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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.

From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

2. From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

Experience the wonders of Tuscany on one memorable day. Leave Florence for a 12-hour excursion and see the beautiful landscapes, architecture, and artworks of the region. Treat yourself to some local cuisine, and opt for a guided tour in your preferred language to learn even more about the historic area. Begin with the visit at Piazza del Campo, where the Palio di Siena horse race is run, and Piazza del Duomo, where you will see the exterior of the magnificent cathedral. After some free time in Siena you'll have lunch in a typical Tuscan winery. Then go ahead to the vineyard, where you can enjoy some local wine and visit San Gimignano, a UNESCO-listed medieval town. Continue to Pisa and to visit its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Admire the Baptistery, the cathedral, and, of course, the famous leaning tower.

Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience

3. Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience

Start in the morning with a tour of Pisa. Have time to admire the cathedral, the baptistery, the monumental cemetery, and the famous Leaning Tower. Then move on to a typical winery in the Chianti Hills on the slopes of San Gimignano. Enjoy a Tuscan lunch accompanied by a local wine tasting. Following lunch discover one of the most beautiful medieval villages of San Gimignano, or the "Medieval Manhattan, where you can explore the maze of cobbled streets, small squares, and many local craft stores. Continue on with a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside before arriving in Siena, where if desired, your professional guide will take you to see the most important squares, from Piazza del Campo to the cathedral, passing through the most beautiful contrade that characterizes this city. At the end of the guided tour, choose to have some free time to enjoy a cup of coffee or a panforte (a typical local cake), and to go shopping. Your return to Florence will have a gorgeous sunset in the backdrop, making for a perfect ending to an unforgettable day spent in Tuscany.

From San Gimignano: Chianti Half-Day Vespa Tour with Lunch

4. From San Gimignano: Chianti Half-Day Vespa Tour with Lunch

Start your experience in the morning and explore the scenic hills of the Chianti region where some of the most famous Tuscan wines are produced. Ride through the beautiful fields of vines, cypresses, and Tuscan rural houses. Enjoy plenty of stops for beautiful photo opportunities throughout your experience.  Stop at a local winery where the kind owners will escort you around their property before serving an authentic Tuscan meal, followed by wine and olive oil tasting. Hop on your scooter once again and follow your guide through the final part of the scenic ride, arriving back at the meeting point in the early afternoon.

Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

5. 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.

Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Day Trip with Lunch

6. Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Day Trip with Lunch

Hop aboard your minibus at 7:45 AM and drive for around an hour through the Tuscan countryside. Enter the heart of Siena, and start the visit with your guide. Take off through the town's narrow streets and hear stories about Siena as you go. Skip the line to see the interior of the magnificent cathedral, and pass through the shell–shaped Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held twice a year. After your walking tour, enjoy some free time to enjoy Siena at your own leisure. Move on to San Gimignano, and admire the unique Tuscan landscape as you drive through marvelous scenery surrounded by olive trees, vines and old stone buildings on your way. Stop at a family owned wine estate to relax and enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch for a taste of country hospitality. After lunch, take an easy drive to San Gimignano to finish your day. Famous for its splendid skyline of tall medieval towers, have free time to explore on your own. Discover the main street full of typical shops, have a look at the Collegiata (main church), or enjoy a gelato. Return to Florence in the late afternoon.

From Siena: Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Tour

7. From Siena: Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Tour

Explore the Chianti wine region and the hilltop town of San Gimignano on a sightseeing and wine-tasting tour from Siena. Travel in a small group and enjoy comfortable transfers by air-conditioned vehicle. Depart Siena in the early afternoon, and drive past the vineyards of the Chianti wine lands: neat rows of vineyards, and landscapes shaped into works of art by the combined forces of nature and mankind. Head to a Chianti wine estate to tour the grounds and wine cellars. Learn the winemaking process before sitting down to a tasting of local Chianti wines and olive oil. Explore the medieval fortress of Monteriggioni and marvel at its intact ring of walls and turrets. Travel to the village of San Gimignano to enjoy the charming streets and laneways as the sun begins to set and daytime crowds have departed. Admire the medieval towers at a leisurely pace, and explore the many streets and squares. Visit the boutique stores of local crafts and products. Enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner at a local farm in the countryside. Taste the white wine of San Gimignano, the Vernaccia, or have some local Chianti red wine. Weather permitting, dinner will be served outdoors. Return to Siena after dinner.

From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

8. From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

Experience the charm of Tuscany on a day trip to Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni from Florence. Try a variety of Chianti wines paired with snacks and admire the picturesque Tuscan hills.  Cross the beautiful Chianti hills as you ride south from Florence in an air-conditioned GT bus. The first stop is at Monteriggioni, a medieval hilltop town that is famous for its intact medieval city walls. After some free time, head to the world famous Siena. Explore the Piazza del Campo, that is known for the Palio Horse Race and for its splendid examples of Gothic civic architecture. Have time to visit the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico.  Arrive in San Gimignano, a medieval town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Take time to wind your way through the narrow streets and admire the lush landscape. Finally, head to the Chianti area and enjoy postcard-perfect landscapes. Conclude your day at a famous wine estate and taste fine Chianti red wine along with homemade snacks.

Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, & Pisa with Lunch

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".

From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

10. From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

The first part of your full-day tour begins with a visit to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, the City of Fine Towers. Armed with helpful information from your tour escort you’ll have free time to explore the town’s historical center and browse its artisan shops. Visit San Gimignano, the birthplace of Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in the area. The wine is noted for its high quality and for being the first Italian DOCG wine. Afterwards, stop at a winery for a lunch of salami, cheese, and other local products, accompanied by Chianti tasting.  Discover Val d’Orcia, another Tuscan jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Montalcino, perched on a hill overlooking 1,500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed to the area’s international reputation. Finally, enter a local wine cellar, where you’ll have a chance to taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, rated among the finest Italian DOCG wines. Sample other typical local products as well.

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4.5 / 5

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The whole trip was a dream, the guides where very accommodating and even when I was late due to transport issues, they were kind enough to wait for me. I loved the whole itinerary and the information provided was very insightful and useful, I loved it all from start to finish.

The tour guide was great. Very informative and you could tell he loved his job. Lunch at the winery was delicious, and wine was excellent. Great tour would definitely recommend.

Great day out. Our host Angela was brilliant. Nando the driver was fantastic. We also had a great local guide in Siena called Donatella. Definitely recommend.

Great trip. Amazing places. Alessandro was great and explain everything. and the wines were superb

It was a relaxed day trip. I am glad to have booked it.