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About an hour from Siena, through the hills of Crete Senesi we reach Arezzo, a city of ancient Etruscan origins, known for the great antiquarian tradition. We will walk among the places that have been the set of the Oscar-winning film Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni, such as St. Francis, in which the basilica are preserved frescoes of Piero della Francesca, and Piazza Grande. We will find antique shops and boutiques where to shop and where the tour coincides with the first weekend of each month, it will be a memorable visit to the famous and oldest Antique Fair. We will conclude with a visit to the Cathedral, the Town Hall and the Medieval church of San Domenico, in which there is the crucifix ofCimabue.
We will stop for a typical lunch at a traditional restaurant in the old city.
After about 30 minutes drive through the picturesque Val di Chiana we reach the ancient Etruscan city of Cortona which dominates the entire valley. The first stop will be dedicated to the Sanctuary of Santa Margherita, located on the highest point of the city and from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view. Going down towards the city center, a stop in the picturesque Eremo delle Celle, built by St. Francis in the thirteenth century on the rock overlooking a creek. From the main square, home to the Town Hall of the thirteenth century with the tower and clock, they radiate out the most important ways that will be worth to go shopping and photos.
Sharing in the direction of Siena, we will stop at the Tenuta La Braccesca Antonori located a few kilometers from Montepulciano, on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. The lands of La Braccesca are located in two areas very close but very different: Montepulciano, classic and prestigious land of "NOBILE", and Cortona which has leaned with authority on the international quality wines thanks to international varieties. These two "souls" are the style of La Braccesca, respect for tradition and constant research, the harmony between old and new, in the knowledge of their work and passion for quality. The tour includes a guided visit of the winery followed by a tasting of 3 wines.
We will take the road to Siena to return to Hotel.
Day and time of execution:
every day, from 9 am to 6 pm (9 hours, approximately)
The cost includes:
- Visit to Arezzo
- A typical lunch at a restaurant in the center of Arezzo
- Visit to Cortona
- Visit and tasting of 3 wines from the Antinori Braccesca* at Valiano di Montepulciano
- Transportation by minivan to and from your accommodation
- Accompanying driver in Italian, English or Spanish
* In the absence of the availability of the company, visit and tasting it will be carried forward at a winery that produces wine Nobile di Montepulciano
NB. The tour does not include tickets to museums and churches. It is advisable to use a licensed tour guide.
Reservations must be 4 days before the tour.
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