There’s no need to stray too far from the luxury of Il Pozzo. From wineries and cheese farms to museums and country walks, there’s much close by to surprise and delight the most seasoned traveller.
Activities and tours
CYCLING AND WALKING
There are many walks and cycle rides in Tuscany that you can do on your own, but having a professional guide take you off the beaten track to see sights you would not normally discover and explain about the history and traditions of the area that you are visiting is extremely worthwhile. Also many of the walks in Tuscany are badly signed so it can be useful to have a guide with you that knows where to go. There are a variety of individual and group tours for every level and which can include visits to wine cantinas, cheese and olive oil producers and even gelaterias!
e-bike Tuscany (link)
Provide a good service for biking tours, bike rentals as well as Nordic walking tours (from October).
Walk About Tuscany (link)
A small company providing a personalised service.
Aero Club Serristori (link)
HOT AIR Ballooning in Tuscany
Balooning in Tuscany(link)
Enjoy a unique experience that will provide lasting memories by seeing Tuscany from above! Take off from an enchanted valley surrounded by woods, pastures and a truffle reserve. Rise up out of the valley and soar over the Crete Senesi and Siena, west to the canyons and steep valleys of the calanche, south to Pienza and the Val d’Orcia, or east over the 1000 ft wooded hills and into the Val di Chiana. A champagne breakfast awaits you to celebrate this incredible trip. Launch sites in Montisi, Cortona, just outside Siena and in Rome.
Villa Il Poggio (link)
Friendly horse riding school with 20 horses; internal ring as well as external area for individual and group lessons. They run camps for children during the school holidays.
Club Ippico Benefizio (link)
Golf Club Sinalunga (link)
9-hole course; 20 minutes’ drive.
Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club (link)
Stunning 18-hole private course; 45 minutes’ drive away.
VINTAGE CARS AND BIKES
Vintage Tours Italy (link)
Really go for it and tour the beautiful Val d’Orcia landscape on a vintage Vespa, a Lambretta or other vintage car. We have done a deal with the owner Dario, who can arrange to deliver your vintage vehicle to Il Pozzo for a small fee.
Massages in the villa from €70/hour Manicure/pedicure in villa from €30
Visits to Terme in Bagno Vignoni (20 minutes’ drive) and Montepulciano (25 minutes’ drive) can be arranged. A full list of services and prices is available in Terme brochures available in the villa or on their website.
Guided tours can be arranged with cars or comfortable executive coaches with an English speaking driver. Our favourites include:
- Half-day sightseeing tour to nearby beautiful Tuscan towns including Montichiello, Pienza, Montepulciano, Arezzo, Cortona and Perugia.
- Full day sightseeing tour further afield to Assisi, Florence, Venice, The Cinqueterre… the choice is yours!
- Brunello wine tour to Montalcino and Abbazia S.Antimo: visit to two wine cellars, wine tasting (lunch at wine bar additional).
- Brunello and Vino Nobile wine tour to Montalcino, Montichiello and Montepulciano: visit to two wine cellars, wine tasting (lunch at Montichiello additional).
- Chianti wine tour to Monteriggioni and Castellina: visit to two wine cellars, wine tasting (lunch at Montichiello additional).
- Pecorino cheese factory tour and tasting in Pienza. Shopping expedition to outlet The Mall and Prada.
- Tour of Maranello-Ferrari: Includes visit to the Ferrari Museum, lunch followed by Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Balsamic Vinegar tasting.
Co-op in Pienza
10 minutes’ drive; open 08:00–12:30 then 15:30–20:00.
Co-op in Sinalunga
30 minutes’ drive; open 08:30–20:00; located in a small shopping mall, this large supermarket is comparable to the Tesco Extra in the UK or the larger Walmart stores in the US. Stocks everything including large bakery, fresh fish and fresh meat counters as well as household goods, stationery, electronics, clothes etc.
Shopping Mall in Sinalunga
Co-op (see above) is housed in a shopping mall with shops such as Euronics (electronics), a pharmacy, sports shop, Bata (shoes) and OVS (Italian brand good quality clothing for all… brilliant for childrens’ clothes).
Valdichiana Outlet Village (link)
40 minutes’ drive; open Mon-Sun 10:00-20:00 (21:00 Fri & Sat in July & August);; houses over 140 famous designer and brand shops that offer 30–70% discounts all year round.
The Mall – Tuscany’s luxury outlet (link)
90 minutes’ drive; open 10:00 – 19:00 (20:00 from June – August); luxury brand shops at discounted prices including Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, Valentino and Tod’s.
Prada Outlet in Montevarchi (link)
Space (or Lo Spaccio) is home to the Prada outlet. Selling previous season designer wares at up to 75% discounts. As well as Prada, they sell Miu Miu, Church’s and Car Shoe. The difference with this outlet is the level of service.
EATING IN PIENZA
Latte di Luna (link)
Latte di Luna was reportedly the favourite restaurant of the cast and crew of The English Patient which was mainly filmed in Pienza. A charming homely trattoria serving decent local cuisine at a fair price, it is always packed and we recommend making a reser- vation even out of season. Typical primi of assorted crostini (boar pâté, mushrooms, truffles and other toppings) is followed by deli- cious pasta or other delicacies such as wild boar stew and finished off with great deserts… try the semifreddo alla nocciola (hazelnut ice-cream). Closed Tuesday.
Ristorante Dal Falco (link)
Listed in the Slow Food guide to Italy and set off the road just out- side the old town, Dal Falco’s customers are mostly local Italians who travel from surrounding towns. The menu of delicious and reasonably priced Tuscan specialties is always a delight and includes pici (fat, hand rolled pasta that originated in Siena) with ragu, tagliata (grilled sliced steak), faraone (guinea fowl) and cing- hiale (wild boar). The owner, Silvana knows her wines and is always at hand to help with recommendations.
Gelataria Toscana (link)
Amazing does not begin to describe the delicious, home-made ice-creams available here. With a wide variety of flavours includ- ing fennel seeds, ricotta fig, rice, beer, whiskey cream and Vin Santo, this extraordinary gelataria also provides dairy free options and gluten free options! The owner is delightful and will happily package boxes for you to take home and savour after dinner.
La Terraza del Chiostro (link)
Located in a 15th century ex-convent, this restaurant is set in beautiful terraced gardens with stunning panoramic views across the Val d’Orcia valley and hills. Maurizio, the maitre d’ and his team provide a friendly dining service. Elegant cuisine; a bit pricey but definitely worth an evening out!
La Bucca Della Fate (link)
A firm favourite with the locals, Trattoria La Bucca della Fate offers good, authentic Tuscan food at reasonable prices. They make their own pici pasta and offer a gluten-free variety too.
EATING IN SINALUNGA
(20 minutes’ drive)
EATING IN MONTEPULCIANO
(25 minutes’ drive)
EATING IN MONTEFOLLONICO
(15 minutes’ drive)
EATING IN SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA
(20 minutes’ drive)