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- Half-day trip to Montalcino and Abbazia di Sant’Antimo from Siena
- Travel through the UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia region to the hill town of Montalcino
- Enjoy free time in Montalcino to soak up the views and visit the wine shops, if you wish
- Visit Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, a Romanesque abbey with stunning Travertine sculptures
- Sample wines on a Tuscan winery tour and try the world-renowned Brunello di Montalcino
What You Can Expect
Hear the history of Montalcino as you travel, learning about its rich wine, and then stop in the town to enjoy roughly one hour of free time. Its enoteche (wine shops with bars) are unrivaled in Tuscany, so, if you’re hoping to buy wine to take home, then this is the place to do it. Alternatively, the town’s views are equally divine, so perhaps pay a visit to its 14th-century Fortezza; entry is at your own expense, but once inside you can climb the ramparts and soak up vistas of the emerald fields that abound. It even has its own enoteca, too.
Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time and travel the short distance to Abbazia di Sant’Antimo – a resplendent Romanesque church, built with local Travertine stone. Set in a gloriously secluded valley, the abbey would have once been a must-visit spot for Christian pilgrims following the Via Francigena – a road that (supposedly) linked Rome to Canterbury in England.
Head inside with your guide to marvel at the abbey’s 15th-century frescoes and the stone animal sculptures that adorn the pillars. Admire the sunlight streaming in through the open windows, bathing the altar in an ethereal glow, and – if you’re lucky when you visit – you might get to hear some Gregorian chanting by the resident monks.
Hop back aboard your coach and travel to a nearby winery to wind your tour up on a high note, sampling Brunello di Montalcino, plus other selected Tuscan wines. Tour the cellars and vineyards, learning about the sangiovese grapes that are grown in the area, and then sit down for a wine-tasting session with your guide.
Travel back to Siena in the early evening, finishing your tour back at the start point.