Tuscany Photo Tour: we will also visit the stunningly beautiful towns of Montalcino, and Pienza. Apart from being so pretty, each of these towns have another claim to fame; Montalcino for wine (Brunello) and Pienza for cheese (Pecorino).
6 participants maximum
Your Tuscan tour includes: • Drive through Tuscany’s most famous postcard scenery with your local expert Driver. • Scenic and photgraphic tour of the Val d’orcia. • Visit and free time to tour the town of Pienza. • Visit and free time to tour the town of San Quirico. • Visit and free time to tour the town of Montalcino.
As a guest once put it, “an overdose of scenery.” This tour of Tuscany will take us through the incredible Val d’Orcia (Orcia Valley), one of the most photographed regions of Tuscany. (All photos on this site are from our tours). It was nearly six hundred years ago when merchants had the idea of combining agricultural land with aesthetically pleasing scenery. Thus giving birth to the concept of landscaping as a man made creation. Today the farmers still pay as much attention to the aesthetics of their land as to the crops. The result is a feast for the eyes. In 2004, UNESCO elevated the Val D’Orcia to a World Heritage status – need I say more? The Val D’Orcia also has gastronomic treasures for the finest of palates, among which Italy’s most highly rated wines and sheep’s cheese.
Departure Time: Between 8.30 am. Dates: Every season. Days of Week: Everiday. Note: During this excursion transport will be made in a de-luxe limousine or minivan or motorcoach which offers the maximum comfort, with air-conditioning, large panoramic windows and comfortable seats.
This is the Program
8.30 am Our Tuscan tour starts as we head down the highway. It’s a two hour drive to the Val d’Orcia , but we’ll see gorgeous scenery as we travel through the region known as the “Crete.” Our photographic and scenery safari is under way, and the scenery is stunning. We’ll make numerous stops for photos maybe take a coffee somewhere along the way.
10.30 am We arrive in the tiny but charm packed town of Pienza, considered the first example of modern urban planning. Rebuilt in 1462 by Bernardo Rossellino, the town is disarmingly small but of great interest and scenic beauty, and if you like cheese then look no further; this is the place to ask for a cheese tasting, just walk into any shop. The tradition of cheese making is still very much a family affair and has traditions going back hundreds of years.
We suggest you a lovely lunch in one of the best Italian restaurant in Pienza.
01.30 pm We meander slowly to the little town of San Quirico but only after to make photo stops to admire The chapel of Our Lady of Vitaleta (dated 1590) is the jewel in the beautiful Val d’Orcia.
02.30 pm We reach Montalcino where we arrive about lunch time. You’ll be free to browse at you your leisure and of course have a bite to eat in a resturant or caffè. We stop in one of the most famous Brunello winery to taste Italy’s most valued wine which is made here:Brunello.
05.00 pm We leave Montalcino and travel leisurely through the gorgeous Orcia Valley continuing our photographic safari. I’ll point out the famous photos and take you to discover the hidden ones too. We’ll stop many times so you can take your own picture postcards. You will have seen these scenes in books and calendars, but it’s even better to witness them first hand.
We complete our tour in Tuscany and return to our accommodation.
07.00 pm Return. Duration: approx ten hours.
Please note that all prices above are quoted considering a pick up and drop off in Florence or its vicinities. We can organise pick up/drop off directly to your villa, castle or accomodation in other areas of Tuscany and prices will be quoted seperately upon request. We can guarantee the tour even more people (up to 17, up to 32..)
The tour includes:
Scenic & photographic tour of the Val d’Orcia.
Visits to the towns of Montalcino, Pienza & San Quirico.
Recent model minivan with AC, and all travel costs to complete program.
Our personal assistance like professional english speaking driver.