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Tuscany Day Trip from Rome

Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: Approx. 13hrs
  • Start Time: 7.15 AM

Tour Highlights

  • An all-inclusive day trip from Rome, exploring the best of Tuscany in small groups of just 15 or fewer.

  • Visit picturesque Pienza; eat lunch on an organic farm; drink wine at a Montalcino vineyard; and scale the walls of a castle.

  • We’ve taken care of all the details, from transport to lunch, so all you have to worry about is the souvenirs (cheese or wine?) and photos.
Explore a Montalcino vineyard (with tastings!) Enjoy lunch on an organic farm Enjoy lunch on an organic farm Sample Tuscan wines at lunch From farm to plate Olive oil, made onsite Bread, baked by the farmer's wife Meet the cast: a fully-functioning farm Meet the cast: a fully-functioning farm Cheese made onsite is all organic Cheese made onsite is all organic Cheese made onsite is all organic Pienza town Tuscan cheese shop, Pienza Tuscan cheese shop, Pienza Ceramics shop, Pienza Pienza town Street of Love, Pienza Climb the walls of Montalcino Castle Climb the walls of Montalcino Castle Climb the walls of Montalcino Castle Monticchiello town (population 100!) View from Monticchiello

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

EXPLORE ANCIENT TUSCAN HILL TOWNS, SMALL AND LARGE.

Our first stop of the day is the picturesque town of Pienza. Although it’s worth noting for both its location and the beauty of its architecture (Pope Pius II rebuilt Pienza in the 1400s as the “perfect Renaissance town”), the major draw is its artisan food, wine and craft stores. Your tour leader will introduce you to the city’s world-famous pecorino cheese, ceramics and local Tuscan delicacies like wild boar. In your free time be sure to visit the town’s church and soak up some more views over the rolling hills of Val d’Orcia.

Pienza is included under the area’s UNESCO World Heritage status, as is the next stop on our Tuscan day trip – an organic, family-run farm.

SAMPLE THE BEST OF TUSCANY’S FAMOUS FOOD ON A PICTURESQUE ORGANIC FARM.

We’re confident you’ll fall in love with this certified organic farm – a place that takes its status so seriously, the animals receive only homeopathic medicine. You’ll meet the cast on a short, guided tour of the farmyard and chat with the resident cheese-maker. Then pull up a chair for a truly Tuscan feast.

We can’t share the menu because all ingredients come from the farm itself so it changes daily depending on what’s in season. We can guarantee the finale though – a full tasting of the farm’s best sheep and goat’s milk cheeses alongside homemade honeys and jams. You’ll have a choice of red or white wine to wash your meal down (it is Tuscany, after all) and the farm owners will drop in and out, answering any questions you have – just one benefit of having small groups of 15 people or fewer.

CLIMB THE WALLS OF A MEDIEVAL CASTLE FOR STUNNING VIEWS & HISTORY.

Tuscany is famous for its castles, and on our day trip from Rome you’ll visit the best. Perched high on top of a hill, Montalcino Castle offers perhaps the best views in Tuscany. With special, extended access you’ll climb the lookout towers and patrol the walls led by your Walks tour leader.

ENJOY WORLD-FAMOUS WINES RIGHT AT THE SOURCE – A MONTALCINO VINEYARD.

Oh the wine! Tuscany is world-famous for its wines and none more so than Brunello di Montalcino. You’ll sample some of the best when we visit an award-winning vineyard for a guided tour of the vines and wine cellar, plus a guided tasting flight. Go on – we dare you to leave without a bottle or two stashed in your bag.

With so much to see in this incredible region, stating that we’ve found the best of Tuscany is a bold claim – but one we’re sure you’ll agree with after a delicious day of castles, wine, cheese and perfect hill towns. Our Tuscany day trips from Rome offer a truly Italian experience that will leave you hankering for Tuscany long after you’ve returned home.

Sites visited

  • Pienza Town
  • Organic farm in Val d’Orcia (for lunch)
  • Montalcino Castle
  • Renowned vineyard in the Montalcino region

Included

  • Round-trip transport from Rome
  • Lunch at an organic farm
  • Wine tastings at a Montalcino vineyard
  • Special access ticket to climb Montalcino Castle walls
  • Expert, English-speaking tour leader throughout
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 118 Customer Reviews

Loved stopping for lunch at the farm house
Super guide!! The entire experience exceeded our expectations. There was a bit of a set back with bus parking which did not enable me to visit the castle, but did not diminish my overall satisfaction in the least!
Incredible tour. Andy was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to get a taste of the region.
Excellent slower and quieter change of pace tour. Francesca was excellent, fun, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend for a tour away from the masses.
Andrea was awesome! He was knowledgeable about what we were doing as well as other things. He helped my husband have a great time on a tour that he wasn't really looking forward to. They got to talk about ancient Rome stuff all day. We would both love to go on a tour with Andrea again.
Also, very nice!
Fantastic trip and very well managed all told
Especially loved the farmhouse meal! Francesca was a delight!
It was the perfect day, loved the small group, the English speaking guide, Andrea and the places visited were fantastic choices. Would reccomend strongly.
Antonella was amazing! Really enjoyed the tour but Antonella in my opinion made it. She was a wonderful and joyous guide. Cheers, Guy
Great tour and a knowledgeable and fun guide. Want to now go back and spend longer in Tuscany.
Andrea was exceptional!! It was the highlight of our week in Rome!
Tuscany was unbelievably beautiful. The tour was great, and Andrea was great. We are so glad we choose to go to Tuscany- it was exactly what we hoped for.
This was a beautiful tour! Exceeded my expectations and was a highlight of our trip! Andrea was the best guide that we could have ever asked for! He was so informative and made sure that we had an incredible trip every step of the way! I recommend this tour to everyone!
The Tuscany tour with Andrea was really enjoyable and pleasant. Thank you!
We took this tour after being in Rome for 2 whole days, and it was a wonderful diversion from the city. My daughter and I loved seeing the beautiful Tuscan rolling hills and vineyards, visiting the winery and experiencing the Italian countryside. Well worth it!!
This was my favorite day tour. The tour guide Andrea was amazing and our small group (8) got to be at home at the farm with our local host. Such a great paced day after many busy Rome tours.
Guide was outstanding
Andrea was the absolute best! We had a great time with him leading our tour, great information, great story teller and all around perfect guide, especially for Tuscany!
alot of fun.Andrea was great. i had a really good time
Really enjoyed this tour!
Joseph was an excellent compliment to a wonderful day. We came away with the right amount of knowledge and a new group of friends. Keep all the stops just the way you have them. We will cherish the memories of this great day. Thanks again!
Andrea was extremely knowledgable and and excellent tour guide. He was a joyful person to just be around. He made it fun while telling us everything we wanted to know about the area.
Peter was fantastic. So was the gal that came along as a trainee. I can't say enough about how amazing they were.
Great tour
A very good trip. The small party size was good. The ride, the farm, the castle, the vineyard all operated by wonderful people.
Fantastic day and beautiful countryside. Loved the wine tour!
Beautiful day and lovely experience with Peter in Tuscany. The food was amazing and the countryside magnificent.
We couldn't have asked for a better day. Peter was a great guide and we had a fabulous time.
This was a great day!
On a scale of 1-10, I give it an 11. We really enjoyed everything about the tour. Peter was a great tour guide. Everything was great. Thanks for the memories.
This was my absolute favorite of the 3 tours i took. Pete is very smart and passionate about all things in Rome. I am definitely returning and hope to take more tours with Pete.
This was an excellent day from start to finish. Peter was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk with. The size of the group was just right. There is nothing we did not like about this tour. We would definitely recommend your company to friends.
Great day, great food, great driver, great guide - a GREAT experience
Very wonderful experience, I believe almost any tour guide could do a great job with copious amounts of wine involved. The vineyard was our favorite spot, the hostess was wonderful and so personal.
Very long day. Enjoyed the lunch a lot and the wine tasting was very entertaining.
Our guide Amy was fantastic. We had a great group of people. All venues we visited were fabulous especially our lunch and tour of winery along with the tasting.
Amy was a great guide and the small group of seven and the relaxed day meant we had some good conversations with our fellow travellers. The mix of experiences was excellent, even driving down gravel roads was interesting because you really were "off the beaten track".
Should provide water in vehicles as the driving time is long. Compliments to the driver of the tour. Guide was very knowledgeable
Andreas was amazing and the day was the highlight of our trip to Rome! I would highly recommend Walks of Italy to anyone I know travelling for sure!
Andreas was so much fun to be with and was exactly the type of person to lead that trip.
This was a wonderful experience! The places we stopped were unique and I really felt we got to experience some of the best in Tuscany. Amy was so great - she was funny and didn't rush the group at the lunch and winery. Thank you so much!!
Amy was amazing! This was a wonderful trip and she made it even more so. I would not hesitate to refer others to your company and zany in particular
I loved everything about this tour! I wish I had booked all my tours with Walks of Italy! Our tour guide Peter was great and that tour provided a lasting memory of how great Italy is!
Fantastic tour that was not rushed. Felt very personal.
Peter was a great guide who provided wonderful information on the region. He had a particular love of wine and was full of information as we traveled stop to stop. He answered questions and had a good sense of humor.
Beautiful scenery and lots of amazing food/wine. This was a great way to relax and enjoy the contrasts between Tuscany and Rome, without having to plan it ourselves.
It was a great tour. The guide and driver were excellent and gracious. The tour sites were lovely and interesting. The lunch, especially was amazing.
This was our favorite of the 4 Walks of Italy tours we booked. Each stop on the tour was amazing, and Andrea was such a great guide--he kept the tour moving, while giving us valuable information about each place we stopped, and always kept us laughing! We couldn't have asked for anything more!
What a wonderful tour! Lyndee did an excellent job. Thank you for the memories to last a lifetime!
Amazing experience! The lunch in the farm and the wine tasting were impeccable and I will cherish the memories forever. Alessandro and Madalena made this even more colorful with their passion. The guide, Andrea, was also very nice.
Amy and Lindy were are tour guides, they were very nice but not as informative of the area we were visiting. Maybe it was because they're not from Italy and they maybe don't have the same amount of passion or knowledge of the area. Other then that they were very nice!!
Marta was wonderful and very comfortable to be around. You really felt like a local friend was showing you around her home. My favorite tour of our whole trip!
This tour was absolutely amazing. The guide was fantastic and all the places we went were beautiful. It was very relaxing after several days of busy touring in Rome. We loved the lunch at the farm and the winery was great. We were very pleased.
Marta was great, very informed and kind, the tour was very good, the lunch was very nice and the vin tour was really nice. Thank you
Enjoyed the lady at the wine tasting.Museo in the Hill Town was closed on the day we went?
Absolutely a wonderful tour! Probably our favorite of the entire trip! The description of the tour did not do it justice. It was so much more than we expected! Andreas did a great job! Cheryl Lippi
Fantastic trip! Highly recommended!
The Tuscan Hill Towns tour was wonderful! We would have never had the same experience had we explored on our own. Violette was a great guide. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. This is definitely something we will remember forever.
All tours were excellent. We really appreciated being rescheduled due to late plane arrival, and then a missed alarm clock! Marta is very personable and made the tours very enjoyable. Rosa had extensive knowledge about the Vatican.
This tour was superb - a wonderful way to see a number of exciting aspects of Tuscany. The guide was fantastic, group size was ideal, transportation excellent.
What a wonderful trip Walks of Italy planned for us. Simply wonderful! Marta was excellent!

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

As this tour includes lunch, please be sure to notify us at the time of booking of any food allergies or preferences that you have.

Please note that, due to space restrictions on our buses, we may not be able to accommodate strollers on your tour. If you are traveling with an infant and/or a stroller, please contact us in advance.

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Loved stopping for lunch at the farm house
Super guide!! The entire experience exceeded our expectations. There was a bit of a set back with bus parking which did not enable me to visit the castle, but did not diminish my overall satisfaction in the least!
Incredible tour. Andy was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to get a taste of the region.
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I may have not understood the general idea of the tour, but there was very little walking involved. The farm we visited was lovely, and the meal excellent. However, the proprietor did not give us any orientation to the farm and its functioning. I would have been interested to know about how the vegetables were raised, issues with the soil and pests, etc.
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This was a wonderful day that we will always remember! Andrea was lively, fun and informative. The destinations (ceramacist, pecorino tasting, lunch at the farmhouse and Brunello tasting) were all great! Of course, the scenery was spectacular and the food and wine, out of this world.
Excellent slower and quieter change of pace tour. Francesca was excellent, fun, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend for a tour away from the masses.
Andrea was awesome! He was knowledgeable about what we were doing as well as other things. He helped my husband have a great time on a tour that he wasn't really looking forward to. They got to talk about ancient Rome stuff all day. We would both love to go on a tour with Andrea again.
What a wonderful day we had. It was so nice to experience the Tuscan countryside after a few days in Rome. It was a great day with a little bit of everything and even the sporadic rain could not dampen our mood. Pienza was charming, the lunch was so delicious and it was great to meet and chat with the others on the tour and our tour guide, the views from the castle were beautiful. Andy did a wonderful job explaining some history of Tuscany and also discussing the Italian way of life with regards to life in a small village, food and, of course, wine. The wine tasting was also very enjoyable.
Andrea was absolutely fantastic!! This tour completely exceeded our expectations. The Cheese tasting at La Taverna del Pecorino was so perfect because the cheese and meats were so delicious and uncommon. We loved the farm for lunch (one of the best meals we had in Italy). The last stop at Mozart Vineyard was perfect and we will be ordering wine from there to be shipped to us. Thank you (and especially Andrea) for a perfect day!
Also, very nice!
Fantastic trip and very well managed all told
Especially loved the farmhouse meal! Francesca was a delight!
This one day trip was one of the most fun things we did in all of our time in Italy. Every was just as planned and the food, wine and cheese were just as delicious as anticipated. The views were breathtakingly beautiful. My girlfriend was feeling a little sick and our guide helped accommodate her and make her feel more comfortable so she would have a more enjoyable time. Our guide, Andrea, was very knowledgeable and friendly. There wouldn't be one thing I would change about the experience. I am going to recommend your website to any of my friends visiting Italy because I know they will be in good hands. Thank you.
The lunch at the farm was OK. I expected veggies and fruit since it is a farm. Rabbit, well, we tasted it, but since we were not crazy about it, it was a long day with not enough food especially with all the wine.
It was the perfect day, loved the small group, the English speaking guide, Andrea and the places visited were fantastic choices. Would reccomend strongly.
Antonella was amazing! Really enjoyed the tour but Antonella in my opinion made it. She was a wonderful and joyous guide. Cheers, Guy
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My favourite tour by far. We had a very small group (only 5 of us, myself included), and we were not rushed at all during the tour. It was well paced and it actually turned out to be a very relaxing and pleasant day. Great things to see and do during this tour, and the food and wine was amazing. It was also great to meet some of the local shop keepers and farmers, and learn more about their lifestyle and their work. This tour is a great way to see authentic Italy. Definitely would recommend this tour to anyone looking to escape the noise of Rome and enjoy some good food and wine.
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Great tour and a knowledgeable and fun guide. Want to now go back and spend longer in Tuscany.
Andrea was exceptional!! It was the highlight of our week in Rome!
Tuscany was unbelievably beautiful. The tour was great, and Andrea was great. We are so glad we choose to go to Tuscany- it was exactly what we hoped for.
This was a beautiful tour! Exceeded my expectations and was a highlight of our trip! Andrea was the best guide that we could have ever asked for! He was so informative and made sure that we had an incredible trip every step of the way! I recommend this tour to everyone!
The Tuscany tour with Andrea was really enjoyable and pleasant. Thank you!
We took this tour after being in Rome for 2 whole days, and it was a wonderful diversion from the city. My daughter and I loved seeing the beautiful Tuscan rolling hills and vineyards, visiting the winery and experiencing the Italian countryside. Well worth it!!
Andrea is a wonderful guide who is friendly and knowledgeable. In addition, he made sure we were on time with the tour and everything was very well timed, even despite an accident which caused a bit of delay as we had to take a detour to the wine tasting venue. One of my favorite tours with Walks ;-)
This was my favorite day tour. The tour guide Andrea was amazing and our small group (8) got to be at home at the farm with our local host. Such a great paced day after many busy Rome tours.
Good trip, loved the fact that there were only 7 of us. I've seen some big tour groups, glad I was not in one of those. Food at the Tuscan farm was outstanding, wine at Cordella was excellent. I could have asked a million questions about the wine making process but we really didn't have time, then again I'm an Engineer so it probably would have irritated the rest of the group.
Guide was outstanding
Andrea was the absolute best! We had a great time with him leading our tour, great information, great story teller and all around perfect guide, especially for Tuscany!
alot of fun.Andrea was great. i had a really good time
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Really enjoyed this tour!
So much fun! We scheduled this tour for our last full day in Italy and I was anxious that we might feel like we were missing out on sites in the city. Instead the exact opposite was true. The bus tour gave us a chance to recover after walking so much in the prior two weeks. The pace of the tour was nice and it was great to see Pienza, including a pottery demonstration and to visit both the farmhouse for lunch and the Cordella winery for wine tasting. This was my husband's favorite day of our visit! Andrea can't be beat as a tour guide. His enthusiasm and passion are evident and he effectively communicates both to the tour participants.
Guide was awesome- very friendly and informative
If there was a higher rating than "Most Satisfied" we would give it to Andrea! We were so excited to find out that he would be our guide for the day. He knows absolutely everything about his subject and when the subject is beautiful Tuscany, it is an even better treat! Pienza was lovely, the Agriturismo served the best meal ever, and the winery tour was a grand finale. Andrea made some great memories for us!
Andrea was great - he was funny, informative and we had probably the best bus ride he's ever had. Lovely trip - Spedalone and Alessandro were just terrific, Pienza was beautiful and charming, Montalcino was lovely. Really enjoyed the cheese tasting, the countryside and the fact that we had only 7 people in our group! Just the way it should be - and Erica was terrific too. She's going to be a great guide.
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Of all 3 tours we did with your company, the Tuscan tour with Andrea was the most memorable and enjoyable tour, we are planning on visiting Rome again in a couple of years and will most definitely take some more tours using your company... we attempted 2 other tours with another company (Bras-Tours) based on the recommendation by the hotel and they were the most horrible tour ever.
This tour should have been guided by Peter, but he was ill and Joseph took over after an initial delay. There was no problem and the group, who had all been on previous tours with the company, were very pragmatic about the problem. Joseph was excellent from the start in creating a good group atmosphere and getting the tour moving. His historical was excellent and he was able to deal with a wide range of queries. The weather was excellent and the activities were good. It was a very pleasant surprise to be given an extra bottle of red wine to acknowledge the delay. Another near perfect tour.
Joseph was an excellent compliment to a wonderful day. We came away with the right amount of knowledge and a new group of friends. Keep all the stops just the way you have them. We will cherish the memories of this great day. Thanks again!