Ah, Tuscany! It’s beloved by people the world over and has been for generations. Discover what all the fuss is about for yourself on one of these fantastic wine tours from Rome.
Italy’s Tuscany region is one of the world’s most revered wine producing areas, with Montalcino, Chianti and Montepulciano all capitalising on the region’s gentle, vine-lined slopes. With Rome being located anywhere between two and three hours from these major wine districts of Italy by road, a day trip from the Italian capital city is a great way to experience these wines right at their source, without having to worry about the logistics of transportation, hotels or paying tasting fees. Here are five of the best wine tour options.
Tuscany Taster Tour from Rome with Lunch & Wine
Many of the great Tuscany wine tours from Rome pair a wine tasting experience with a little sightseeing. After all, the historic hill towns and stunning scenery of Tuscany are an unmissable part of the experience. Take a walking tour of Montepulciano, see ancient wine cellars and visit a farmhouse for a three-course meal overlooking the vineyards, complete with pairings of local wines. Please note this tour normally runs daily but might have a reduced schedule during the winter months. From €129 per person.
Siena, Chianti, Wine Tasting and Lunch
One of Europe’s great medieval cities is Siena (it even made it onto our list of the 20 most charming cities). Take an early fast train from Rome to Florence. From here you will board a minibus and head for Siena, with a short, guided tour and some free time to explore. Another highlight of this Tuscan day trip is San Gimignano, which is also a medieval town with UNESCO credentials. Between these towns and Florence lies the Chianti wine region, where you’ll stop to try a wine and olive oil tasting. Departs Sat-Mon and Thu. From €198 per person.
San Gimignano & Siena: Small Group Wine Tour from Rome
For a more wine-centric Tuscany tour, while still being able to enjoy Siena and San Gimignano along the way, try this popular tour. You will get to taste your first wine, a revered Vernaccia white, amid the medieval walls of the first stop San Gimignano. Next, you will be able to sample up to ten different regional wines and olive oils at a wine cellar, before touring the wine estate. This day trip includes lunch and a stop in Siena. Departs Sun, Mon, Wed and Fri. From €228 per person.
Siena & San Gimignano Full–Day Wine Tour
The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Siena and San Gimignano certainly make for a popular itinerary when taking a day tour from Rome. In addition to visiting these two Tuscan highlights, you’ll stop in San Gimignano for a typical Tuscan lunch using local produce and a wine tasting, which includes La Vernaccia, a local wine with a history dating back to at least the 13th century. In Siena you will also have an opportunity to try Italian coffee with a local type of sweet. This tour is available on Mon and Fri. From €278 per person.
Private Day-Tour of Tuscany from Rome
Have you read through all of the above and felt as though you’d enjoy the trip if it had fewer people and the freedom to move between sights only when you’re ready? This private day tour gives you the freedom to take your own, private Tuscan holiday over 12 hours, focusing on the vineyards of Montalcino and Montepulciano, sampling pecorino cheese in Pienza and tasting plenty of wines along the way. Another benefit of taking a private tour is the freedom to choose departure dates, as this tour is available on any day of the year. From €398 per person or €792 for up to 4 people.