Vist the fascinating cities of Siena and San Gimignano and discover the charms of the scenic Italian countryside.
Widely considered to be one of Europe’s best preserved medieval towns, Siena is situated in the heart of Tuscany. The prime tourist attraction in Siena is the Piazza del Campo, the city’s main square which houses the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena’s town hall and the adjoining Torre del Mangia.
As well as the beautiful landscape and fine works of art and architecture, the laid back atmosphere and pedestrian-friendly streets of the Siena leave visitors enchanted.
After exploring Siena, journey through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to San Gimignano. Here you can visit the Collegiate Church with its lavish Frescoes, or the Church of Sant Augustine, where you can see works by Renaissance artists. These are just two of the major tourist attractions of San Gimignano.
A tour of Siena and San Gimignano provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to explore the tourist attractions of the two cities, enjoy the spectacular scenic beauty of the countryside between them, and get an insight into the history of Italy.
The tour starts from the Piazza Stazione (at corner with Piazza dell’ Unita’) at 0900h (09:00am). You will travel by coach accompanied by an English-speaking tour escort.
Our trip starts as a pleasant excursion through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, offering an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Along the way, from the wide panoramic windows of our coach, you will be able to spot the medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni, enclosed by its famous walls which remain standing to this day.
Upon arrival in Siena, you will enjoy a guided tour of the old town centre: you will walk along its narrow medieval streets admiring its splendid palaces until you reach the magnificent Cathedral, of which you can visit the superb interior and the amazing frescoes of the Libreria Piccolomini.
The guided visit continues with a tour in a Museum and an Oratory of a Contrada, where you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the town. The Contrade (districts into which the town is divided) are the real core of the local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other as they devote themselves to preparations for the well-known Palio horse-race.
The contrada is not simply a district: it is a small state having its own legacy of traditions, memories and emotions, including its own flag and anthem. The Museum of a contrada, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. This is an intimate and secret place - with exclusive access - 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. In other words, a truly exclusive and valuable experience.
The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is the focal point. Free time is available for lunch (not included).
After lunch break, you will leave forSan Gimignano, a tiny walled town located on a hill-top, intact through the centuries and famous for its numerous tall towers, frescoes and other valuable works of art. There, you are welcomed in a small and fascinating museum, inside a medieval palace. A local guide will introduce you to the history and traditions of this wonderful town through a faithful and evocative reconstruction of how it was in the XIV century.
Moreover, you will be able to watch how skilled craftsmen produce handmade objects according to a long standing tradition of excellence. When the guided visit concludes, you will enjoy a delicious tasting of fragrant Sienese homemade sweets of medieval tradition (ricciarelli, panforte,…) and famous local wines among which the Vernaccia of San Gimignano. Finally, you will have some free time to discover this lovely town at your own pace.
At the end of the tour you will return to Florence. The tour ends in the Piazza Stazione at around 1930h (7:30pm).
Thank you. We enjoyed the tour very much... Michelle Peterson
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16 Mar - 15 Nov: Daily
16 Nov - 15 Mar: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Start time: 0900h (9:00am)
Duration: 10 hours
The tour starts from Piazza Stazione at the corner with Piazza dell'Unita
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Tour returns to the original departure point
Do cover shoulders and knees to be admitted to places of worship. Do wear comfortable shoes as a moderate amount of walking in involved on this tour.
Passengers should reach the meeting point 15 minutes to prior departure.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 people (English speaking) or 4 people (Spanish, French, German & Italian Speaking). Should this minimum number not be met for your chosen tour every effort will me made to move you to another date, should this not be possible we will offer you a full refund.
Applicable until 31st March 2014: On Sundays and National Holidays The Cathedral is closed to the public; it is replaced with the Basilica of San Domenico.
When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, the visit will include the Opera del Duomo Museum (Cathedral ‘s Museum) or another site of particular historic and cultural interest.
The time of departure and return might be subject to delays due to the traffic circulation restrictions.
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