General Information About our Tuscany Tour
Your driver will meet you early in the morning and take you on a tour away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A full day across the rolling hills of TUSCANY..
In the heart of the famous Tuscan countryside, in the Elsa Valley, you will find the town of San Gimignano. Known for its medieval watch towers built as house-forts used to protect the rich families from enemy attacks, San Gimignano today is the only medieval village in Tuscany which still preserves its original architecture. “Medieval Manhattan” is the nickname given to this town as today due to its 13 towers perfectly intact.
The story of San Gimignano, begins in the Etruscan period almost 3000 years ago, passing from the Romans through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to the Medici and the Lorena nobility. The village has been important throughout the history due to its agriculture-based economy.
Walking along the narrow streets of the village you can enjoy the beauty of unique buildings and marvellous landscapes this place has to offer. After spending the morning and lunch in San Gimignano we will head to Volterra, just a 35 minutes drive away towards the coast.
Volterra (Velathri) is one of the twelve main cities of Etruria, the Etruscan confederation. There are many interesting sites to see in this town, for example The Medicean Fortress and Tower, Priori Square and Priori Palace, the Cathedral, the Baptistry, The Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, The Museum Of Sacred Art, The Roman Theatre and Thermae, and The Art Gallery, surrounded by the enchanting landscapes! We highly recommend you to purchase an alabaster souvenir from your trip to Volterra, as the town is also known as the Alabaster Capital of the World.
The driver might decide to start the tour either from San Gimignano heading to Volterra or vice versa. There is also a possibility to have lunch in a local Tuscan Trattoria. If you wish to do so, feel free to ask your driver to recommend you good place, he will be more than happy to reserve a table for you!
Options available for this tour:
By choosing this option will take you to a local family owned winery where you will try some of the best Tuscan wines paired with a delicious lunch. Additional 30/35 Euros per person to be paid directly on spot.
Note: This option is a fixed menu. If any member of your party requires a vegetarian or gluten-free meal, please email us in advance so we may arrange this for you.
What does this tour include?
- Full day 9 1/2 hours tour
- Round trip transportation from/to the port/ship
- Comfortable air conditioning minivan
- Professional tour guide-driver
- English speaking driver
- Visit of the Etruscan village of Volterra
- Drive across the Tuscan Countryside
- Photo stop opportunities
- Visit of the Medieval village of San Gimignano
- Free wi-fi on board
- Free water on board
- Fuel, tolls and taxes
What is not included
- Museum entrance fees
- Meals and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)