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Small-Group San Gimignano and Volterra Day Trip from Siena

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    Head out of Siena in the morning traveling toward the medieval town of San Gimignano. Along the way, stop in the tiny town of Monteriggioni, a charming village on a hill that is defined by the centuries-old walls that encircle it. Stroll around the town, taking in the views and walking along the walls, learning from your guide about the history of the place. 

    From there, hop back in the automobile for San Gimignano, enjoying the rustic Tuscan countryside along the way: the villa-topped hills, the vineyard-clad rolling mounds of earth and the olive groves. Once in San Gimignano, walk down the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route from the Middle Ages that stretches from Canterbury in England all the way to Rome. The path goes right through San Gimignano. Learn from your guide about pilgrims in the Middle Ages and even today that would trek through France and Switzerland, even the Alps, to eventually get to Rome. 

    Take some free time to do exploring on your own. Walk the narrow cobblestoned alleyways. Stare out at the vast Tuscan landscape before your eyes. Ascend one of the 14 matchstick-like stone towers, which were once inhabited by families in the Middle Ages. Linger for a while in Piazza del Duomo and perhaps pop into the church, the Collegiata. The exterior facade may look dull but the black-and-white striped Gothic interior is a showstopper. 

    After some exploration, take a load off for lunch at a family-run farm just outside of town. Feast on locally made delights such as cheese and prosciutto. And don't miss anything made with the locally produced saffron in it. 

    Later that afternoon, take a scenic drive south to the town of Volterra. The town, known for its alabaster -- the translucent stone used for centuries to create vases, lamps and other works of art -- is an aesthetically pleasing place to spend a little while. Watch craftsmen ply their trade and spend some time strolling the streets. 

    After about an hour, hop back on the bus and head back to Siena. 
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    Departure Point
    Piazza San Domenico, Piazza S. Domenico, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Driver/guide
    • Lunch
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Visit to alabaster workshop
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 16 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Exceeded expectations, including amazing lunch and guide Mara (spelling?). Outstanding hilltop towns.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank EFranklin123
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Guillermo our guide was fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and teaches history in a very fun and engaging way. The sites we visited were all terrific. Lunch was wonderful. The only thing I’d ask for is more time!!! (It was an 8 hr tour!)

    Thank haakensonhl
    Reviewed 10 June 2019 via mobile

    My group friends and I visited Siena and took a small group tour of San Gimignano and Volterra. Ambera did a wonderful job explaining the area and it’s history. Her spoken English skills were superb. We really enjoyed all aspects of the tour. The meal...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Angie C
    Reviewed 5 May 2019 via mobile

    Excellent tour. Delicious lunch. I definitely recommend this tour. Both destinations were interesting.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank deloresl442
    Reviewed 25 October 2018

    We completed a few tours with Tuscan Escapes during our 4 day stay in Siena. All were well planned and expertly led by knowledgeable and courteous local guides. We visited wineries, forts, and the town of Siena ... the scenery is exactly how I imagined...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
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    Hello, This tour usually returns to Siena around 5:30/6pm.
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