Four Tuscan Jewels in a Day: Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Pisa

Travel where the beauty of the monuments is linked with the rhythm of life that is still on a human scale, where every stone exudes centuries of history...

Overview

Be seduced by the eternal charm of the Tuscan art cities where the beauty of the monuments is linked with the rhythm of life that is still on a human scale and where every stone exudes centuries of history.

Day Tours for small groups dedicated to those who wish to discover the wonders of our land from a privileged point of view. You can live exclusive travel experiences in the comfort of a luxury minivan supplied with every comfort and authorized to access the hearts of the historical centers.Your expert English speaking driver-guide will lead you through landscapes, villages and dream cities introducing every destination from a cultural and historical-artistic point of view, making your tour unforgettable.

All the itineraries are designed to introduce the best of Tuscany and other interesting destinations of our country within a day-tour reach from Florence. You will discover the wonderful territories, visit places rich in history and art and fall in love with our culture by entering into contact with our traditions and with our lifestyle.

  • Availability: All year round at 8am
  • Excursions are not available on December 25th and January 1st.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Included: Pick up and drop off at the Hote if centrally located, transport in luxury Minivan, qualified English speaking driver-guide, lunch and guided wine-tasting of Chianti, Vernaccia and typical products like cheese, cold cuts, bruschetta and “ribollita”.
  • Not included: what is not specifically expressed in the voice “included”.
  • Tour is available only in English
  • Minimum 4 people to confirm the tour
  • Maximum 8 people per group
  • ATTENTION: tour includes entrances to places of worship: no shorts and sleeveless tops. Comfortable shoes advised.

The driver-guide leads the Tour providing general introductory information. He is not allowed to lead a guided visit inside a city center, nor to provide historical and artistic information inside museums or churches.

NOTE: Please let us know if you have kids with you. Excursions are free for children under the age of two, if accompanied by an adult (one for each child); from age two to eight, a 50% reduction will be applied to the fare.

Tour operator can only confirm an excursion when minimum number of persons required is reached. If tour is not confirmed, cost of the visit will be entirely refunded. Weekend a Firenze is not responsible for eventual changes or cancellations to the programs offered. Please send us by e-mail the name and fax number of your hotel in Florence so we can send you the confirmation there one working day prior to the tour date.

Cancellation policy: There will be no penalty for cancellations of excursion bookings comunicated at least eight days prior to the booked excursion date. Between eight and two days prior to the excursion, we will refund 90% of paid import; less than two days prior to the excursion payment of the entire amount will be due and no reimbursement will be granted.

Four Tuscan Jewels in a Day: Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Pisa

Your day tour begins with a scenic drive south through the famed Tuscan countryside to Siena. The splendid medieval city is universally known for its artistic treasures, and has been recognized by the UNESCO as a "heritage of humanity" site. Once in Siena, you'll visit the famous Piazza del Campo, with its unusual shell shape. You'll see the Palazzo Comunale (the town hall, built in 1298) flanked by the tall Torre del Mangia (imposing tower, built in 1325). Every year the famous Palio takes place here – a costumed horse race in which the city's neighborhoods compete with unbridled passion. You'll have free time to visit the splendid Cathedral, one of the highest artistic expressions of the Middle Ages, as well as splendid buildings, churches, and shops along the narrow, lively streets.

From Siena, a brief panoramic drive northwest through the vineyards and olive groves will take you into the heart of the Chianti territory to the ancient fortified hamlet of Monteriggioni. This small jewel was built during the 13th century and is embraced by its still intact walls. Take a walk within the restricted perimeter of the surrounding walls with eleven towers, and discover a beautiful corner of Tuscany suspended in the Middle Ages.

A short distance away, on a pleasant country estate surrounded by sweet-smelling greenery, you will be served a lunch of traditional Chianti products. The friendly owner of the farmstead will guide you with passion and expertise in tasting the following palate pleasing wines and local delicacies:

  • Vernaccia from San Gimignano DOCG
  • Chianti DOCG, Chianti Classico DOCG
  • Bartolomeo “Gold Medal” (Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, barrel-aged)
  • Baldassarre “Super Tuscan” (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, barrel-aged)
  • Cavaliere “Super Tuscan” (Sangiovese, Merlot, barrel-aged)
  • Vinsanto with Cantuccini (Tuscan biscuits)
  • Extra Virgin Oil with Tuscan Bread combined with traditional Tuscan foods such as Tuscan cheese, Tuscan cold cuts, Bruschetta (bread with olive oil)
  • Ribollita (traditional Tuscan vegetable soup)
  • Lasagne (traditional Tuscan pasta with meat)

After lunch, your driver will take you about half an hour further to the northwest, to San Gimignano, another UNESCO world heritage site. San Gimignano is famous for the still intact medieval town construction with numerous (and beautiful) towers – hence the name "Manhattan of the Middle Ages." This town is also known for the Vernaccia wine, produced locally. Take a leisurely stroll through the town and discover the picturesque Piazza della Cisterna, the Dome, the Palazzo del Podestà and the Church of Sant' Agostino.

Sit back and relax as your driver takes you on the approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes long drive through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, to Pisa. The sparkling sight of the Piazza dei Miracoli, another UNESCO world heritage, is waiting for you. The peerless white marble buildings rise out of the green lawn – the famous Leaning Tower, the magnificent Baptistery, the stunning Cathedral, and the Monumental Graveyard. All of these are prime expressions of Romanesque architecture of the 12th and 13th centuries, and house works of immense artistic value.

After your Pisa visit, your driver will take you back to Florence, which lies just over an hour's drive to the east.

Cancellation Policy


All client cancellations must arrive up to 8 days before the date of the tour/course/service to be reimbursed free of charge.

If you cancel 8 to 2 days before the date, 10% of the fee will have to be paid.

From two days prior to the tour/course/service beginning, the payment of the entire amount will be due and no reimbursement will be granted.

No refund will be granted to any client who is not at the place of departure at the time established. Similarly, no refund will be granted to clients who lose contact with the guide or who do not complete the excursion or service.

 

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