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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.

Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

3. 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 & Pisa

4. 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

5. 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.

Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

6. Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

Discover, in a 2-hour private tour, one of the Siena’s most iconic historic buildings, and World Heritage Site, the Duomo Cathedral. An expert local guide will illuminate the most important historical and artistic events that led to the creation and decoration of this architectural gem. You’ll be able to skip the ticket office queue, so you can get straight into discovering the Duomo’s interior.  After an introduction about the extraordinary facade decorated with statues depicting philosophers, prophets and sibyls that seem to talk to each other, you will go inside to discover the interio: Cappella del Voto, designed and decorated by Bernini during the 17th century, the high altar, the beautiful inlaid marble mosaic floor, of which many parts can be seen, the pulpit created by Nicola Pisano, the Chapel of St John the Baptist (Cappella di San Giovanni) which has a beautiful statue of the Saint himself, created by Donatello in the 15th century, the marvellous Piccolomini's Library, and some of Michelangelo's statues.

Siena: Palio Small Group or Private Tour & Contrada Museum

7. Siena: Palio Small Group or Private Tour & Contrada Museum

Siena: Legend of the Palio tour with exclusive Contrada Museum : ( Option to visit the Cathedral at the end with pre-reserved tickets ) Enjoy a small group (max 12 people) or a private tour and learn about the world’s greatest horse race Palio with an expert local guide. The Palio is not merely a tourist event, but extraordinary evidence of a Medieval tradition that still represents the joyful celebration of Siena and its history twice a year, on July 2nd and August 16th. Listen to stories of the crowds and chaotic thrills at the thunderous, lawless, and medieval-style horse race in Siena. On these dates the 17 Contradas (districts) into which the city is divided compete in the Piazza Del Campo, the main city square, to win glory in the eyes of the city and a very prestigious award: the “Palio”, a silk banner painted by great artists. Walk with your knowledgeable local guide through hidden alleys and narrow streets and discover some of the 17 Contradas with their fascinating traditions. Be enchanted by the numerous tabernacles, property markers, banners, ornamental decorations that give color to the streets and make each district unique: each Contrada is represented by an animal or a symbol and has a long and extraordinary history which is rooted in Siena’s glorious Medieval past. Get a deeply immersive experience in the Contrada’s daily life by visiting exclusively one of 17 museums where the most meaningful antique trophies and memories are preserved. Here you will learn from the voice of a local how this ancient heritage and tradition are still alive in people’s hearts and in Siena’s daily life. Feel part of the race visiting the square where the Palio takes place: Piazza Del Campo. Discover how this seashell-shaped square (one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most beautiful in Italy) has been the result of an enlightened government of the 14th century and how it constitutes the iconic heart of civic life still at the present day. Explore the enchanting neighborhoods of the Renaissance church of Provenzano and the magnificent square of the Cathedral, one of the best known Romanesque-Gothic monuments of Italy, both closely linked with the worship and glorification of the Virgin Mary, to whom the race is dedicated. Find out how the sacred and the secular coexist in the lives of the Palio’s lovers and leave your guide with enough knowledge to be independent after the tour. You can choose to extend your tour for an hour to visit the Siena Cathedral with pre-reserved tickets.

From Florence: Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Florence: Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

Meet your driver and tour leader in your hotel lobby to embark on a full-day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Hop aboard a private vehicle for a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Chianti region, covered with vineyards and olive groves. First up, make your way to the town of Siena, stopping at the Basilica of San Domenico. Inside the church are the relics of Saint Catherine, the patron saint of Siena. Take a stroll to the Piazza del Campo to see the political center of town where the famous horse race Il Palio is held twice a year. From there, meander towards the Gothic Cathedral, which boasts an impressive collection of artworks by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini. Along the way, pass by a delicatessen that sells wild boar salami. If you fancy it, you can step inside for a tasting. Then, it’s onward to lunch at a boutique winery surrounded by the Chianti hills and vineyards. Taste the wine and the famous extra virgin olive oil with seasonal produce. Make your second stop at the walled town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the 13 towers that dominate the skyline as you drive towards it. Learn how San Gimignano gained importance during the Middle Ages as a stop on the pilgrim route between Italy and France, known as Via Francigena (the road to France). The townsfolk produced silk and cultivated saffron that still grows around its foothills. Another industry that still exists here is that of Vernaccia di San Gimginano, a white wine. Learn about the region's history and where to find the best artisanal stores, coffee shops and gelato spots from your guide. Check out a selection of artisan stores selling locally made products. Stroll the winding streets, admiring spectacular views of the valley beyond. Afterward, meet your chauffeur for the transfer back to your accommodation in Florence. On the way, stop for one last magnificent panorama at Piazzale Michelangelo, and gaze upon views of the city. Before you leave, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in 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.

Rome: Day Trip to Siena & San Gimignano with Wine Tasting

10. Rome: Day Trip to Siena & San Gimignano with Wine Tasting

Full day private tour – food and wine tasting included Enjoy a full-day journey from Rome, through the Chianti hills, to visit the cities of Siena and San Gimignano. Siena, a beautiful medieval city in Italy. You will visit the heart of Siena and the central square known as “Piazza del Campo”, known worldwide for the famous “Palio”, a horse race twice around the square in a medieval style every summer. Siena is famous not only for its wine but also for its sweets: the “Panpepato”, “Panforte”, “Ricciarelli”. Stop for a good Italian coffee and taste a typical sweet of Siena. Continuation to San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as “The City of the Hundred Towers” and it still maintains its original features and timeless charm. Furthermore, the name ‘San Gimignano’ is linked to one of the most historical Tuscan wines:” La Vernaccia di San Gimignano”. Arriving in San Gimignano you will explore its charming medieval streets, visit the old center of this wonderful city where the famous Chianti wine is produced. Stop for a wine tasting and local products in a beautiful wine cellar: 10 different types of wine, then visit the estate and learn about the processing of the grapes. Lunch at the restaurant of the estate. Departure for Rome about 4:00 pm.

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4.7 / 5

based on 873 reviews

Sara (guide) and Fabio (driver) were excellent. We never felt lost, even though each stop went by very quickly. Sara kept us engaged to whichever degree we wanted, and read the room to keep our energy up or let us rest. She was extremely kind, informed, and personable. English speakers will be able to communicate with Sara seamlessly! Other travelers: 1) Eat breakfast before you board! Our group was hungry; 2) Bring sunscreen - the Tuscan sun is no joke!; 3) Pack snacks; 4) Come prepared with lots of 1 Euro and 50 cent coins for public restrooms and factor in wait time; 5) You're able to keep items on the bus, so bring a bigger bag to store your souvenirs and a smaller bag to carry with you; 6) You'll have time to nap and relax on the bus, but never longer than 2 hours at at time; 7) You may think you won't have enough time in Pisa, but for real you only need 30 minutes so this is the perfect way to see it; 8) The meeting point at the train station uses "Walkabout" NOT "GetYourGuide."

We really enjoyed this excursion. Manolo was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable but also just good at keeping the group together and moving along on the itinerary. I enjoyed all of our stops, but I especially liked Siena where the local guide shared a lot of fun details about Siena’s history and their church was absolutely beautiful. We also really enjoyed the winery and lunch - it was worth paying the extra for this part in my opinion! It is a lot of walking, including to the pick up and drop off locations for the buses since they can only get so close to city centers, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes!

This was fantastic. Out of our two week trip in Italy this was up there in terms of our favorite activity for myself and my husband. Our tour leader was Alessandro, who was funny, personable, very informative and kept our large group together and moving seemingly with ease. And our bus driver Nando was fantastic as well! We loved all of the stops and the lunch and wine were delicious plus a very fun time to meet the other travelers. If you are considering booking this, definitely go for it, especially if this is your first time in the area, you’ll have a great time!

What an amazing trip this was. Special thanks go to Elizabetta (Amazing, Funny, Joyful, and a friendly Tour Guide) and Giancarlo (Super Driver) for making this a memorable trip. Although I experienced so many tours in so many countries, I never wrote a review. However, this is just something special and I confidently can say this is the best tour I’ve ever had. Yes, “ever”.

Totally worth going to get a glimpse of Tuscany beyond Florence. Lunch with wine tasting is great. Sienna is a very interesting city and would love to return on a road trip in future!