Siena & San Gimignano Sightseeing tour

The must-see Medieval towns of central Tuscany

Description

In the morning, explore Siena’s Medieval Centre and listen as your guide points out and talks about all the main sights and unveils the traditions and folklore of the Palio. Be surprised by one of the most spectacular squares in Italy, the main Piazza known as Il Campo and continue on your way to Siena's Cathedral, locally as il Duomo. Your guide will escort you into this breathtaking cathedral to see the impressive masterpieces by renown artists like Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo.

Admire the exquisite Gothic architecture; walk through the naves and explore the chapels as well as the Piccolomini frescoed library and marvel at the unique black-and-white-striped bell-tower.

Spend lunchtime at your own leisure in town or have us take you to a nearby farm for a Tuscan meal.

In the early afternoon, stop for a brief walk around 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.

Continue to the fascinating town of San Gimignano, one of the most characteristic towns in Tuscany, also known as the Town of Towers. Stroll along the alleys and look up at the austere medieval towers that defiantly survived the centuries, recently recognized as a Unesco world heritage site as a testimony of medieval architecture. Here we can walk along the ancient Via Francigena route, the main road that brought travelers, pilgrims and merchants alike, from all over Europe to St Peter's tomb in Rome. Today, the bustling San Gimignano flourishes with artisanal boutiques of the local trades and crafts, as well as stores that sell the town's ‘red gold’, the saffron spice that has been cultivated for centuries. You can also indulge in a glass of Vernaccia white wine, Italy's first white wine rewarded with the DOCG status of being of Controlled and Guaranteed Origins.



Highlights:
  • Guided city tour with skip the line Duomo tickets
  • Enjoy the company of an expert English speaking driver guide
  • Visit San Gimignano and the fortress of Monteriggioni
  • Enjoy leisure time for trying local products or browsing the stores

Tour details

  • Duration: 8.0 hours
  • Start time: 9:30am