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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.

S. Gimignano, Siena, Chianti: Escorted Tour, Lunch & Tasting

2. S. Gimignano, Siena, Chianti: Escorted Tour, Lunch & 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, stop at the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, an amazing small medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Enjoy some free time to visit this place. Afterwards, you will cross the gently Chianti rolling hills, arrive at a small and typical winery. Taste 4 fantastic wines, then sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced zero food miles products, to end this memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany. 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.

San Gimignano: Torre Grossa and Duomo Tickets

3. San Gimignano: Torre Grossa and Duomo Tickets

Enjoy this combined ticket and visit the best museums and churches in San Gimignano with an audio guide. See the Cathedral of San Gimignano, which is without a doubt one of the city's most important monuments, and climb up the Torre Grossa, San Gimignano's tallest medieval tower. See the splendid frescoes inside San Gimignano Cathedral, a real feast for the eyes. Look out for the famous Creation of Adam and Eve and Noah's arc, and listen as your audio guide explain the meaning behind the beautiful works on display. Discover the iconic 13th-century Palazzo Comunale. Walk around the Sala di Dante, which once hosted the poet Dante Alighieri. Admire the civic painting gallery, which holds masterpieces from the Sienese and Florentine schools.  Climb the 218 steps of the palazzo's 54m Torre Grossa for a spectacular view over the town and surrounding countryside. Walk around, listen to the history, and explore these impressive buildings at your own leisure. This ticket also includes a visit to the Romanesque church of St. Lorenzo in Ponte, Archaeological and Museum Contemporary Art Gallery.

San Gimignano Cathedral Entry Ticket

4. San Gimignano Cathedral Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket and audio guide to the Cathedral of San Gimignano, one of the city’s most important monuments. The walls of the church are entirely lined with frescoes that recount stories of the New and Old Testaments painted by artists of the 14th-century Sienese school. Discover the wonders of the San Gimignano Cathedral immediately upon entering. Admire the interior of the church, characterized by 14 classical Tuscan stone columns, 10 of which are round and the other four octagonal. The cycle of frescoes of the New Testament on the church’s right wall is a masterpiece by Lippo and Federico Memmi. On the left wall, spot the Stories of the Old Testament, painted in 1367 by Bartolo di Fredi. The interior also presents polychrome decorations typical of medieval churches, such as the unique painted-blue cross vault and the intrados of the arches separating the nave from the aisles decorated with a striped motif typical of the Tuscan taste. The cathedral also holds a precious Renaissance jewel, the Chapel of Santa Fina, on which three famous Florentine artists worked: an architect, Giuliano da Maiano; a sculptor, Benedetto da Maiano; and a painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio. This piece is dedicated to San Gimignano’s best-loved saint. 

From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Private Tour

5. From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Private Tour

Amongst the vineyards and olive groves of Chianti, lie medieval towns and UNESCO heritage sites. Explore them all on a private, 8-hour tour of the Chianti countryside, Siena and San Gimignano. A truly private tour, you will begin your day with complimentary pick-up at your Florence hotel by chauffeured private vehicle. Your English-speaking driver is at your disposal for a maximum of 8 hours. Your first stop will be in Siena, a medieval town. Here you will meet with your private tour guide, who is at your disposal for a maximum of 2 hours. Your guide will take you through the historic city center, where you may admire the splendid palaces and other points of interest. Your tour of Siena will conclude in the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful piazzas in the world. Here, you will find the Palazzo del Comune and have some free time to enjoy lunch. The journey to your next stop, San Gimignano, will take you through Chianti territory. Along the road you will find panoramic vistas, as well as lush vineyards and olive groves. Along the way to San Gimignano you may wish to stop and admire the fortified hamlet of Monteriggioni. This hamlet is a small jewel built in the 13th-century and still embraced by ancient walls. San Gimignano you will find is a UNESCO designated world heritage site. Here you will be given free time to take in the historically interesting medieval town planning, as well as the numerous towers. You will soon find out why this place is called the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages”. Touring this extraordinary region of Italy is a wonderful experience and the fact that this tour is entirely private makes it even more special.

Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

6. Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

Visit three of the most famous and fascinating towns in Tuscany. Enjoy the comfort of a small group tour and learn from your expert English-speaking tour leader. First, discover the nearby town of Siena. Its historical center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at Piazza del Campo and the majestic Siena Cathedral. After a short drive through the enchanting countryside, stop in a small, family-owned winery. Enjoy an exquisite lunch of Tuscan appetizers, pasta, and desserts paired with local wines. Next, explore San Gimignano, also known as the town of towers. Discover the fourteen medieval skyscrapers which still remain perfectly preserved. Enjoy the last stop of the day in Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles, where you can find the iconic Leaning Tower. Spend some time snapping pictures of the famous Italian symbol. After your full-day visiting three of Tuscany’s highlights, return to Florence.

San Gimignano 2-Hour Private Guided Tour from Siena

7. San Gimignano 2-Hour Private Guided Tour from Siena

San Gimignano is an authentic gem amongst the small towns and villages in the Tuscan countryside. It's quite unique, due to its beautiful medieval architecture and the surprising preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses. For this and other reasons, the "Historic Centre of San Gimignano" has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. During this guided tour you'll see the most beautiful and important sites oft the village, such as Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino. You'll walk through the typical small streets of the village and see the pictoresque Piazza della Cisterna, Palazzo Pubblico and Torre Grossa. Guests are advised to bring their cameras along!

From Florence: Private Full-Day Trip to Tuscany

8. From Florence: Private Full-Day Trip to Tuscany

Discover Tuscany on this private full-day trip from Florence. Go back in time and learn about the history of Tuscany as you visit ancient sites like the stronghold of San Gimignano, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the Fortezza Medicea of Volterra, and much more. After being picked up from downtown Florence, enjoy a scenic view of the countryside as you drive to San Gimignano. This beautiful stronghold is one of the most popular attractions in Tuscany. During the trip, marvel at San Gimignano's ancient towers, visit the historic Piazza Duomo, and soak in the atmosphere at Piazza della Cisterna. Then, proceed to Volterra and stroll through the cobbled streets to reach an array of historical sites. See remarkable discoveries such as Etruscan tombs built hundreds of years before Christ, elaborate Roman baths, and an incredible theater excavated from rocks. The stop at the set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon is also worth looking forward to. Afterwards, recharge by having lunch at a local restaurant, trattoria, or farm house. Next, admire the imposing structure of the Fortezza Medicea of Volterra before heading over to Palazzo dei Priori, which is the oldest civic building in Tuscany. After your exploration, your driver will drop you off at your hotel in Florence.

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What people are saying about San Gimignano Cathedral

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 516 reviews

Stefano was awesome and so was Nando. One of the most personable tour guides we’ve had in the 3 months we’ve been backpacking all over Europe and of the many tours we’ve done, he was funny and was interesting to listen to! I would recommend this tour for anyone that wants to see Tuscany! The lunch was amazing and definitely worth it! The vineyard was beautiful.

I highly recommend the tour for people, which want to see some highlights of Toscany. As I’m not eating mean I was even surprised to have some nice pasta and other dishes which made my stomach happy and Alexandro, he was a guide with a passion, always there when you have some questions

Our guide Ale from Walkabout Florence was amazing! Spent the time to talk to each of us, and was more than happy to answer questions and give us suggestions about the places we went to!

value for money, amazing tourguide and busdriver, well organised. Only thing was that I would have loved a bit more time in Pisa but you can have everything

It was a long day but wonderful. So many interesting places to see. The meal at the winery was well worth the extra cost.