domenica 5 settembre 2010
Siena Tour Val d’Orcia Tour Pienza
Hot Air Balloon Experience
This breathtaking experience requires an early morning wake up! Expected flight time: more or less 80 minutes according to winds and weather conditions. Expected length of whole experience: approximately 3 hours including return transportation, inflating time, flight and Tuscan breakfast.
The service includes:
- Transportation service from your hotel to the takeoff location and from landing point back to your hotel
- Flight Certificate
- Tuscan breakfast
Maximum average weight allowed is 80 kg per person and minimum required height is 120 cm.
From a high Tuscan hill rises the equally ancient and noble city of Cortona founded by the Etruscans.
Cortona has become world famous thanks to Frances Mayes’ book, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and the film of the same title shot in the city. Visit the sanctuary of Le Celle where St. Francis lived, the cathedral of Santa Margherita on the hill above the town, the civic museum and enjoy the Tuscan Sun Festival, a music event that takes place every year in August.
This splendid little medieval town combines Tuscany’s superb countryside with some of the region’s finest wines. Piazza Grande must be seen: the Duomo and the Town Hall surrounded by Renaissance palazzos. The valley below is an unforgettable view with the outstanding and elegant Tempio di S. Biagio, a Renaissance church. You will have the opportunity to visit wineries and taste Vino Nobile DOCG.
Val d’Orcia Tour Pienza - Bagno Vignoni - S.Quirico
The Orcia Valley was named a treasure of humanity by Unesco and offers breathtaking views of Tuscany’s rolling countryside. Pienza, a jewel of the Renaissance, was also made famous by the film “The English Patient”. Bagno Vignoni a spa centre founded in the middle ages and celebrated for its “water piazza”. Val d’Orcia is also knew in Italy as one of the best locations for the production of extra virgin olive oil; you will have the opportunity to visit a mill in San Quirico d’Orcia.
Val d’Orcia Tour Montalcino – Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Montalcino, a charming Tuscan hill town recognized for the production of Brunello di Montalcino, an award-winning DOCG wine. Abbey of Sant’Antimo, an exceptional example of Romanesque design. You will have the opportunity to visit a winery and taste the Brunello. Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey has been under the care of the Benedictine monks since the early 14th century; your guide will introduce you to the Abbey’s history, including the amazing frescoes by Giovanni Sodoma retracing the life of Saint Benedict.
Italy’s best preserved medieval town and the great rival of Florence, Siena is still surrounded by its historic walls. On July 2nd and August 16th the city’s famous wild horse race, il Palio, is held in Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square. The Duomo is one of Italy’s great Gothic churches. Admire the beauty of this town with your professional guide. Upon reservation and according to availability, we may organize a tour of Siena underground.