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Tuscany Region Day Trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine Tasting
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Tuscany Region Day Trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine Tasting

By City Wonders
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If you have time for just one side trip from Rome, make it Tuscany. Leave the transportation and logistics to someone else on this guided exploration of the Val d’Orcia region. You can simply relax and enjoy a walking tour of Montepulciano, a stop at Sant’Antimo Abbey, along with free time to stroll and shop in UNESCO-listed Pienza. Fuel up with an included 3-course lunch and wine tasting.
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Duration: 12h
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Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in Tuscany on a hassle-free day trip from Rome
  • Walking tour of Montepulciano and free time in UNESCO-listed Pienza 
  • Enjoy the region’s gastronomy with a farmhouse lunch and wine tasting
  • Comfortable coach travel—just sit back and admire the views

  • Lunch and wine tasting at an authentic Tuscan farm and winery
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Dedicated audio headsets so you don't miss a thing
  • Visit to the hill town of Pienza
  • Guided visit of Montepulciano
  • Return transportation from Rome in an air conditioned coach
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Tempio di San Biagio

Board an air-conditioned coach in central Rome, and journey into the rolling countryside of Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region. Stop first at Montepulciano, a 15th-century hill town famed for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano red wine. Hear about its wine heritage on a walking tour, seeing highlights such as the clock tower, cathedral, and town walls. Next, venture into the area around Montalcino. Visit Sant’Antimo Abbey and gaze across the vineyards as you hear how their grapes are used in Brunello di Montepulciano wine. Head to a farm and enjoy a glass of Brunello with a 3-course lunch. Other select local wines are also available. Next up is Pienza, one of Tuscany’s UNESCO-listed treasures. Here, spend your free time exploring the historical center, designed by Pope Pius II in the mid-1400s. If you’re a foodie, hit the shops to buy Pienza’s coveted pecorino cheese. Your Tuscany tour then finishes with a drop-off in Rome.

Start:
  • Piazza del Popolo, Roma RM, Italy
    Meet at the center of Piazza del Popolo, by the large fountain with the lions and the obelisk. The nearest metro stop is Flaminio (Line A).
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3731TUSCANY

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Customers who have not reached Italy's legal drinking age of 18 will not be served alcohol
    • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered
    • Please be advised that in the case of events beyond our control, we may need to adjust our itinerary to ensure the safety, quality, and satisfaction of your travel experience.
    • A fair amount of walking is involved and some of the cities are steep.
    • While our day trips are typically of a fixed duration, external factors may occasionally extend tour times slightly. We appreciate your understanding and planning as we strive to provide you with the best possible experience.
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3731TUSCANY

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    JoAnn K
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Solo
    This tour was a little misleading. A lot of the people on the tour thought it would be more of a wine tour. Some spots that we saw were unnecessary stops and the stop we wanted to actually stop at we couldn’t shop or drink wine(the town was most famous for shopping and their wine). I was actually super disappointed and the bus also was very small and people were cramped in. The tour guide was amazing. If you are looking for a wine tour this is not it.
    Written 21 August 2021
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    Dear 219joannk, Thank you very much for writing your review on TripAdvisor. We are sorry to hear that our tour didn’t live up to your expectations. At City Wonders we always try to provide the best possible service to our customers so it’s disappointing to hear that was not the case with your tour. However, as you said this is not a wine tour but a Tuscany Day Trip from Rome that includes a 3 course lunch and wine pairing. City Wonders regards feedback from our customers as invaluable, because it allows us to adapt our tours to be the best that they can be. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for taking the time to write your review. Kind regards, Laia G. Sales & Customer Care - CityWonders
    Written 21 August 2021
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    Cynthia B
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    Truly amazing experience…our tour guide Peter was an encyclopedia of food, culture and historical knowledge with a touch of humor thrown in to keep us smiling.
    The ONLY negative is that 2 out of the 4 stops required you to pay to use the toilette and they accept Euro coins only. 50 cent in Euros per person so plan on bringing at least 2 dollars in change in Euro coins.
    Written 18 October 2022
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    Pioneer608108
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    Nov 2022 • Family
    The bus was comfortable, the guides friendly and knowledgeable, the places we drove by beautiful, BUT we spent more than 6 hours in a bus, 1 hour in bathroom breaks, and very little time in places. For example it is advertised as 2 hours in a Temple of sn Biagio- we only spent 15 min, just enough to take picture. You advertise 60 min in Pienza historic center and 60 min in Pienza town, we only had 40 min. In Montepulciano, which is a beautiful town we follow a guide at a fast pace and then we were given 15 min of free time, that ended up being 25 because some people got lost…….
    With regards to the meal, service was friendly, food was below ok and wine was really bad… we were served 5 different type of wines. We didnt drink the first one as it smelled as rubbing alcohol, and when they brought the second wine, instead of pouring it in a new cup they added it to previous one…. At the end all the wines combined added to 1 cup of wine. So value of this meal wasnt worth it. We ended up getting a nice wine in Pienza for less than 10$.
    Written 29 November 2022
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    Hello Pioneer608108, We want to thank you for taking the time to leave us an honest review on Viator. We would also like to extend our sincere apologies as we were unable to provide you with a more perfect experience on your day trip to Tuscany with us. We will pass your comments on to our product development teams to ensure that we are doing everything we can to give all our guests enough time to explore each stop of the way. We thank you for your valued feedback. Wishing you the best, Edgar J. from City Wonders
    Written 29 November 2022
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    Gotylery
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    AVOID this company at all costs, this was the worst tour experience I have ever had! The tour guide, Marianna, left myself and eight other people stranded in Montepulciano including four elderly women. NINE people out of 47 total people were left behind because the tour guide Marianna provided an incorrect time to meet for the bus. She told four separate groups (the ones who were stranded with us) to be back at the meeting point in 10 minutes. We asked for a time and Marianna said “Ten minutes, enough time for apertivo” so we set a timer and were back in 8 minutes (two minutes to spare) to an empty meeting point. Marianna failed to confirm that everyone in the group was there before leaving the meeting point early. We spent around 30 minutes speaking to their customer support (not an easy number to find) and they yelled at us for them leaving us before the scheduled departure time and then told us they would not drive five minutes to pick us up. We then had to figure out how to get a taxi in a small town, to help all nine people left behind get back to the bus. When we made it back to the group, Marianna proceeded to tell three different stories about why we were left behind and none of them were accurate. She explained she went back and looked for us and we spoke with other members on the bus who said she stood at the bus that was not parked at the meeting point and did no such thing as to go back to the meeting point and attempt to find us. They also let us know that she did not count off the people to confirm that everyone was there. Mariana proceeded to tell us it was our fault that she left the meeting point early and 37 other people were there. Marianna left 1/5 or 20% of her group behind and the company made absolutely no effort to assist us in getting back with the group. After this, they finally started counting to confirm the entire group was there and after the last stop, still missed calling our name after confirming we were on the list earlier that day. Avoid this company like the plague because their customer support and tour operators are not here to ensure you have a safe or enjoyable experience.
    Written 12 October 2022
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    Hello Tyler Y, Everyone at City Wonders is incredibly disappointed and saddened to hear what happened to you and your group members on your Tuscany Day Trip. We are here to set things right with you. Your guide's behavior was incredibly negligent and disrespectful towards you, and we will not be scheduling her on any of our tours for the foreseeable future. Also, you should've been contacted by members of our Customer Care team, as the only way to make up for what happened is to provide you with a full refund of your tour. Please continue to work with us as we process this for you. We wholeheartedly apologize for the experience you were forced to endure. Please know that this tour guide's behavior is nowhere near the standard we have set for ourselves at City Wonders. Thank you for your time, cooperation and feedback. We really appreciate all of it as we correct our mistakes. Kindest regards, Edgar J. from City Wonders
    Written 13 October 2022
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    Alexey B
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our wonderful tour guide Enrica lead is through a wonderful day exploring Tuscany with visits to two ancient towns and a great homemade lunch with some shopping opportunities (we found some great clothes in Montepulciano). Enrica's very entertaining and helpful explanations and deft handling of the logistics- and Andrea's good driving - made for a comfortable and rich experience! Note that the packaged food for sale at the restaurant is a bit overpriced from what I observed, but the included meal and wine were delicious and genuine. So glad we booked this trip!
    Written 6 May 2023
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    Jen C
    Naperville, IL27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    This trip was outstanding. Our guide, Emiliano, was not only extremely knowledgeable, but had such a wonderful personality and made the trip engaging with his humor! This was not my first trip to Italy; but my first trip to Tuscany.. We fell in love with this region of Italy! Emiliano was warm and truly wanted to ensure that not only did we enjoy this experience, but offered recommendations for our experiences in Positano, Venice and Rome as well.

    The only thing I would recommend the tour change is to allow for more time in the town of Montepulciano. The town was like out of a scene from a movie but our time there was too limited. Many of us wanted to shop in the cute stores but there just wasn't time. The 3-course lunch and wine tasting was a lot of fun and the food delicious. I would also cut out the stop at Sant’Antimo Abbey as the church charged if you desired to go in and look around. Shame on the church! I was underwhelmed with UNESCO-listed Pienza. and would have preferred that time be spent in Montepulciano. Nonetheless, Emeliano made the trip wonderful and I highly recommend.
    Written 15 April 2022
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    sjv_10
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    This trip was excellent, thanks to Emiliano (our guide) and our driver (Andrea). Emiliano is greatly knowledgeable and is readily available to share interesting historical facts (as well as restaurant recommendations). We also want to thank our second guide, also named Andrea, in the town of Montepulciano.

    Emiliano kept us on time, but we never felt rushed. We were surprised we got to make as many stops as we did to enjoy smaller towns in the Tuscan region. We were a family of 7, and Emiliano made sure we sat together during the lunch and wine tasting portion - a subtle yet significant consideration that was greatly appreciated!

    Additionally, the venue for lunch and wine was superb. We actually bought a case to be shipped to the USA!

    Our one complaint - no time to shop in the beautiful town of Montepulciano (perhaps extend the stay here and cut out the stop at the old church/castle that's only for pictures?). Instead, we were forced to visit a souvenir shop on the way leaving Rome and again on the way returning to Rome. We understand this was necessary for a bathroom break, but perhaps a different place can be visited for the sake of variety - a minor detail.

    Nonetheless, it was a great experience. Thanks for everything Emiliano. Ciao!
    Written 4 September 2022
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    Marcella
    Toronto, Canada4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Couples
    Ana was the best part of this trip! She was so kind, polite and so knowledgeable about everything and anything to do with Italy. She made the bus ride enjoyable with her stories and facts about all the towns we visited. She is probably one of the best tour guides out there and she’s the only reason I would recommend this trip.

    Unfortunately, the vineyard wasn’t the best part of the tour. The food was terrible. The pours were very stingy. We also expected the guides at the vineyard to have a more structured visit.

    Nonetheless Tuscany is beautiful and the Ana was terrific guide!
    Written 24 August 2021
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    MsVic
    Frisco, TX754 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023
    One of the Best Tours we went on and our tour guide Claudia made it extra special. She was wonderful from start to finish, and even though the weather was rainy, she juggled our itinerary around so we could still have a very enjoyable time! We stopped off at a quaint little town to see the views and check out the local shops. Then we saw an old church and villa, with a nice break at a cafe/store in between. But the best part of our tour was going to the family owned farm/winery where two elderly Italian women hosted us for a wonderful 3 course meal with wine tasting. Everything tasted exceptional and loved hearing their stories of family recipes. We never felt rushed and it was a very pleasant day all around. Would highly recommend taking tg3 time for this tour!
    Written 13 June 2023
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    Fey M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    So glad we added this excursion to our Rome trip! Our tour guide Emiliano was knowledgeable and provided clarity on the day's itinerary. Our tour of Montepulciano was beautiful and our on site tour guide was passionate and provided information on the town's history. The lunch was amazing! The food and wine were delicious and the restaurant owners were gracious and accommodating. Highly recommend this tour.
    Written 2 September 2022
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