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!
When we left Siena is was a rainy cloudy day, but when we got to the mountains around Montalcino, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The scenery was breathtaking. The town was quaint but with steep hills that would challenge anyone. Unfortunately, very few shops were open when we got to the town and the only food to eat was gelato. The abby was awesome too. We could hear the monks chanting while in there which was very nice. The wine tasting visit was better than your traditional sales pitch to buy wine. The guide there I think his name was Tony spoke no English the tour guide translated and was 80 years old. He flirted with all the women. The samples of wine and food passed out were very generous and the atmosphere there was fun. We were all a little tipsy on the bus ride home. It was a beautiful day. When we got back to Sienna, it was still raining.
A nice trip, to two scenic spots. Most of the trip time was taken up with the wine-tasting: five wines and then grappa to wash it down. Unguided time of an hour in Montalcino more time would have been appreciated, and 45 minutes at the abbey Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, where 20 minutes was more than enough. But still, a nice inexpensive excursion to 3 interesting places in an afternoon 2-8 pm .
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!
The tour was good, but somehow the description or the itinerary on viator is kind of misleading. The tour started with wine tasting and we spent approximately 1 hr 15 min at the winery. Consequently only 15 minutes were given at the abbey and around 40 minutes in montalchino. So it was a bit disappointing that the emphasis was more on wine tasting and less on sightseeing. Montalchino and abbey tours were not guided. Both places deserve a bit more time to look around and enjoy the views. Actually checked the tour description of the local tour operator and there it is advertised as a wine tasting tour with stops at montalchino and the abbey. So, Viator, please modify your description.
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.