Montalcino is the heart of the Brunello wine country. We will visit the town before beginning 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 and taste the world famous Brunello wine.
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 to the medieval farmhouse Il Rigo for our lunch.
We will then walk on to the pleasant medieval village of San Quirico d’Orcia.
The walk starts in the medieval hamlet of Montichiello. After visiting the village our walk takes us to the famous wine producing town of Montepulciano, birthplace of the great Classical scholar Angelo Ambrogini, better known as ‘Poliziano’. After lunch there is the chance of seeing a traditional coppersmith at work 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 will leave from the small medieval village of Celle sul Rigo situated on the borders of Tuscany and Lazio.Celle sul Rigo takes its name from the maze of cells or caves below the village that were used over the centuries as a prison, a hideaway for partisans and are now used by the villagers as wine cellars.We will walk through the rolling, hilly countryside, along dirt roads and country trails to the charming medieval village of Radicofani. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. In the imposing fortress the legendary Ghino di Tacco imprisoned the Abbot of Cluny, as related by Boccaccio in the Decameron. You can saunter through the narrow streets and visit 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. There is also the Romanesque church of San Pietro that houses works by the Della Robbia workshop and Andrea della Robbia.
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