Florence & San Gimignano

The best of the Renaissance and the best of the Medieval all in one day!

 

A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
About 4 of the 9 hours will be spent on the road. The itinerary below details the driving times.


SUMMARY
This excursion is a great mix of contrasts — the graceful, Renaissance architecture of Florence with the somber Medieval aspects of San Gimignano. We can also include a winery visit if you like!

DETAILS

The typical schedule is:

  • 08.00 pick up at the ship
  • 08.00-09.30 drive to San Gimignano
  • 09.30-11.00 visit San Gimignano
  • 11.00-12.00 drive to Florence
  • 12.00-15.45 visit Florence
  • 15.45-17.00 drive back to port

To include the winery:

  • 08.00 pick up at the ship
  • 08.00-09.30 drive to San Gimignano
  • 09.30-10.45 visit San Gimignano
  • 10.45-11.10 drive to the winery
  • 11.10-12.00 winery tour & tasting at I Balzini
  • 12.00-12.45 drive to Florence
  • 12.45-15.45 visit Florence
  • 15.45-17.00 drive back to port

San Gimignano
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 76 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 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.

The winery
If you are passionate about wine you’ll want to consider the optional wine tasting at 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).

If you opt for the winery you’ll still have enough time in Florence to cover the major highlights. If you skip the winery you’ll have time for lunch in Florence.

Florence
In Florence you will experience a completely different architectural esthetic — the elegance and beauty of the Renaissance. Whether you are interested in architecture, history, food or shopping, Florence has a wealth to offer. Sights include:

  • Piazzale Michelangelo (photo stop for panoramic shots of the city)
  • Santa Croce (when possible)
  • Piazza del Duomo (cathedral, baptistery, bell tower)
  • Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio
  • Porcellino Market, Ponte Vecchio

A note about galleries in Florence: Because time is limited in Florence it’s a bit of a squeeze to include the Accademia gallery, especially if you’ve opted for the winery. There really is not time for the Uffizi.

DURATION: 9 hrs



1-2 persons € 520

3-4 persons € 560

5-6 persons € 620

7-8 persons € 660

These rates apply if you pay in CASH IN EURO. That's 10% off our full rates!

If paying by credit/debit CARD or through PAYPAL the full rates apply; please write to us for those.

DISCOUNTED RATES
For multi-booking, off-season, and family rates, please contact us.

LAST-MINUTE BOOKINGS
If you book with less than 72 hours of lead time a 50€ supplement applies.

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.
 

    FLORENCE OTHER COSTS

    Local Guides
  • Classic highlights of Florence, 3 hours, 195 Euro
  • Florence for Kids walking tour, 3 hours, 195 Euro
  • Florence for Kids walking tour, 4 hours (required if you want to go into the Accademia gallery with the guide), 260 Euro

  • Groups of 7 or more persons with a guide require headsets, 4 Euro per person

    Pre-booked Tickets
  • Accademia gallery (closed MONDAYS) 20 Euro per adult, 4 Euro for youths age 6-17, children under 6 free
  • Uffizi gallery (closed MONDAYS) 28 Euro per adult, 4 Euro for youths age 6-17, children under 6 free
  • All-inclusive tickets for cathedral/cupola climb/baptistery/belltower climb and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (closed the FIRST TUESDAY of every month), 22 Euro pp for those over the age of 11, 5 Euro for children age 6-11, children under 6 free

  • The price of pre-booked tickets is subject to change (due to increases implemented by the issuing organization and not having to do with us).

    Florence for Kids additional costs
  • Palazzo Davanzati, 6 Euro pp for adults, paid at the entrance
  • 10 Euro pp for pizza, a drink and gelato.


    OPTIONAL WINERY
  • Tour & guided tasting at i Balzini, 15 Euro per (wine-drinking) person


    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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