Cortona and Montepulciano are typical hill towns that face each other across a huge and fertile valley, the Val di Chiana. In this area you can experience and discover history and culture from the most ancient civilizations up to modern times, passing through classic romantic Tuscan countryside and wild areas that the typical tourist never sees.Cortona and Montepulciano are also well known for their DOC wines, the most famous Nobile and Syrah. Both towns and their surroundings are filled with cantine and world-famous wineries.
The hikes will take you through a uniquely linear, almost geometric landscape of hills, vineyards, and olive trees, which have been rendered so memorably in books and films such as Under the Tuscan Sun. You will walk through a Renaissance painting, a landscape of blue sky, golden ochers, and lush greens.
The Val di Chiana is also rich in traces of the Etruscan and Roman civilizations including paved roads, walls, gateways, and tombs, fascinating remnants that can all be admired during a walking trip in the region.
• The majestic “Leopoldine” country houses, so called in honor of the grand duke Pietro Leopoldo
• Lake Chiusi and Montepulciano, the gems of the valley
• The vineyards where the famous Vino Nobile is produced
• The medieval villages of Montefollonico, Torrita di Siena, and Lucignano
• The traditional olive oil production
“Walking in the footsteps of the Etruscans was an fascinating and poignant experience; Marco uncovered a little of their history and their lives for us on a glorious Spring day walking in the beautiful Italian countryside” Josephine-UK