This trip was fantastic! There were multiple tours being set up at the same time, but our group was organized and shown into our transport van quickly and efficiently. We were taken to the starting point of the tour and checked out on the scooters and made a few quick circuits to make sure everyone was comfortable on the road.
We rode through the Tuscan countryside, stopping to take pictures and learn about the Chianti region, then went to a beautiful winery to learn more about Chianti production and to taste some excellent wines. We then went to a very nice local restaurant for a traditional Tuscan lunch.
The guides were knowledgeable and considerate throughout. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get out of the city for a few hours and really enjoy Tuscany.
As a side note, while the Italians have a (not undeserved) reputation for aggressive driving in town, they are more accustomed to sharing the road with scooters than American drivers are, and I felt completely safe at all times.
I LOVED this tour!!
The guide Sandra was brilliant. She was interactive/ friendly, funny and gave great little tips on Italian hospitality. (Apparently, if you wish to use a cafe's toilet facilities, buy an espresspo (1 Euro) and drink it at the counter as hey can charge up to triple if you choose to sit down at a table!!)
The tour guide in Sienna was really nice and imformtaive and the Duamo (Church) we visited was out of this world. After that we headed to the Chianti region to this beautiful Organic farm and ate lots of yummy food and endless amounts of wine. For all you grape lovers, make sure you have lots of space in your suitcase as you'll want to buy a few bottles of their white/red...and for the amazing cost of only 5 Euros a bottle!!
San Gimignano was really pretty and you must try the gelato! There is the World best gelato sold there. Pisa was stunning, and because of the way the tour is run, if you go in the winter season like we did, its dusk by the time you get there so its all lit up and looks absolutely stunning.
All in all it was a really well run tour. The group was really friendly, the weather was perfect, the views were stunning and the price was 100% value for money.
Will be planning my extended trip back to Tuscany soon!!!
Doing what: Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Florence. It was terrible weather pouring with rain all day, when we went which spoiled it to begin with. The coached picked us up opposite the train station met by a lovely tour guide who gave us commentary in three languages during our drive out of Florence and up the hills into the Chianti Region. We went to a castle up in the Tuscany hills where we had another tour by one of the proprietors of the vine yard. He gave us an amazing explanation of the wine making process and the extra virgin olive oil. We saw the wine cellars and then we all sat in a stunning old hall in the castle and had a mini wine tasting lesson followed by three glasses of wine, white and two red Chianti. Plus a plate of bead with traditional local toppings including the Extra Virgin oil. It was simple and lovely. When we finished and ventured outside the rain had stopped but it had left a fabulous mist over the hills which made the landscape look like a
film. I will never forget the experience, the views, and the wine! We brought several bottles in the shop afterwards, which please make sure you are not taking back in hand luggage- because I made the foolish mistake of forgetting the rule of liquid in hand luggage and had to pay extra at the airport to check in the bag, but it was worth it the wine and E.V. oil was wonderful. Thoroughly recommend this tour to a wonderful independent wine makers in stunning scenery and such lovely people too, it did not feel commercial I really felt welcome.
We spent the day with Barbara, our informative tour guide, and Yuri, our friendly bus driver, touring Tuscany. It was a packed day, seeing all of Tuscany that we could see in 12 hours. It moved a little faster than my husband and I would have typically toured places, however we both realized that we would have never had the time to see all these places if we hadn't done a bus tour (since we were limited on time in the Florence area and did not want to rent a car). The first stop was Siena, which ended up being one of our favorite towns that we saw in Italy, we just wished we had a little more time there, guess we'll just have to go back someday :). The next stop was for lunch at a winery in the Chianti Region. This gave us the opportunity to meet some of the other travelers while we ate lunch together and tasted 4 different wines. After lunch we went on a brief tour of the winery, then loaded back onto the bus to head to San Gimignano. We had some free time in San Gimignano to explore. The tour guide told us about a place in San Gimignano where we could get "the best gelato," however the line was so insanely long that we would have used up all of our free time waiting for gelato. Don't waste your time in a gelato line (you can get amazing gelato anywhere you go in Italy), enjoy exploring San Gimignano, it's a great town! The last stop on our day trip was Pisa. I definitely recommend climbing the leaning tower, it's a crazy sensation when you are climbing it, and there is a great view at the top! If you climb the tower, that is pretty much all you will have time for on the Pisa stop, but it's worth it. All in all, I'd say it was quite a memorable day :) Thanks Barbara and Yuri!!!
Doing what: Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour
My partner and I have heard that the Chianti region is a must-see when we were in Florence. We booked the trip and we were both very glad that we did. It was a 5 hour-ish tour of which 2 hours were for commuting from Florence-Chianti and vice versa (1 hour each way). We loved our tour guide! Her name is Deborah Vannucci. She was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. The tour was well-worth the money. However, IF you absolutely love wine, wine tasting and have a strong desire to explore the region as well as spend more time there, I would recommend doing it on your own. I won't forget to mention the the tour guide (Deborah) also gave me great recommendations for great restaurants/food/wine for Cinque Terre!
We really enjoyed this tour of the chianti wine region of Tuscany. In fact, we all thought it was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Our tour guides were very knowledgable young men and both were delightful and fun. We really did learn a lot about the process of wine making. The tour included the tasting of 6 different wines and a delicious lunch. Not to mention the beautiful scenery. I would definitely recommend it!!
The bus ride alone was worth the cost! The Chianti region was breathtaking. Not only did we get to drink fantastic wine but we got to learn about the wine as well. The tour was so much fun and a highlight of our trip to Italy.
This wine tour was fantastic! My husband and I love Chianti so we figured a half day trip to the region was a must while we were in Florence. The bus ride wasn't that long and you get to see the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The tour of the castle and wine cellars was very interesting and we took some great pictures. We tasted great wines the whole day. After the castle we went into a small town where there was a festival and we got to wander around and check out local vendors. My husband and I drank more wine at the local winery and bought some amazing bread at a bakery. All in all this tour was great and i would definitely recommend it for those looking for something different and interesting to do in Florence! Ciao!
Our guide Becky was charming, warm, very informative. The tour itself is out of this world, I can't believe we saw so much of Tuscany in 12 hours and without feeling rushed! Our Siena tour guide Donatella was great...so funny and nice. Siena is beautifyl as is San G....Chianti Region was great too, nice guide/great wine/good food. Climbing the Pisa tower was a nice way to end this unforgetable trip...I highly recommend it to all!
Doing what: Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour
Fantastic day trip from Florence! Glass after glass of beautiful wine (Chianti Classico, Super Tuscan), great food and simply gorgeous scenery. Our guide Matteo was really knowledgeable and friendly -- telling us everything we wanted to know about the region and the wine-making process. We felt like proper wine buffs by the end of the tour!
This tour was so much fun...and our guide, Duccio Lorenzo was very accommodating. We enjoyed the first stop in Siena, then had lunch on the way back to Florence at a little restaurant in a and quot;Castle-Fort and quot;..very enjoyable. The little village was charming and there we had a wine tasting as well. Last stop was at San Gimignano which is beautiful. All in all this tour was exactly what we wanted for the day. Ask for Duccio Lorenzo!
This trip to the Chianti region was honestly the highlight of my trip! The tour guide was the best that I have ever had and the wine is delicious, along with that snacks. I would recommend this excursion to anyone visiting the Florence area.
This was the best day of our trip! The Chianti region is sooo beautiful! We enjoyed the tour of the winery and the tasting. There were some snacks to go with the wine. We had a little time to walk through two villages and then went to dinner in a third town. The restaurant was in an old stone building. We felt as though we had entered a time machine and came out 500 years earlier. The dinner was very good, but it was the atmosphere that was 5 stars.
A Lifetime experience!!! First of all, the places - Siena, san Gimignano, Chianti and Pisa are amazing and must in the list of one travelling Tuscany and to experience the real tuscan beauty. But unfortunately they are not doable in one day by its own either by car or using public transport from Florence. We were not so much in the guided tours so we first thought to explore them by our own and we fought a lot to fit them in 2 days itinerary - Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa along with Chianti wine tasting. But it was not possible due to crap public transport in the region. We glad we came to know about this tour. All of these four experiences together only in one day and that is with very comfortable and well managed plan. Even I think driving on sloppy tuscan lanscape is also not the solution to fit all these places in one or two days. So This is a gracious and only option to experience these places together as day trip from florence. Our tour guide Becky was awesome. The place we were knows how to maintain 200% customer satisfaction index and their whole team really worked hard to make their clients' holiday special. So do not worry regarding any guide you get they all are awesome that's what you can read here in all reviews. our wonderful tour companion Becky was paying attention to each one of us in the bus and giving tons of insights information in very light and amazing way. She really made our day!! The tour started from Florence at sharp 830. The preferable sitting position is Right side in bus that I found for wonderful landscape photograph opportunities (this is my personal observation and opinion not necessary true, because I was sitting at left side. She explained us lot about Florence while leaving the city and about 500 years long interesting competition between Siena and Florence. She very well created interest in Siena before we reached to this wonderful city. Siena is no doubt the most beautiful Tuscan city and among the most beautiful cities in Italy. The whole city is in stark difference from Florence and it's an life time experience to walk in their contrades and silent streets. We had local tour guide Elena. She was excellent in explaining about Siena. She is Sienese and was proud about her city. She walked us through 7 contrade of Siena to the cathedral and explained wonderful history of it. The Cathedral of Siena is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and we found it's really true. The whole Siena is perfect photographic opportunity for enthusiastic photographer... Elena did great job and and also We got our own free time 1 hour 20 minutes to walk into Sienese streets and admire cathedral and Campo Square. we were about 3 hours in Siena. Then we started for San Gimignano, Becky showed us nice video of Palio race. We were completely fascinated by Siena. And then the most wonderful part of trip has come. We were in the organic farm where a local guide draw us to wine farm and had winery visit they also explained how they are performing organic agriculture. The farm is at strategic location on hill and offering wonderful views of surrounding country side. It was San Gimignano just front of us. It was best photographic location. Then we had really wonderful lunch. even being vegetarian we got lots of stuff and plenty of most amazing wine. Chianti Classico and San Gimignano wine drove us crazy. We also had opportunity to taste Vino Santo the desert wine only produced in Tuscany along with Almond biscotti. You should really do some shopping from that farm, we regretted that we didn't do any as after lunch we were completely drunk and busy with photographs. It was hot tuscan day. Our next stop was world haritage San Gimignano. It was completely movie set and we felt like walking in 14th century village. Truly amazing, we got 1 and half hour free time there, it was enough. Becky told us the best view point La Rocca castle and it was really providing best views on country side and village. Also she pointed out the world's best ice cream shop. and my goodness it was the best ice cream we ever had. we tasted their White wine, saffron, fig, mango and melon flavors all were awesome. This is must in San Gimignano. Our last stop is Pisa where we got enough free time to explore fields of miracles and we also got nice train ride of town of Pisa, which is really informative. We landed back to Florence around 2000. On the way back, Becky answered us our queries and questions regarding Florence and Tuscany. She really helped us to make itinerary of our last day in Florence. It was a memorable day. Three Unesco World Heritage sites in one day. Very nicely managed, we didn't come to know where day ended. The tour was very well planned and not at all tiresome. Thanks Becky!
Doing what: Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour
My family did the Vespa Small Group Day trip through the Chianti Wine region, and it was one of my favorite things we did in Italy. The tour guides Andrea and Jacob were AWESOME. They were personable, entertaining, and knowledgeable. You could tell that they sincerely enjoyed their jobs which made the entire group enjoy their trip. We toured the beautiful wine region which was breathtaking, and the stops at the winery, cafe, and gelato stop were informative and delicious! You truly get the feel of Italy on this trip. It was well worth the money, and I would recommend it to anyone. One recommendation: Be careful on the Vespas and make sure to take your time training! They can be a little tricky if you don't have any experience.
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