcino. Speciality food shops often follow the seasons in displaying the best mushrooms (funghi porcini), chestnuts and truffles, along with saffron, olive oil and local cheeses. Allow yourself to be tempted by pecorino (sheep’s milk) cheese, whether sold by Pienza cheesemakers or even local Sardinian peasants.

  • Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore & Azienda Agricola

    Monte Oliveto Maggiore is the most engaging spot for shopping, whether in the abbey complex itself or via the abbey farm, the Azienda Agricola, also run by white-clad Benedictines. The abbey complex is home to a herbalist’s, selling everything from organic soaps and beauty creams to herbal teas and liturgical music. Call into the Cantina Storica for a free wine-tasting tour of the historic cellars in the abbey complex. Instead, contact the Benedictines’ farm shop or order online for monastic liqueurs, notably Flora di Monteoliveto, along with grappa, wine, olive oil, chickpeas and spelt.

    Web: www.monteolivetomaggiore.it

  • Librorcia Bagno Vignoni

    Is a cosy bookshop with a friendly owner plenty of books in both Italian and English, including guides.

    Address: Via delle Sorgenti 38, 53027 Bagno Vignoni (SI)
    Web: www.librorcia.com

  • Parking & Getting Around

    This is one of Tuscany’s loveliest areas and to be savoured slowly. The winding roads are designed for drama not speed, even if its beauty makes it the classic route for Ferrari fans out to impress. For remote beauty, we single out the Crete Senesi routes (the SS438 to Asciano, and the SP451 to Monte Oliveto Maggiore) and any gentle meanderings between the villages of Castiglione d’Orcia, Vivo d’Orcia and Campiglio d’Orcia, with views of ruined fortresses at every turn. The route south to Monte Amiata and Roccalbenga is also scenic, as are the routes north to Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano. Towards Monte Amiata, the mountain roads are tortuous but beautiful.
    Parking is tricky in summer in Bagno Vignoni but you can park just outside the village at the crossroads with the Via Cassia and then walk into the centre.

Experience an official tuscany tour with

Noble Tuscan Villa Dining Experience with Wine and Olive Oil Tastings

Dine at a boutique winery during this three-hour tour complete with wine and olive oil tastings. Travel from Florence with a small group in a comfortable van outside the city and into the beautiful Chianti countryside. At a historic villa and winery, a sommelier will lead a tour of the ancient cellar before a four-course dinner of regional dishes is served, accompanied by paired wines. The experience is topped off with dessert and a limoncello tasting before heading back to Florence.

from 91,15 US Dollar

FIT, FAST, & FUN FOOTBIKE TOUR

Are you looking for a fun way to get some exercise and discover Florence? Get ready for extreme fun and fitness on a footbike tour! The footbike is a type of scooter that features a larger front wheel than back wheel and a platform upon which the rider can stand and kick off from the ground. When utilized in cities, footbikes provide an excellent means of transportation throughout small, crowded streets. As you adventure around the beautiful city of Florence, you will discover amazing monuments, hidden treasures, and charming neighborhoods. You will pass by the banks of the Arno River and have the opportunity to see famous Italian architecture. No matter your age, riding a footbike in Florence will make you feel like a kid again, and you will not even realize that you have completed an incredible workout.

• Visit the important sites of Florence in 2 hours

• Footbike

• Helmet

• Expert tour guide

from 33,46 US Dollar

Private Tour to Pisa and Vinci from Florence with Typical Tuscan Lunch

Enjoy your day to explore the famous City with the Leaning Tower and the beautiful village of Vinci, the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci and delight your senses with a delicious wine tasting with lunch in an estate surrounded by green Tuscan hills.

from 183,46 US Dollar

Michelangelo's private tour in Florence

Discover MICHELANGELO. The great Florentine genius, with our
expert and licensed tour guides: his early works, the masterpieces of his
maturity, his monumental tomb hosting his mortal remains inside the Basilica of Santa Croce.

from 80,77 US Dollar
Villa finder