Your hired car will be awaiting you after breakfast at your accommodation, and the driver will head for the Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, one of the most picturesque abbeys in Italy, renowned for the Gregorian chants of its monks. From there it’s a short ride to the town centre of Montalcino, the home-town of Brunello wine. After visiting the Fortress built by the Medici family, you can explore the old town centre. Your day’s itinerary will then take you to Bagno Vignoni, a small Medieval town where you can visit the ancient Roman baths, with springs of hot sulphuric water. You may have lunch in a typical restaurant, tasting the best food of the local tradition.
Travelling along scenic routes through glorious countryside where Hollywood blockbusters such as “The Gladiator” and “The English Patient” were set, you will next reach the Renaissance “ideal city” of Pienza, built by pope Pio II on the site of his native village. In the town centre you can visit his palace, while a panoramic viewpoint allows breathtaking views upon the Val d’Orcia National Park. Pienza is also famous for its delicious sheep cheese “Pecorino di Pienza”. Back to the car, and your driver will take you to your last destination for the day: the hilltop city of Montepulciano, famous for the production of the Nobile di Montepulciano wine. While walking through the town centre, don’t forget to peek into the metalsmithing workshops producing copper items.