Thursday, 18 August 2016

vintage tour in Val d'Orcia

Val d'Orcia with a rented lambretta

that's on top of my wish list: to be able to travel with a lambretta anywhere we want. yes, we can drive our own or ship it, but we don't aways have the time to do something like that (not to mention the costs). and to rent an original vintage scooter is almost impossible. almost.

visiting Tuscany on a vintage Italian scooter


the dreamer Dario fought the impossible founding Vintage Tours, an agency renting vespas, lambrettas and vintage cars in one of the most beautiful region of Italy, Tuscany.

Vintage Tours is located in Montepulciano, perfect location to explore the tuscan charming countryside on a vintage ride, with no lacking of hilly roads or poetic landscapes, as well as fine wines and delicious food.

Le Stringaie is a family run agriturismo/farm house located a few kilometers from Montepulciano old town
Dario's family also run a nice agriturismo called Le Stringaie, which was the starting point of our weekend-long adventures.

among the several old&new scooters that you can choose from at Vintage Tours, we obviously picked one of the two lambrettas available. it was a white and grey second series Li 125, same model as our girl.
the rental fee, which is 90 euro per day for a vintage vespa or lambretta 125/150, includes helmets (we brought our own), bandanas, a map, a lock and a backpack. 2 walkie talkie, selfie sticks, a picnic kit (I love this idea!), gloves, a camera and a go pro are also available to rent, in order to enjoy your happy ride day even more.

lambretta for rent at Vintage Tours
Val d'Orcia watercolour map

the itinerary

- Vintage Tour, Montepulciano
- Pienza
  highlight >> the view on the road from Montepulciano to Pienza
- Bagno Vignoni
  highlight >> thermal waters
- Monticchiello
  highlight >> charming corners
- Montepulciano
  hightlight >> old wineries in the town centre

our tour was pretty classic, 70 kilometers long, and we had the right amount of time to visit a few small towns in Val d'Orcia with no rush. 
if you have more time, or want to have a wider variety of choices, we recommend also a visit to:
- Sant'Antimo abbey
- Bagni San Filippo
- Montalcino
white and grey lambretta second series Li 125, Vintage Tours





Monticchiello details

gourmet tips

we tried these two lovely places and think you're gonna love them like we did:
lunch >> dopolavoro La Foce, strada della Vittoria, 90 - Localit√† La Foce (SI)
try the bico, the local version of a sandwich, or a Pienza cheeses platter
dinner >> osteria Acquacheta, via del Teatro, 22 - Montepulciano (SI)
be prepared to eat elbow to elbow with the other guests, order a bottle of the local red and a massive Fiorentina steak, that the innkeeper would probably sketch on your paper tablecloth when you order it. I still have dreams about that Fiorentina. good, mouthwatering dreams.

Montepulciano with a rented lambretta

foggy view from Montepulciano
Bagno Vignoni

Bagno Vignoni

Montepulciano


spuntineria  

in the fields


renting and sleeping

Vintage Tours 
lambretta & vespa rent 90 euro per day, 240 euro 3 days
piazza Dell'Amicizia, Bivio di San Biagio - Montepulciano (SI)website | facebook | twitter | instagram

Agriturismo Le Stringaie 
double room from 80 euro
via delle caselle 5 - Montepulciano Stazione (SI)

airbnb
as I've said many times before, we love airbnb and we usually try to discover new places and beautiful homes when we travel. 
on the last day of our tuscan weekend, we stayed at Antonella and Massimo's tower house, which is also his sculpture atelier. 

the atelier


home details


Massimo's work
their adorable black pig! isn't he the cutest?


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4 comments:

  1. ah so much beauty to see....
    And i still cant ride a scooter:(

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  2. Happy faces and pure nature always a pleasure.

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  3. Nice information, many thanks to the author. It is incomprehensible to me now, but in general, the usefulness and significance is overwhelming. Thanks again and good luck! Travel Tips and Tricks

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