- Visit Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Siena: exclusive opening of intimate and secret sights
- Wonderful views of Tuscan rolling hills and Chianti countryside
- Stop at a typical Winery with tasting of four excellent Chianti wines
Upon arrival in Siena, we meet the local guide, at our disposal for two hours, who takes us on a comprehensive guided tour of the historic center, starting from the famous Basilica of San Domenico (inside visit), a jewel of Renaissance art built in the 13th century and dedicated to St.Catherine of Siena, of which preserves a relic.
We will walk along the narrow medieval streets of the city, flanked by splendid palaces and historic shops, until we reach the spectacular Cathedral of the 12th century, of which we can admire the magnificent architecture and the splendor of the polychrome marbles.
The tour continues then with the visit of the Museum and Oratory of a Contrada **(exclusive opening), where we can experience the atmosphere of the authentic and most intimate soul of the town. The“Contrade” (districts into which the city is divided) are the real core of local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other, as they devote themselves to the preparation of the famous Palio horse-race. The Museum of a ”Contrada”, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. It is an intimate and secret place containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art which are normally not disclosed to the public.
The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico(Town Hall) is the focal point. Free time to continue exploring the city and for lunch(not included).
In the afternoon we reach San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art: here we will be led until the heart of the historical center, where to have free time at disposal for its fascinating discovery.
In the evening, crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills, we will arrive to a small and typical Winery where, after a short walking the ancient vineyards, we will visit the suggestive barrique room and taste 4 fantastic wines, sampling also locally produced zero food miles. Finally, we will stop in the picturesque village of Grevein Chianti, to admire its famous main square flanked by arcades and browse through the local artisan shops, to end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany.
Please note that the order of the visits may change
At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Florence.
** When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, will be replaced with the interior visit of the Cathedral or another site of particular historic and cultural interest
- Stop in Siena 3 hours and 30 minutes approx. with 2 hours of guided tour with professional local guide
- Inside visit to Basilica of San Domenico and Contrada Museum and Oratorio (exclusive opening)
- Stop in San Gimignano for 1 hour and 30 minutes approx.
- Stop in the Chianti area with winery guided visit, sampling of wines and “zero food miles” products and free time in Greve in Chianti
- Staff Assistance at the meeting point
- Tour escort
> For small groups, up to 8 pax, the Tour escort could be replaced with an English speaking driver-guide, maintaining unchanged the entire program of the excursion.
> Recommended for first -time visitors
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.