February 11, 2016
San Gimignano, Volterra and Lajatico
Written By youtourism
Only one hour and half to reach the medieval village of San Gimignano, passing through the most wonderful Tuscan countryside. The rolling slopes are covered with vineyards and silvery green olive grows, like a picture. Only this spectacle would be more than enough to enjoy this tour! Fortified walls and watchtowers show power and prosperity in the Middle Ages. Only thirteen of the town’s original 76 towers remain. Enjoy your time to stroll the narrow cobbled streets taking San Gimignano’s sights, Piazza della Cisterna, the Collegiata in Piazza del Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral known.
From San Gimignano hal an hour and the driver will park in the center of Volterra. The Etruscans town sits on a rocky plateau and is protected by medieval ramparts. Takes a tour in the Piazza dei Priori, one of Italy’s most impressive squares and visit the Etruscan Museum, known all over the world. You are in the place where Italy’s history and language were born! Volterra is also known for its fine frescoes.
La Sterza, one of its hamlets (frazioni), is the natural door between these two geographical areas. The Sterza, Era, and the Ragone rivers form natural borders, placing Lajatico in a very central position to reach Tuscan cities and seaside resorts. Lajatico is however best known as the hometown of tenor Andrea Bocelli. His annuel concerts at the Teatro del Silenzio are attended by people from all around the world, every year. The Teatro del Silenzio (or Theatre of Silence) is an Italian open air amphitheatre which is located in Lajatico, Tuscany — the hometown of Andrea Bocelli. In 2006, Bocelli influenced the municipality of his hometown Lajatico to build the outdoor theatre, and contributed greatly towards its construction. Bocelli performed for one night only. The theatre hosts a concert once every July. Bocelli, the honorary president, has agreed to sing once a year for five years in the open air theatre, with the theatre remaining silent for the rest of the year.
Price: from €245,00
Type: Shore Excursions
Duration: 10 hours
Recommended for: Couples, Families, Solo
Difficulty: Very Easy
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