9. Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, & Pisa with Lunch
Depart to Pisa, our first destination of the day. Getting off the coach, we reach the Field of Miracles, a green grass field dominated by the dazzling white buildings of the Cathedral or Duomo, the Tower and the Baptistery - exquisite examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture: the Leaning Tower is almost 56 meters tall (about 183 ft). It leans at about 4 degrees, making it one of the most famous and iconic buildings in the world. You are in one of the most renowned places in the world: revel in it, take creative photographs or wander off down the local streets.
From Pisa, we drive past hilltop hamlets scattered over some of the most beautiful and enchanting view of the countryside up to arrive at a winery where a local lunch with wine tasting will be served.
After lunch, our journey continues to the discovery of a Tuscan medieval pearl, the stunning village of San Gimignano, Unesco world heritage, known for the ancient town planning still intact. It is often nicknamed the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” because its famous tall, narrow towers create a skyline that looks a bit like a modern city. Here you have free time to explore the town center, the charming craftsmen’s shops along the cobbled stone streets and small squares.
Our last stop is Siena, which we will reach by driving through the lovely Chianti countryside. Siena is an amazing hilltop town, rich in works of art and traditions, famous monuments and picturesque views with a fascinating pedestrianized historical center and one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the world. Here you will have some free time to stroll through the most famous buildings of Siena at your own pace: along the small medieval streets and squares, passing the oldest bank in the world, and the Piazza del Campo - site of the famous 600-year-old Palio horse-race, to the spectacular Cathedral. You will also have time to walk around the historic center as you like, concluding your memorable experience of Tuscany with the memory of a perfect day.
Please note that the order of the visits may change
Starting from April 1st 2023 the typical Lunch will be served in a characteristic Restaurant which is located along the ancient medieval road that led pilgrims to Rome crossing Tuscany, the famous "Via Francigena".