Val d'Orcia, Tuscany
Le Ripe offers a range of interesting day trips within an hour driving distance, as well as access to other destinations for longer days of exploring. We can arrange custom self- or expert-guided tours to the area’s famous sites and best-kept secrets. Let us know what you like and we’ll use our insight, knowledge and comprehensive network of contacts to create memorable tours and activities, just for you.
Sarteano and Cetona are just minutes away, providing a nice selection of dining, shopping and cultural opportunities. Also within easy reach are Monte Cetona and Monte Amiata, as well as the towns of Pienza and Chianciano Terme.
INTERESTING TOWNS AND CITIES
Many beautifully preserved attractions are a must-see in the Val d'Orcia, including Bagno Vignoni, Abbadia di San Galgano, Oliveto Maggiore and Abbadia di Sant'Antimo. A bit further south is the enchanting village of San Casciano dei Bagni, home to several excellent restaurants as well as a luxurious thermal spa.
OTHER INTERESTING PLACES
With easy access to the train, you can be in Arezzo or Orvieto in a half hour; Rome and Florence are just over an hour away. For day trips closer to home, be sure to go into Montalcino and Montepulciano, two of the most renowned wine towns in southern Tuscany.
GUIDED EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
EXPERT AND SELF-GUIDED TOURS
We can arrange walking, biking, hiking and driving tours to almost anywhere. Let us know what your interests are and we'll customize an itinerary just for you - from a privately guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery to an intimate lunch enjoyed on a local family farm.
FOOD AND WINE EXPERIENCES
Experience firsthand the art of Italian winemaking and tasting in Tuscany. We're happy to organize tours of private, family-run wineries in nearby Montalcino and Montepulciano, as well as all over Chianti. For other flavorful experiences, participate in a gastronomic tour of food markets in Florence, followed by a private cooking class with a professional chef in studio.
Take your family on a 'storybook' tour of Florence or Rome that will bring to life their exciting histories, rivalries and conquests. Try your hand at pizza-making in a Florentine studio, or join a traditional truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dogs. Craft workshops and other special events can also be organized for your children.
For retail therapy, a personal shopper can be provided to assist in purchasing antiques, art, fashion and crafts in Florence, Siena, Arezzo and other local favorites.