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Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence

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Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence
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icon11 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Discover some of the highlights of Tuscany on this day trip from Florence by coach. Visit historical hill towns Pienza, Montalcino, and Montepulciano; admire the gorgeous, vineyard-covered scenery of Orcia Valley (Val d’Orcia); and enjoy cheese and wine tastings as you stop at local wineries and other venues. It’s a great day out in the Italian countryside.
  • Visit hill towns Montalcino, Montepulciano, and World Heritage–listed Pienza
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the hilly vineyard landscape of Val d’Orcia
  • Taste regional wine varietals Brunello and Vino Nobile and sample local cheese
  • Round-trip transportation included for an added convenience
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Journey by fully-fitted GT Coach
Expert multilingual guide
Free visit to Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano
Visit to a wine cellar/museum in Montalcino with tour of the wine cellars and tasting of the world-famous Brunello wine
Visit to a winery in Montepulciano with tasting of the “Vino Nobile
Cheese tasting in Pienza
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Piazzale Montelungo , Piazzale Montelungo, Firenze FI, Italy

TOURS & NEWS KIOSK AT PIAZZALE MONTELUNGO BUS TERMINAL Located at 5-10 minutes walking distance from Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Look for our staff wearing a FUCHSIA CIAOFLORENCE JACKET and holding a CIAOFLORENCE CLIPBOARD!

8:00 AM
Piazzale Montelungo , Piazzale Montelungo, Firenze FI, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please show up 20 minutes before the tour departure
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • English and Spanish are always guaranteed. In order to confirm the excursion in Italian, German, Portuguese or French a minimum of 4 pax is required
  • The order of the visits may change and Montepulciano could be the first stop
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Covid-19 Mesures: A safe distance of one meter between clients will be maintained whenever possible. All our vehicles will be deep-cleaned and disinfected before and after each service. The use of masks is mandatory; clients must bring their own mask. Alcohol gel will be available on all our vehicles. Temperature will be checked for staff and visitors. Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use. Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough; it is not necessary to print it out.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ciao Florence Tours & Travels Srl
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence.

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  • "Make sure to wear comfy shoes because there are plenty of stairs and inclines." See review
  • "Overall, a good day trip for beautiful scenery and wine education, but if your goal is to spend a lot of time in the three lovely hill towns, rent a car and maybe spend a night in Montepulciano instead." See review
  • "Lunch not included so this tour profited a great deal!" See review

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star-4
Lovely Landscape
Suzanne_D
, Aug 2022
We had a very pleasant day with our guide Roberto and driver Claudio. Roberto was very kind and extremely knowledgeable. I told him it was my friend’s birthday so he put a candle in a delicious pastry and led the group in happy birthday. It was such a thoughtful, added touch which made the day extra special . During the time on the bus, Roberto found the perfect balance of talking to provide interesting information and giving time for peace and quiet to enjoy the landscape. When we drove past the house where the movie Gladiator was filmed, he played music from the movie and asked the driver to stop to let us take pictures. The wineries we stopped at were beautiful, most especially In Montalcino. I felt very lucky to taste and learn about brunello in such a magical setting. We had a lovely lunch and enjoyed free time in Pienza, which was an unexpected hidden gem that I’d never heard of before. It’s stunning! We didn’t have any time to walk around montepulciano, which was fine with me because I’ve been there before. However, others might have wanted more time there. It was the same in Montalcino. That said, the stunning view and setting for the wine tasting more than made up for it. The tour company did an excellent job. The meeting location was easy to find and the process was well organized. The only drawback was the fact that people brought their young children with them on the tour, which I thought was very strange. The kids were noisy at times and held things up for the entire group because they were car sick, fell down or were occasionally misbehaving. Perhaps the tour company could suggest a minimum age for participation? No one under the age of 13 maybe? Some of the other people on the tour were rudely talking when the guide or vineyard employees were speaking, which was annoying, but obviously not a reflection of the tour company in any way. Overall, l learned a lot about wine and the beautiful Val d’Orcia region and I felt very safe with Claudio expertly navigating the large tour bus through the narrow, winding, mountain roads of Tuscany. Roberto was an excellent, polite, funny and informative guide. I highly recommend this excursion to everyone.
star-5
Excellent
zorrengrace_O
, Jul 2022
Higly recommended. All the places we went give different times. It was my 2nd time in Pienza still worth to return. The tour is excellent
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We had a wonderful time...
Chris_G
, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful time on this full-day tour. The two wineries we visited were beautiful and the wines were delicious. The three towns that we visited were also stunning. We enjoyed exploring each of the three places just as much as we enjoyed the wine tasting. Overall, this tour was a great way to see these three places, which takes up the majority of the time. If you are just interested in drinking wine, this probably is not the tour for you. However, if you are interested in exploring some beautiful towns in the Tuscan hills and having some wine, then this tour is definitely for you!
star-3
The experience was good....
Cathy_S
, Jul 2022
The experience was good. Our issue was that the itinerary on the website is inaccurate. Montepulciano is the first, not the last stop. We had made plans to stay the night there after confirming with a Viator operator. Because of our reservation, we were unable to participate in the entire wine tasting tour. The description of this trip needs to be corrected.
star-5
Great wine and Cheese tour
katherine_g
, Jul 2022
Our guide Valentina was excellent, informative, and funny. The wine tasting locations and choices were excellent
star-5
A taste of Tuscan wines & views
Peter_E
, Jul 2022
Wonderful excursion - there are a lot of steps and inclines- good walking shoes a must. The wine tasting locations are breath taking. Our tour guide Serena was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
star-5
Under the Tuscan sun
Stefania_P
, Jul 2022
It's a perfect tour to discover vald'orcia one of the best area in tuscany, landscape is stunning, our guide valentina was great and super helpful, l can definitely recommend it also the wine is fantastic... Get the tour and enjoy tuscany!!
star-5
Amazing Wine Tasting and Scenic Tour
Jill_J
, Jul 2022
We were absolutely impressed with this tour. Even though it was a large group, it did not feel that way. It was very organized and we were able to tour the wineries in Montepulciano and Montalcino. The wine was delicious and our guide, MARCO, was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We have done many tours throughout our travels and believe that this was one of the best (if not THE best) that we've ever done. There is some walking up and down the hills in the mountain towns, so was glad that my sandals were comfortable. I also appreciated having free time in each of the towns to explore. Wonderful tour with CiaoFlorence group!! You won't regret it!
star-5
Fun day
Laura
, Jul 2022
Great day! Well worth the travel and terrific experience. Even though I traveled solo, I met others on the tour and we had a wonderful day.
star-5
Great trip!
Ann_L
, Jul 2022
It was a wonderful day, Elena was a great guide and each town was beautiful. A great way to see the Tuscan Country side!
star-3
I expected a bit more dedication for Spanish Speakers
Javier_C
, Jun 2022
It was a good experience but I expected more dedication in Spanish since it was the option I picked, it was a mixed group with English and Spanish speakers, however, There were some things that we didn't like: 1/ it was more like a bus leaving us in different cities than learning from the cities' histories. 2/ we didn't have the Cheese tasting experience part. It was part of the first wine taste experience, but I didn't learn anything there about cheese. 3/ if you pick the Spanish, think twice. There was more focus on English, and half part translated to Spanish. Additionally, during the wine tasting explanations there were 100% in English.
star-5
Worth the trip
Debbie_M
, Jun 2022
Renata was an excellent guide. Talosa winery was fantastic with wine and cheese pairings. Pienza is a quaint town with good restaurants for lunch.
star-5
Wonderful Tour!
Chloe_T
, Jun 2022
Serena was a wonderful tour guide and she made our tour as good as it gets. We explored some beautiful towns and got to taste some great wines. The pours on the wine were on the smaller side but still worth taking a tour of Val d orcia and exploring everything it has to offer.
star-5
Outstanding
AndrewJ_B
, May 2022
Excellent tour with great views, a wonderful driver and tour guide, Anthony and Constantine. We enjoyed hearing and seeing all the sites and found this tour to be very relaxing and inciteful. If you can, GO!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very good tour of Val d'Orcia
anhod
, May 2022
Fantastic views of Val d'Orcia. Three beautiful old towns. Pienza is amazing! Overall had a great experience.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous 40th!
Melissa_T
, May 2022
What a day! I can not imagine a more magical way to have spent my 40th birthday. We were unexpectedly delayed en route to our first destination due to an incident on the highway, however it was of little consequence given the ample time allowed throughout this day trip. Each town and each vista was more stunning than the next. Being able to explore freely in each location suited us perfectly whilst the information given by the guide remained interesting throughout the day. Highly recommend and would repeat again!
star-5
Excellent
Sue_B
, May 2022
Marco our tour guide was great! Friendly and kept the group on track. This tour was well done. Enough free time in each stop
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
The order of the trip was...
Elham_M
, May 2022
The order of the trip was backwards vs. the description here. They description sounds a lot more enticing. The roads and the three towns are super cute. It was very nice scenery. We drove through the Orcia Valley but there was no stop or pointing out of what is included in the description. The driver was very well skilled and the tour guide was nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Tuscany Wine tour
Anonymous
, May 2022
Our guide Valentina and driver Paulo were so wonderful. Very informative and friendly. They made the trip so enjoyable. Th3 scenery was so beautiful and the wine tasting at Montepulciano was great, the second tasting at Montalcino was just ok
star-5
Awesome fun
Luz_V
, May 2022
Great tour, relaxed and full of beautiful views. Constantine and Paul did a great job pointing out good food and good views. Constantine is very entertaining and caring. 10+ rating
1 traveler found this review helpful

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