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San Gimignano & Volterra Tours

This tour lasts approximately 9 hours.

Enjoy a day of Medieval wonder in the heart of Tuscany.

San Gimignano: (40 min from Monteriggioni)

To reach San Gimignano we will pass through the most wonderful Tuscan countryside — classic rolling hills, vineyards and silvery green olive groves, a living picture postcard! The spectacle of the terrain is a tour unto itself.

San Gimignano, often referred to as “the Manhattan of Tuscany” or “the Manhattan of the Middle Ages” is best known for its watchtowers, which were a display of power and prosperity in Medieval times. Although only 14 of San Gimignano’s original 76 towers remain, it’s still more than enough to charm us and make for wonderful photos.

Take your time strolling the narrow cobbled streets and open piazzas, and be prepared to step back in time. Art lovers may wish to step into the church of Sant’Agostino where they will find a substantial selection of works by some of Italy’s major Renaissance painters. San Gimignano is also home to award-winning gelato, look for it in the main piazza.

Volterra: (30 min from San Gimignano)

Like San Gimignano, Volterra seems to have been plucked right out the Medieval epoch. The once Etruscan city sits high on a rocky plateau and is protected by Medieval ramparts. You are in a place where the magic of history is still alive!

In Volterra highlights include:

  • Impressive Piazza dei Priori and the clocktower (made famous by the blockbuster Twilight series)
  • The beautiful shops and boutiques of all sorts
  • The Roman theatre
  • The 2,500 year old Etruscan wall, a section of which still stands
  • The Pinacoteca Comunale, with many fine works from the 14th-17th C, including the spectacular Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino
  • A world renowned Etruscan museum
  • A fascinating Torture museum
  • Many lookout points from which to enjoy the spectacular countryside

Volterra is particulary noted for its alabaster, which comes from the surrounding hills. You will find an array of gorgeous hand crafted alabaster objects on every corner.

An audio guided tour, not too long and very well done, is available in the tourist office in Piazza dei Priori for a reasonable fee.

Please note that we have permission to park in the historic center of Volterra -- saving you the grief of the many, many stairs one must take from public and bus parking.

 

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Please note

All tours are private and customizable.

All driver-guides speak English.

Private local guides are available for additional cost.

Food, beverages, entrance fees and gratuities (10%-15% common) are not included.

To enter churches you should have knees and shoulders covered. Sturdy walking shoes are advised; surfaces of streets and sidewalks can be uneven.