Walking up to 4.5 miles; approximately 3 hours; natural trails, cobblestones, and uneven pavement. Elective afternoon walk of about 4.5 miles; approximately 2 hours; trails, cobblestones, uneven paths; roughly 600 feet of elevation change. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 9 miles (15 km) back to Pienza; less than 1/2 hour.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, and breads, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll set out with our Group Leader and a local expert on a walk from the hotel through beautiful Tuscany to reach Monticchiello, a small, renovated village known for its Teatro Povera (Poor Theatre). During our walk, we will see the Italian countryside, hike, and learn about the region through educational commentary.
At a local establishment in Monticchiello, we will have a cheese tasting lunch with water, which will be accompanied by a lecture given by the cheese monger. It will focus on regional cheese making practices and produce that is prevalent in Tuscany.
You might like to take an elective walk through the beautiful landscape to Montepulciano. The last part of this walk can be a bit of a climb with an altitude difference of roughly 600 feet. Montepulciano is a medieval village perched on the crest of a hill of volcanic rock. Its buildings represent the iconic style of the Florentine Renaissance. Those who would rather not walk can choose to board the motorcoach and make a driving transfer to Montepulciano instead. The entire group will rendezvous in the town square and, after a walk through the town to a local winery, we’ll enjoy a wine tasting of Nobile di Montepulciano as we take in a lecture on local wines given by a local expert. We’ll then board the motorcoach and make the short transfer back to the hotel.
Hotel plated meal.