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From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

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

Cross the beautiful Chianti hills as you ride south from Florence in an air-conditioned GT Coach. Arrive at 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 landscape. Make the second stop at Siena. Explore the Piazza del Campo, famous for the Palio Horse Race and for its splendid examples of Gothic civic architecture. You can also visit the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico. Finally, visit Monteriggioni and its intact medieval city walls. Then, 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.

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From Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti Day Trip with Siena Cathedral and Lunch

2. From Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti Day Trip with Siena Cathedral and Lunch

Your day begins early in the morning with a tour of Pisa, where you will admire the stunning Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery. Take photographs next to the celebrated Leaning Tower. Continue to a winery in the foothills of San Gimignano, where you will enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch with wine tasting. After lunch, explore one of the most famous medieval hilltop villages in Italy, San Gimignano. Discover the maze of cobbled streets, picturesque piazzas, and local artisan shops. Next, admire a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside, followed by a stop in Siena. Here, a specialist guide will lead you on a walk through the city's historical center. Skip the ticket 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. You will then return to Florence.

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From Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti Wine Tasting Full-Day Trip with Lunch

3. From Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti Wine Tasting Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and taste Chianti wines on a full-day trip from Florence. Visit Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena, and savor a traditional Tuscan lunch.  First, head to Pisa to marvel at the Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Cathedral, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue to a wine villa in the Chianti countryside. Enjoy a tour of the estate and learn about its history in the medieval chapel before your first tasting of Chianti Classico on the panoramic terrace. Next, relish a typical lunch accompanied by two of the estate's products, a "Riserva" and an IGP wine. After lunch, relax a while in the villa's luscious gardens before going to the medieval town of San Gimignano.  Then, follow the scenic roads to Siena for a tour of the city's monuments and piazzas. Visit Piazza del Campo — the site of the Palio di Siena horse race — and admire the cathedral's exterior in Piazza del Duomo. After some free time, return to Florence.

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From Florence: Chianti Hills Wineries Tour with Tasting

4. From Florence: Chianti Hills Wineries Tour with Tasting

Immerse yourself in Italy's renowned winemaking culture on this guided tour by van from Florence. Leave the city behind as you head out into the Tuscan countryside, marveling at the landscape around you. Visit two local wineries and enjoy wine tastings in both of them, learning about the wine-making process from locals. Arrive in the charming town of Radda in Chianti and visit one of the town’s traditional wineries. Enjoy a tasting session of 3 regional wines, then have the opportunity to purchase them. Spend some free time exploring the narrow streets of the town. Continue towards a traditional farm and winery. Learn about the winemaking process from grape to glass. Then enjoy another tasting session of 3 Chianti wines as well as local products. Finally, sit back and relax on the return journey to Florence.

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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

5. 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.

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From Siena: Chianti Day Trip on a Vespa

6. From Siena: Chianti Day Trip on a Vespa

Cruise along scenic and peaceful roads on a Vespa. Pass through the Tuscan countryside and see working farms. Follow winding roads through chestnut woods, olive groves, and vineyards. The scenic area is also peppered with hidden relics of the past, like old castles, villages, farms, and parish churches. Keep your eye out for these as you ride by on your scooter. Enjoy this experience with your Italian and English-speaking guide, who will take you to small medieval villages situated in the heart of Tuscany. Have the chance to drive an original Vespa or decide to be driven by one of the local partner's expert drivers. The tour along the Chianti hills lasts all day. You will stop at a renowned farm for a wine tasting and delicious lunch.

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Total Immersion Wine Tour in Chianti

7. Total Immersion Wine Tour in Chianti

All the guests will be welcomed at the estate and brought to the roof of the cellar to see the most breathtaking views of the rolling hills at 600 meters above sea level. Here one of the passionate members of the team will provide an introduction to a history of the estate and a small general explanation of what guests will see and what they will be doing in the next one and a half hours of their time. Clients will be able to visit one of the vineyards followed by an explanation of the working process and of organic agriculture with some additional biodynamic techniqes that are often used and practised at the estate. If the weather permits, guests would be offered a glass of sparkling wine or a fresh wine of their choice at the small adjecent terrace built under an oak tree.  The tour will then take everyone to a visit through the gardens of the villa and include a visit of the vegetable garden. The cellar is the next stop, where detailed explanation follows about the harvest and selection of the grapes during the harvest, fermantation, and further aging of the wines. Each step of the viniticulture process is explained in great detail and guests would learn a lot of new and exciting things about how to make wines in the Chianti Classico area. The last stop is a tasting room, where guests will be able to try all 5 products of the estate with the selection of various local cured meats and/or cheeses with bread and olive oil. Guests will also learn particular details about the history of each wine, will learn how to smell and taste it, and what to look for when opening a new bottle of wine. The last exciting detail is the grappa, for those who would like to learn about its production and unique and delicate taste.

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From Siena: Chianti and Castle Tour by Minivan

8. From Siena: Chianti and Castle Tour by Minivan

Chianti. This wine results from the wise blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and originates from the hilly area from which it draws its name. Expert and witty tour leaders will lead you to the discovery of the breathtaking, uncontaminated landscapes that have been cradling the Chianti vineyards for centuries, presenting you with a harmony of colors that can only be found in the hills of this region. You'll enjoy wine tasting at vineyards featured in the best specialised magazines, such as Wine Spectator and Decanter. During each visit, you will have the opportunity to follow a detailed description of the different steps required for the production of wine: your journey through taste will start from the vineyard, with illustrations of the growth and development of the vines and will lead to the cellar, where the product undergoes processing, fermentation and bottling. The sounds, scents and flavors of this land will capture your senses through a unique experience that you will live, relish and comprehend by visiting ancient churches, medieval castles and small villages where the rhythm of life remains unaltered over time. Enjoy exploring the fantastic scenery and you'll soon find yourself appreciating the century-old traditions.

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From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Tasting Full-Day Trip with Lunch

9. From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Tasting Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Enjoy a wonderful day in the Tuscan countryside, visiting the most gorgeous corners of Siena, San Gimignano, and the Chianti area. Departing from Florence, drive to the historic village of Monteriggioni. Admire the landscape of olive groves and vineyards dotted with Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas, and castles. Continue to Siena, where a local expert guide will lead you through the city's steep medieval streets to marvel at splendid palaces. Reach the Cathedral, Palazzo Comunale, and Piazza del Campo, where the Palio race takes place every year. Make a stop at a farmhouse in Chianti, where you will taste some of the best Tuscan wines, and a tasty lunch made with local produce. Continue to San Gimignano, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The guide will lead you into the heart of the village and then you will have free time to discover the beautiful squares, buildings, and alleyways.

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San Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Guided Tour from Florence

10. San Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Guided Tour from Florence

Explore the heart of beautiful Tuscany on a full-day tour of the towns of San Gimignano and Siena, then discover the bucolic wine region of Chianti. Depart from Florence by an air-conditioned bus to your first stop, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Gimignano. Discover one of the most splendid examples of an Italian medieval town. Distinguished by its famous towering skyline, San Gimignano stands along the Via Francigena on the hills of the Upper Val D’Elsa. Get acquainted with the Tuscan environment with the town’s Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine, saffron, and Santa Fina pottery. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town on your own and see its beautiful squares, architecture, churches, and side streets. Afterward, head out to a unique location in the Chianti countryside to enjoy a wine tasting. Once you hop off the bus, be guided around a splendid winery. Get introduced to the estate's fascinating history and background. Head inside the cellars to learn the secrets of Chianti winemaking together with the local host. Then enjoy a delicious wine tasting of Chianti Classico. Continue to Siena for a guided tour of its enchanting architectural styles, including the Cathedral (exterior only) and Palazzo Comunale (Municipal Building, exterior only) in Piazza del Campo. The famous shell-shaped square provides the stage for the thrilling Palio horse race, run twice every summer.

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What people are saying about Siena

This was an excellent and affordable trip to 3 places throughout Tuscany. When I priced the train to Pisa and back, it was approximately the same cost as this trip. Our tour guide was excellent, the winery that we stopped at was very good and the host was exceedingly entertaining. I do wish we had had more time in Sienna as it was beautiful, but I understand there is a time constraint. Overall, I would highly recommend this tour.

Great trip to see a lot in a relative short time. Tuscan country side, Old towns and good food. Our guide Manolo was great, with a lot of information about Tuscany and Florence and on the way back he went past everyone to answer any questions they might had. Loved it!

Valentina was a very good guide providing all the necessary information for our day tour! We also had a very profesional driver (Raul) The tour is totally recomended! Get the one with the entrance in the Siena included! Thanks you for the beautiful experience!

Great group experience, enough time to walk around and enjoy. Would have liked more time at Pisa, maybe Pisa should be a bit longer, just a suggestion.

Very nice trip! Saw all the sights without worrying about where to go and how to get there. Would book if you get tired of having to plan out your day.