As we specialize in small guided 7 day tours, groups of only up to 8, it allows us to not only schedule visits to the famous cities and sites of Tuscany but also arrange for trips to castles, villages, wineries, farms and other places of interest off the beaten path that most "big" tour companies don't include on their itineraries. Single travellers especially enjoy the camaraderie that develops in the small tours as they are not lost in a crowd of unfamiliar tourists and don't have to be overly concerned about safety.
After breakfast, we head to the historic town of Montepulciano which attracts tourists from all over the world. This hilltop city offers a great number of historical sites and monuments of architectural significance. Montepulciano also commands beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys. After lunch , we visit nearby Pienza for the afternoon. Pienza, designed by Pope Pius II, was among the first planned urban towns in Europe and has been used as a model for towns all over Europe. Pienza itself, is a small town nestled in the heart of the unexploited and unspoiled Val d'Orcia Valley, Tuscany. Pienza has been included on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Sleeping and meals
Ciao Bella Tuscany Tours is owned and operated by the native Tuscan Moriani family who can show you the best of Tuscany. One of the advantages you'll enjoy by booking a tour with Ciao Bella Tuscany is that the Moriani's centuries-old villa, il Cassero will be your home base accommodation and you will not be herded to different hotels every one or two days.
Ciao Bella Tuscany Tours offers lower prices than other tour companies because the home base for all the tours is the Morianis own il Cassero Villa.
The villa located in the medieval hill town of Lucignano in the heart of Tuscany offers all the modern amenities. All the apartments have private baths with showers and kitchenettes for those who may prefer to cook some of their own meals. During the hot weather months, guests can cool off in the beautiful swimming pool with private changing rooms. Just steps outside the estate are cafes that offer full menus and of course, fine wines.
Ciao Bella Tuscany Tours are designed for no more than 8 travellers which allows for more flexibility in our itineraries. Should the group decide to take advantage of some special event that that may become available, we can easily accommodate that type of change.
Il Cassero's prime location minimizes travel time to and from main attractions like Siena, Florence and Cortona.
on't speak Italian? Don't worry. Your tour guides are a native Tuscan who speaks English and an American who has been visiting il Cassero for over 12 years.
We can also arrange custom tours for a maxim of up to 8 travellers in Central Italy including Rome, Venice, Milan and Pisa. Please contact us for more information on private tours.