Siena and San Gimignano Tours
By Viator, May 2015
The city’s stunning medieval cathedral with its distinctive black and white stripes is another reminder of Siena’s proud centuries of independence. And while you’ll find even the humblest church boasts its own art treasures, the greatest concentration of Siena’s distinctive late medieval-early Renaissance style, swimming in ravishing gold leaf, is found in the Pinacoteca.
But Siena is just one of the glories of this area. Dotted across the landscape are the high walls of hill towns which once repelled marauders, but now welcome travelers. Little Monteriggioni, for instance, with its quiet, winding streets and perfectly preserved fortifications. Or San Gimignano, to the north-west of Siena. This town enjoys a world-wide reputation disproportionate to its size, its fame resting on its extraordinary grouping of medieval towers (14 in all) which dominate the surrounding countryside. This UNESCO World Heritage site is also noted for its association with the great Italian writer Dante Alighieri, and for its churches abounding with fine Renaissance artworks.
If you’re staying in Florence, you can see Siena and San Gimignano and surrounding areas on a day trip. But remember it’s not just the visual delights which are worth savoring; some of the finest, freshest Tuscan cuisine is served up here, and being Chianti country, you’ll want to sample fine wines in the numerous historic, picturesque vineyards. Honey and olive oil are among the other local specialties.
Tours & Tickets
Spend an afternoon in Tuscany, visiting the small towns of San Gimignano and Castellina in Chianti, on a half-day tour from Siena. Hear the history of the ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Embrace the medieval charms of Tuscany's towns on a full-day trip to San Gimignano and Volterra from Siena. With an attentive local guide, walk round the ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
On this afternoon and evening tour from Siena to Chianti and San Gimignano, explore the beautiful Chianti region – an area rich with dense oak forests and ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
There’s more to Tuscany than Florence. Leave the city behind and discover three other enchanting Tuscan destinations on this day trip to Siena, San Gimignano ... Read more
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
Head to the Tuscan hills on a day trip from Florence to visit Siena, San Gimignano and, finally, a Chianti winery for dinner! Journey through stretches of ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
See the sunset in Siena, tour a Chianti winery at a farmhouse, and finish the night with a 4-course dinner featuring divine Tuscan specialties and wine from an ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)