- 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.
Such a fantastic afternoon!! Our guide, Marianna was wonderful - and Brunello Wine Tasting was just fantastic! Beautiful setting; a lovely hospitable and fun host in Paulo, whose English was wonderful; and with a setting to die for........The abbey at Sant'Antimo was just beautiful in fabulous surroundings; and Montalcino picture postcard! The only negative for me would be that half an hour isn't really enough time to visit Montalcino........but all in all a hugely enjoyable afternoon; where we met some wonderful people, who will surely remain friends!! x
The tour started in Sienna, which gave us the chance to explore the city, which was absolutely wonderful. Our guide picked us up. He was a wonderful man, who knew a lot about the region and shared lots of stories about Sienna and Florence history. We stopped along the way and had lots of photo opportunities. After some driving we got to Abbadia Ardegna, the winery where we walked around the factory and some vineyards. The absolute highlight was the owner of the winery, Mr. Mario. A vivacious and passionate about wine, 80 something year old man who has been working there for the majority of his life. He only speaks Italian, but whether you understand the language or not, you can still understand his passion for his winery and his Brunello de Montalcino wines! Otherwise the guide translates everything perfectly well into English. We tried several wines, which were delicious! After the wine tasting we drove on to Sant'Antimo which is a beautiful abbey. The architecture is sobre and gives space to reflect. On the ride back to Sienna all of us fell asleep in the car. I guess the wine tasting did it's work properly!
Thanks for a very wonderful and unforgettable day! The price and quality are a definite 5 star for us!
Good tour overall.
Abbey was interesting but would be better if we had been there for the chants- they could sequence the tour to ensure that.
cons- No guided tour of Montalcino- bus dropped us off for an hour on our own
A very nice afternoon! Really wanted to get to the Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, but Montalcino is also a favorite of mine. Despite a rainy day, I really enjoyed this tour. Only suggestion is a little more time in Montalcino.
Beautiful ride through the countryside. Be prepared for twisty roads! The visit to the winery with wine-tasting was superb!
Beautiful scenery!! Great guide but....we were combined with a Brazilian group not supposed to be and their guide talked all the time and our guide had trouble getting a chance to talk. Also the medieval town had no bathrooms or restaurants open. Wine tasting was ok but we did not see much of the winery. I think the trip had a problem because the Brazilian group dominated everything.