2017 1 - 7 April/13 - 19 May Tuscan Country Cooking and Wine Walk

Week tours

From 01/04/2017 to 07/04/2017

 Tuscan Country Cooking and Wine Walk in the Val d´Orcia, Siena

2017  1 - 7 April/13 - 19 May 

Price: €1.300,00

This price includes:

  • 6 nights half board accommodation at La Selvella www.selvella.com 
  • accommodation in a twin or double room with bathroom, breakfast and a 4 course dinner with wine
  • 5 lunches 
  • 3 cookery lessons
  • a truffle hunting and guide
  • a map of the area
  • 3 wine tastings
  • admission to a hot water spa
  • a cheese tasting at a cheese farm
  • a trekking guide
  • transport to and from Chiusi station
  • transport to the start of the walks and at the end of the walks.

 

Day 1: In the afternoon clients will be collected from Chiusi-Chianciano train station and driven to La Selvella, this is a drive of approximately 40 minutes.

There will be a welcome drink with your guide, who will tell you more about the week and answer any queries you may have about the itinerary. This evening you will sample the first of your delicious meals at La Selvella.

 

Day 2: Truffle hunting  

Distance: approx. 6km.

Altitude: approx. 880 metres

Degree of difficulty: easy

Shade: good

This morning we will meet Gianni, our truffle guide who, with the help of his faithful truffle hounds, will accompany us along woodland trails, home to wild boar and deer, pheasant and partridges, in the search of truffles.Then onto the charming medieval village of Radicofani with its imposing fortress, set in a unique panoramic position with views over the surrounding area as far as Siena, Lake Trasimeno and Lake Bolsena. Here the legendary Ghino di Tacco imprisoned the Abbot of Cluny, as related by Boccaccio in the Decameron. After lunch we can saunter through the narrow streets and visit the Romanesque church of San Pietro which houses works by the Della Robbia workshop, and La Posta built by the Grand-duke Ferdinando I of the Medici family as a hunting lodge, and which later became an inn giving lodging to such illustrious characters as Dickens and the Marquis de Sade. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. There will then be time to relax at La Selvella before the first lesson of the week with Marina who you will help prepare your evening meal.

 

Day 3: Walk from San Quirico d´Orcia to Bagno Vignoni.

Distance: approx. 7km

Altitude: approx. 409 metres

Degree of difficulty: moderate

Shade: scarce

We will drive to the medieval village of San Quirico d´Orcia and there will be a short visit before starting our walk through olive groves to visit a small winery before continuing on to the hamlet of Bagno Vignoni, a hot water spa with a Renaissance pool in the main square where hot water bubbles up from underground springs. Here Santa Caterina of Siena and Lorenzo the Magnificent of the Medici family came to enjoy the benefits of these waters. There will be lunch in a local restaurant before soaking your weary body in the hot spa pool.

  

Day 4: walk from Montalcino to Sant’Antimo

Distance: approx. 9km.

Altitude: approx. 540 metres

Degree of difficulty: easy

Shade: variable

This morning we take a scenic drive through the Val d’Orcia to Montalcino, the heart of the Brunello wine country, where we begin our walk through olive groves and vineyards to the romantic abbey of Sant’Antimo  which is said to have been founded by Charlemagne in 781. From here we have lunch at a local winery which produces the world famous Brunello wine.

You will then return to the Selvella to help Marina prepare another tasty meal.

 

Day 5: Today you  will visit a local cheese farm which produces the local Pecorino cheese and of course you get to taste the cheese!

In the afternoon there will be a cookery lesson before dinner.

 

Day 6: Pienza - Montepulciano

Distance: approx. 7km.

Altitude: approx. 490 metres

Degree of difficulty: moderate

Shade: scarce

We will be transferred to Pienza, birthplace in 1405 of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini later to become Pope Pius II. Pope Pius commissioned Bernardo Rossellino to build the Duomo and the surrounding square and palaces, and in 1996 Pienza was recognised by UNESCO for its fine Renaissance architecture, and inscribed onto their world heritage list. We will have time to wander the narrow alleys which inspired Zeffirelli to film Romeo and Juliet here, before setting off on your walk, stopping off below the walls of the town to visit the Pieve of Corsignano an enchanting Romanesque parish church, where Aeneas Silvius was baptised. The walk will take us through the rolling wheat fields below Pienza for our lunch at an organic farm. We will then be transferred back to the famous wine producing town of Montepulciano, birthplace of the great Classical scholar Angelo Ambrogini, better known as ‘Poliziano’. We will meet a traditional coppersmith before visiting one of the oldest and most beautiful wineries in the country, for a private wine-tasting of one of Italy’s most famous wines 

‘Il Nobile’. We then drive back to La Selvella.  

  

Day 7: Day of departure.

After breakfast you will be driven to Chiusi-Chianciano station.

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and will come back soon.

 

 

 

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