This tour lasts approximately 9 hours.
Step back in time to the Medieval, then zoom ahead to the modern
phenomenon of Super Tuscan winemaking in Bolgheri. This is an
optimum tour for those who don't want to spend a lot of time driving.
Volterra (80-90 minutes from Livorno)
Volterra, recently made famous by the Twilight book and film series, is a place steeped in ancient history. High atop a hill in the rolling Tuscan countryside, it was originally Etruscan (the civilization that dominated central Italy before the Romans).
The town is a gem of Medieval architecture that will trasport you back in time.
In Volterra highlights include:
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 histric center of Volterra -- saving you the grief of the many, many stairs one must take from public and bus parking.
Bolgheri and the Super Tuscan wine region (45 minutes from Volterra)
Welcome to where the Super Tuscan phenomenon began! The winegrowing region around Bolgheri, near the coast south of Pisa, has taken the wine appreciation world by storm only in recent decades.
Here you will learn with your eyes, ears and mouth how grapes not traditionally grown in Italy (such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) come to produce award winning, new world style wines.
In Bolgheri, a quaint Medieval hamlet, you may want to have lunch at Enoteca Tognoni, where you will enjoy a classic tavern atmosphere, excellent food and an incredible selection of wines, prosecco, olive oil and balsamic vinegar (that you can also ship home).
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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.