Day trip

San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

4.9 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: Tuscan Escapes by Papilio
Day trip

San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

Activity provider: Tuscan Escapes by Papilio

From US$ 172.46 per person

Learn the history of the conflicts and triumphs of San Gimignano, the Town of Fine Towers. See the ancient art of sculpting alabaster in Volterra.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Drive through the stunning landscapes of Tuscany
  • See an alabaster sculptor at work and learn about the art
  • Enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal at an organic farm
Full description
Start your day tour with a scenic drive from Siena to San Gimignano. Stop in Monteriggioni to see the well-preserved fortress built in the 13th century. Explore San Gimignano, admiring its many medieval towers. Listed by UNESCO, the town also boasts numerous artisanal boutiques. Head to a small family-run farm to enjoy lunch made with the farm’s seasonal products. Taste dishes prepared with saffron, and accompanied by Vernaccia wine. Continue to Volterra, stopping at a small alabaster workshop to see the ancient art of sculpting. In Volterra, admire the harmonious blend of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance styles as you walk along the streets of the historic center.
  • Home-cooked meal at an organic farm
  • Alabaster workshop visit
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup
  • Tips/gratuities

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San Domenico Basilica in Siena

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  • There will be no more than 8 participants per group
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4.9 /5

based on 17 reviews

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Amazing! This was our second Tuscany tour within four days, same company, and very fortunately for us, same guide. Dan picked us up on time in a newer Mercedes passenger van. Dan is from the area. He knows Tuscany - the history, the towns and villages, and the people who have lived in the region all their lives. He knows the wines, cheeses, and other foods that have made the region world famous for centuries. We had lunch at the estate of his friend, Carmela, one of the region’s growers of the finest saffron in the world. The lunch she prepared was worthy of a Michelin Star. We had plenty of time to see San Gimignano and Volterra. As we neared San Gimignano, Dan suggested approaching using an old road that would afford us a spectacular view of the hilltop and the town. Breathtaking! We toured another friend’s business. Homero has created, shaped and polished alabaster treasures for 65 years. Could not more pleased that we took our tours with this company and Dan.

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March 26, 2023

I absolutely loved the tour. Elena was a lovely guide. The places visited were exceptionally beautiful with breathtaking scenery. Lunch was truly a treat on an olive and saffron farm with homemade produce. I can recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit these beautiful towns.

March 26, 2023

We had an amazing time travelling to the lovely cities/towns of Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Volterra while admiring the beautiful country side of Tuscany. Leah, our guide, was extremely friendly and possessed a wealth of knowledge of the history and details of the area. The lunch at the local farm was a delight as the homemade food was delicious and the host very friendly. A charming and magical day - highly recommended!

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March 26, 2023

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