This tour is a trip through time, from the Etruscans tombs to Romans remains, from Medieval hill towns to renaissance basilicas. It also offer a great diversity of landscapes, from the vineyards covered hills of Chianti and Brunello to the barren geometrical cypress-crested moulds of the “Crete”
Activity Level: Moderate | Mileage: 270 km | Daily Cycling: 2 – 5 hr
Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights
Day 1 – Arrival in Poggibonsi and Settling
Where you will be met by our representative who will drive you to your villa in Poggibonsi.
Day 2 – Villa S Lucchese/ Colle Vald’Elsa/San Gimignano – Km 40
Departing from Villa San Lucchese first you encounter Colle Val d’ Elsa and its glass blowing artisans some of which you can visit. San Gimignano with its towers will request more time and a couple of hours of window shopping before starting back to San Lucchese.
Villa S Lucchese /Abbadia Isola /Monteriggioni /Siena – 42 Km
A nice day through winding Chianti roads, in a landscape of luscious, vineyards and superb wineries to end in Siena to have an icecream on one of the most famous squares in Italy: Piazza del Campo.
Day 4 – Siena /Buonconvento – Km 40
A nice day through winding Chianti roads, while the landscape is changing from luscious, vineyards to the more linear cypress-crested hills of the “Crete” near Buonconvento. Murlo is a nice little village on your way to the nice farm where you are spending the night. In summer you will be glad to get a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or in autumn a relaxing massage and a sauna at their beauty farm.
Day 5 – Buonconvento/Montalcino – Km 46
Rather difficult start, with fairly steeps slopes until you reach the asphalt. Then you head for The Monte Oliveto monastery. You will spend the night in a nice hotel in Montalcino the Brunello home land.
Day 6 – Sant’Antimo abbey
Enjoy this fortified town from the bastions of which you will enjoy of a 360° view. The descending trail road lead you to the beautiful and peaceful church of Sant’Antimo where you may be able to listen to Gregorian chants.Night at the same Inn in Montalcino.
A very full day as from the thermal square of Bagno Vignoni, to Pienza, the renaissance jewell redesigned by the pope Pio the II to become a “liveable” town; Visit the town which is also an agricultural centre well known for pecorino cheese, and truffle production. A dirt road will take you to Montichiello a nice little village immersed in the “Crete”. you can stop ther for a nice lunch or just for a cappuccino before continuing to Motepulciano known for its “Nobile” wine.
Cooking classes available in the last day at Villa Cicolina.
Day 8 – Departure
Transfer to Chiusi train station.
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