This tour was amazing!
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!
Myself and Girlfriend had a great time on this trip. There was great difficulty listening to the driver with the sound of the road and AC system. Saw amazing sites and the wine tasting was great although the place was under extensive construction, soon to be completed
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.
Good tour, especially the visit to Abbazia di Sant'Antimo.
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.
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