After picking up your car, it's a scenic drive to the next stop on your Italian culinary journey, Montepulciano, where you'll check in at Hotelito Lupaia
, a charming retreat set in the beautiful Tuscan hills.
Discover more delights of Italian cooking at Lupaia's traditional Tuscan cooking class, held in their Mama's-style kitchen. Under expert guidance, create dishes from pasta to aperitifs, which you can devour afterwards. The menu features seasonal produce from the hotel's vegetable gardens and the local markets, so only the freshest ingredients will be used for your Tuscan lunch.
You will also visit Podere Il Casale, a 16th-century organic farm on a scenic hilltop near Pienza, which offers beautiful views over the vineyards, olive trees and the UNESCO-listed Val d'Orcia. The farm's grain fields and vegetable gardens provide the ingredients for their pasta, bread and other dishes, including preserves and honeys, while the free-roaming pigs, sheep and goats provide pork, milk and award-winning cheeses. Select vegetables from the garden and learn how to cook traditional seasonal dishes, including delicious pizza. Learn more on a tour of the farm and dairy, and enjoy a meal and wine on the terrace, overlooking the valley.
On a break from the kitchen, explore the charming hilltop town of Montepulciano, relax by the pool and take in the quintessential Tuscan views over a glass of wine at sunset.