Le Macinaie Incoming

Tour Organazier - Vacanze nella Toscana del Sud

Thursday, 20 November 2014 21:29

Come funziona

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Le Macinaie Incoming è un tour organizer speciliazzato nella destinazione Toscana del sud: Val D'Orcia, Monte Amiata, Maremma.

Vende pacchetti viaggio alla scoperta del territorio.

  1. Scegliete il pacchetto vacanza che preferite
  2. Selezionate dalla finestra a discesa un'offerta
  3. Aggiungete al carrello il quantitativo di offerte che preferite
  4. Una volta terminato click sul pulsante mostra il carrello
  5. Alla pagina successiva inserite i vostri dati
  6. Spuntate il check box per confermare che avete preso visione delle condizioni di vendita
  7. Confermate l'ordine
  8. Sarete indirizzati su una pagina PayPall dove potrete effettuare il pagamento. Tramite il vostro account Pay Pall o con una carta di credito
  9. Se il pagamento è andato a buon fine vi verrà inviato un email di conferma. Questo email è il buono su cui troverete un codice di acquisto, che vi darà diritto alla vacanza
  10. Al momento che avrete deciso il periodo della vostra vacanza scegliete un albergo di quelli tra quelli proposti e chiedete disponibilità
  11. La dove questa venga confermata comunicate il codice del vostro buono.
  12. Dopo la necessaria verifica l'hotel vi invierà un email di conferma.
  13. Al vostro arrivo in hotel, al momento del check in consegnate il buono alla reception.
  14. Questa vi darà un coupon per prenotare gli altri servizi.
Sunday, 16 November 2014 21:08


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The Tastes and Aromas of Monte Amiata

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.

For Epicureans

    Picking chestnuts
    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

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