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Small Group San Gimignano & Volterra Tour from Siena

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  • duration 8 hours
  • tour type Small group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • max group size 8
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-6855
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Siena, Italy
  • Ends Siena, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit San Gimignano, Volterra and Monteriggioni
  • Taste dishes prepared with saffron accompanied by refreshing Vernaccia white wine
  • Stop at a small artisanal alabaster workshop to meet traditional craftsman
  • Explore ancient ruins, medieval alleys and towers, convivial squares and elegant palazzi
Our trip starts with a drive towards San Gimignano. On our way, we stop for a walk in the fortress of Monteriggioni, a medieval and perfectly preserved fortress with a complete ring of walls and turrets built in the 13th century and mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy. This was Siena’s main bastion of defense against the armies of Florence.

We then continue to the fascinating town of San Gimignano, one of the most characteristic of Tuscany’s hill-towns with its many austere medieval towers that defiantly survived the centuries and are still standing today. It has recently been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site as a testimony of medieval architecture.

Here we can walk along the ancient route of the Via Francigena, the main route to Rome for travelers and pilgrims from all over Europe. Today, the bustling San Gimignano flourishes with artisanal boutiques of the local trades and stores selling the towns ‘red gold’, the saffron spice and the centuries old Vernaccia white wine.

After spending time visiting San Gimignano and its the stores, churches and museums. We make our way to a small family run farm where we enjoy a wholesome traditional lunch prepared using the farm's own seasonal products. During lunch you will taste dishes prepared with saffron accompanied by the refreshing Vernaccia white wine.

After lunch we continue on panoramic roads towards Volterra where we will first stop at a small artisanal alabaster workshop to meet the traditionalist craftsman and witness the ancient art of sculpting this semiprecious stone in the company of the jovial artists. We proceed to Volterra, the ancient Velathri, a harmonious blend of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture.

You will have free time to walk along the streets of the historical centre visiting the town’s famous Etruscan museum, the still standing millennia old Etruscan arch, the Roman theatre and the other monuments of town.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Lunch at an organic family run farm
  • Saffron and Vernaccia wine tasting
  • Round trip transportation in air conditioned minivan
  • visit the workshop of an alabaster craftsman
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • gratuities (optional)
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Other Practical InformationOn some occasions the itinerary might vary a little. However, the day will maintain a similar general imprint, same duration and have all the same inclusions.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
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    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

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