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Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour of 3 Wineries with Pairing Lunch
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Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour of 3 Wineries with Pairing Lunch

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Taste Brunello di Montalcino at the source with a full-day wine-themed tour. Get picked up at your hotel in Florence or Siena in an air-conditioned vehicle and set out to visit local wineries and two charming villages. Sample more than a dozen wines and relax over a traditional Tuscan lunch with wine pairings.
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AlbertSalichs wrote a review May 2020
Manresa, Spain8,032 contributions729 helpful votes
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Palazzo Piccolomini is a Renaissance palace located in Piazza Pio II (the main square) in Pienza, in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. It has a nice garden, from where you can see very beautiful views of surroundings of the town. Also, it is possible visit the inner part with a guided visit, which is interesting. Good for history-lovers. (See also Piazza Pio II and Il Duomo di Pienza)
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Alistair450 wrote a review Nov 2019
Auckland Central, New Zealand134 contributions32 helpful votes
Palazzo Piccolomini, built in 1459, was the summer palace of Pope Pius 2. Pienza was his home town. The tour is definitely worthwhile as you will see many original furnishings, weapons, paintings, furniture etc.as well as having a great view over the countryside. The tour ends in the garden. Tours begin at 10.00am and run every 30 minutes. You are provided with an audio guide and the tour costs 7 Euros
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Brian C wrote a review Nov 2019
Oakland, California192 contributions91 helpful votes
I had no idea why Pienza was so famous until I took this tour. I did not know that Pope Pius II had a house here and inspired many wealthy people to also move to Pienza. Thanks, audio tour! Although you might think "Yet another house/palace/museum?" this was a particularly well done audio tour. For 10 euro or less (I can't recall), we got a well documented tour that explains the importance of the rooms, the historical context for them, some of the pope's preferences, and an explanation of the furnishings. Well worth the money and the hour spent.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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palmpirate wrote a review Oct 2019
British Columbia, Canada556 contributions233 helpful votes
This palace was lived in until the 1960’s! Seems hard to get my head round that! Now it is a really great museum and definitely worth listening to the radio tape information. The guide led you through and you listened in your own language. It might be difficult to ask questions and get answers, unless you have a knowledgeable person in our group! Really worth the visit though.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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westy54 wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia6,488 contributions925 helpful votes
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This Palazzo, along with the Duomo, the Palazzo Vescovile, the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) and several other buildings in the small Piazza Pio II were commissioned by Pope Pius II and designed and built by Bernardo Rossellino in the second half of the 15th century. This three storey Renaissance Palazzo, which is constructed of carved sandstone with travertine and marble trimmings, was the summer residence for Pope Pius II, who was a native of Pienza, and also a member of the Piccolomini family. The Piccolomini family resided in the Palazzo for just over 500 years, vacating it in 1962. The Palazzo is built in a square around an open courtyard that has a portico. The Palazzo faces the streets on three sides and the magnificent Val d'Orcia at the rear. Guided tours are held at regular intervals during the day with tickets obtained in the shop on the ground floor. Cost of the ticket was EUR 7-00 which included an audio guide. By guided tours I mean that a lady showed us around to the various rooms and told us which number to put into our audio guide and watched to make sure that people didn't take photos. We went into several rooms on the first floor of the Palazzo including the dining room, the music room, the Pope's old bedroom, the library and a room decorated with weapons. The tour also takes you out onto a balcony at the back of the Palazzo where you can look down onto the beautiful hanging gardens built at the rear of the Palazzo and over the top of these out to the magnificent rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia. The tour finishes with a visit to the beautiful hanging gardens on the ground floor at the rear of the building with more stunning views over the Val d'Orcia. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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