Experience the breathtaking valleys and enchanting hill towns along the back roads of Tuscany at your own pace on our Premium value packed package!
Our Premium Package is designed for food and wine enthusiasts exploring the back roads and hidden gems of the Valdichiana and the Val D’Orcia, two of Tuscany’s most scenic valleys steeped in tradition. Package includes one hands-on cooking lesson, a visit to a wine estate with lunch in Montepulciano, a pecorino cheese tasting in Pienza followed by lunch, and an olive oil and cheese tasting at an artisan shop in Cetona.
- Five nights accommodation at the Locanda di Cetona ***S Cetona in a junior suite
- Buffet breakfast daily, hotel taxes & service charges
- Valet Parking included
- One 2 hour “hands on” cooking classes followed by lunch or dinner with wine served at the renowned Osteria Vecchia Da Nilo in Cetona
- Winery visit, wine tasting, followed by lunch with wine at the Fattoria Il Pulcino of Montepulciano
- Wine, olive oil tasting and cheese tasting at the Cantina La Frasca artisan shop of Cetona
- Pecorino cheese tasting followed by lunch with wine at the Dal Falco Ristorante of Pienza
- Category ECMR FIAT PANDA 2 door five speed manual shift for six days, including the 22% Vat tax, unlimited free mileage, collision damage waiver, mandatory fire & theft protection, third party liability up to 2 million dollars, personal accident insurance, zero – 0 – deductible, 24 hour road assistance.
Pick up your Category ECMR FIAT PUNTO 2 door 5 speed manual shift at any Europcar Rental Office location and self drive to Cetona. The area has been inhabited since The Etruscan Age, and during the Middle Ages was fortified by Siena in the 15th century. Parts of the medieval walls and the ancient keep remain. Cetona is considered one of the 50 most beautiful villages of Italy. Your hotel is situated in Piazza Garibaldi, built in the sixteenth century as the main access to the medieval town, and bordered by two churches and the loggia of the market. The Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity contains some fifteenth century frescoes and a Madonna attributed to Pinturicchio. The surrounding countryside of Cetona is of great beauty and tranquility, and has been the envied shelter of artists and writers. Higher up, under the protective shadow of the mountain, lies the Belvedere Archaeological and Natural Park, where lies a prehistoric site, first excavated in 1927 by the archaeologist Umberto Calzoni. Most of the remains recovered from the site, which date back to Palaeolithic Bronze Age, are on display in the Monte Cetona Museum of Prehistory.
Check in and room assignment at the Locanda del Tiglio. Valet parking is available. Overnight.
Day 2 – Cetona
Buffet Breakfast/Wine and Olive Oil Tasting/Cooking Class/Lunch
Buffet breakfast at hotel and in the late morning visit the nearby Cantina La Frasca for an informative olive oil and wine tasting accompanied with rustic snacks. Afterwards, take part in a two hour “hands-on” cooking class followed by lunch or dinner with wine, served at the renowned Osteria Vecchia Da Nilo in Cetona. The old Osteria Cetona has existed since time immemorial. Nilo Fastelli transformed the restaurant into a famous oasis of old and new flavors, frequented by the locals and personalities from the world of culture and journalism, economics and entertainment, all united by the desire for healthy food, in the best tradition of the Tuscan Cuisine. Nilo, his son Christian and his wife Silvia will share their enthusiasm and culinary secrets in a relaxed environment.
Day 3 – Cetona / Pienza / Cetona
Buffet Breakfast/Pecorino Cheese Tasting/Lunch
Buffet breakfast at hotel and self-drive to nearby town of Pienza, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and birthplace of Pope Pius II. Upon being named Pope in 1458, Pius began to dream up a new design for his native town, and entrusted his dream with Bernardo di Matteo Gambardelli, an apprentice of the famous architect and scientist Leon Battista Alberti. Construction on the city (between 1458 and 1462), comprised the ancient borgo of Corsignano; legend has it that a soldier from Sillano, called Corsinio, founded the original town.
The geometric perspective, the impressive volumes of the Cathedral and of Palazzo Piccolomini, and the utilization of space in the Medieval Borgo’s center represent a remarkable testimony to the architectonic genius of the epoch. To this day it continues to show off to the world its refined and sophisticated Renaissance urban plan: its spaces and perspective onto its 15th-Century piazzas and palazzi are organized according to the era’s ideals of rationality and humanism. Enjoy a pecorino cheese tasting followed by lunch at the Ristorante Dal Falco of Pienza. Dal Falco has the distinction of being "the ideal city's" oldest, traditional Tuscan restaurant. Silvana Franci, Chef and Sommelier, professionally combines the tradition and simplicity of the Tuscan kitchen -the true culinary expression of the territory of Pienza- with the perfect selection of the highest quality ingredients, maintaining a superb balance of excellence and value.
Day 4 – Cetona / Montepulciano / Cetona
Buffet Breakfast/Wine Tasting/Lunch
Buffet breakfast at hotel and spend a full day exploring the Val D’Orcia and Val di Chiana. Our first stop is in Montepulciano, where you will experience a winery visit, wine tasting, followed by lunch with wine at the Fattoria Il Pulcino, a family run winery. Originally a monastery, then converted to a wine estate in the 15th century, the fattoria produces excellent wine as well as traditional organic products. Its cellars house an interesting private museum of Roman and Medieval Artifacts.
Day 5 – Cetona
Buffet breakfast at hotel and enjoy a day at leisure to explore the neighboring hill towns. Perhaps visit the Terme Sensioriali at the Terme di Chianciano, or enjoy a biking or hiking excursion.
Day 6 – Cetona
Buffet breakfast and check out. Self-drive to Europcar’s Rental Office to return your car. Arrivederci!!
Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices
Hotel Locanda di Cetona
PRICING PER PERSON
VALID FOR TRAVEL November 1, 2017 - December 20, 2018, January 6 - March 31, 2018
$849.00 per person, double occupancy
$1,469.00 per person, double room for single occupancy
VALID FOR TRAVEL April 1 - October 31, 2018
$969.00 per person, double occupancy
$1,699.00 per person, double room for single occupancy
Vacation may be personalized with soft trekking, biking, truffle or mushroom hunting when in season or private car and driver. Contact us for details!