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October 23, 2015

All Tuscany in One Day Tour: Pisa, San Gimignano, Chianti & Siena with traditional lunch with wine tasting

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aec733b6b90d52cd1bc758538278b0ef_XLTour Length: 10 hours (time flexible).

Dates: Every season.

Departure Point: From your accomodation. Please note that the rate includes a pick-up and drop-off in Florence. Driver can be arranged to pick you from the place you stay in any region within Tuscany.

Departure Time: 8.30 am – return 6:30 pm.

Days of Week: Everiday.

Note: During this excursion transport will be made in a de-luxe limousine or minivan or motorcoach which offers the maximum comfort, with air-conditioning, large panoramic windows and comfortable seats. The price includes scenic stop at Piazzale Michelangelo (heartbreathing view on Florence).

Popularity: *****

Lunch with wine tasting and the most attractive sights in Tuscany in only ONE day, at an unbeatable price!

Famous for a wealth of art, history, striking landscapes, quaint towns and outstanding produce, Tuscany really does have it all! This tour is designed for independent travelers who may be short on time and want to see the best that Tuscany has to offer. We take you to Siena, San Gimignano AND Pisa with a wonderful farm fresh lunch at an organic Chianti winery & farm on this full-day guided minivan trip from Florence.

Experience Tuscany’s rich history, art, delicious food and superb wines and meet fellow travelers on this day trip that allows you a good balance of group time as well as free time in each place we visit.

Morning in Siena
After meeting your tour leader and taking the scenic drive from Florence, we arrive in Siena, while the town is still sleepy; the perfect time of the morning to wander around this beautiful town, rich in history, airy, easygoing and pedestrianized; Siena’s attraction lies in its hill top cityscape of ochre coloured buildings with red clay roofs and green shutters, its narrow medieval streets and proud traditions.

View Siena through through its gothic streets and squares, passing the oldest bank in the world, the site of the famous 600-year-old Palio horserace, to the Cathedral, where we admire the treasure chest of numerous works of art, including the unique inlaid marble floor.

During your free time, wander Siena at your own pace, enjoy a drink in the beautiful Piazza del Campo while soaking up the sun, or window shop.

Lunch at a Wine Farm: 
A short journey then takes us to a family run winery & farm set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, among olive groves and rolling hills covered in vineyards with a marvelous panoramic view over the towers of the city of San Gimignano (rural Tuscany at its best).

The farm’s 100 hectares of land is cultivated by means of organic agriculture, producing wine, extra virgin olive oil and even balsamic vinegar.

Here we will have a delicious and traditional Tuscan lunch of fresh homemade products straight off the farm, including handmade pasta and homemade cured meats, salad and typical local cheese, all served with a plenty of wine of the region: Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti, Brunello and Vin Santo (dessert wine). This is a great opportunity to meet fellow English speaking travellers from around the globe and share your travel experiences over bottles of wine (the best way to do it!). The group that starts out in the morning as strangers will become friends during lunch and everyone will feel so happy when leaving the farm with glowing cheeks and laughter.

Sample Lunch Menu:
- Garlic bruschetta 
- Handmade Pasta (Lasagna) & Traditional Soup (Ribollita)
- Garden salad
- Homemade Tuscan ham, salami and local artisan sheep milk cheese
- Cantuccini (almond biscuits) and Vin Santo (dessert wine)
- Water, plus several local wines with lunch

Vegetarians and others with dietary requirements can be catered for.

Visit of San Gimignano

After lunch San Gimignano is only minutes away. Considered one of the most beautiful medieval hilltop villages in Italy, this Unesco World Heritage site is often nicknamed the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” because its famously tall and narrow towers create a skyline that looks a bit like a modern city.

Here you have free time to roam the artisan shops along the cobble stone streets and small squares, try an award-winning gelato and walk among the towns famous medieval towers. Venture into centuries of rich and tumultuous history while climbing to the ancient fortress “La Rocca” to understand the town’s defensive strategy and experience the most spectacular views of the surrounding Tuscan landscape. Visit the Collegiata (or Duomo) of the town to see some of the most beautiful artworks by the likes of Benozzo Gozzoli and Domenico Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo’s master.

 

Chianti Countryside Drive
From San Gimignano, we travel across some of the most beautiful and enchanting countryside with a patchwork of different panoramas scattered with hilltop hamlets, or little churches. The landscape of Chianti features in much Tuscan art of the Renaissance and it hasn’t changed much since then.

The gentle slopes are still clad with vineyards; olive groves abound; in July and some of August, witness the bursts of yellow from the fields ofsunflowers; in May, see brilliant red poppy fields; and in autumn the woodland, popular with mushroom-hunters, and vineyards color the landscape in red, orange and yellow.

The feeling that time has stopped is hard to avoid, especially when we see in the distance the town of Volterra, one of the first Etruscan settlements dating from around the eight century BC, with stunning views over the valley.

This scenic drive takes us finally towards the coast to Pisa, our last destination for the day.

Leaning Tower

And as added value we reach the ancient port town of Pisa, the hometown of the great astronomerGalileo, where you can take a close up inspection of the Leaning Tower of Pisa – to see it first hand is breathtaking!

We visit the Field of Miracles, Pisa’s centrepiece and stage set – home to the Duomo, the Tower and the Baptistery, all exquisite examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture built in the centuries before Pisa’s enemies, Florence and Siena, built their respective cathedrals.

The Leaning Tower is almost 56 meters tall (about 183 ft). Building began in the 1100s but took amost 200 years to complete! It leans at about 4 degrees, making it one of the most famous and iconic buildings not only in Italy but in the world. After restoration work ended in 2001 the tower was opened to the public and today can be climbed.

The “field” (indeed the surrounding area is covered in bright green grass) earned its romantic nickname from Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio and is testament to the power the city had long ago in the Middle Ages. A wonderful spot to soak in the elegant sights, take creative photographs or wander off down the local streets, the “Fields of Miracles” always succeeds in capturing the imagination of its numerous and passionate visitors.

This is the Program

8.30 pm Departure from Florence or its vicinities.

9.30 pm Through the beautiful Tuscan countryside approaching Pisa admire the Apennines mountains with the beautiful white marble quarries where Michelangelo loved to go to personally select the best blocks of marble (as he did to sculpt David). Visit Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle’s Square) and see the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Monumental Cemetery and the historic University. Visit the typical market. Please advise if you want to climb the tower because it is necessary to book tickets to ensure entry and avoid the queues (€ 15.00pp). We can book tickets for you.

10.30 pm Departure from Pisa to Chianti wine region. Driving along the Tuscany hills where you can see the different types of vineyards and olive grooves. We will guide you through the Val d’Era (the birthplace of people like Andrea Bocelli and Roberto Benigni) and we will see the village and the birthplace of Bocelli and his house. Then go up the hills of Chianti and arrive in San Gimignano area.

12.00 pm Arrival at San Gimignano area and visit to organic winery where we stop for typical tuscany lunch and wine tasting at organic wine farm in Chianti (Vernaccia white Wine, Chianti Classico, Chianti Riserva, Brunello from Montalcino, Supertuscan, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Truffle Oil, Vinsanto with Cantuccini)

01.30 pm Visit San Gimignano (the unique medieval city of towers). The town of San Gimignano, also known for its beautifully preserved medieval towers . 14 left out of 72 initially built in the 13th century. We suggest you climb the Torre Grossa (Bigger Tower) and taste the best Gelato in the world at Antica Gelateria di Piazza.

03.00 pm Driving along the Tuscany hills to Siena. Visit Piazza del Campo (Field Square) and see the the Cathedral (we recommend you to climb), the Baptistery and the Belltower.

04.30 pm Arrival at Monteriggioni. Until the XI century Monteriggioni was a station of standstill on the Francigena Road in Tuscany. Siena transformed Monteriggioni in the imposing Fortress to protection of the boundary north in the wars against the anemy Florence. We suggest you walk on the defensive walls and admire the Chianti

5.00 pm We go back to Florence where the tour would be end by 6:00 pm but only after making a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic appreciate the exceptional view of Florence

PRIVATE ONE DAY TRIP: ALL TUSCANY IN ONE DAY
The all included tour since 1991
Up to 2 participants euro 495
Up to 3 participants euro 550
Up to participants euro 650
Up to 5 participants euro 
700
Up to 6 participants euro 750
Up to 7 participants euro 800
Up to 8 participants euro 850
Up to 9 participants euro 1150
Up to 10 participants euro 1200
Up to 11 participants euro 1250
Up to 12 participants euro 1300
Up to 13 participants euro 1350
Up to 14 participants euro 1400
Up to 15 participants euro 1450
Up to 16 participants euro 1500
Additional Info
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
City: Florence
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