Art - Wine Tour in Cortona & Montepulciano, with lunch & 2 wine tastings
(Private Tour From: Florence, Arezzo, Siena)
Follow us inside the rolling Tuscan landscape, amidst wine, art, Middle Ages, Renaissance and history: visit Cortona and “the secret underground cellars” of Montepulciano. You will taste the best wines of our Region and meal with a typical tuscan lunch. The beautiful and untouched landscape is the absolute protagonist in Val d’ Orcia. This area of Tuscany boasts of endless rolling hills covered with grain or sunflowers and a rich green valley which encompasses the Orcia river.
- Our driver guide will pick you up at your location (hotel, B&B or private apartment) and take you on a drive through the rolling hills of Orcia valley. We will explore the South of Tuscany and visit the Medieval town of Cortona. The town that inspired the famous film “Under the tuscan sun”.
- Later we’ll move to Montepulciano to explore the “Underground Wonders” (The Historical Cellars of the city) located in the tuff, where you will find gigantic oak barrels, in which the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG “rest”.
- In Montepulciano we will enjoy a lunch and a second wine tasting in two different wineries, with a delicious typical Tuscan lunch. (Pecorino, bruschette, ham, salami, always with the best wines of our Region).
- At the end of the second wine tasting we will return to your hotel or location.
- Pick up at your Hotel or private flat and B&B with confortable Mercedes Minivan or similar.
- Welcome sign PEK TUSCANY IN LIMO + your name,
- English speaking driver – guide.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We can also pick up and drop off customers at private addresses, apartments or B & B, without extra charge. It is only necessary to indicate the correct address in the notes.
What To Expect:
Stop At: Cortona
Our professional Driver-escort pick you up at your hotel or another chosen location, (B&B or private flat) and will take you to discover the Tuscan countryside.
First stop at Cortona and free visit of the town.
- Cortona is a traditional walled Etruscan town, sitting at about 600 metres above sea level, it offers spectacular views over the surrounding valley and Lake Trasimeno. The main things I recommend you seek out in the town center are: Piazza della Repubblica, Cortona’s historical center, Cortona’s pretty medieval streets, Piazza Signorelli, Cortona’s beautiful local shops. For its wonderful countryside, in Cortona was produced the film “Under the tuscan sun”.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Montepulciano
- Later we will drive to Montepulciano to visit the “underground wonders” of the city. We will visit the main square, the Old Government Palace (very similar to Palazzo Vecchio), the Romanesque Church and two Historical Cellars: here you will find gigantic oak barrels, in which rest the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and Rosso di Montepulciano DOC”. In the city there are also several panoramic views over the Val d’Orcia and characteristic local shops.
- In Montepulciano will have two wine tasting experiences, in two differerent cellars with a typical tuscan light lunch. We will taste different types of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, one of the prestigious Italian wines.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Cantina Fattoria della Talosa
In Montepulciano we’ll visit Talosa Historical Cellar where we’ll feast with a delicious Light Lunch, wine tasting after a tour.
Wine tasting and lunch menu :
- Rosso di Montepulciano Doc;
- Nobile di Montepulciano Docg;
- Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva Docg;
- Nobile di Montepulciano “Filai Lunghi” Docg or IGT “Pietrose” Super Tuscan;
- Lasagna, Cannelloni, Ribollita, Pappa al pomodoro, Panzanella, Speld salad – Pecorino cheese from Pienza; – Typical Tuscan cold cuts (prosciutto, loin, salami).
Talosa is a historic and spectacular winery in the heart of Montepulciano, excavated in the old town. Its tunnels dug into the ancient rock both open to the large rooms where the Nobile wine rests.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Contucci Cantine
- Second wine tasting experience in Contucci Cellar. As far back as the Renaissance the Contucci family were cultivating the grape and by 1700 this activity of theirs’ was much appreciated. In fact they were one of the “founding fathers” of Vino Nobile, as is documented in 1773; having a major role in making it world famous: “a noble wine destined for the table of nobles”.
- At the end of the visit we’ll come back to your hotel or location.
Duration: 45 minutes
Inform us about any food allergies or intollerances you might have in advance during your booking procedure.