Taste of Tuscany : Sept 26 – Oct 02 2022

Val D'Orcia Valley

Taste of Tuscany Sept 26 – Oct 02 2022 : Live like a local in Tuscany

Experience this breathtaking region with our small group custom tour Taste of Tuscany, and enjoy Italy like a Local without the crowds. Unpack for six nights in a beautiful Agriturismo Villa, tucked in a quaint village in the Tuscan countryside. Enjoy homemade organic food and explore the nearby villages and local wineries. Travel with Niche Travel Group hosts Amanda and Karen and discover what makes this region one of the MUST SEE’S of Italy

Dates September 26th – October 2nd 2022

The tour begins in Rome and ends in Chianciano-Terme, TuscanyTour includes:

-Private transfer from Rome to Chiusi with a visit in Orvietto on the way

-6 nights at the lovely 3.5 star Agriturismo La Petriccia

-6 breakfasts with local organic choices

-6 gourmet four-course local organic dinners

-Guided tours through Tuscany’s stunning Val D’Orcia Valley and the incredible city of Siena

-Wine, Olive Oil and Pecorino cheese tasting at Bradi Tuscani in the Old Town

-Day trip to Montepulciano

-2 Winery visits with wine tasting

-Olive Oil Instruction

-Cooking class

-Visit to the Terme Sensorali Spa

-Private transfer to the train station at end of tour

At the end of the tour return to Rome or venture on to discover Florence or Venice. Also available is an opportunity to add on our second guided Tour of the Amalfi Coast which begins on October 3rd.

Non refundable deposit of $500 per person required to confirm

Final balance due 90 days prior to travel


Taste of Tuscany $1895 per person

Single room supplement $500 per person.

26th September – Depart for Tuscany

This morning we will have a private transfer pick-up in Rome to take us to Tuscany.Before we arrive at our accommodation, we’ll be stopping at the ancient hill-town of Orvietto. In Orvieto, we’ll visit a stunning Gothic Cathedral and The Well of St Patrick.

After our tour of Orvietto, we’ll continue to our home for the next six nights at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia. This Villa is located in the village of Chianciano-Terme. The area is considered among the finest health resorts in Italy with its parks, numerous hotels and it’s therapeutic water which is reputed to cleanse various medical issues.

We will be met by Stefano, the Villa Owner, whose family has owned the property for generations. After check-in, we’ll sit back with welcome drink on the terrace to enjoy the panoramic view of this area.

A four course dinner with homemade organic products will be served at 8pm.

27th September – Day 2 Val D’Orcia

Breakfast with homemade organic selections.Depart the Villa at 10am for a lovely day of private touring with our local Italian guide, Chiara.

The Val D’Orcia is a region of Tuscany that extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. In 2004 the entire valley was included on the list of UNESCO’S World Cultural Landscapes.

First we visit Pienza, known as the perfect town and for its Renaissance-Era town planning. We’ll travel along a route that winds through a scenic landscape checkered with vineyards, cypress tress and Medieval Villages.

At Pienza, take in the view of the beautiful architecture as you stroll the cobblestone streets. While here enjoy a sample of the world renowned Pecorino cheese unique to this village. Snap a cute photo of one of the special “Love Lanes” known only to the locals. Oddly enough there’s not a single postcard or souvenir that mentions the site. Start with the “Lane of Attraction”, then a few steps to the “Lane of the Kiss” and finally the “Lane of Love”. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful pictures of Pienza and its surroundings.

Next we head to Montalcino, a hilltop town and commune. The town is located a short drive to the west of Pienza. There’ll be free time to enjoy a leisurely lunch and some shopping.

After our break, we’ll gather to hear the history of the town with our guide.

We’ill also be visiting a local winery for a tour and wine tasting.

A four course dinner with homemade organic products will be served at 8pm.

September 28th – Day 3 Local Living

Breakfast with homemade organic products at 8:30amAfter breakfast we’ll take a walk around the Villa’s gardens and farm with a stop at a local Olive Mill with a olive oil tasting. Also on our walk we’ll visit a neighbouring organic farm to meet the “cinta senese”.

After a short rest we’ll join out host, Stefano, for a cooking class using local organic produce and afterwards we’ll savour our creations with a delightful lunch.

This afternoon will be at leisure to relax by the pool with a glass of wine or take a stroll into town for a gelato.

A four course dinner with organic products will be served at 8pm.

September 29th – Day 4 Siena

Breakfast with homemade organic products.Today will be a full sightseeing day in Siena with our lovely, local guide, Chiara.

This historic town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions. Siena is famous for its food, museums, artwork, medieval architecture and cityscapes. Siena is also famous for the Palio, a horse race held twice a year in July and August. Our guide will explain about the 17 Contrades or Sections of the city and how they have shaped its unique culture for hundreds of years.

Located in the Piazzo Del Campo is the stunning Cathedral of Siena. If you choose to go inside you’ll find breathtaking artwork by Donatello, Bernini, Michaelangleo and Pisano.

While in Siena there will be free time to stroll the winding streets, take in a leisurely lunch or go shopping. Another recommendation would be a gelato in the Piazzo Del Campo.

Siena is approximately 75 minutes drive from our Villa.

A four course dinner with organic local products will be served at 8pm.

September 30th – Day 5 Spa Day

Breakfast with homemade organic products.After a sleep-in, we’ll head to the Terme Sensoriali Spa which has been famous since Roman Times for its geo-thermal therapeutic waters. With 20 Spa Experiences, including mud, emotional showers, sensory tub, it truly is an unique experience.

Afterwards, we’ll take a local Trolley to a charming local bistro, Bradi Toscani. Here we will indulge in Wine Tastings and an Olive Oil Tasting. We’ll also be served charcuterie boards of local meats and cheeses.

After this local experience, you’ll have time to explore this part of Old Town before you stroll back to our Villa or to spend time relaxing by the pool.

A four course dinner with organic local products will be served at 8pm.

October 1st – Day 6 Montepulciano

Breakfast with homemade products.We’ll take a quick 20 minute transfer to Montepulciano. The Medieval and Renaissance Hill-town is a gem. Wander through the winding narrow streets on your own or hop on the mini trolley for a ride and tour.

While here, we’ll visit the Winery Citta Sotteranea where we’ll enjoy some wine tasting.

Afterward we’ll return to our villa by private transfer for our final night at the Villa.

A four course dinner with organic local products will be served at 8pm.

October 2nd – Day 7 Goodbye to Tuscany

Breakfast with homemade organic products,Today we say goodbye to our hosts and the beautiful villa. We depaert at 10am by private transfer to the train station in Chiusi- Chianiani. Here you will take the train to your next Italian adventure at 11am.

Meet your hosts

This tour with be hosted by Amanda McMullin and Karen Marquis, both Italy specialists. They have travelled many times to this beautiful country.After Tuscany we will be heading to the Amalfi Coast where we’ll will hosting another 6-night tour starting on 3rd October. Why not make it a holiday of a lifetime and visit these very different and unique areas of Italy. Looking forward to you joining us!

Town of Pienza

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