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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.

Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

2. Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

See notable features of the Duomo of Siena with the OPA SI fast-track entry pass. In addition to discovering the Cathedral of Siena, visit the Baptistery, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera, Oratory, and Facciatone viewpoint with one convenient ticket. Enter the Duomo and be amazed by its grand scale as you stroll along its stunning mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo, amongst many artworks which are dotted around the cathedral. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni within the Duomo to marvel at the splendid Baptismal Font. From here, head down into the Crypt, the underground quarters that remained hidden for more than seven centuries. Then, stroll through the Piccolomini Library and gaze up at the vibrant and colorful frescoes which adorn its walls. Admire the stunning work by Pinturicchio, which depicts ten episodes from the life of Pope Pius II. Access the Museo dell'Opera which houses a selection of archaeological fragments and artwork once part of the cathedral. See a variety of Gothic sculptures by Giovanni Pisano and paintings by Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Head into the Oratory of San Bernardino to admire the collection of the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, with its core at the upper oratory chapel. Discover a variety of Siennese paintings from between the 13th to the 18th century. Finish up your visit to the complex with a climb up to the Facciatone viewpoint. Be enchanted by the unforgettable view over the city of Siena and the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.                                                                                                                                        

Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

3. Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire the stunning artwork and architecture of its interior. Walk along its ornate marble mosaic floor and visit the Piccolomini Library known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the Cathedral and admire one of the foremost masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Gaze at elaborate altarpieces, a sculpture by Michelangelo, and all manner of ornate decorations scattered throughout its vast interior. Enter the Piccolomini Library, which contains a sprawling series of 10 frescoes by Pinturicchio chronicling the life of Pope Pius II. Gaze upwards at the domed ceiling, masterfully adorned with complex patterns and further scenes from the pope’s life.

Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

4. Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

Discover Tuscany on a guided day tour from Florence to the medieval cities of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. Enjoy views of rolling hills and vineyards, with a stop at a Chianti winery for a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. First arrive in San Gimignano, a tiny medieval town that has remained intact through the centuries. Sitting upon a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes, and other art treasures. Enjoy more free time to discover this fascinating city on your own. Next, visit the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, a medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Afterward, you will cross the Chianti rolling hills and then arrive at a small and typical winery. There, taste 4 wines, and sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced products. Your final stop is in Siena, where you will have free time to walk along the narrow medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces, the Cathedral, Libreria Piccolomini, and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo.

Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

5. Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

Explore Siena's rich history, culture, and traditions with a local guide. The tour is designed to show you Siena's most intriguing sites in a short period, with plenty of stops for photos along the way. Start the tour with a visit to some of the city’s most significant sites including the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publicco, Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Salimbeni, and the ancient Banchi di Sopra. Upon exploring, learn which buildings hold UNESCO World Heritage-listed status and why. Continue the tour to the Basilica of San Domenico, which is home to Saint Catherine's relics. Next, stop by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, where she once lived with her family. Pass by the Baptistery and the Siena Cathedral (or the Duomo di Siena), and head inside for a closer look (if the optional guided tour option is booked). Inside, admire the array of works of art from some of Italy’s most important artists. 

Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

6. Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

Enjoy a full-day excursion by minivan to see the beautiful Chianti area and to visit the cities of Siena and San Gimignano.  Depart at 9:00 AM from Piazza Cavalleggeri, the meeting point located in the city center of Florence. Stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for few minutes to see the splendid panorama and then in one hour you will arrive in Siena. Take a guided tour of the city center, including Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral. There is free time to walk by yourself in the narrow and ancient streets.  Then leave Siena to arrive in Monteriggioni, an old Medieval little village. After a short stop, continue to San Gimignano where you will have free time to explore the city center on your own. San Gimignano is famous for its towers, vernaccia wine and its characteristic craft articles.

Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

7. Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Explore the top sights in Siena with an interactive smartphone tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. See the rose window and elaborate façade of Siena Cathedral and view the facinating architecture in Piazza del Duomo. Solve puzzles outside of ten Siena attractions. Follow clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Snap as many pictures as you want. You can start the activity any time, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour from the much-photographed Duomo! Visit the unique Baptistry of St John with its facade still under construction, you will still encounter the famous hill of the imposingness of Palazzo Piccolomini. Take a picture of the small central square Loggia del Papa and let yourself get lost in the Torre del Mangia, which when built was one of the tallest secular towers in medieval Italy. Visit the breathtaking Palazzo Pubblico. You will also pass by the Palazzo Buonsignori with its unique and world-renowned exhibits. Admire the exhibits of Santa Maria della Scala, once an important city hospital dedicated to the care of abandoned children, the poor, the sick and pilgrims. The Facciatone of Siena will fascinate you and your camera with its panoramic view! See, walk and relax in Piazza del Campo, considered one of the largest medieval squares in all of Europe. Known for its beauty and architectural integrity, it will be the icing on the cake of this tour!

Sunset in Siena & Dinner in Chianti Tour from Florence

8. Sunset in Siena & Dinner in Chianti Tour from Florence

On this afternoon and evening tour, you will depart Florence in the early afternoon for the 1-hour drive to Siena. Enjoy the scenic Chianti countryside of delightful hills and vineyards en route. You will have free time in Siena to take in the medieval atmosphere as you wander through its narrow streets. Admire the artistic heritage of this city, exemplified by the Gothic cathedral and the impressive Torre del Mangia in the stunning, world-famous Piazza del Campo. Before leaving Siena, you will have a chance to experience the sunset from a panoramic viewpoint. Then you will continue on to a typical wine estate in the heart of the Chianti region. Nestled between the Tuscan hills and amid vineyards you will be served a delicious dinner that includes typical Tuscan products such as salami, bruschetta, and other unique delicacies. Dinner is accompanied by top-quality local wines personally selected by the owners of the winery. Enjoy this perfect way to end your afternoon in Chianti!

Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

9. Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

Explore the beauty of Siena on a small group or private walking tour. See its famous monuments and hidden treasures with an expert guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry tickets to Siena Cathedral. Meet your guide at the San Domenico Basilica and admire its Gothic architecture. Follow a winding route to take in panoramic views of the city, including the Duomo and Torre del Mangia. Find out about Siena in the Middle Ages, see the imposing palaces said to be the oldest in the area. Have a break to take in the charm of the 14th-century seashell-shaped square, Piazza del Compo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain with its side reliefs of "The Creation of Adam" and "The Flight from the Garden of Eden." Learn about the history of the contrada (districts) that challenge each other twice a year during Siena’s Palio horse race. Walk to one of the most typical contrada and immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere. Follow your guide to see one of the local pastry shops that reflect the glory of Italy in using the centuries-old recipes to make traditional Ricciarelli and Panforte. Finally, explore one of the most fascinating cathedrals in Italy with pre-reserved tickets. Follow your guide to marvel at the magnificent marble mosaic inlay floor, stained glass, and medieval masterpieces by Duccio and Pisano. See the Renaissance highlights: several Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini sculptures and frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Libreria Piccolomini. Armed with a wealth of knowledge about Siena, say goodbye to your guide in the square in front of the cathedral.

Siena: Palio Walking Tour

10. Siena: Palio Walking Tour

Learn about the unique history of Sienna on a walking tour of the medieval old town with an informative guide. Get to know the different "contrade" or districts that make up the city and hear how they date back to medieval times. Stroll through the Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year on July 2nd and August 14th, featuring a contestant from each of the contrade. Visualize the colorful banners and crests of the competing contrade and learn how the competition has defined civic life in the city for centuries. Hear stories about the life and culture of the city from locals and visit the Museum of the Contrada for a more official account. Then head to the Duomo of Siena and check out the characteristic black and white marble interior of the cathedral designed to symbolize the black and white horses of the city's founders. Afterwards, switch gears and enjoy a local tasting experience at a traditional cafe. Try Panforte, Ricciarelli, and Cavallucci, typical sweets famous around the world. Wash them down with a glass of Vin Santo del Chianti.

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What people are saying about Siena Cathedral

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Our tour guide Sara was lovely and very knowledgeable about the history of Tuscany. Bravo Sara thank you to our patient driver Gaspare. The tour was jam-packed but we got to visit Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa, ss well as a winery. It was hot and exhausting, but a fun day!! Wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot!!

Very nice tour to the main sites of the beautiful Tuscany. Both Siena, the wine tasting, and Pisa was great. It was a very professional setup Both the driver and the guide was doing excellent jobs. Be aware that due to large scope the it is a full day tour with fairly short time per location.

I usually do not purchase tours and hesitated to do so. However, this tour was amazing! It was well worth it and we got to see places we would have not seen otherwise. The timing at each places were great and the lunch experience was so much fun.

Guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. Really enjoyed the free time with recommendations of places to go. The lunch at the vineyard was really good and I felt it was worth the money!

Fantastic tour guide, lovely food and amazing scenery.