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$166.51 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.

$118.94 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine Tasting & Tuscany Countryside including San Gimignano & Volterra

Our Tuscany Wine tasting tour Including Volterra and San Gimignano shore excursion from Livorno port has been designed for our guests who have already visited the famous cities of Florence and Pisa, and are interested in exploring other beautiful areas of Tuscany rich in charm, history and culture. The tour will begin with a relaxing drive through mesmerizing countryside of Tuscany to your first destination, Volterra, one of the most beautiful and charming ones in the whole region. Volterra is also one of Tuscany’s most evocative Medieval towns, rich in history, architecture, and famous for the beautifully crafted alabaster objects produced by local artisans that you will discover on your visit. You will have time to stroll around for 1,5 hours . Some of the highlights includes Piazza dei Priori and the clocktower (made famous by the blockbuster Twilight series), The Roman theatre, The 2,500 year old Etruscan wall, a section of which still stands, and the Pinacoteca Comunale. After exploring Volterra, we will start to drive towards San Gimignano and visit a local farmhouse where you will have the opportunity to do a wine tasting and have a light lunch (included in the rate). Later on, you will visit the town, often referred to as “the Manhattan of Tuscany” or “the Manhattan of the Middle Ages”. San Gimignano is best known for its watchtowers, which were a display of power and prosperity in Medieval times. Although only 14 of San Gimignano’s original 76 towers remain, it’s still more than enough to charm us and make for wonderful photos. If time allows we might stop for a delicious home made Gelato on the way back to the port.Please note this is not a private tour but a small group tour and due to local conditions the itinerary may be reversed always seeing mentioned sites.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to Livorno port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded.

$180.78 Day Trips & Excursions

Tuscan Wines, Etruscan Cities Small Group Tour from Florence

Meet with the driver/tour escort in Santa Maria Novella Square at approx. 8am. After a short introduction of the day, you will start heading towards the so called "coast of the Etruscans". We will first visit the lovely village of Suvereto and then drive to the gulf Baratti, one of the nicest places along the Tuscan coast, where you will appreciate the beauty of the Mediterranean sea. Here there was one of the most important cities of the Etruscans, Populonia Before lunch we will go to Bolgheri, a charming town famous for its wines, first of all the Sassicaia, considered to be one of the best Super Tuscan wines of Tuscany. In this wine area, they successfully combine tradition with modern technology and new grapes. At lunch time (approx. 12:30pm) we will take you to a local winery for a great wine and food experience, where you can have the possibility to taste Super Tuscan wines and have a light lunch at the estate. Next we'll move on to Volterra, one of the oldest Italian towns, built by the Etruscan people in the VII century BC, nowadays a charming medieval hill town also known for the production of alabaster (and the setting of the "Twilight" movie). Here you will have free time to stroll around the medieval narrow streets on your own, where you can breathe centuries of history, visit the traditional shops with the alabaster hand-made crafts, or visit the archeological museum and the Roman theatre. At about 5:00pm we will start driving back to Florence, arriving at approx. 6pm.

$236.68 Day Trips & Excursions

Volterra Day Trip from Florence with Wine Tasting and Tuscan Lunch

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.

$279.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Volterra: on the trail of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen

The guided tour of Volterra will take you to the discovery not only of its artistic and historical beauties, but it will also let you know its most mysterious aspects, it will allow you to see the city of Volturni You can breathe all the magic of the past. Stone walls and alleys, majestic buildings and pristine nature: each element recalls a glorious time, made of history and breathtaking views. Only a city so suggestive could be the ideal setting of the Twilight saga: a story that speaks of an impossible and tormenting love. The tour of Volterra begins with the entrance into the city center through the Porta all'Arco: from here we are immediately projected into an atmosphere full of mystery that will accompany us to the narrow Vicolo Mazzoni. In the small and steep alley, where the sunlight is rarely filtered, there is also the manhole where Edward and Bella stop for a passionate kiss: a fundamental stop for fans of the novel and for those who want to relive its romantic atmosphere .  From Vicolo Mazzoni it is possible to reach Piazza dei Priori, for centuries the city's political heart, where the austere Palazzo dei Priori stands out. Inside, among the frescoed walls with bright colors, other events of the novel take place, and from its windows it is possible to dominate the whole city and the roofs over which the Mayer vampires fly at night. Under the Campanaria tower you will wait for 12 for the noon tolls. This tour of Volterra gives you the unique opportunity to learn about the history and origins of the city, not to mention the literary traces left in the last few years by the Twilight saga: a fun and original way to travel to discover new places. The tour will continue to Montepulciano for a tasting of the famous red wine of Montepulciano, from here we will return to Rome.

$594.68 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.