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$162.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Small-Group San Gimignano and Volterra Day Trip from Siena

Leave Siena in the morning and head northwest by comfortable minivan toward San Gimignano. On your way, stop at the medieval Fortress of Monteriggioni, a captivating Tuscan hill town that is one of the few whose medieval city walls remain completely intact. Walk around the stone walls encircling this charming town and learn about the area’s interesting history from your guide.From Monteriggioni, continue to the beautiful hill town of San Gimignano -- undoubtedly the highlight of your trip. Walk down the Via Francigena strip that runs through the town as your guide explains the history of this ancient pilgrimage road said to link Rome to Canterbury in England. Learn how in bygone times, Christian pilgrims would travel between cities in Italy, Switzerland, France and England on this road.After tracing the pilgrim's steps down Via Francigena, you'll have time for independent sightseeing in San Gimignano. This gorgeous, UNESCO World Heritage-listed town is as famous for its medieval architecture as it is for its scenic views. See beautiful monuments in Piazza del Duomo, or search the local shops for quality saffron spice that the town produces, known locally as ‘red gold.’ Perhaps check out Palazzo Communale and climb up Torre Grossa (own expense). The climb is steep but worthwhile -- simply for the panoramic views of Tuscany from the top!Break for lunch at a traditional, family-run farm just outside of San Gimignano, and indulge in a Tuscan feast! Your friendly Italian hosts will treat you to scrumptious platters of home-grown delicacies prepared with organic saffron, accompanied by chilled Vernaccia white wine.In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive farther south to Volterra. The fascinating Tuscan city is renowned for its alabaster -- the translucent stone used for centuries to create vases, lamps and other works of art. On the way, visit an authentic alabaster workshop and watch an artisan craftsman at work. In Volterra itself, you'll have approximately one hour to spend at leisure to explore the picturesque streets before returning to Siena.

$115.86 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine Tasting & Tuscany Countryside including San Gimignano & Volterra

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: San Gimignano 1300You will have free time to stroll around the medieval town Duration: 1 hourStop At: Volterra Walking TourFree time to stroll around, diuscover how Alabaster statues ar emadeDuration: 1 hour

$176.11 Day Trips & Excursions

Tuscan Wines, Etruscan Cities Small Group Tour from Florence

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tuscan TravellersYou will visit a charming area in Tuscany, near the coast.you will see the town of Bolgheri, Populonia and Volterra.lunch and wine tasting in a local winery.Duration: 6 hours

$230.56 Day Trips & Excursions

Volterra Tour with Wine-Tasting and Tuscan Lunch from Florence

After pickup in central Florence, visit Colle Val d’Elsa (famous for its crystals), with the opportunity to participate into a craftsmen workshop at your own expense.Proceed to Volterra, where some scenes of 'Twilight: New Moon' was filmed. Famous for the extraction and processing of alabaster, it is a notable historical Etruscan’s center enriched by Roman ruins (the theater) and medieval buildings like the cathedral, the Medici fortress, and Palazzo dei Priori on the main square. It will be an adventure to retrace the small alleys and backstreets, admiring the stunning view of the surrounding hills. Here is where you can also visit the Etruscan museum (optional).Eat lunch at a small local organic farm and visit the farm and their productive activity, witnessing how farm production in this part of Tuscany still follows ancient techniques. Taste local products accompanied by red or white wine, water, and other specialties of the farm. On the way back, make an additional stop at a local winery for an organic wine tasting.

$139.03 Cultural & Theme Tours

Volterra: on the trail of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Palazzo dei PrioriPriori's PalaceDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Porta all'ArcoThe Porta dell'Arco (or the Arco ) of Volterra , dating back to about the period between the fourth and third centuries BC , is part of the city ​​wall belt , originally built by the Etruscans and later modified in the Middle Ages when the city a Free municipality Duration: 1 hour

$579.29 Private & Custom Tours

Full Day Private San Gimignano and Volterra Self-Guided Tour from Livorno

Get picked up at your hotel in central Livorno to begin the trip to the area around Siena.Stop first in San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena. The town is famous for its medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the surrounding buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.The village offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products including saffron and its white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.Volterra, the next stop, has attracted international attention more recently for its connection to the 'Twilight' series of books and movies. Part of the second movie, 'New Moon,' was filmed here.Volterra's 800-year-old city hall claims to be the oldest in Tuscany. Civic palaces like these were emblems of an era when city-states were powerful. Alabaster has long been a big industry in Volterra. Softer and easier to work than marble, this translucent mineral was traditionally sliced thin to provide windows for Italy's medieval churches. At the Alab'Arte shop, across from Volterra's Etruscan Museum, you can watch artisans at work.Because of its alabaster heritage, Volterra attracted other types of artists, who brought with them a rich variety of crafts. On Via Porta all'Arco, or 'Artisan Lane,' you'll find book binderies and paperies, jewelry stores, and leather and bronze shops, among others.Volterra and San Gimignano offer to visitors a mix of beauty, traditions, and authentic Italian life.Please note: A tour guide is not included, a suggestion may be to bring a guidebook. Remember to check the website for opening times of the location and the price of entrance ticket. Entrance fees are not included.