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San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

1. San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

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. Recently 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.

Florence: San Gimignano & Volterra Day Trip with Food & Wine

2. Florence: San Gimignano & Volterra Day Trip with Food & Wine

See the Tuscan gems of San Gimignano and Volterra on a day trip from Florence. Admire the fascinating Tuscan landscape with its rolling hills on the way. Top off your trip with a stop at a scenic winery to enjoy the sunset. Meet your guide in Florence and hop on a comfortable minivan to reach San Gimignano. Get a brief introduction about the city's history and its countless towers. Savor a delicious wine tasting session with light snacks. Stop at a popular gelato shop, winner of the world gelato championship, and order some for yourself from this master ice cream maker. After a guided walking tour, enjoy some free time to shop around the boutiques of the city center. Visit a local winery for a mouth-watering lunch in a unique venue offering spectacular views. Then, proceed to Volterra to enjoy another guided walking tour. Visit local monuments and iconic attractions. Have the chance to see a Tuscan jewelry store and an Etruscan museum. On your way back to Florence, stop at another winery to enjoy the sunset over another wine tasting.

Volterra by Night 2-Hour Guided Tour

3. Volterra by Night 2-Hour Guided Tour

This 2-hour Volterra by Night tour is a unique introduction to the history, architecture, and legends of an charming Etruscan hill town. The night will provide the right atmosphere to enjoy this medieval city and take you back in time! Whether you’re traveling alone or with family and friends, you’re invited on this tour to discover the charm of the Etruscan city once known as Velathri, at the most magic and mysterious time of day. During the tour you’ll visit the Piazza dei Priori, Piazza San Giovanni, the Etruscan gate, the Roman theater, and a number of other interesting sites, which by day you would most likely just walk past without noticing.

Florence: Volterra & San Gimignano Wine Tour with Lunch

4. Florence: Volterra & San Gimignano Wine Tour with Lunch

Spend one day accross the rolling hills of Chianti, visiting Volterra and San Gimignano with a private driver, tasting a typical tuscan lunch, with the best wines of our Region. A wonderful Experience between art, wine and local food to discover pre-roman population (Etruscans), vineyards, medieval hilltop towns, towers and typical farms. Itinerary 1 Stop At: Volterra The driver-escort will pick you up to your hotel or another chosen location: (B&B or private flat) and will take you to discover the Tuscan countryside. The driver will bring you through the tuscan hills looking at an incredible panorama, among olive trees, vineyards, sunflowers and medieval towers.The first stop will be at Volterra. Volterra is a beautiful walled city, built on the top of a hill. The town was built over one of the Twelve Cities of the ancient Etruscan civilisation capitals and has some of the original gates from that era still standing along with a dedicated museum packed with Etruscan and Roman relics. The most interesting things to visit are the ancient Roman theater, the Baptistery and the “Palazzo dei Priori” in the main square. Duration: 2 hours 2 Stop At: Lunch in a typical Tuscany winery farm For lunch we will move to a typical tuscan farm. This farm promotes the Italian wine & food culture all over the world. A beautiful Italian experience to learn the best combinations beetween wine & food, the glass etiquette, the secrets of Italian cuisine, Tuscan wine-making techniques and more. 3 course lunch, with homemade pasta, Bruschettas, cold cuts, Pecorino cheese, prosciutto, salame and more… Wine tastings with: Chianti, Chianti Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese, Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia and Super Tuscan. Duration: 2 hour Pass By: Chianti Road After the visit to the farm, the tour continues through the famous “Chianti wine road” and the sweet Siena hills, amidst olive-groves, cypress trees and vineyards up to the Medieval town of San Gimignano. 3 Stop At: San Gimignano In the afternoon last stop at San Gimignano: The visit of the town and its magnificent towers will take about an hour. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town not far from Siena. Known as the “Town of Fine Towers”, during the Middle Ages there were more than 70 towers in the city. Now it is a real open-air museum, where it seems to walk in the medieval period. The town also is known for saffron, the Golden Ham, and its white wine: Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area. In the main square don’t forget to taste the best ice cream in the world (Gelateria Dondoli), and in the streets of the village you can admire the extraordinary work of expert craftsmen. You can also climb the tower-museum (Torre Rognosa) to see an incredible panorama and hear the legend of the Devil’s Tower. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes The return is scheduled at 4.00 PM

Volterra: Piazza dei Priori & Cathedral Private Walking Tour

5. Volterra: Piazza dei Priori & Cathedral Private Walking Tour

See the historical beauty of Volterra, whose origins are rooted in the history of pre-Roman Italy. Discover the most important and historical sites of Volterra on this tour. Stroll through the elegant Piazza dei Priori, a medieval salon, and fall in love with the imposing royalty of the halls of the Palazzo dei Priori, with its elegant decorations and its frescoes. Take a leap back in time visiting the ancient octagonal Baptistery, dating back to the thirteenth century, and admire the late Renaissance decorations kept inside the Cathedral of Volterra. Explore the land of legends and ancient stories, where Volterra appears suspended in a timeless space. Get away from it all and enjoy this unique tour of a fascinating and historical place.

Private Shore Excursion to San Gimignano & Volterra

6. Private Shore Excursion to San Gimignano & Volterra

Visit 2 beautiful Tuscan towns on this 9-hour private shore excursion from Livorno to the Chianti wine region communes of San Gimignano and Volterra. Traveling by luxury Mercedes Benz sedan or minivan, drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany, stopping at San Gimignano, which earned its nickname as the “Manhattan of Tuscany” from the towers built by noble families as a visual demonstration of their power and wealth. Walk along narrow streets, admiring the remaining towers dotted among old buildings. Go to the unusual triangular Piazza Cisterna, and stop at Piazza del Duomo, site of the Collegiata Romanesque cathedral, known for its fine frescoes. Continue west to Volterra, a trading center since the days of the Etruscans. Perched on a rocky plateau, and surrounded by medieval ramparts, Volterra’s sights include the lovely Piazza dei Priori, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. Admire its assembly of towers and palaces, before strolling to Piazza San Giovanni to see the Baptistery and Cathedral. Volterra is renowned for its alabaster production, and you will have time to shop for unique alabaster gifts, before driving to the ruins of a 2,000-seat Roman theater, brought back to life at the start of this century.

Rome: Twilight Scenes of Volterra Tour

7. Rome: Twilight Scenes of Volterra Tour

A guided tour of Volterra will take you on a discovery not only of its artistic and historical beauties, but also its most mysterious aspects. Your tour of Volterra begins with your entrance into the city center through the Porta all'Arco: from there you will be immediately projected into an atmosphere full of mystery that will accompany you to the narrow Vicolo Mazzoni. In a small and steep alley containing dappled sunlight, you will discover the manhole where Edward and Bella stop for a passionate kiss. This is a fundamental stop for fans of the novel and for those who want to relive its romantic atmosphere. From Vicolo Mazzoni it is possible to reach Piazza dei Priori, for centuries the city's political heart where the austere Palazzo dei Priori stands out. Among the frescoed walls with bright colors inside, other events of the novel take place, and from its windows it is possible to view the entire city, including the roofs over which the Mayer vampires fly at night. This tour of Volterra provides you with the unique opportunity to learn about the history and origins of the city, as well as the literary traces left over the last few years by the Twilight saga. Your tour will conclude as you head to Montepulciano for a tasting of the famous red wine of the same name, following which you will return to Rome.

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5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

We give this tour 5 stars. Luciana has an immense amount of knowledge and love for all things Tuscany. She explained the history, geology, botany, culture and the foods of the region. Both towns were wonderful. Volterra could be a tour of its own. She took us to small Etruscan ruins that you wouldn't visit on a tour bus (or most likely find on your own). If you are prone to motion sickness, be sure to take medicine before you leave. The roads are hilly, windy, and fast! The tour has a maximum of 4 people, so it can be catered to your interests. We highly recommend this tour!

Luciana was amazing! She was knowledgeable, personable, and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience! She knew so many historical details, and she also asked for feedback throughout the day to make sure we were getting what we wanted out of the tour. Luciana was able to make changes on the fly, and the day was more than I could have hoped for. I would recommend her to anyone!

Super good tour guide - Luciana - great trip with culture, food and wine. You see San Gimignano and Volterra in detail, learn about the sights from the outside and often inside, learn what is produced in both towns, have a wonderful lunch overlooking Tuscany and a wine tasting at the end of the day. Everything included in the price! Just great!

Fantastic tour through one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany. Our guide Georgia, gave us a lot of explanations about the history of the area, the wines, the food, wonderful.

It was an amazing tour, our guide was so nice and showed us everything possible! Our guide also used small streets far away from the tourists to show us the fantastic landscape