Get ready, cyclists: this one's for you! The Eroica is a world-renowned vintage bike race, held annually in the hilly, vineyard-dotted region of Chianti in Tuscany. Follow the route of this legendary race, experiencing the Strade Bianche (unpaved white roads) that take you through the heart of this magnificent countryside.
Afterward, make your way to Montalcino, a hilltop town and the region’s namesake. Enjoy some free time to climb the walls of the fortress, where the brave soldiers of the Republic of Siena made their last stand to Florence and the Medici. Then visit some local shops, taste more Brunello wines in one of the wine bars, or simply wander around the cobbled streets and enjoy incredible views overlooking the valley and vineyards below.
A short drive outside of Montalcino takes you to the ancient Benedictine abbey of Sant'Antimo. This special place sits within stunning landscapes, which together permeate peace and tranquility. Unknown and unseen by many travelers, the abbey is one of the main wonders of Tuscany. You may even witness the monks singing Gregorian chants echoing amongst the natural surroundings.
Around midday, you'll arrive at a family-run winery to meet the owners and winemakers. Enjoy a visit through the estate and its farm, and then sit down to enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal accompanied by delicious wines. After lunch, you’ll visit the third winery of the day and learn about the winemaking processes, industry tools, how to care for the vines, and why it’s important to age Brunello wine in oak barrels. After visiting the cellars and getting to know the winemakers, enjoy your final tasting.
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Itineraries with Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour in Tuscany
Explore the birthplace of Pinnochio on this packed 15-day itinerary of the Tuscany region. Begin in Florence to see Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture and works by Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Donatello. Hunt for flavorful truffles in the countryside, climb the leaning tower of Pisa and take a vintage Vespa out for a ride on rolling country roads. Visit the pretty medieval cities of Montepulciano and Siena, tour Tuscany's top vineyards, and handmake your own Italian pasta. Round out your trip with a hike on the historic Cinque Terre trail, which hugs the stunning Mediterranean coast.
This 8-day itinerary takes you on a gastronomic adventure through two of Italy’s most spectacular landscapes and cuisines. Starting in the Piedmont hill town of La Morra, you’ll work your way south to Tuscany, ending in the medieval city of Montalcino. In between, you’ll explore picturesque villages, sample local dishes, and visit historic wineries.
Indulge your taste buds on this Tuscan tour, visiting beautiful vineyards and medieval towns like Siena, Volterra, and San Gimignano, where you'll enjoy the flavors of the region with wine tastings and traditional, locally-sourced cuisine. Explore ancient cobblestone streets and monuments, enjoy the old Cypress trees of Bolgheri, and sleep soundly in your cozy farmhouse accommodation. End your trip on the rocky coast of Cinque Terre where you'll enjoy more wine and regional foods, plus one last stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.