Welcome! After meeting at a convenient location in Rome (please refer to arrival details for more information on where to meet), we 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, often organic, produce.
Wake up from a wonderful nights sleep to a local Italian breakfast with freshly made coffee before heading out for today's introductory hike. This morning we enjoy a gentle walk into Chianciano Terme. Your CEO will point out some great places in the town where you may choose to enjoy a local lunch. This afternoon relax around home, making use of the small pool or grassy field with outdoor seating or terrace area. In the early evening, our host Stefano will take us through a cooking demonstration of some local specialties, which may include gnocchi with ricotta cheese or savory faro - the local regional grain) which you will then enjoy for your evening dinner.
Today we make 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. Free time to explore the region or just relax. Options include visiting the cities of Siena or Florence, renting a bicycle for a local ride or enjoy a relaxing traditional spa treatment in one of the spa resort hotels in Chianciano Terme.
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 afternoon, we head into Chianciano Terme 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. This evening, enjoy another of Stefano's delicious dinners.
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.
Depart at any time. Rome is a 2 hour trainride away.