Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Landscapes Full Day Tour
- 11 Hours
- 11 Hours
- On request
Along the way that will lead us to Siena, the first sight is the enchanting view of Monteriggioni from the panoramic windows of the bus. This is an amazing spectacle of the small medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day.
Upon arrival in Siena, we meet the local guide, who takes us on a comprehensive guided tour of the historic center. Starting from the famous Basilica of San Domenico (inside visit), a jewel of Renaissance that was built in the 13th century and dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena. We will walk the narrow, medieval streets of the city until we reach the spectacular Cathedral of the 12th century. The tour continues and we visit the Museum and Oratory of a Contrada. The "Contrade" (districts into which the city is divided) are the real core of local social life, where residents of each district compete with each other, in preparation of the famous Palio horse race.
The museum of a "Contrada", as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. It is an intimate and secret place containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art which are normally not disclosed to the public. The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square of Piazza del Campo, in which the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is the focal point.
You will then enjoy free time to continue exploring the city and for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we reach San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art. Here we will be led until the heart of the historical center, where you will again have free time to explore. In the evening, crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills we will arrive at a small and typical Winery. After a short walk in the ancient vineyards, we will visit the suggestive barrique room and taste 4 fantastic wines, sampling locally produced zero food miles. Finally, we will stop in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti to admire its famous main square flanked by arcades and browse through the local artisan shops. We will end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany.
Duration: 11 Hours
Departs: 8:30 a.m. - Returns: 7:30 p.m.