WHAT IT IS

A tour to discover the fine food and wines of Monte Amiata

During your stay we shall try to show you all the varied aspects of food and wine which our region can offer. Apart from experiencing life in the small medieval villages, we shall visit numerous estates which produce local specialties. Obviously the table and menu will be supremely important. We have chosen a series of particularly interesting restaurants and hotels. One of our member is always available to accompany guests.

PROGRAMME
  • Day 1

    Arrival

    Arrival at the hotel in the late afternoon; a cocktail to welcome you. Dinner with traditional regional dishes, appropriately accompanied by the great wines of Montalcino, Montecucco, Scansano and Montepulciano. At the end of the evening there will be a slide show  to introduce Monte Amiata and its tradition.

  • Day 2

    Tour of Montecucco

    We will start the day with a visit to the medieval village of Arcidosso and its castle of the Aldobrandeschi family. Then we will move to an oil press for a tasting of extra-virgin olive oil. We will lunch at the olive oil farm in a traditional restaurant. After lunch we will go on to the wine producing area of Montecucco for visiting one of the most interesting wine estate of Montecucco wine and its storage space for barrels made out of a fourteenth century cellar.

    Return to the hotel.

    Dinner with traditional dishes and a concert given by a folksingers group from Castel del Piano.

  • Day 3

    Products tasting, Abbadia San Salvatore and the hot springs of San Filippo

    Today our tour starts with a visit to a ‘seccatoio’ (a building of peperino – a granite-like stone – in the chestnut woods where chestnuts are brought to be dried). We then reach the medieval town of Abbadia San Salvatore for a visit to the unspoiled historic centre and its eponymous Abbey. During our visit we will stop for a typical products tasting in a slow food shop in the centre. Lunch will be in a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon time to relax and take a resuscitating bathe in the hot springs at San Filippo. Return to the hotel and dinner.

  • Day 4

    Seggiano: The World of the Olivastra (huge and ancient olive trees)

    We reach the medieval village of Seggiano, clinging to a steep hill, surrounded by olives. After a visit to the village, possibility to visit a ‘Sienese pig’ farm and see these animals roaming free in the woods. Next, we will move to Daniel Spoerri Garden for lunch; founded in 1992, to exhibit a series of contemporary sculptures by internationally famous artists, it covers eight hectares. In the afternoon visit of the Garden and then return to the hotel and time to relax before dinner with traditional wines and dishes from Amiata.

  • Day 5

    The Villages of Amiata and The Production of “Salumi”.

    Today we shall discover other small medieval villages. We shall start with Castel del Piano where we shall meet Samuele, the master pork-butcher, who will show us the ways of preparing Amiatini “salumi” (hams, sausages, salamis etc.). We shall visit Santa Fiora, its historic centre, the church with della Robbia painted terra-cottas, the park with the fish pond and the Museum of the Mines. Lunch will be in a characteristic Tuscan restaurant. In the afternoon, a visit a cake factory, one of the most prestigious enterprises on a national level. Return to the hotel for dinner.

  • Day 6

    Montalcino: the City of Wine

    The day is dedicated to a visit to the old, historic town of Montalcino. The coach takes us to the Castello di Poggio alle Mura, where we shall first visit the huge cellar and wine shop of Castello Banfi and the nearby GlassMuseum. It is an unforgettable experience to see the headquarters of one of the most renowned producers of Montalcino. It is an impressive place, where one can experience at first hand the real atmosphere of a great estate.The next stage of the journey takes us to Montalcino. The old centre of the town has medieval origins, and from the Rocca (the fort) there are breath-taking views over the Val D’Orcia. Lunch in a traditional restaurant, where we can taste the wines of Montalcino. In the afternoon we head towards Sant’Antimo, the ancient Benedictine Abbey, built partly of alabaster. Return to the hotel for dinner.

  • Day 7

    The Hot Springs of Saturnia

    The last day is dedicated to produce of the oven. The first visit is to Roccalbegna, the ancient village lying along the gorge of the torrent Albegna and dominated by a fort on a rocky spur. From here we go on to the village of Semproniano for lunch at a characteristic restaurant. The afternoon will be spent at the hot springs of Saturnia where, in one of the largest thermal swimming pools in the world, a reviving bathe can be enjoyed between fountains and sulphureous streams. Return to the hotel programmed for the late afternoon. In the evening after dinner, there will be a dance in honor of the guests.

  • Day 8

    Final departure

    Breakfast and farewell. Departure will depend on check in times.

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