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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)

On a full-day trip from Florence, you’ll explore two gems of Tuscany: Siena and San Gimignano. Via air-conditioned coach, motor through the breathtaking countryside of Chianti en route to charming Siena to walk the old town and go inside the Basilica di San Domenico. A contrade museum will introduce you to Siena’s various historic “contrades,” or neighborhoods. Then it’s on to the San Gimignano 1300 Museum to watch artisans make miniature models of the medieval city. Round out your day by sampling delicious local wine and traditional sweets.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Siena and San Gimignano from Florence, led by a tour escort
  • Travel through the picturesque Chianti countryside in Tuscany
  • Inside visit of the Basilica of San Domenico in Siena
  • Explore Siena old town with your guide
  • Visit one of Siena's contrade museums and learn all about the city's famous contrades
  • Walk through San Gimignano 1300 Museum, see a craft demonstration and sample wine and sweets

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What You Can Expect

Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence

Admire the beautiful Siena Duomo

Enjoy marvelous views of picturesque Tuscany as you depart Florence via air-conditioned coach to head south to Siena. Take in the views from the large coach windows as you meander through the Chianti countryside’s green, hilly landscapes filled with vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees.

After 90 minutes, reach the walled medieval city of Siena to tour the Basilica of San Domenico. Your guide will point out the architectural and design highlights, including remarkable Renaissance artwork. The walking tour of old town includes a photo stop at the magnificent cathedral.

Then it’s time to learn about Siena’s contrades, or the city’s districts, at a contrade museum. Each of Siena’s contrades has its own legends, traditions and anthems, and your guide will explain the contrades’ history and significance during the famous Palio di Siena horse race. You’ll also have time to browse the historical artifacts and documents on display.

Lunch is on your own (at your expense) in Siena’s magnificent medieval square, Piazza del Campo. Then, it’s about an hour coach ride to San Gimignano. Your first stop here is the San Gimignano 1300 Museum, where you’ll watch artists build miniature models of what the city looked like seven centuries ago. Learn how the intricate models are made from clay, then fired and hand painted in detail.

After your museum tour, relax with a glass of white wine made from the local vernaccia grape, and sample a variety of medieval sweets, including ricciarelli (almond-flavored biscuits) and panforte (moist fruit-and-nut cake).

Continue to explore the museum on your own, or stroll through the local neighborhood, before returning to your coach for the drive back to Florence. This full-day tour ends at the same point you started.

Please note: If the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not open, that stop will be replaced with an interior visit of the cathedral or another local site of historic and cultural interest.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Lots of info, chance for good food and good shopping.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This day trip was totally amazing. For me a dream come true, never thought I would see such beautiful scenery and buildings. The guide was informative, and provided a wonderful historical account of the area. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Loved this tour. Well paced with a great tour guide who was with us all day. The tour guide in Sienna was wonderful too - so entertaining and informative. Highly recommend this tour if you are short on time and want to see 2 fabulous towns in 1 day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Loved this trip through Tuscany! I felt like we were spending the day in a postcard with the vineyards and olive tree groves. Enjoyed learning about the history and the annual horse race in Siena. Sienas crescent shaped plaza was beautiful and the only one in Europe! San Gimignano was wonderful! We enjoyed walking thought the hilly city with beautiful visa of the countryside. Also a great local shopping mecca!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was one of our favorite experiences while in Tuscany! If you ask anyone, they will recommend these two towns for a great experience. The tour guide we had was wonderful and knowledgeable, and we saw lots of incredible parts of the two towns. Don't forget to bring something to cover your shoulders in the various cathedrals, and make sure to be back to your check points on time, so that you have ample amount of time at each place. I wish we had more time to shop around in Siena, but our guided walking tour took a little longer than expected. San Gimignano has great areas for shopping, so make sure to hold off on your unique souvenirs until you get there! We would highly recommend this tour to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Just wonderful! Tour guides were so informative and friendly. The history and traditions of both these towns is amazing. The tour included a wine tasting, which was wonderful and we were also given traditional snacks to go along with the wine. What a fantastic experience. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Except for having to wait for a few stragglers it was super. Could have spent more time in San gimignano I also.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very enjoyable day with just the right amount of free time. Very good guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good and informative tour. Tour guides very knowledgeable. Good value for money.

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