Montepulciano

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy and for good reason! There is so much to see and do that it can be a challenge to include everything during your visit. With Cignella so conveniently located, it is the perfect place to stay while also being able to enjoy the wonders of the area. Basing yourself in one place saves time on packing, moving and unpacking again, allowing more time to spend exploring, reading or simply relaxing by the pool.

To make your trip planning a little bit easier, we have put together some itineraries that include all the best bits, but also allow time to rest, relax and unwind….after all the most memorable holidays include a little bit of everything! We recommend 7 days to see the best of the region however shorter trips can still give you a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Tuscany. A car will be essential to make the most of your time here.

If you have questions or would like to make any bookings before you arrive then please contact info@cignella.com. Once you arrive, our staff are always on hand to help with your day-to-day planning and any local information you need during your stay.

Savour the highlights of Tuscany on this 7 day itinerary which encapsulates all the best bits the region has to offer – stunning scenery, history towns and wonderful wines and cheese. With some down time included, you will return home rested and with wonderful memories to last a lifetime!

 

DAY 1

Arrive at Cignella and start your Tuscan discovery with a visit to Pienza, just 15kms away. Set atop a hill, this tiny village offers extraordinary views over the Val d’Orcia valley. Narrow streets and squares boast wonderful Renaissance architecture – don’t miss the Cattedrale dell ‘Assunta with its octagonal bell tower and the Palazzo Piccolomini, considered one of the finest Renaissance buildings in Pienza.

In the afternoon enjoy some relaxation time at Cignella, by the pool or on your terrace. Alternatively, a visit to the vineyard of Donatella Cinella Colombini called Fattori del Colle, will give you your first taste of exquisite Tuscan red wine – each bottle made lovingly from the grapes surrounding the estate.

Pienza


DAY 2

No trip to Tuscany is complete without a visit to Florence. Known as the birthplace of Rennaisance and Italian Art, it is 122km from Cignella. The entire historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site so there is something to see and do around every corner. Visit the Uffizi Gallery which houses some of the greatest art treasures in the world and admire the open-air sculpture gallery at the Loggia dei Lanzi. Climb the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore for breathtaking views of the city and walk along the Arno River and across the Ponte Vecchio, one of the most photographed bridges in Italy. Crowded in summer, an early start is recommended to get the best from your day!

Florence


DAY 3

Just over an hour from Cignella is Siena, known as one of the finest medieval cities in Italy. Sitting on three hills, its’ heart is the central piazza known as Il Campo which is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower Torre del Mangia. The Duomo is a great Gothic building which will take your breath away. Its’ stunning exterior is matched by a fascinating interior with magnificent black/white striped marble columns, a pavement decorated with incredible story-telling mosaics and it is home to treasures by Pisanto, Donatello and Michelangelo.

A 20 minute drive from Siena is SanGimignano,a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Encircled by a 13th century wall, you can step back in time and immerse yourself in medieval architecture and towers that rise above the other buildings and offer impressive views of the valley.

Siena


San Gimignano

DAY 4

Time for some relaxation! Sunbathe beside the pool at Cignella, book a massage (contact the Resort Manager to arrange) or simply put your feet up in your villa. If you need groceries, Sinagula just 12 km away has a several supermarkets.

Being a region bearing natural hot springs you may like to visit a thermal bath or “terme” for some extra pampering. We recommend Rapolano Terme which is only 20km from Cignella. Here you can enjoy the restorative waters at the San Giovanni Hotel or experience one of the rejuvenating treatments on offer.


DAY 5

Time to find out if Tuscany really does produce some of the best wines in the world! With the villages of Montepulciano and Montalcino on your doorstep, you are perfectly placed to find out. In Montepulciano, only 34 km from Cignella, visit the wine cellars of Contucci and Poliziano close to Piazza Grande. Close by is Cantine del Redi whose impressive wine cellar is often considered the most beautiful in the world.

Inside the magnificent fortress of Montalcino is Enoteca La Fortezza which offers exemplary wine tastings from a huge selection of quality Brunello di Montalcino and other Tuscan wines.

If you have time to spare, close to Montalcino is the 13th century Medieval abbey, Abbrazia di Sant ‘Antimo. This charming former monastery, possibly dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries, is worth a visit. You may even be lucky enough to hear the Gregorian chants which are performed every 2 hours.

Montepulciano

 

Montalcino


DAY 6

Known for its delicious regional produce, we recommend a visit to Podere il Casale, an organic farm close to Pienza. The cheese tasting tours provide a unique insight into production of their cheese and general farm tours of the are also available, both must be booked in advance. With a wonderful restaurant at the farm which uses only seasonal organic ingredients, it is definitely worth staying for lunch!

If you have time, you must visit Mount Amiata, a dormant volcano which is ideal for hiking and offers great views from its peak. The pretty hill-top village of Monticchiello is also close by. Easy to explore, you can stroll through the quaint village streets beside the ancient city walls, towers.

Pienza


DAY 7

Before you leave there may be time to squeeze in a visit to Arezzo, 55 km from Cignella. Formerly one of the most important cities in Tuscany, the main attractions today are the Church of San Francesco, the Medicean Fortress and the Roman Amphitheatre. With fewer tourists and more locals it is a nice place to spend a morning.

Alternatively perhaps Orvieto, 90 km south of Cignella, can be included on your last day? The site of this town is among the most dramatic in Europe, sitting high above the valley floor atop vertical cliffs of volcanic stone. A visit here is rewarded by an almost perfectly preserved and virtually traffic-free town. The colourful cathedral is beautiful inside and out with the highlight being the Chapel of San Brizio. Guided tours of the Etruscan era caves, wells and tunnels, underneath the town, give a fascinating insight into how ancient Italians lived.

Arezzo
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