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Val d'Orcia

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Val D’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

The Basics

The Val d'Orcia, a favorite subject of Renaissance painters and modern photographers, covers a small area of Tuscany between the town of Siena and Mount Amiata, and is known for its beautiful landscapes, medieval towns, and excellent cuisine. Take a Val d'Orcia tour to visit the villages of Montalcino and Montepulciano, and to sample their local Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines—perhaps paired with pecorino cheeses from nearby Pienza—during a wine tasting session. Other delightful small towns worth a visit on a private tour of the Val d'Orcia are San Quirico d'Orcia, famous for its olive oil, and Bagno Vignoni, home to historic thermal baths.

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Tuscan Food and Wine Tour of Val d'Orcia from Florence
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Tuscan Food and Wine Tour of Val d'Orcia from Florence
$83.89 per adult
We took the tour with Duona and it we...
We took the tour with Duona and it we had a great time! The tour group was big.. probably about 25-30 people in a coach bus.The cities we visited were beautiful, and the wine tastings were fun. Perfect tour to take if you want to get to meet fellow travelers as well.
Natalie F, Aug 2018

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xxxxxx, Oct 2020
Val d'Orcia private tour: Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano
A pleasant trip in a comfortable car with a knowledgeable driver. I do not want to say any more - please be satisfied!!!
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Winery in Montepulciano.
victravelfun, Feb 2020
Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence
We traveled on a small bus with 27 in our group. Giulia kept our group informed on what to expect and gave us many interesting details on the areas we were seeing. The towns were lovely.
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Really enjoyable day out!
efdethridge, Nov 2019
Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence
I thought this was a great tour and I loved that you visited three towns. The tour guide was wonderful, really friendly and informative. The bus was comfortable as well. My only comment is that I wished we had more time in Montepulciano. Highly recommend.
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Tuscany tour
farmers389, Sep 2019
Pienza, Val d'Orcia, Montalcino wine and Pecorino cheese PRIVATE TOUR from SIENA
Our driver, Darrio, was excellent. He made time to show us a few extra local places. The lunch at the farm was incredible and possibly the best part.
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Perfection
Weterpest, Aug 2019
Pienza, Val d'Orcia, Montalcino wine and Pecorino cheese PRIVATE TOUR from SIENA
This was an absolutely incredible day and Dario was a great guide. He is full of knowledge and brought us to really incredible places. The food, the wine, the company, the scenery... all A+
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Breathtaking Montepulciano and Montalcino
365Preeti, Aug 2019
Tuscan Food and Wine Tour of Val d'Orcia from Florence
Location to connect with my tour - Easy to find location if you learn to use Trams - Used T1 from Florence SMN going towards Villa Constanza - got down Porta Al Prato - and the pickup was diagonally opposite — Checkin - Smooth and Fast. — Tour Guides & Tour - 1. We had literally a united nation traveling with us so there were tour details explained in multiple languages - 2. Serena who guided us in English was knowledgeable and helpful 3. Tour started in Montalcino winery - excellent options of wine tasting - sadly we were given just a 15 mins break in Montalcino 4. Next stop was Pienza - I would have liked to bypass that town altogether as found it very ordinary - wish we had more time in Montalcino - Pienza was a longer break as it was also a lunch stop 4. Montepulciano is as breathtaking as described and we reached there in the later part of the afternoon - the time given passed really fast - as there is just plenty to see - Montepulciano is definitely a no no for any one with issues in walking - as every lane is a steep climb up or down - and yes it is very easy to get lost here.
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Wine and Tuscany
DebiM67, Sep 2019
Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence
Great tour to see the country side of Tuscany and small villages Tour guide was very informative and let us know what to expect all along the tour Down side - thought this would be a small tour of 25 and ended up being a large group with half English and half South American - a lot of work for the tour guide to speak in both languages all day long - disappointed it wasn’t more personal
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Wine country
kathryndestefano, Sep 2019
Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence
The wine country is beautiful and the wine itself was excellent. Our tour guide was very informative. We had a terrific group of people on the tour that made it a pleasure to wine and dine with.
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Wine and Views
Kelly B, Nov 2019
Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence
A lovely day trip to the Orcia Valley with Valentina as our guide. The views and commentary were wonderful, aided by a clear, sunny day. I felt that too much time was spent in Montalcino, just the right amount in Pienza and not nearly enough in Montepulciano. Wine tastings were good and informative, but I'd forego the optional lunch at restaurant in Montalcino to do your own thing, as the food was average at best. 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.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The scenery around the Val d'Orcia area is truly picturesque, so don’t forget your camera.

  • Some of Italy’s most prestigious wines are produced in the Val d'Orcia, so wine lovers will especially appreciate exploring the area’s wineries and tasting rooms.

  • There is a small amount of walking during most Tuscany tours, either through hilltop towns or across winery vineyards; comfortable shoes and a sun hat are recommended.

  • Winery visits may not be appropriate for young children.

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How to Get There

Val d'Orcia is located about an hour south of Florence and is an easy day trip from Rome, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena. There is little public transportation between the towns and wineries in this area, so by far the best way to explore is by joining a small-group tour with transportation included.

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When to Get There

The Val d'Orcia is lovely year-round but is particularly interesting to visit in the fall, when the grapes and olives are harvested and many towns hold wine and olive oil festivals.

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Famous Tuscan Landscapes

The Val d'Orcia is just one of many areas in Tuscany known for its striking scenery. The stark chalk hills of the Crete Senesi and the wooded countryside of Chianti are also beautiful—and are equally popular wine tour destinations.

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