Luckily, the drive out to Val D’Orcia was about an hour and a half, so if you’re a bit sleepy, you can have a quick snooze on the bus. During the ride, Brando told us tid bits about what we would see and what we were passing on the way. It seems silly to take a tour when you’re married to an Italian, but there are so many things to be learnt on these tours that only a guide can tell you about, even my husband commented on how happy he was to learn about the history of the area. Our first stop was Montalcino, a hill-top oasis with a castle that is home to the famous Brunello wine. We weren’t as excited for this first stop as we were for the others as this was already my third time visiting Montalcino. It is absolutely a valid stop for anyone who hasn’t been, the town itself is lovely but the wine even more so. We had our first wine tasting here underneath the castle which I thought was a fantastic touch.
Summary: Highly recommended tour and good value (70 euro) for essentially a 12-hour day, all transportation, 2 wine tastings, a cheese tasting, and an enthusiastic tri-lingual guide. Perfect for first-timers and also return travellers to Italy, it really takes you to the heart and soul of Tuscany and for the most part, out of the crowds. You won’t regret all the breathtaking photographs and the access to trying and buying some of the world’s best wine.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK THIS TOUR CLICK HERE: Val D'Orcia Full Day Tour from Florence and GRAZIE Ciao Florence Tours for a great day!
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