Experience the colors, flavors, rich history and captivating landscape of Tuscany on this enthralling day tour.
Visit easy-going Siena with its charming cityscape of golden-brown buildings, red clay roofs and green shutters and breathtaking cathedral.
Enjoy a lunch of mouthwatering local specialties among vineyards and olive groves in the enchanting ambience of a Tuscan farm.
Stop at San Gimignana, one of Italy's most beautiful hilltop medieval villages and amble through its ancient streets before setting off for Pisa.
Drive through the timeless Chianti country dotted with churches, castles and hamlets, and brightened with intense color from the poppy and sunflower fields.
However many times you see the Leaning Tower in photos, nothing can prepare you for the real thing. Prepare to be amazed and do all the fun things like being photographed trying to push the Tower straight!
The Best of Tuscany Tour from Florence is a wonderful way to experience the colors and flavors of a beautiful part of Italy. There is no hotel pick up for this excursion. You should make your way to the meeting point at Santa Maria Novella train station, where you will find your English-speaking guide and air-conditioned coach.
On your drive through the Tuscan countryside, your guide will tell you about the day's program and you can watch a video of the Palio horse race. After about an hour, you will arrive in Siena where you can join a walk with a local guide tracing the history of the city. Or if you prefer, you can explore on your own.
Your guide will explain how Siena's prosperity was built on wool and finance in the 12th century. In the Palazzo Salimbeni, you will see the headquarters of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena . Founded in 1472, it is the oldest surviving bank in the world.
You will also visit the Cathedral di Santa Maria, (or 'Duomo'). Richly decorated inside and out, it is a treasury of 13th and 14th century Gothic art. A famous feature is the marble inlaid floor, which took nearly two centuries to complete.
If the Cathedral is closed for special Services, you will visit Santa Maria della Scala hospital instead. This former hospital is a museum complex.
Your guided city tour ends in Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. Twice a year this is fenced off and covered with sand for the celebrated Palio horserace.
You will have time to enjoy a drink (payable direct), at one of the open-air cafes, or to do some shopping. Altogether you spend about one and a half hours in Siena before boarding the coach for your visit to a farm and vineyard in the countryside.
At the farm, you can take an escorted stroll among the vineyards, olive groves and cellars, and enjoy a delicious four-course lunch of Tuscan specialities and wines. Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be catered for. A wine-tasting class will be held during the lunch. Your meal will include the following:
• Bruschetta with Vernaccia white wine
• Pasta with meat ragout with Chianti red wine
• Salami, ham, pecorino cheese, Tiscan bread and mixed salad with aged red wine
• Almond biscuits with dessert wine
After a delightful hour at the farm, you set off on the next leg of your journey. You will visit the beautiful medieval hilltop village of San Gimignano, just a short distance away and famous for its 14 towers.
You have 1 hour 15 minutes to explore San Gimignano's maze of ancient cobbled streets and learn about its tumultuous history. You can also check out the craft shops and sample some of the best ice-cream in Italy.
Leaving San Gimignano, you will set off across the enchanting Chianti countryside, scattered with hilltop hamlets, churches and castles.
The drive to Pisa takes around 1½ hours. You will see the legendary Leaning Tower, which is actually the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of Pisa's cathedral. If you like, you can climb the Tower. The entrance fee is approximately 15 euros (not included in your tour price).
You can also admire the exteriors of other magnificent medieval buildings in the 'Field of Miracles' close to the Tower, namely the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the monumental Cemetery.
You have an hour in Pisa before boarding your coach for the journey back to Florence. At the end of your delightful tour you will be dropped back at the starting point at Santa Maria Novella train station.
We enjoyed our trip very much! I think it got a little long on Pisa as everyone was tired at that point. Our guide was great and kept us informed.... Timothy J Maycher
Excellent experience from the market info to the pasta making and of course the eating! It was awesome!... Mrs J. Herbig
01 Mar - 30 Nov: Daily
01 Dec - 28 Feb: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Approx. 11-12 Hours
Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
Duration: Approx. 11-12 Hours
Please make your way to the meeting point in front of Santa Maria Novella train station. A bus with "The Best of Tuscany Tour" written on the side will be waiting on the same side as the taxi stand, just below the clock.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the pick up point at Santa Maria Novella station
Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes for walking. Don't forget to bring your still or video camera. There will be lots of photo-opportunities
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Please reach meeting place by 0815h (08:15am) 15 minutes prior to start time of the tour.
Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be catered for. Please mention these special requirements on your booking form
If Siena Cathedral is closed for special Services you will visit Santa Maria della Scala hospital instead
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