- 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 Introduction to Siena Tour and Siena Palio Tour. To continue exploring outside of Siena, we recommend taking a gander at Introduction to Lucca Tour and Introduction to Pisa Tour.
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.
Diane holds a PhD in interdisciplinary studies in architecture from the University of British Columbia and is a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Architecture at the Sapienza University of Rome. A former research fellow at the British School at Rome, she has been appointed as a heritage expert to numerous committees both in Italy and internationally on the conservation and restoration of architecture and urban heritage. One of her main research sites is Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, and the continued influence of the architecture of the Emperor Hadrian on Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Borromini, Bernini, and contemporary architects. Diane teaches architecture and urban history in Rome, including a specialized seminar on Michelangelo. Additionally, she was the founding curator of the international architectural collection of drawings, prints, and rare manuscripts for the Canadian Centre for Architecture. She was also an advisor to the Getty funded Architectural Drawings Advisory Committee (ADAG), at the Center for the Advanced Studies of the Visual Arts, Washington, D.C.
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.