Lucca & San Gimignano or Volterra + optional winery

A great mix of the Renaissance and the Medieval. Kid-friendly.

 

A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
Lucca is 30-40 minutes north of Livorno and San Gimignano is 90 minutes south (Volterra 75 min south), so this excursion involves a lot of time on the road (about 4 hours).


SUMMARY
Lucca is an elegant city best known for its ancient fortified walls, the top of which has been transformed into a unique urban greenspace. San Gimignano and Volterra are wonderfully Medieval. The optional wine tasting is at Podere La Marronaia, a family-run winery that implements organic farming techniques.

DETAILS
We usually go San Gimignano first, when crowds are fewer, and spend 60-90 minutes there, but timelines are flexible depending on your interests.

The typical timeframes are:

  • 08.00-09.30 pickup at the ship, drive to San Gimignano
  • 09.30-11.00 San Gimignano
  • 11.00-12.30 drive to Lucca
  • 12.30-16.15 Lucca
  • 16.15-17.00 drive back to port

To include the winery:

  • 08.00-09.30 pickup at the ship, drive to San Gimignano
  • 09.30-10.45 San Gimignano
  • 10.45-11.00 drive to the winery
  • 11.00-12.00 wine tasting at Podere La Marronaia
  • 12.00-13.30 drive to Lucca
  • 13.30-16.15 Lucca
  • 16.15-17.00 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.


Lucca
Our itinerary in Lucca includes:

  • a panoramic drive around the ancient walls
  • the Romanesque church of San Frediano (monumental golden mosaic on the facade)
  • Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, site of the former Roman amphitheater
  • church of San Michele in Foro (intricately carved facade dating back to the 13th Century)
  • Piazza Napoleone
  • the cathedral of San Martino, featuring the sculpture of Ilaria del Carretto, deemed the most beautiful funerary monument in Italy and a work of art to compare with Michelangelo’s David, and the Volto Santo, a wooden crucifix dating back to the 8th century, the subject of much lore.
Lucca also features beautiful shops (major fashion brands as well as boutiques brimming with artisan creations), really good gelato and excellent cuisine.

If you have younger children, Lucca is a great kid-friendly place. The ancient wall is a perfect place to stroll and let kids run off some steam. You can also rent bikes for reasonable cost. There are lots of big shade trees so it is quite pleasant even in the heat of summer. You can climb Guinigi Tower and there is no minimum age requirement (as compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where kids have to be at least 8 to climb).

The winery
The location of the optional wine tasting is Podere La Marronaia, just outside San Gimignano. The property is a charming country estate where you will feel you’ve come to visit old friends at their home. The tasting comprises wines of every colour (including a red from Chianti) but the star of the show is their Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a crisp white that the region is known for.

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
These wine tasting rates are valid if you pay in cash, and reflect 10% off the full rates that apply when paying by card or Paypal.
 

    OPTIONAL WINERY tour & guided tasting at Podere La Marronaia
  • Simple tasting with a little snack, 12 Euro per (wine-drinking) person
  • Tour & guided tasting with snacks and local cheeses, 20 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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