Chianti wine tour and landscapes. Enjoy an unforgettable day trip in the Chianti Region.Your tour features stops in Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Siena followed by a visit to a winery with wine tour, wine and olive oil tasting, also pecorino, salami, and prosciutto tastings. You will venture for a Full Day semi-private Excursion into the Tuscan Countryside. Meander down the Chianti highway with your local English speaking driver, enjoying the vineyard laced hills and the endless olive tree. Your driver, a Tuscan local, can help you pick out the best spot for a truly typical meal. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the region outside the city, and to really see how special Tuscany is. Shared small group tour.
Chianti wine tour and landscapes. Experience an unforgettable day trip in the Chianti region with amazing scenery, fun facts about the Italian cooking habits, stops in the cities of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Siena, and a visit to a winery to learn something about Classico and drink lots of good wine. A small group tour lets you save money by sharing a mini van.
Your day trip takes you through the picturesque countryside of the Chianti region, a magical landscape of cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves you should recognize from Renaissance paintings. You will be picked up at your hotel and driven through the countryside of Florence.
You will first go to San Gimignano, where you will have about 30 minutes of free time. It is famous for its many towers or the many Vernaccia wine bottles if you prefer. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims traveling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
You will then reach the famous Palio city, Siena, around 12pm. Free time. Located in the heart of Tuscany, this is Italy´s best preserved medieval city and once was a wealthy, war-like independent state during the Middle Ages. Siena stores offer many locally made items, such as leather products, neckties, fabrics, glazed terracotta, gold jewellery, and of course local food, such as, Panforte, Ricciarelli, Pici and many wines. Every Wednesday morning a huge market is held around the Fortezza Mediceana. Here you will have time to look around and have lunch if you are hungry. Depart again in 2 hours at about 2:30pm.
After about 20 minutes drive, make your third stop in the beautiful castle of Monteriggioni where you will have a half hour free time to walk around. Sitting on a small natural hillock, this completely walled medieval town in the Siena Province of Tuscany was built in the 13th century by the overlords of Siena to command the Cassia Road running through the Val d’Elsa and Val Staggia just to the west of Monteriggioni.
Finally a taste of Chianti. You can spend a pleasant hour or so relaxing and enjoying fine wines along with salami, prosciutto, cheese, and olive oil. At the end of your day, you will be brought back to the departure point.