SIENA, CORTONA, MOTEPULCIANO, WINE TASTING AND LIGHT LUNCH
Join Italy on a Budget's day tour to explore the most beautiful Tuscan towns made famous through films. Wander the winding streets of Cortona walked by Diane Lane in UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN, watch out for the vampires of Twilight saga NEW MOON in Montapulciano. Explore the locations made famous by Michelle Pfieffer in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and Ralph Fienes in THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Spot the iconic rolling hills of Tuscany from LETTERS TO JULIET and enjoy a TASTE of the local lifestyle by sampling fine local wine, cheese and other products from the region.
Meet your local tour leader at the Italy on a Budget tour office in central Florence, just 10 minutes walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, and the rest of your group of like-minded young travellers.
From Florence you will travel for an hour and a half by private 8 seat mini-van through the beautiful Tuscan countryside enjoyed by generations on the movie screen.
Learn about the Italian way of life, the local customs, cuisines and quirks from your guide before reaching the first stop of the day. SIENA is the medieval town that set the backdrop of the famous movie Letters to Julliet and Stealing beauty. Be ready to be amaized by Siena a town full of charm, narrow streets with local artisans and medieval squares made in red brigs. A stop of the gotic Cathedral of Siena will be a must before we continue our trips towards our next destination.
From here, you head to the famous MONTEPULCIANO, where vampires converge in the Twilight Saga's New Moon. The beautiful walled town is also the home of the Montepulciano DOCG WINE, making it the perfect opportunity for a tasting of vino and other local products at an ancient underground cellar from the 14th century. You will have the chance to purchase products for the perfect gift or to ship home. Your guide will provide you with a local insight, information about the specific scenes and other films set in each place, as well as free time to explore the other attractions that the the towns have to offer at your leisure.
Just a 10 mins drive from Montepulciano we will find our local restaurant located in a stunning position overlooking the Tuscan hills and also producers of the famous Montepulciano DOCG wine. Here we will enjoy our LIGHT LUNCH with local Tuscan products including WINE TASTING.
After lunch you will head to CORTONA, the luscious hilltop town known for its olive groves and made famous by Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun. You will be given free time in Cortona to explore the narrow streets, artisan stores and other landmarks seen in the cinematic adapation of Frances Mayes' novel. Who knows, maybe your own Italian love story will unfold!
We will head back to Florence for approximately 8:00pm
|WHEN||Every TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SUNDAY|
|MEETING POINT||Italy on a Budget's office on via nazionale 149R opposite HOTEL GALILEO|
|TOWNS VISITED||Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena and Val'D'orcia|
|INCLUDED IN PRICE||Travel by minivan, Italy on a Budget's tour leader, 1h30 in Montepulciano,1h visit to Cortona, 2h Visit to Siena, wine and cheese tasting in a 13th century cellar, light lunch in a local winery including 2 wine tasting|
|MIN- MAX||min 4 people to run - max 8|
- TOUR MEETING POINT:
- Italy on a Budget Tours office on via nazionale 149R opposite Hotel Galileo at 08:00am
Meet your local tour leader at the Italy on a Budget tour office in central Florence, just 10 minutes walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, and the rest of your group of like-minded young travellers. From Florence you will travel for an 1h30mins by private mini-van through the beautiful Tuscan countryside enjoyed by generations on the movie screen.
The first stop of the day is Cortona, made famous by Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun. Who knows, maybe your own Italian love story will unfold! From Cartona you will visit Siena, the medieval town that set the backdrop for Letters to Juliet.
Enjoy a light lunch overlooking the iconic Tuscan landscapes made famous in Letter's to Juliet before heading to the famous Montalpulciano, where vampires converge in the Twilight Trilogy's New Moon.
Your guide will provide you with a local insight into each location, information about the specific scenes and other films set in the towns, as well as free time to explore. Enjoy a taste of the movie star lifestyle in a sampling session of fine Tuscan wines, cheeses and other products before heading back to Florence for approximately