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Sep022011

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Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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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!

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