Le Macinaie Incoming è un tour organizer speciliazzato nella destinazione Toscana del sud: Val D'Orcia, Monte Amiata, Maremma.
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This tour is planned to last seven days. The idea is to provide an insight into the genuine food and wine of Amiata and a chance to understand how to prepare traditional dishes. The guests will stay all the time at the same hotel, where local wines will be specially selected to enhance the dishes prepared during the lessons.
A day on Monte Amiata is really rewarding.The possibilities are endless. Here is a typical programme.
Arrival on Monte Amiata in the morning, and then a trip chosen from one of the following:
For nature lovers:
A visit to the top of the mountain
A visit to the WildlifePark
A visit to the Piglietto nature reserve
For culture vultures:
A visit to the Museum of Mines in San Salvatore and the Abbey and old town of San Salvatore
A visit to the old part of Santa Fiora, the Fishpond and botanical garden and the Museum of Mines.
A visit to the Tibetan Centre at Merigar
A visit to one medieval town and its churches and castle, e.g. Santa Fiora, the della Robbia terracotta and the Fishpond or Arcidosso and the Aldobrandeschi castle, or Piancastagnaio and its old medieval centre or Seggiano and Daniel Spoerri’s sculputure garden.
A visit to one of the festivals held on Monte Amiata
A visit to a small business producing local specialities (cheese, mushrooms, biscuits)
A visit to an oil press
For Sporting Enthusiasts:
A trek along the Chestnut Way
An excursion by mountain bike
For The Idle
A day in the meadow at le Macinaie
All the above are followed by:-
Lunch in a restaurant typical of the area
A good walk in the afternoon
Return to the hotel for dancing, chestnuts and new wine
The last day will be spent in Umbria. Before circling Lake Trasimeno with a stop for a drink. The view from here with Monte Amiata in the background is spectacular. Is possible to look out over the lake. Then we turn towards Assisi. St. Francis’s city rising majestically before us, of the top of the hill. A visit to the Basilica of St. Francis and St. Clare is a must, as is a wander through the streets of the old city.
Lunch can be in one of the characteristic venues in the old part. Our way back takes us across the entire Umbrian valley to get back into Tuscany, reached by going along a very sinuous road. We could stop for a reviving bathe in the hot springs. The road now snakes along the spur between two valleys with Monte Amiata in the background. There will be time to relax on returning to the hotel before dinner, and a characteristic Umbrian wine, Sagrantino, will be served with it.
Today’s trip takes us to Umbria to visit another of the great medieval cities in central Italy: Orvieto. On leaving the hotel we make one of the Monte Amiata’s most beautiful small towns and then go down onto the Via Francigena (now called the Cassia). Arrived in Orvieto it is possible to go right up into the town as far as the cathedral by bike. The dying city of Bagnoregio is only a few k.ms. further on. It is a magical place.
The lake of Bolsena is our next goal and we shall stop in the medieval town of Bolsena for lunch and then circle the lake, through medieval villages, evocative scenery of great beauty and then make our way back to Amiata for a delicious dinner before a well earned rest.
A tour of Tuscany really has to include some of the famous medieval cities. We have chosen San Gimigniano and leave out Siena which could be visited on your way to or from Monte Amiata. We then pass, on our way along the marvellous roads of the northern Maremma, stopping to visit the Abbey of San Galgano with its famous sword in the stone. Then on to Colle Val d’Elsa, birthplace of the great medieval architect Arnolfo di Cambio where we can have lunch. After we reach San Gimigniano, the city of towers, where a short stop is obilgatory. We have now reached the halfway point of today’s trip and we turn back, crossing an area which produces geothermal energy.
Great steaming geysers, known worldwide, create a surreal landscape with wonderful roads for bikers. Having passed this area the road takes us through scrub land, where you must proceed cautiously till we get back to the road we used when we set out which will bring us back for a well earned rest before a wonderful dinner.
We shall start off by going to the Etruscan ruins at Vetulonia where we get an idea of the ancient race that lived around Monte Amiata. We then go on to the coastal resort. There are beautiful glimpses of the Tyrrhenian sea, and it is fascinating to watch the fishing boats returning to port.
At this point we turn south towards the promontory of Monte Argentario, stopping at Talamone, the old port of the Sienese Republic, and we can have lunch in one of the typical restaurants on the front. Then off to Porto Santo Stefano, preserve of Italy’s V.I.Ps.
The panoramic road, above a precipitous drop to the sea is impressive. To return wecross the most characteristic part of the Maremma, home of cowboys and the famous Morellino di Scansano wine, as far as Roccalbegna, a village huddled under an amazing cliff: the road is twisty and a lot of fun.
This thirteenth century Sienese village is often cited as an example of beautiful architecture. A visit to the Sasso and the Cassero Senese (Keep) is obligatory. A final effort and we shall reach the hotel, where a large dinner to crown a wonderful day awaits us. We shall try some great Morellino di Scansano wines again this evening.
We start off going down towards the Montecucco area, passing medioval village of which are worth a quick visit. We reach, the capital of Montecucco DOC .Here, having booked, it will be possible to visit extremely interesting estates and see their refined vinification processes and old medieval cellars. After we shall turn towards the mountain to go to the stupendous sulphurous springs at Saturnia. Pausing in a castle, before continuing to Saturnia where we can have a reviving bathe.
It is really delicious to soak in the pools below the spectacular waterfalls. We shall leave once again for the Etruscan area and visit Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano in rapid succession, with their houses hewn out of the living rock and their incredible necropoli.
Next we shall cross the old mining zone of Amiata. The last visit is to the Pieve (parish church) of Santa Fiora and Santa Lucilla with its precious della Robbia terracotta, the old enclosed convent and the fish pond fed by the spring and surrounded by a wonderful garden, which used to belong to the Aldobrandeschis and the Sforzas is well worth while.
An aperitive in the square, known as Amiata’s drawing room is a must. Return to the hotel where an evening of traditional local dishes accompanied by white wine from Pitigliano and red Morellino di Scansano awaits us.
This first tour is the easiest, after your long journey to le Macinaie. Leave through the beautiful beech woods which enfold the mountain. We drive trought the beautiful medioeval Amiata village and then on to Sant’Antimo, a medieval abbey. We are crossing the Orcia valley, along the old Francigena (Cassia) road. Three Renaissance jewels follow in quick succession: San Quirico D’Orcia, Pienza and Montepulciano. Montepulciano is an extremely interesting place to visit and we shall lunch there in a traditional restaurant before visiting the old centre and having a wine tasting in one of the old cellars carved out of the rock. Then we follow the side of another famous Tuscan valley, emerging into a landscape redolent of pine. The road takes us first to Monte Cetona and then to Radicofani. From here there is a stunning view. Below us the Val D’Orcia and on the left, Monte Amiata. From Radicofani we shall make for Abbadia San Salvatore on an old and rather badly maintained but fascinating road. The eastern flank of Monte Amiata awaits us before to make one of the oldest roads takes us up to the volcano’s summit. The changes in colour as we go up the mountain are spectacular. With dinner we suggest tasting wines from Montalcino and Montepulciano. For the most spirited bikers there will be a short tour of the various villages on the mountain after dark, 40 k.ms. long, with stops in some popular pubs.
Photo by Sophie Schatter
Arrival at the hotelin the late afternoon and a cocktail to welcome you. Dinner traditional wines from Montalcino, Montecucco, Scansano e Montepulciano.
The volcano, sacred to the Etruscans is an ideal place for conferences.
This programme is for companies that would like to arrange their company reunion in a really unusual place.It is a seven day programme where meetings are combined with visits and tours for spouses and evening entertainment.For this programme we use the Hotel Luce Sorgente, a very modern hotel with every facility for conferences, and rooms for from 30 up to 800 participants. As far as the alternative activities are concerned we have arranged these to combine the wine and specialities of the area with the natural and cultural aspects of Amiata.
Arrival at the hotel in the late afternoon where there will be a cocktail to welcome you. Dinner with traditional dishes typical of the area with carefully chosen wines from Montalcino, Montecucco, Scansano and Montepulciano.After dinner Cesare Moroni will give an introductory talk about Monte Amiata illustrated with slides.
The day will be devoted to Montecucco territory.This growing area was only recently awarded DOC status, in July 1998.We leave for Arcidosso and a short walk through the old town centre to see the Aldobrandeschi castle;then a stop at the Camarri frantoio (olive press), one of the very last on Monte Amiata that still uses the huge stone millwheels to press the oil cold.The tasting includes extra virgin olive oil produced exclusively from the Olivastra Seggianese, a particularly prized variety and the original ‘cultivar’ on Monte Amiata. The next stop will be at Monticello Amiata and a visit to the so-called HouseMuseum which documents life here in the nineteenth century. We lunch at Montenero at the ‘Antica Osteria del Trattorione’ with its splendid terrace looking out over the Val D’Orcia.After lunch a visit to the WineMuseum, where the incredible developments in wine making techniques over the last hundred years are admirably displayed. We continue to Perazzeta, one of the most interesting of the small wine growing estates in the Montecucco region with its barrel store discovered in a fifteenth century cellar. Return to the hotel in the evening. After dinner, a concert by the folk group “I Cardellinin del Fontanino” from Castel del Piano.
The day will be spent visiting the old town of Montalcino, but first we visit il Castello di Poggio alle Mura to see the enormous cellars and wine shop of the Banfi estate, and the GlassMuseum.It is a moving experience to visit one of the biggest wine producing estates within the confines of Montalcino DOC.It is a fantastic place and here you feel you really are in touch with an estate of world fame. Next, to Montalcino itself.This small town goes back to medieval times and it has a breathtaking view over the Val D’Orcia. Lunch at ‘’Il Brunello” where you will sample wines from Montalcino. In the afternoon a visit to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, an old Benedictine foundation built partly of alabaster. Return to the hotel for dinner.
The time has come to go up to the top of the volcano.We go as far as il Pianello (1650m) by coach;after that a short walk takes us to the top by the cross (1734m).From here you can see a large part of Central Italy.A little further on is the statue of the Madonna of Boy Scouts, on the western slope of the mountain, from where you can look down to the sea and the Tuscan archipelago.It is a relaxing morning.We go down as far as Prato delle Macinaie by coach for lunch, where we eat at one of the most famous restaurants of the area which serves traditional local dishes and wines. After a brief walk under the beech trees, return to the hotel.
A visit to Monte Amiata’s medieval walled villages (though many have how become small towns), is very rewarding. Leave after breakfast. First stop, Santa Fiora, and a visit to the old town, the ParishChurch with its wonderful della Robbia glazed terracotta, the Fishpond, The Museum of Mines, and the WaterMuseum.57,000,000 litres of water a day leave Santa Fiora’s springs to supply the provinces of Grosseto and Viterbo. Next to Castel del Piano.Famous for its Palio (a horse race round the square) it is also the birthplace of the Nasini family of artists.There is a fine view over the valley. After that we visit the Castle of Potentino, just outside Seggiano.This castle was built in about the twelfth century and today is owned by the Greenes, an English family.The estate produces high quality wines and olive oil. Following a tour of the castle, lunch in the Devil’s Hall. Then a visit to Daniela Nicoletti’s olive producing estate, one of the most interesting in the area where the farm house is typical of real Tuscan agricultural architecture.
The day will be spent going to places where the Etruscans, an ancient people who lived around Monte Amiata from the eighth century B.C. settled. On the way, a stop near Selvena to visit la Rocca Silvana, a magnificent example of medieval architecture and entertainment by a minstrel. Then we go on to Sorano, a very old village.A few k.ms. further on we reach Pitigliano, famous not only for its Etruscan history, but also for its excellent white wine.In a meadow with a view of the town we will serve a picnic. The day’s last visit is to Sovana: it is a characteristic medieval village with a famous square and a cathedral which we visit before going on to look at some Etruscan tombs. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon
A final day should always be memorable.We go first to Roccalbegna to visit the old town which is a splendid example of fifteenth century town planning, and climb up to the top of the ‘Sasso’ (cliff) which dominates the surrounding countryside of olives and vineyards, before continuing to Saturnia.It is an old walled village with a medieval castle and remains of Roman walls and roads. Lunch on the veranda of a characteristic restaurant followed by a bathe in the pool with its famous waterfall. Return to the hotel for a gala dinner and an evening with piano bar.
An ideal place to hold company meetings in the calm surroundinfgs of the Etruscans’ sacred mountain.
For whatever reason you need to find somewhere to unwind, whether for cultural purposes, meetings or educational projects, Amiata is the ideal place because it guarantees you peace and quiet in beautiful country and offers food and wines of traditional quality.
The Centro Luce Sorgente caters for conferences for 30 - 800 people. But we also have other attractive and unusual venues, for example the Aldobrandeschi castle in Arcidosso, the castle at Piancastagnaio, and Palazzo Nerucci at Castel del Piano - all places suitable for hosting high level events.
There are endless possibilities of combining such conferences with other activities; from visits to nature reserves to trekking, biking and orienteering, from visits to medieval fortified villages and castles, to hot springs or producers of the local specialities: wine, olive oil, cheeses, honey, mushroom and chestnuts. In particular, for team building we can arrange suitably relevant activities like orienteering.
It 's just fantastic. An infinite number of different landscapes, from the mountains to the sea, from the countryside to the lakes, in a succession of tangled streets extremely fascinated.
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