Medieval jewel, Siena’s cathedral is a masterpiece, especially its colourful frescoes. In the ancient town hall on Piazza del Campo, admire art, and climb to the top of the tower for fabulous views. South of Siena, wine lovers reach heaven at beautiful walled hill towns famous for Brunello and Vino Nobile, some of Italy’s top reds.
In Montalcino learn about and taste Brunellos in the wine bar in the imposing Medici fortress. In Montepulciano’s centre lined with Renaissance palaces, gracious wine shop owners chat and pour Vino Nobile. Lots of good shops too. Between Montalcino and Montepulciano, in exquisite little Pienza, only 25 min discover its famous pecorino cheeses. From the top of its medieval walls, admire vast views of rolling hills. Walkers! Country paths take you into magnificent valleys and hills past fields, olive groves and vineyards. Food for your soul! Some typical dishes: crostini with chicken liver spread, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms, arista pork roll with herbs, almond biscotti dipped in vin santo wine. Top quality olive oil too! For more reviews on our cooking school in Italy please visit our website!