Chianti & San Gimignano
The best of Tuscan wine and the best of the Medieval all in one day!
A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
Quite moderate — about 45 minutes each vector.
This excursion gives you the chance to see a variety of villages in the heart of Chianti, two wine regions to choose from, and the Medieval splendor of San Gimignano.
After leaving Florence we’ll soon be in the heart of Tuscany, crossing through the picturesque countryside.
This day trip can be organized in a number of different ways, depending on which wine region you want to visit. Wine tasting is not obligatory; we can structure the service with just villages.
DETAILS: CHIANTI & SAN GIMIGNANO from Florence
Badia a Passignano, noted for its abbey built by Vallumbrosan monks in the 11th century, and Montefioralle, a Medieval borgo deemed “one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy” will transport you back in time to the Medieval.
Greve in Chianti, on the other hand, offers a Renaissance architectural esthetic, and in the main piazza with its lovely porticoes you will find an array of shops (including some noteworthy food shops) and boutiques. History buffs will note the monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano, the explorer of the Atlantic coast of North America who discovered, among other things, the Hudson River.
To reach San Gimignano we will pass through the most wonderful Tuscan countryside — classic rolling hills, neatly-rowed vineyards and silvery-green olive groves, a living picture postcard!
San Gimignano, “the Manhattan of Tuscany”, is best known for its watchtowers that were a display of power and prosperity in Medieval times. Although only 14 of San Gimignano’s original 72 towers remain the effect is still dramatic and will give you lots of great photo opps.
Take your time strolling the narrow cobbled streets and open piazzas, and be prepared to step back in time. Art lovers may wish to spend some time in the church of Sant’Agostino to see the charming cycle of frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli as well as a substantial selection of paintings and sculpture by some of Italy’s major Medieval and Renaissance artists. San Gimignano is also home to award-winning gelato; look for it in the main piazza.
The wine regions
Of course Chianti is famous the world over for its red wines. If you are a white wine drinker, however, then consider the area around San Gimignano, where Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a refreshing white wine, is produced.
If you are passionate about wine you’ll want to consider a boutique winery in the Chianti Colli Senesi. The winery, I Balzini, is a classic Tuscan estate in a picturesque location. They produce high quality, award-winning red wines and rosè (no white wines).
CHIANTI & SAN GIMIGNANO from Florence
DURATION: 8 hrs
OTHER COSTS & NOTES
The following rates for optional items that we book for you are valid if you pay in cash, and reflect 10% off the full rates that apply when paying by card or Paypal.
- WINE TASTINGS
- Fattoria Casaloste, 3 wines, 15 Euro pp
- Fattoria Casaloste, 4 wines (2 Chianti, 2 IGT) plus tour of vineyards, 25 Euro pp
- I Balzini, tour & guided tasting of 4 wines plus bread and olive oil, 35 Euro pp
- I Balzini, tour & guided tasting of 4 wines plus charcuterie board, 45 Euro pp
- Podere La Marronaia, simple tasting with a little snack, 25 Euro pp
- Podere La Marronaia, tour & guided tasting with snacks and local cheeses, 33 Euro pp
near San Gimignano
- CHURCH DRESS CODE
Proper attire is required to enter churches (bare shoulders must be covered and shorts/skirts must come down to your knees).
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