The trip departs Florence from the Santa Maria Novella train station at 2:00pm. The meeting point is in the International Ticketing Hall through the doors opposite of tracks 8 and 9. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Montalcino is by private, luxury coach bus with A/C, and DVD.
One of the major wine regions of Tuscany, Montalcino, produces some of the world’s most exquisite wine. Once we arrive in Montalcino, we will embark on our included wine tasting and vineyard tour. You will learn of the process of picking, making, and bottling of this famous wine. Afterwards, you will have time to sample wine, browse the vineyards, take pictures, and have the opportunity to purchase bottles from the wine collection for souvenirs to bring home to friends and family.
We will depart Montalcino and head to a local winery outside of San Gimignano named Tenuta Torciano. We will have a wine tasting of many local wines such as the Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Brunello while enjoying a traditional dinner of local appetizers, Tuscan soup, and homemade lasagna with truffle oil. You will learn the proper way to hold the wine glass, smell, and taste in the way of sommeliers. After having a chance to purchase wine we will depart Tenuta Torciano for San Gimignano.
San Gimignano is a medieval Tuscan hilltop town home to the world’s best gelato and famous towers. These can be seen from several kilometers away and have become iconic of the city. You will have time to explore the city. See the city’s fourteen towers, and the Collegiata and St Agostino churches with their works of art from famous renaissance artists such as Filippino Lippi. Grab a gelato and stroll to a breathtaking vista point overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany.
We will then depart San Gimignano for return back to Florence in the evening.