Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany
Day 1 Rome
Welcome. Arrive at any time and get settled into the hotel. Meet the group for an evening welcome meeting and an optional group dinner.
Day 2-6 Chianciano Terme (5B,5D)
Enjoy a morning to explore Rome on an orientation walk with your CEO. In the afternoon, proceed by train to Chiusi and then by private transfer to our agriturismo just outside the charming hill town of Chianciano Terme. On arrival after settling in, our host Stefano, will welcome us with the first of our many wonderful meals comprised of local and often organic produce.
Day 7 Rome (1B)
Wake up from a wonderful nights sleep to a local Italian breakfast with freshly made coffee and homemade jams before heading out for today's introductory walk. This morning we enjoy a gentle walk into Chianciano Terme. Along the way, stop to see the Cinta Senese breed of domestic pig, from which some of the best prosciutto in the world is made. Your CEO will point out some great places in the town where you may choose to enjoy a local lunch. After free time for lunch, meet up with the group for a very local wine tasting. This takes place literally in one of the village family's cellars. Their produce is very well regarded in the local region and a great chance to get to learn about the local grape varieties. It is a 10-15 minute stumble back home after the tasting.
Included activities and day trips
Enjoy a half-day visit to the medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano, famous for producing delectable local pork, cheese, "Pici" pasta and honey and a major wine producing area. Take in the stunning vistas, wander the cobbled lanes or opt to sample the local delicacies in small, family run establishments.
Today we are in for a treat as our host Stefano takes us through his orchards, fields and cellar showing us local produce from the ground up. In the morning, Stefano will explain why he only uses traditional organic methods of cultivation on his property. Depending on the season you may see olive oil and wine in production, the vegetable patch, meat curing, and various fruit trees in the orchard. This evening, enjoy another of Stefano's delicious dinners.
Making your stay seamless
Today we take a trip to the quintessential Tuscan hill town of Montalcino. En route, we will stop at the Abbey of Sant'Antimo. Here we listen to the local monks chanting the offices of the church chanting the traditional Gregorian chant as they have been doing for centuries—this is a rare privilege, as this is a dying rite in Italy.