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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

San Gimignano:Tuscany Truffle Hunting with Wine and Lunch

2. San Gimignano:Tuscany Truffle Hunting with Wine and Lunch

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at authentic truffle hunting with the help of beautiful dogs? Then this is an experience not to be missed. After meeting your professional guide, have a lesson to learn all about how to recognise and search for truffles, with the help of an English-speaking translator.  After building up your confidence with your lesson, set off on a truffle hunt with beautiful dogs, searching through stunning oak forests. Following an exciting truffle hunt, sit back, relax and savor a delicious lunch made with Tuscan products. Sample some of the winery's finest wines to complete your experience.  LUNCH MENU: Appetizers: Tuscan salami and cheeses, Bruschetta (Bread with Olive Oil), and snack. First Course: Truffle lasagna with meat sauce; Second Course: Roasted meat with potatoes and vegetables; Dessert: Cantuccini with Dessert Wine;                                                                                                          WINES AVAILABLE FOR TASTING: Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. Cabernet Bartolomeo Riserva I.G.T. Merlot Baldassarre Riserva I.G.T. Syrah Cavaliere Riserva I.G.T. Vernaccia of San Gimignano D.O.C.G. Chianti D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico Riserva D.O.C.G. Vino Nobile of Montepulciano D.O.C.G. Red of Montepulciano D.O.C. VinBeato - Dessert Wine Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cold Pressing White Truffle flavoured Olive Oil Pepper Hot Olive Oil Balsamic Old Vinegar selected

From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

3. From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

The first part of your full-day tour begins with a visit to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, the City of Fine Towers. Armed with helpful information from your tour escort you’ll have free time to explore the town’s historical center and browse its artisan shops. San Gimignano is also the birthplace of Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in the area. The wine is noted for its high quality and for being the first Italian DOCG wine. The tour continues on to Monteriggioni, the ancient crown-shaped fortress that appeared on Italy’s old 100-Lire currency. The 13th-century walls feature 14 towers that Dante likened to the giants in his Inferno. Afterwards, you’ll stop at a winery for a lunch of salami, cheese, and other local products, accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wines. Visit Val d’Orcia, another Tuscan jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Montalcino, perched on a hill overlooking 1,500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed to the area’s international reputation. The final stop of the day will be a local wine cellar, where you’ll have a chance to taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, rated among the finest Italian DOCG wines. Sample other typical local products as well.

Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Tour from Siena

4. Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Tour from Siena

Explore the notable wine region of Chianti on a full-day sightseeing and wine tasting tour from Siena. Travel in a small group of no more than 8 people, and enjoy comfortable transfers by air-conditioned vehicle. Depart Siena in the early afternoon, and drive past the vineyards of the Chianti wine lands. See dense forests of oak wood and cypress trees, neat rows of vineyards, and landscapes shaped into works of art by the combined forces of nature and mankind. Go to a Chianti wine estate to tour the grounds and wine cellars. Learn the winemaking process before sitting down to a tasting of Chianti Classico wines and olive oil. Next, descend to the medieval fortress of Monteriggioni, and marvel at its intact ring of walls and turrets. Built in the 13th century, Monteriggioni was mentioned in Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” As the sun begins to set, travel to the legendary village of San Gimignano to enjoy the romantic town after the daytime crowds have departed. Admire the medieval towers at a leisurely pace, and enjoy some free time to visit the cathedral or Civic Museum. Shop for souvenirs in the many leather and hand painted pottery stores. Sample the local produce at food shops and wine bars. Depart San Gimignano for a Tuscan dinner at an organic farm in the countryside. Taste the wines of San Gimignano, such as the notable Chianti red, Vernaccia. Weather permitting, dinner will be served on a terrace overlooking the cultivated fields and skyline of San Gimignano. Watch the sunset as you dine, before your return transfer to Siena.

From San Gimignano: Chianti by E-Bike with Wine Tasting

5. From San Gimignano: Chianti by E-Bike with Wine Tasting

There is no better way than by bicycle to discover the beauty and richness of this part of Italy, sharing in the passion for cycling, art, food and wine. The tour takes place in Tuscany, more specifically, in the magnificent landscapes surrounding Siena. There are, in fact, the most beautiful areas and also the most suitable for a cycling trip through Tuscany. From the seat of your electric bike, you will discover how Tuscany life flow slowly yet incessantly, creating a natural equilibrium among art, culture, and nature. Tuscany is paradise for a cycling tourist, who will be greeted by gently rolling hills embellished with winding dirt roads, curving pathways, vineyards, and shaded country roads. All of these splendors are framed by a surprisingly varied landscape where you will be able to discover abbeys, rural churches and castles. The landscape is characterized by the deep red earth, and alternates between fields of sunflowers and vineyards, and is punctuated by ancient castles and medieval hamlets. Many panoramic views allow you to see all the way to San Gimignano, overlooking forests of beautiful Italian oak and corbezzoli. The tour is crowned with a visit to the splendid medieval for tress of Monteriggioni. 

San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

6. San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

Start your day tour with a scenic drive from Siena to San Gimignano. Stop in Monteriggioni to see the well-preserved fortress built in the 13th century. Explore San Gimignano, admiring its many medieval towers. Recently listed by UNESCO, the town also boasts numerous artisanal boutiques. Head to a small family-run farm to enjoy lunch made with the farm’s seasonal products. Taste dishes prepared with saffron, and accompanied by Vernaccia wine. Continue to Volterra, stopping at a small alabaster workshop to see the ancient art of sculpting. In Volterra, admire the harmonious blend of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance styles as you walk along the streets of the historic center.

Florence: Volterra & San Gimignano Wine Tour with Lunch

7. Florence: Volterra & San Gimignano Wine Tour with Lunch

Spend one day accross the rolling hills of Chianti, visiting Volterra and San Gimignano with a private driver, tasting a typical tuscan lunch, with the best wines of our Region. A wonderful Experience between art, wine and local food to discover pre-roman population (Etruscans), vineyards, medieval hilltop towns, towers and typical farms. Itinerary 1 Stop At: Volterra The driver-escort will pick you up to your hotel or another chosen location: (B&B or private flat) and will take you to discover the Tuscan countryside. The driver will bring you through the tuscan hills looking at an incredible panorama, among olive trees, vineyards, sunflowers and medieval towers.The first stop will be at Volterra. Volterra is a beautiful walled city, built on the top of a hill. The town was built over one of the Twelve Cities of the ancient Etruscan civilisation capitals and has some of the original gates from that era still standing along with a dedicated museum packed with Etruscan and Roman relics. The most interesting things to visit are the ancient Roman theater, the Baptistery and the “Palazzo dei Priori” in the main square. Duration: 2 hours 2 Stop At: Lunch in a typical Tuscany winery farm For lunch we will move to a typical tuscan farm. This farm promotes the Italian wine & food culture all over the world. A beautiful Italian experience to learn the best combinations beetween wine & food, the glass etiquette, the secrets of Italian cuisine, Tuscan wine-making techniques and more. 3 course lunch, with homemade pasta, Bruschettas, cold cuts, Pecorino cheese, prosciutto, salame and more… Wine tastings with: Chianti, Chianti Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese, Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia and Super Tuscan. Duration: 2 hour Pass By: Chianti Road After the visit to the farm, the tour continues through the famous “Chianti wine road” and the sweet Siena hills, amidst olive-groves, cypress trees and vineyards up to the Medieval town of San Gimignano. 3 Stop At: San Gimignano In the afternoon last stop at San Gimignano: The visit of the town and its magnificent towers will take about an hour. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town not far from Siena. Known as the “Town of Fine Towers”, during the Middle Ages there were more than 70 towers in the city. Now it is a real open-air museum, where it seems to walk in the medieval period. The town also is known for saffron, the Golden Ham, and its white wine: Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area. In the main square don’t forget to taste the best ice cream in the world (Gelateria Dondoli), and in the streets of the village you can admire the extraordinary work of expert craftsmen. You can also climb the tower-museum (Torre Rognosa) to see an incredible panorama and hear the legend of the Devil’s Tower. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes The return is scheduled at 4.00 PM

San Gimignano Area: Wine Tasting Experience

8. San Gimignano Area: Wine Tasting Experience

A few steps from San Gimignano, there is a splendid family-run winery. Here, you can taste typical Tuscan products including wine and tasty local croutons. Do not miss the opportunity to learn how to combine Tuscan wine with appetizing foods and find out how wines are produced in a real cellar. You will visit the cellar, the vineyards, and all the places where the wine comes to life. Listen to stories, and hear about winemaking processes. You'll discover that Tuscany and Chianti are areas to be loved and protected. As you discover the secrets of wine and grapes, you'll also learn about the best food pairings.  You can choose between two unique experiences:  Tasting of four wines accompanied by snacks of typical products preceded by a tour of the cellars and vineyard Lunch and tasting of four wines preceded by a tour of the cellar and the vines

Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Day Trip with Lunch

9. Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Day Trip with Lunch

Hop aboard your minibus at 7:45 AM and drive for around an hour through the Tuscan countryside. Enter the heart of Siena, and start the visit with your guide. Take off through the town's narrow streets and hear stories about Siena as you go. Skip the line to see the interior of the magnificent cathedral, and pass through the shell–shaped Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held twice a year. After your walking tour, enjoy some free time to enjoy Siena at your own leisure. Move on to San Gimignano, and admire the unique Tuscan landscape as you drive through marvelous scenery surrounded by olive trees, vines and old stone buildings on your way. Stop at a family owned wine estate to relax and enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch for a taste of country hospitality. After lunch, take an easy drive to San Gimignano to finish your day. Famous for its splendid skyline of tall medieval towers, have free time to explore on your own. Discover the main street full of typical shops, have a look at the Collegiata (main church), or enjoy a gelato. Return to Florence in the late afternoon.

Tuscany: 2-Hour Homemade Pasta Cooking Class & Wine Tasting

10. Tuscany: 2-Hour Homemade Pasta Cooking Class & Wine Tasting

Choose from a midday or evening class and meet your chef at the designated winery. Head into the kitchen and set about learning to make home-made pasta. Learn to knead, cut, roll, and fill ravioli, and how to mix, cut, and form dumplings, noodles, and other varieties. The chefs’ recipes you follow are based on freshness, high-quality local ingredients, Italian traditions, and in-depth experience. Then, enjoy three varieties of pasta dish for lunch or dinner, including tortellini, ravioli, and carbonara. After your cooking class, enjoy a tastings of 15 of the estate’s products, including new-release and vintage wines, olive oils, and balsamic vinegar. Sample menu: • Appetizer: Tuscan crostini, tomato crostini, sausage crostini • Main course: the three types of pasta you have prepared, together with their sauces • Dessert: cantuccini biscuits with dessert wine

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,798 reviews

Sara (guide) and Fabio (driver) were excellent. We never felt lost, even though each stop went by very quickly. Sara kept us engaged to whichever degree we wanted, and read the room to keep our energy up or let us rest. She was extremely kind, informed, and personable. English speakers will be able to communicate with Sara seamlessly! Other travelers: 1) Eat breakfast before you board! Our group was hungry; 2) Bring sunscreen - the Tuscan sun is no joke!; 3) Pack snacks; 4) Come prepared with lots of 1 Euro and 50 cent coins for public restrooms and factor in wait time; 5) You're able to keep items on the bus, so bring a bigger bag to store your souvenirs and a smaller bag to carry with you; 6) You'll have time to nap and relax on the bus, but never longer than 2 hours at at time; 7) You may think you won't have enough time in Pisa, but for real you only need 30 minutes so this is the perfect way to see it; 8) The meeting point at the train station uses "Walkabout" NOT "GetYourGuide."

We really enjoyed this excursion. Manolo was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable but also just good at keeping the group together and moving along on the itinerary. I enjoyed all of our stops, but I especially liked Siena where the local guide shared a lot of fun details about Siena’s history and their church was absolutely beautiful. We also really enjoyed the winery and lunch - it was worth paying the extra for this part in my opinion! It is a lot of walking, including to the pick up and drop off locations for the buses since they can only get so close to city centers, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes!

This was fantastic. Out of our two week trip in Italy this was up there in terms of our favorite activity for myself and my husband. Our tour leader was Alessandro, who was funny, personable, very informative and kept our large group together and moving seemingly with ease. And our bus driver Nando was fantastic as well! We loved all of the stops and the lunch and wine were delicious plus a very fun time to meet the other travelers. If you are considering booking this, definitely go for it, especially if this is your first time in the area, you’ll have a great time!

What an amazing trip this was. Special thanks go to Elizabetta (Amazing, Funny, Joyful, and a friendly Tour Guide) and Giancarlo (Super Driver) for making this a memorable trip. Although I experienced so many tours in so many countries, I never wrote a review. However, this is just something special and I confidently can say this is the best tour I’ve ever had. Yes, “ever”.

We had a great day. Great driver, great wine tasting and gorgeous villages and scenery, definitely recommend.