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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.

Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

2. Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

Discover Tuscany on a guided day tour from Florence to the medieval cities of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. Enjoy views of rolling hills and vineyards, with a stop at a Chianti winery for a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. First arrive in San Gimignano, a tiny medieval town that has remained intact through the centuries. Sitting upon a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes, and other art treasures. Enjoy more free time to discover this fascinating city on your own. Next, visit the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, a medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Afterward, you will cross the Chianti rolling hills and then arrive at a small and typical winery. There, taste 4 wines, and sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced products. Your final stop is in Siena, where you will have free time to walk along the narrow medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces, the Cathedral, Libreria Piccolomini, and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo.

Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Pisa

3. 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.

Florence: Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano Day Trip with Wine

4. Florence: Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano Day Trip with Wine

Boarding your air-conditioned coach in Florence, you will meet your tour leader who will stay with your group for the duration of your day trip. As you journey through the rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti region, they will tell you what to look out for in each new town. Your first stop will be the medieval town of Siena, where the Palio horse race has been held twice a year since the 17th century. When you arrive in Siena you will have free time to explore the red-bricked city and admire the magnificent Duomo di Siena which stands out with its white and greenish-black marble facade. Back aboard your coach, you will spot the iconic tower houses of San Gimignano on the skyline from miles away. This Medieval walled town will be yours to explore, as you wander back in time along the narrow streets, being able to ask your tour leader where to find the best gelato. After enough free time to explore and take pictures, rejoin the group for your complimentary glass of Chianti wine and some nibbles. The coach will then return you to Florence. Hop back on your coach and enjoy a transfer to Pisa. Here you will have free time at the Piazza Dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) to take pictures in front of the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa. You will also have time to explore the lesser-known Duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Baptistery, before your driver returns you to Florence

Siena: Palio Walking Tour

5. Siena: Palio Walking Tour

Learn about the unique history of Sienna on a walking tour of the medieval old town with an informative guide. Get to know the different "contrade" or districts that make up the city and hear how they date back to medieval times. Stroll through the Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year on July 2nd and August 14th, featuring a contestant from each of the contrade. Visualize the colorful banners and crests of the competing contrade and learn how the competition has defined civic life in the city for centuries. Hear stories about the life and culture of the city from locals and visit the Museum of the Contrada for a more official account. Then head to the Duomo of Siena and check out the characteristic black and white marble interior of the cathedral designed to symbolize the black and white horses of the city's founders. Afterwards, switch gears and enjoy a local tasting experience at a traditional cafe. Try Panforte, Ricciarelli, and Cavallucci, typical sweets famous around the world. Wash them down with a glass of Vin Santo del Chianti.

From Florence: Pisa + Siena with Wine Tasting in Chianti

6. 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

7. 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.

From Florence: PRIVATE Siena and Chianti Classico Trip

8. From Florence: PRIVATE Siena and Chianti Classico Trip

What To Expect •Stop at: Siena, Tuscany. 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: 3hrs •Stop At; Chianti wine Road, Tuscany. The SS222 road, better known as Chiantigiana, is one of the most beautiful roads in Italy. It passes along the entire Chianti region, from Florence to Siena. Driving on it is a great way to discover the area. You will take this scenic road going north, starting from Siena and reaching Castellina in Chianti. The area is rich with castles and villages. One example is the Castle of Fonterutoli, where you will stop to admire the small medieval village surrounded by endless vineyards, centuries-old woods, and green hills. Duration: 1hr •Stop At: Castellina In Chianti, Tuscany. This heavenly corner, hidden among the sinuous hills of Chianti, is worth a stop to visit the narrow stone streets and its characteristic historic center. Castellina also boasts a past rich in history, in fact, walking along the main road you can admire the mixed influences from Medieval and Renaissance styles. Duration: 1hr •Stop At: Organic Farm/Winery, Tenuta Casanova. (*optional) *OPTIONAL lunch at the Farm or Winery. Have lunch in a wonderful organic farm. While the owner will show you around the property, his wife will prepare a delicious and unforgettable lunch for your private group. The owner will show you to his cellar to admire his Super Tuscans and Chianti Classico wines -Craft Wine- and to the nearby Acetaia, a vinegar cellar, with old vinegar. Afterwards, experience a unique dining setting while taking in an amazing Tuscan panorama. You will taste organic specialties, such as the typical Lasagna with traditional sauces, crostini, local meats and cold cuts, legumes, seasonal vegetables, honey, and cheeses seasoned with an incredible aged balsamic vinegar. Wine will accompany this lunch every step of the wine. •Stop At: Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany. A visit in the picturesque Panzano is a must! As you take a few steps to reach Panzano’s medieval 11th century tower, you are truly immersed in another time. Enclosed by its fortified walls, you feel as if you’re returning to the Middle Ages. Take breathtaking pictures. Duration: 1hr • Stop at: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany. Experience the unforgettable town of Greve in Chianti, located in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region, and home of the famous explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. An unmissable visit is also due at the ancient and famous butcher shop, where you will have the opportunity to taste exceptional Tuscan snacks made with local cold cuts and cheeses!

Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

9. Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

Visit three of the most famous and fascinating towns in Tuscany. Enjoy the comfort of a small group tour and learn from your expert English-speaking tour leader. First, discover the nearby town of Siena. Its historical center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at Piazza del Campo and the majestic Siena Cathedral. After a short drive through the enchanting countryside, stop in a small, family-owned winery. Enjoy an exquisite lunch of Tuscan appetizers, pasta, and desserts paired with local wines. Next, explore San Gimignano, also known as the town of towers. Discover the fourteen medieval skyscrapers which still remain perfectly preserved. Enjoy the last stop of the day in Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles, where you can find the iconic Leaning Tower. Spend some time snapping pictures of the famous Italian symbol. After your full-day visiting three of Tuscany’s highlights, return to Florence.

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.

Sara our guide and Enrico our driver gave us a really good day out, very friendly, well organised and caring. The tour around Sienna was excellent with expert commentary from the local guide, with fascinating details of the Palio. The lunch near San Giminiano was excellent and the town very atmospheric. Pisa and the Leaning Tower finished the day well. Just the right amount and blend of commentary from Sara and very friendly manner, and faultless English. Chris & Clare from Prestwood, Bucks, England.

Excellent trip! Our guide Mano has good knowledge of the places we visited and is really helpful throughout the entire trip. Highly recommended!

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.