Wine lovers visit Tuscany by foot, bicycle, Vespa and even hot air balloon. But, the newest option for visiting Italy’s most romantic region is by jeep safari. Vintner Donatella Cinelli Colombini (maker of excellent Brunello di Montalcino) runs a rural bed and breakfast (or agriturismo, in Italian) outside Trequanda in the beautiful province of Siena. In an effort to open more of hidden Tuscany to her guests, she came up with the Tuscan jeep safari idea that takes you on little-traveled back roads and unmapped paths past sun-drenched farmhouses, vineyards and gorgeous bucolic backdrops.
Instead of chasing down wildlife, (although the likelihood of seeing a wild boar or a few pheasants is pretty high), the safari takes you on a guided hunt of great artwork, landscapes and architecture such as the stunning Val d’Orcia, part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
There is a four-hour tour (with a picnic basket packed with local wines, cheese and ham) at 80 euros ($100) per person. Or, you can book a seven-hour safari that includes lunch at a restaurant for 180 euros ($240) per person.
For more information, go to www.cinellicolombini.it.. You can also read more about the safari and other affordable touring options in our “Tuscan Treasures for Less” article published in the June 2009 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Click below to see our video.