Pienza - Val d'Orcia - Siena - Tuscany

Hot Air Ballooning

A very special activity, hot-air ballooning over Tuscany, is just a few kilometers away! To see a beautiful video of a trip in the balloon click here. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will treasure–-so, be sure to take your camera! We recommend that you contact the company directly to make a reservation in advance of your stay as the number of people who can participate each day is quite limited. .

Private Truffle Hunts

In Tuscany, the white truffle (tartufo bianco, Tuber Magnatum Pico) is the king of delicacies—and in the fall there are fields with "white gold" in them waiting for the truffle hunters and their dogs to find them! Cretaiole is near a very well known truffle area, San Giovanni d'Asso, and in fact, our family has its own source of the "white gold" in a small, private truffle reserve, right below Cretaiole.

As a special activity you should consider going on a hunt with the truffle hunter and a translator, and then return to the village and have a meal that includes perfectly made dishes that enhance the taste of the truffle. In this way you learn about truffles and why they are so special and expensive, how they are found by the truffle dogs, and best of all, you experience the taste of them in the most perfect way. Ask us for assistance to organize this activity for you, during white truffle season (October-December).

Watch the Palio horse race from a private balcony

Siena’s famous horse race, the Palio, has been taking place for centuries and every 2nd of July and 16th of August, you can enjoy this ancient rivalry from the comfort of an apartment balcony which overlooks the “Campo”--the most beautiful piazza in Tuscany. Rather than trying to find a spot in the middle of the crowded center of the square, we’ll assist you in finding a wonderful place above the crowd, where you can watch the spectacular event, with food and drink served to you, and plenty of room to move and enjoy the entire experience. This is an experience only enjoyed by a few people ever in their lives.

Hire a Vintage Car or Vespa

The roads in Tuscany are famous for their winding curves, beautiful vistas, and Italian motor vehicles. If you like to drive and want to experience our hill town roads in a vintage car or on a vintage vespa, let us know and we’ll make the arrangements!

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