What to do in Val d'Orcia

Guided tours through Val d’Orcia towns

If one should define Val d’Orcia towns, they would be described as Medieval little gems set in a lush nature. Each city has its own centuries-old history combined with ancient and rooted traditions. To stay in Val d’Orcia without exploring its small burgs should be a crime.

History, arts, and culture lovers will be able to experience guided tours in order to learn about the cultural heritage of these lands. Half-day and full-day tours are available.

Half-day guided tour

This half-day tour will introduce you to the Renaissance splendour of Pienza, allowing you to dive into its glorious history and architecture. The second stop is a visit to the ancient Pieve di Corsignano, one of the most suggestive monuments of the Siena area. Third stop - the town of Montichiello, an actual back-in-time journey through Medieval castles. This tour includes lunch at Agriturismo “Il Castello di Spedaletto”, where you will be able to admire the traditional flour mill and taste the typical wines and food.

Guided tour 1 - full day

This full-day tour will take you to typical and picturesque locations. The first stop of the tour is Bagno Vignoni, a thermal area of Roman era. This Medieval town with its thermal baths will astonish you. The tour goes on to San Quirico d’Orcia, an urban center rich in monuments and architectural masterpieces. You will then have a beautiful lunch at Agriturismo “Il Poderuccio”, experiencing the typical and traditional Tuscan cuisine. After a well-deserved rest, the tour will be completed at the ancient town of Pienza.

Guided tour 2 - full day

This full-day trip will start with a tour of the wonderful Pienza and a guided visit of the Pieve di Corsignano, where, besides visiting the monument, you can take a panoramic walk that will open up on the breathtaking landscape of Val d’Orcia. At lunch time, at Agriturismo “Il Poderuccio”, the typical wines and cuisine will delight you with the intense and genuine flavors of this area. In the afternoon, a walkthrough of Bagno Vignoni awaits. You will be enchanted by this town, renowned for its thermal baths of Roman times.

Guided tour 3 - full day

If this is the option of your choosing, you will first stop at the Sant’Antimo Abbey, a magnificent place that exudes historical and artistic charm. The walkthrough will move forward to Montalcino, a urban complex of Etrruscan origin, which features an astonishing panoramic view of the gentle valleys studded with vineyards and cypresses. After a light lunch at Brunello winery, the city of Pienza will be the next discovery of the day - here, you will have the chance to taste Pecorino, the typical and flavorful cheese of the area.

Guided tour 4 - full day

The focus of this full-day walkthrough will be on Pienza and Montepulciano, both urban centers of great historical and cultural significance. The latter will be the first step of this tour; here you will admire the old town and its stunning view of Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno. The tour would not be complete without a visit to one of the town’s historic wineries, where the excellent Nobile di Montepulciano docg wine is born. The second destination is the city of Pienza, where, after a delicious lunch at Ristorante “La Piazzetta” in the heart of the old town center, you will lose yourself in arts and culture, exploring every hotspot of the city. As the perfect conclusion of a day full of touristy experiences, there will be a Pecorino tasting, where you will have the pleasure to try the typical cheese of this splendid territory.

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