The following are some of the activities you can participate in while staying at BelSentiero. We can help to organise these for you through our network of contacts in the Val d’Orcia. So if interested let us know beforehand by e-mailing us on email@example.com and we will obtain the necessary quotes and make the bookings for you.
Tuscan cuisine is world famous and what better way to get to grips with how to cook like a real Italian than having a cooking lesson from an Italian cook! Raffaella is an excellent teacher and her English is also very good. All our guests who have had cooking lessons with her have all raved about the fantastic experience and come away with a few new tips and techniques for how to improve their own cooking. So from learning how to hand-make traditional Italian pastas, through to all time favourites such as aubergine with parmigiano, this is the one for you!
Wine tasting and vineyard tours
We are situated half-way between the two famous wine regions of Montepulciano and the Brunello (based around Montalcino). This is in addition to the wine producers within the d’Orcia valley itself. BelSentiero is therefore perfectly positioned for you to go and explore these various vineyards. We know most of the big name producers such as Avignonesi and Poliziano in the Montepulciano DOCG and Castello Banfi and Fattoria Barbi in the Brunello DOCG, but in addition there are also a few smaller local producers, such as our neighbour who produces the Campotondo wines that you may be interested in. You could either visit the various wine estates on a self driving basis (in which case we would just assist in booking your appointments) or you could also go on a private tour and be driven. Let us know which you prefer!
Pecorino cheese farm visit
The Val d’Orcia is famous for its pecorino di Pienza (the sheep’s cheese of Pienza). If you would like to see how this is made at one of the farms and then also have the opportunity to buy direct from the producer, we can help to arrange this for you.
Our Food & Wine Experiences
How would you like to combine all of the above into one fantastic week long experience? If so then join one of our Food & Wine Experiences. During the year we set aside a number of weeks especially for these tours which typically include two days for visiting wine estates, two days for cooking lessons, a day to visit local producers (such as of pecorino cheese) and the last day for a barbecue on our veranda with its spectacular views of the Val d’Orcia valley. This is in addition to your accommodation at BelSentiero, all ground transport, the services of an English speaking guide and bookings at some of the best local restaurants.
For 2019 we still have space available on our May (26 May – 6 April), June (18 - 26 and 26 - 3 July) and September (8 – 15 September) Experiences. So if interested contact us soon! We can also organise private individualised tours subject to the availability of our service providers.
Guided walking tours
Would you like to do a day trip to Siena (that medieval rival of Florence) and participate in a walking tour of the city under the leadership of an expert guide? Or what about Pienza or Montepulciano? No problem. Let us know in advance and we will help set this up for you.
Spa-day at Bagno Vignoni
If you would like to pamper yourself (or detox after having visited a few vineyards!) then a spa-day at Bagno Vignoni may be the solution. This in a small, ancient village very close to us famous for the curative properties of its thermal waters. Should you wish we can book a spa-day for you at one of the private spas, including any massages or body treatments you may be interested in. Just let us know in advance.
e-biking (cycling) in the Val d’Orcia
Very close to us in Abbadia San Salvatore there is an e-bike shop that hires out electric bikes on a half or full day basis. Their bikes are top of the range and even come with GPS with a number of pre-programmed routes that you can follow. So this is perfect if you want to go cycling, which can then either be in the forests of Monte Amiata or in the valley of the Val d’Orcia, both with spectacular but entirely different scenery.
Weddings, birthdays and functions
Subject to availability you can book BelSentiero to host your wedding, birthday, renewal of vows or other function. When doing so it is necessary to book the entire property for a minimum of 3 nights. You will then have the use of our beautiful lawns, garden and veranda for your function. Our large, restaurant style kitchen will also be at your disposal (or that of your catering team). So let us know if you have a function in mind and we can assist with local suppliers to help put it all together!