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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

2. Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire the stunning artwork and architecture of its interior. Walk along its ornate marble mosaic floor and visit the Piccolomini Library known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the Cathedral and admire one of the foremost masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Gaze at elaborate altarpieces, a sculpture by Michelangelo, and all manner of ornate decorations scattered throughout its vast interior. Enter the Piccolomini Library, which contains a sprawling series of 10 frescoes by Pinturicchio chronicling the life of Pope Pius II. Gaze upwards at the domed ceiling, masterfully adorned with complex patterns and further scenes from the pope’s life.

Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

3. Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

See notable features of the Duomo of Siena with the OPA SI fast-track entry pass. In addition to discovering the Cathedral of Siena, visit the Baptistery, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera, Oratory, and Facciatone viewpoint with one convenient ticket. Enter the Duomo and be amazed by its grand scale as you stroll along its stunning mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo, amongst many artworks which are dotted around the cathedral. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni within the Duomo to marvel at the splendid Baptismal Font. From here, head down into the Crypt, the underground quarters that remained hidden for more than seven centuries. Then, stroll through the Piccolomini Library and gaze up at the vibrant and colorful frescoes which adorn its walls. Admire the stunning work by Pinturicchio, which depicts ten episodes from the life of Pope Pius II. Access the Museo dell'Opera which houses a selection of archaeological fragments and artwork once part of the cathedral. See a variety of Gothic sculptures by Giovanni Pisano and paintings by Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Head into the Oratory of San Bernardino to admire the collection of the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, with its core at the upper oratory chapel. Discover a variety of Siennese paintings from between the 13th to the 18th century. Finish up your visit to the complex with a climb up to the Facciatone viewpoint. Be enchanted by the unforgettable view over the city of Siena and the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.                                                                                                                                        

Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

4. Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

Explore the beauty of Siena on a small group or private walking tour. See its famous monuments and hidden treasures with an expert guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry tickets to Siena Cathedral. Meet your guide at the San Domenico Basilica and admire its Gothic architecture. Follow a winding route to take in panoramic views of the city, including the Duomo and Torre del Mangia. Find out about Siena in the Middle Ages, see the imposing palaces said to be the oldest in the area. Have a break to take in the charm of the 14th-century seashell-shaped square, Piazza del Compo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain with its side reliefs of "The Creation of Adam" and "The Flight from the Garden of Eden." Learn about the history of the contrada (districts) that challenge each other twice a year during Siena’s Palio horse race. Walk to one of the most typical contrada and immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere. Follow your guide to see one of the local pastry shops that reflect the glory of Italy in using the centuries-old recipes to make traditional Ricciarelli and Panforte. Finally, explore one of the most fascinating cathedrals in Italy with pre-reserved tickets. Follow your guide to marvel at the magnificent marble mosaic inlay floor, stained glass, and medieval masterpieces by Duccio and Pisano. See the Renaissance highlights: several Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini sculptures and frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Libreria Piccolomini. Armed with a wealth of knowledge about Siena, say goodbye to your guide in the square in front of the cathedral.

Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

5. Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

Explore Siena's rich history, culture, and traditions with a local guide. The tour is designed to show you Siena's most intriguing sites in a short period, with plenty of stops for photos along the way. Start the tour with a visit to some of the city’s most significant sites including the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publicco, Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Salimbeni, and the ancient Banchi di Sopra. Upon exploring, learn which buildings hold UNESCO World Heritage-listed status and why. Continue the tour to the Basilica of San Domenico, which is home to Saint Catherine's relics. Next, stop by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, where she once lived with her family. Pass by the Baptistery and the Siena Cathedral (or the Duomo di Siena), and head inside for a closer look (if the optional guided tour option is booked). Inside, admire the array of works of art from some of Italy’s most important artists. 

Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

6. Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

Enjoy a full-day excursion by minivan to see the beautiful Chianti area and to visit the cities of Siena and San Gimignano.  Depart at 9:00 AM from Piazza Cavalleggeri, the meeting point located in the city center of Florence. Stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for few minutes to see the splendid panorama and then in one hour you will arrive in Siena. Take a guided tour of the city center, including Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral. There is free time to walk by yourself in the narrow and ancient streets.  Then leave Siena to arrive in Monteriggioni, an old Medieval little village. After a short stop, continue to San Gimignano where you will have free time to explore the city center on your own. San Gimignano is famous for its towers, vernaccia wine and its characteristic craft articles.

Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Pisa

7. Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Pisa

Enjoy Tuscany's top highlights in one day. Take this small-group tour in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. Explore the breathtaking towns of Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa. Visit Siena’s historic centre with an expert guide, then stop in the medieval town of San Gimignano. At the end explore Pisa and its Leaning Tower. Siena and San Gimignano are the symbols of Medieval and Gothic architectures; characteristic elements are the historic towers, the pointed arches, and the narrow streets. Moreover this Tuscan area is known also  for its superb food specialties, such as panforte and pici, which you will surely have the chance to taste. Then head to Pisa and stand under the Leaning Tower of Pisa and walk through Piazza dei Miracoli, home of many historic sites. You will have free time to stroll around the city before returning to Florence.

From Florence: Pisa + Siena with Wine Tasting in Chianti

8. From Florence: Pisa + Siena with Wine Tasting in Chianti

Start your tour with pickup from your hotel or another chosen location in Florence and set out on a tour to discover the Tuscany with stops in Pisa, a rural Tuscan farmhouse, and Siena. Stop in Pisa to admire Piazza dei Miracoli and the famous Leaning Tower. Visit the other buildings that surround the area, including the Baptistery and Cathedral. After visiting the square, head to the historic center of the city for a visit to its most famous monuments. Depart Pisa, driving through one of the most beautiful Tuscan wine roads. You can also request an extra stop at the famous San Gimignano village. Make your way to a Tuscan Farmhouse for wine tasting and lunch. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center of Siena, known for its gorgeous architecture and beautiful main square – the Piazza del Campo. Visit Siena's Duomo and Baptistery, and wander through its charming narrow streets before returning to Florence.

From Florence: PRIVATE Trip to Pisa, San Gimignano, & Siena

9. From Florence: PRIVATE Trip to Pisa, San Gimignano, & Siena

What To Expect • Stop At: Pisa, Tuscany. A comfortable one-hour drive will take you to Pisa. As soon as you arrive, you will pass by the historic suburbs and encounter Piazza dei Cavalieri, the original political center of medieval Pisa. It was later transformed by Cosimo I de’ Medici into the center for the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano, created to defend the Tuscan and Mediterranean coasts from Turkish and pirate fleets. • Stop At: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa and its Piazza dei Miracoli have always been a fundamental part of a trip to Tuscany, and despite the presence of the many tourists, the place radiates a timeless, evocative and powerful beauty. Visitors from every corner of the world typically try to keep the leaning tower upright, with a little help from their camera’s perspective, to make for amusing photos! Duration: 1 hour • Stop At: Historic Center of San Gimignano, Tuscany. The beautiful stronghold of San Gimignano is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tuscany. San Gimignano is a treasure of medieval architecture, frozen in time in the year 1300. Above all, it is famous for its ancient towers, which still stand out from its skyline. Don't forget to stop by the famous Dondoli ice cream shop, winner of many awards for the best ice cream in the world. Duration: 1 hour • Stop At: Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany. Piazza della Cisterna dates back to 1287. It is located exactly in the center of the city, at a crossroads between the two main streets of the upper medieval village. While the city’s Piazza del Duomo served both as a religious and political center, Piazza della Cisterna was instead used as a local market and as a stage for social gatherings, parties and tournaments. • Stop At: Centro Storico di Siena. Siena is one of the most popular and visited places in Tuscany. It is known throughout Italy for its distinguished medieval architecture. Upon arrival, explore its rich history and art, through its notable local monuments such as the famous seashell-shaped Piazza del Campo and the outstanding Siena Cathedral. Many local shops fill the historic streets of Siena, a great opportunity for you to taste local food or buy some gifts! Duration: 2 hours • Pass by: Cathedral square, Siena. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is the main location of Catholic worship in Tuscany, and the diocese of Siena. The building is located in the square of the same name in the center of the city. Built in Italian Gothic style, it is one of the most significant and spectacular churches built in Italy. •Pass by: Piazza del Campo, Siena. Piazza del Campo (or simply, il Campo) is the main square of the city of Siena. Unique for its particular and original seashell shape, it is renowned all over the world for its beauty and architectural integrity, as well as for being the place where the Palio di Siena takes place twice a year.

Siena: Food and Culture Guided Walking Tour

10. Siena: Food and Culture Guided Walking Tour

Take a guided walk through Siena's history and food culture with a guide on this walking tour. Discover the medieval historic center and try some local specialties. Your experience begins at the main entrance of the Church of San Domenico. This is an important place for Siena and its people because it holds the relics of Saint Catherine, the Patron Saint of Italy. Walk through the medieval historic center and admire the charming architecture. Learn about the history of Siena from your guide along the way. Let the narrow alleys of the city lead you to the Piazza del Campo. Marvel at this shell-shaped square which is home to the majestic Palazzo Pubblico. Taste some "ricciarelli," a sweet local specialty, at your first food stop. Continue on to your next tasting at a local wine bar and try an Italian panino stuffed with your favorite ingredients and paired with a glass of wine. Afterward, admire the Gothic cathedral and the medieval pilgrims' hospital, which has attracted many pilgrims to Siena throughout the centuries. End your tour with some gelato at a local ice cream shop.

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This was the perfect day trip to see Tuscany in a day (if that’s all the time you have). Our guide Manolo was amazing and so informative. He gave good recommendations and some history lessons throughout the day. He was always checking in with us and made sure we were having a good time! Thank you to him! If you can, opt for the farm lunch, it was lovely and a good opportunity to taste some wines from the region. Although it is a long day, you get plenty time to rest on the bus in between places. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Fantastic tour. Our guide was a resident with a young family. She was so knowledgeable and obviously loves Siena. We heard about history and the Palio, living in Siena, and of course the beautiful sites we visited.

I bought a pass to the Siena Cathedral Complex. It worked very well - no problem exchanging the pass for tickets and it was great to bypass the long queue to get into the Cathedral

Amezing experience. Well organized. Food could have been better for vegetarians. Elizabeth you are an amazing tour guide.

Fantastic experience - Stefano was an amazing guide who made every effort to have our trip be fun, easy and informative.