Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Florence
- Be amazed with the magnificent view from the Basilica of San Domenico
- Visit the famous Cathedral in Siena
- Enjoy a delicious wine tasting with typical food and sweets
- Journey to Piazza del Campo, Palio's Contrada and discover the secrets in Siena
- See the medieval charm, Towers and the amazing historical 1300s Museum in San Gimignano
Type: Tours from Florence
Departs From: Florence
Meeting Point: Piazza Stazione, at the corner with Piazza dell'Unita
Duration: 10 hours
Available: daily at 09:00 or Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday at 09:00
Product Code: 106
Start your trip with a pleasant excursion through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, offering an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Along the way, from the wide panoramic windows of our bus, admire the medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni, enclosed by its famous walls which remain standing to this day.
Upon arrival in Siena, you will enjoy a guided tour of the old town beginning from the famous Basilica of San Domenico (inside visit), a treasure chest of Renaissance art built in the 13th century, dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena of which preserves a relic.
Walk along the narrow medieval streets of Siena, admiring its splendid palaces until you reach the magnificent Cathedral. The guided visit continues with a tour in a Museum and an Oratory of a Contrada** where you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the town. The Contrade districts into which the town is divided are the real core of the local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other as they devote themselves to preparations for the well-known Palio horse-race. The contrada is not simply a district: it is a small state having its own legacy of traditions, memories and emotions, including its own flag and anthem. The Museum of a contrada, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. This is an intimate and secret place - with exclusive access - containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art which are normally not disclosed to the public. In other words, a truly exclusive and valuable experience.
The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is the focal point. Free time to continue the discovery of Siena and to have lunch (not included). After this break, we will head to San Gimignano, a tiny walled town located on a hill-top, intact through the centuries and famous for its numerous tall towers, frescoes and other valuable works of art.
See a small and fascinating museum, inside the medieval palace. The local guide will introduce you to the history and traditions of this wonderful town through a faithful and evocative reconstruction of how it was in the XIV century. Moreover, you will be able to watch how skilled craftsmen produce handmade objects according to a long standing tradition of excellence.
After the guided visit, enjoy a delicious tasting of fragrant Sienese sweets and food of medieval tradition (focaccias, cantucci, ricciarelli, panforte) and famous local wines (Vernaccia Chianti, Spumante). Then during free time, discover this lovely town at your own pace.
- Excursion through hills of Chianti
- Siena - Cathedral - Libreria Piccolomini - Museum and an Oratory of a Contrada Piazza del Campo
- Free time for lunch (lunch is not included)
- San Gimignano - museum visit - Sienese sweets and Vernaccia wine tasting
- Tour escort
- Local Guide
- Museum entrance fees
- Wine tasting
- Sienese and other sweet food
- Meals and drinks not specified
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Children below 3 years old are free of charge.
- *On Sundays and National Holidays, The Cathedral is closed to the public. This will be replaced with the Basilica of San Domenico.
- **When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, the visit will include the Opera del Duomo Museum (Cathedral's Museum) or another site of particular historic and cultural interest.
- Headphones for guided visits to museums will be provided for groups of at least 15 participants.
- This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
- Spanish guided tours are available with a minimum of two passengers in high season (April to October) and four passengers in low season. French, German, and Italian guided tours can be operated with a minimum of four passengers. Other languages (Russian, Japanese, etc) are also available at an additional cost and with a minimum of four passengers.
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Price per adult
Price per child $36.20
Departs daily at 09:00
- Prices are per person
- Child prices are valid for children ages 8 and below.
Judy H., Australia
Brilliant, multilingual guide (Francesca) and very interesting tour. Could have done without the marketing aspects where you get taken to wine places, but otherwise, excellent.
Vivian A., Brazil
Both of the cities are very interesting places to now. Siena is bigger and our guide, for the english group, was really great to show us the main places of the city and to tell the history of the city. A good thing was that the group were splited , one for english and other for spanish. San gimignano is a very tiny medieval city, with towers and several stores, gelatos, cafes. Very good!
"The tour to Siena and San Gimignano was superb. Stopping at just the two villages during a full-day tour gave us enough time to visit each. Siena Cathedral was a true spectacle. The towers of San Gimignano were also amazing, well worth climbing to catch the view. Guide Tiziana was a treat - it was a pleasure being able to share the day with her as she explained the history of the region. I highly recommend this tour."
Lori P., USA