A customized day trip of Chianti countryside and San Gimignano for the discerning traveler seeking an authentic Italian experience on a small group tour with only the very best of English speaking driver-guides. Travel from the center of Florence to discover delightful Chianti villages, enjoy some of the best wines this area has to offer as well as visit the enchanting hilltop towered town of San Gimignano. Visit Italy close up in a Mercedes minivan of up to 7 - 8 people that takes you into the very heart of the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Meet your private driver at 9am for the relaxing hour's drive through a Tuscan landscape of vines, olive groves and hills topped with castles and abbeys, arriving into Chianti to visit and enjoy a wine-tasting at a small but renowned family-owned estate (additional charge of around 10 Euro per person for a wine-tasting). Stroll around the enchanting market town of Greve-in-Chianti and delve into the enticing Antica Macelleria Falorni, specialists in wild boar as well as pecorino cheeses. Cross the rolling hills to Montefioralle a very tiny hamlet where Amerigo Vespucci was born, arriving into the Antinori vineyards at Badia di Passignano. As we make our way towards the hilltop town of San Gimignano, stop to enjoy a wonderful Tuscan lunch at a lively osteria or farm (additional charge). The beautiful historic center of San Gimignano is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town bears exceptional testimony to the civilization of the Italian Middle Ages in the 11-13th centuries as it groups together within a small area all the buildings typical of urban life with squares, streets, houses and palaces, wells and fountains. San Gimignano was importantly placed on a trade route as well as a relay point on the Via Francigena for pilgrims journeying to and from Rome. The town itself was controlled by two major rival families and was the scene of incessant conflicts between the two. As symbols of their wealth and power, there were once an incredible 72 towers rising above the rooftops, some as high as 50m. There are fewer towers nowadays, but the fourteen remaining are still impressive in the misty distance, forming an unforgettable skyline in the heart of an Etruscan landscape. The town is renowned for its Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine and certainly not to miss is a visit to Gelateria di Piazza, where Sergio Dondoli creates award-winning ice-cream with flavors including Vernaccia wine sorbet!After a day discovering the very heart of Tuscany, sit back, relax and enjoy the comfortable hour's journey back to Florence with arrival at around 6pm.With your own private driver, entirely at your disposal throughout the day, this tour is flexible and if there is anything in particular that you wish to see or do, please let us know and we will do our best to incorporate this into your day.