- 8 hours
NOTE: This tour includes a car service that will pick you up at your accommodation. Please tell us your hotel or apartment address in the 'additional details' box when adding the tour to your shopping cart.
- Lunch at a local trattoria in Montalcino
- Abbey of Sant'Antimo
- Montalcino Winery
- Private van service from your accommodation in Siena to Val d’Orcia and back
For other historical and artistic explorations in Siena, we recommend our Introduction to Siena and Siena Palio tours. To continue exploring outside of Siena, we recommend taking a gander at our Introduction to Lucca and Introduction to Pisa tours.
Are the lunch and tastings fees included in the price of the tour?
Stella has a background in art history, anthropology, enology and is passionate about the traditions of Tuscany. Based in Siena, she has been traveling since a young age, an interest started during her studies of foreign art and cultures. She graduated in English and South American Literature from the University of Siena and holds a Masters degree in Business and Tourism from Bocconi University in Milan. She received grants from University of Siena University to study in Germany and Ecuador. She became a licensed guide in 1999 for Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino and Montepulciano. She loves Context family tours and she enjoys sharing the hidden treasures of Siena with her clients. She especially loves exploring farms and vineyards in Tuscany in order to share her passion for Brunello di Montalcino or Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti wines along with the impressive Tuscan landscape.
Adrienne has an educational background in art history and cultural management, and she obtained her MA from the University of Budapest. A postgraduate scholarship took her to Indonesia where she wrote her thesis on Eastern and Western cultural interactions. After graduating she started a career in the art world working for museums, art galleries, and a well-known auction houses in London, Venice, and Budapest. In this environment the relationship between art and wine was always in focus. While she was involved in wine auctions, she started her formal study of wine and completed a course with Christie’s Education. She now divides her time between Florence and Budapest. Tuscany is an incredibly inspiring place for her, as she dedicates her career and passion to art, wine, and gastronomy. Currently she is organizing and leading cultural and oenological tours in Tuscany and further afield.
- I’m a graduate of the University of Siena, with a degree in Art History. I did my post-graduate work in Art History at the Scuola di Specializzazione, under the tutelage of Professor Enrico Crispolti. I lecture in public and private forums on the artistic and cultural history of the province of Siena, and lead tours of Siena and other parts of Tuscany. I love to travel and to steep myself in the cultural details of other countries. From childhood, I have loved the art, the traditions, the grand cuisine and the unique lifestyle of Italy. For these reasons, when I work in my own city of Siena, I pay close attention to the most authentic aspects of local traditions – for example, to the famous horse-race, the Palio in Siena; to the seventeen competing “Contradas” into which the city is divided to provide horses and riders for the race; and to the complex rituals of the holiday in which my family, as well as every Sienese family, lives daily.