ART CITIES

You can visit the main Tuscan and Umbria cities within 1 hour driving and let yourself to be captivated by their historical heritage:
Siena (50 minutes), famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.
Arezzo (50 minutes), a beautiful Tuscan art city rich of museum and history.
Assisi (1 hour), St. Francis birthplace, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208. You will enjoy an intense experience in a unique atmosphere.
Perugia (1 hour), a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy, famous also for the chocolate. There are annual festivals and events such as the Eurochocolate Festival (October), the Umbria Jazz Festival (July), and the International Journalism Festival (in April).
Pienza (15 minuti), famous for Pecorino cheese, it is classified by UNESCO under the Human Heritage
Montalcino (45 minuti), the road for reach Montalcino is one of the most beautiful trip that you will ever have. The small village offer a beautiful view on Val d’Orcia, an historical fortress and Brunello wine .
Cortona (40 minutes), famous for the movie “Under the Tuscan sun”, Cortona is a village full of history, monuments and church to visit. Every year, at the end of July, you can enjoy the Cortona Mix Festival.
And other historical center such as Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico, Monticchiello, Castiglione d’Orcia, Castiglione del Lago.
In less than 2 hours driving you can also visit the renowned Florence and Rome

TUSCAN WINE

Discover the best tuscan wines such as Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Morellino di Scansano and Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Discover the philosophy of the different producers, the atmosphere that surrounds them, the scents and tastes of their wines.
You can choose between group and private guided tours followed by wine tasting or traditional meals paired with wines (see our tours section).

SLOW FOOD

Experience the traditional Tuscan cuisine in unique restaurants and visit the local farmers and food producers to learn about their products and test them.
Each of the small Tuscan village preserves the ancient culinary tradition intact and offers unique products and recipies that will never finish to surprise your palate.
Pecorino cheese, salami of Cinta Senese, olive oil, truffles, homemade pasta, steak of Chianina beef, are only few of the many authentic products produced and prepared locally.

COOKING CLASS

Tuscan cuisine is appreciated in the world for its fine natural and full flavor ingredients, it’s a typical expression of the Mediterranean diet, considered among others, the most tasty: Olive oil, pasta, fish and first choice meat. With this few basic ingredients the tuscan local chefs can create exceptional dishes.
Learn some of the local cuisine recipes and secretes by taking part in cooking classes lead by local chefs: fresh pasta, sauces, vegetarian dishes, dessert…, you can decide between a short lesson or spend an entire day in the kitchen, starting from the organic market.

THERMAL SPA

With less than one hour driving it is possible to do a real wellness tour by stopping in the several natural terms and SPA:
Terme di Montepulciano (7 minutes): famous for its thermal springs, every treatment is an experience of well-being for the body and spirit.
Terme di Bagno Vignoni (20 minutes): unique to the landscape that surrounds it, you can choose between the historical outside swimming pool, with a dream view, or an equipped spa facility that offers the possibility of massage and other spa treatments.
Terme di Rapolano (30 minutes): famous for its waters that are particularly effective in treating skin problems, as well as the motor and respiratory systems.
Terme di San Casciano (45 minutes): a beautiful outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall surrounded by greenery.
During summer it is the possibility to relax in therms at night.

SPORT AND NATURE

For lovers of nature and sport, there is a wide range of activities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors scenery:
Bike tours & Walking tours: there are many marked trails that you can do in the middle of nature and different bike you can rent. The new e-bike offers the possibility to use the electric bike battery when you are tired. With a guide or just with your map!
Horses riding: you can spend few hours or an entire day riding a horse in the middle of Val d’Orcia with the possibility to have a pic nic
Vespa Vintage tour: rent a vintage Vespa or Lambretta for visiting Tuscany in a new way.
Top gym: an equipped gym with qualified staff to keep fit during your vacation (5 minutes by car o 15 minutes by walk from Il Tosco)
Tennis Courts: 2 tennis courts, possibility of renting the equipment and have a private lesson (5 minutes by car or a 15 minute walk from Il Tosco).

HANDICRAFT AND OUTLET SHOPPING

Enjoy shopping the best Italian brands visiting malls and tailors within 1 hour drive from Montepulciano:
Space di Prada (1h by car): a one outlet shop where you can find Italian brand such as Prada, Miu Miu and Car Shoe.
The Mall outlet (1h by car): is a luxury outlet centre created to offer customers products of excellence at extremely advantageous prices located in the heart of Italy such as Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Dior, Loro Piana….
And a few steps from Il Tosco, the historical center of Montepulciano offers the best of local handicraft: from ceramics to mosaics, from copper to leather, with exclusive discounts for our guests!

ITALIAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL “IL SASSO”

“Il Sasso” is one of the best Italian language schools in Italy, walking distance from “Il Tosco”.
Since 30 years, the school offers Italian courses for speakers of other languages studying in small groups and individually. There are six different levels, corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Il Sasso also runs art history, wine, cookery, literature and current affairs mini-courses, as well as courses to prepare students for the CELI and CILS exams.
The school is recognised by the Italian Education Ministry and certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards. It is a medium sized school with a reputation for excellence, and is open all year round. Students of all ages come to study here from all over the world.

DISCOVER MONTEPULCIANO

Duration: half day | Min number of participants: 2 | Transport: walking from Il Tosco.
A private guide will drive you in the discovery of the history, tastes and handcraft products of Montepulciano.
The walking tour includes:
Visit and explanation of the key historical monuments and buildings, squares and panoramic sites where you will learn Montepulciano history and evolution from its foundation in 1200 until today
Visit of one of the top historical wine cellar, learning of its philosophy and production process with final tasting of their wines
Visit of the craft shops where you will watch the local artists at work and you will learn the secrets of their handcraft tradition with the possibility to do shopping
*Possibility to extend to tour to one full day with visit of one or two Montepulciano wine producers located in the countryside

VAL D’ORCIA AND BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO TOUR

Duration: full day | Min number of participants: 2 | Transport: car with or without driver.
Within 45 minutes’ drive it is possible to explore two jewels of Montepulciano’s surroundings, the Val d’Orcia and Montalcino.
The Val d’Orcia will offer you a unique scenery and a fascinating countryside where our tour guide will make you discover the history, art and tastes of selected historical towns such as Pienza, Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico, classified by UNESCO under the Human Heritage.
The tour includes:
Visit one of the top Brunello wine producer with the tour of the vineyards and wine cellar where you will learn about history, philosophy and wine production.
Light lunch in the middle of the vineyards with wines in pairing. You will be guided in the wine tasting.
Visit of some historical centers such as Montalcino, Sant’ Antimo, San Quirico, Bagno Vignoni, Pienza where with the help of our guide you can learn about history, art and lifestyle of such places.

SIENA AND CHIANTI CLASSICO TOUR

Duration: full day | Min number of participants: 2 | Transport: car with or without driver.
Within 1 hour drive it is possible to explore Siena, one of the top Tuscan art city from the Middle Age, and the Chianti Classico Region famous for high quality wine production.
The tour includes:
Visit of Siena, where our guide will make you discover its history, monuments, shops and you will learn about the famous Palio, a traditional local horse riding competition.
Light lunch in the middle of the vineyards with wines in pairing. You will be guided in the wine tasting.
Visit one of the top Chianti Classico wine cellar with the tour of the vineyards and wine cellar where you will learn about history, philosophy and wine production.

SAN GIMIGNANO AND VERNACCIAWINE TOUR

Duration: full day | Min number of participants: 2 | Transport: car with or without driver
Within 1 and half hour drive it is possible to explore San Gimignano, a middle age town famous for its towers and historical monuments, and also for the Vernaccia white wine.
The tour includes:
Visit of San Gimignano, where our guide will make you discover its history, monuments, shops of the town, classified by UNESCO under the Human Heritage.
Visit one of the top Vernaccia wine Cellar with the tour of the vineyards and wine cellar where you will learn about history, philosophy and wine production.
Light lunch in the middle of the vineyards with wines in pairing. You will be guided in the wine tasting.
Visit of other small historical centers on the way back such as Monteriggioni and Buonconvento

CRETE SENESI AND OLIVE OIL AND TRUFFLE TOUR

Duration: full day | Min number of participants: 2 | Transport: car with or without driver.
Within 1 hour drive it is possible to explore the Crete Senesi and area that consists of a range of hills and woods among villages. Crete Senesi are literally ‘Senese clays’, and the distinctive grey coloration of the soil gives the landscape an appearance often described as lunar.
This area is well known for the truffles and for the Olive Oil production.
The tour includes:
Visit of small historical centers such as Trequanda, San Giovanni d’Asso, Asciano and Petroio where our guide will introduce you to their history and traditions and where you can shop the local handcraft production.
Visit of the truffle museum followed by a truffle tasting
Late light lunch at the Fattoria delle Filiera Corta followed by an olive oil tasting. Here you will have the possibility to buy and ship the best of Tuscany food and drinks offer such as honey, jam, handcraft beer, cheese…