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

Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence

Visit two highlights of Tuscany, the charming cities of Siena, San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti, on an action-packed day trip from Florence. After traveling through the gorgeous Chianti countryside, visit the old town of Siena and the inside of the Basilica di San Domenico. Learn about Siena’s famous 'contrades' neighborhoods on a visit to one of the city's contrada museums, and then head to San Gimignano. Visit San Gimignano 1300 Museum to see miniature models of the ancient city made, and sample local wine and sweets! Round out your day by visiting ancient cellars and sampling delicious local wine and snacks with a stop in a typical winery and then in the Chianti area, in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti.


  • 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
  • Visit of a Picturesque medieval Chianti village, famous for its colors and charm

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What You Can Expect

Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence

Admire the beautiful Siena Duomo

Leave Florence by air-conditioned coach and travel south to Siena, passing through the postcard-perfect Tuscan countryside. Travel through the area known as Chianti, admiring the idyllic landscape of verdant green hills punctuated by cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves. After 1.5 hours, stop in the medieval walled city of Siena – Tuscany’s elegantly beautiful second city.

Your first visit is the Basilica of San Domenico, a treasure chest of Renaissance dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena. Head inside the Basilica with your guide and admire its highlights. After marveling at the artwork, continue with your guide on a walking tour of the old town until you reach the Cathedral (exterior visit) and then stroll to one of the city's contrada museums.

The museum is dedicated to information about Siena’s famous contrades, and as you browse the exhibits, your guide will talk to you about their origins. Loosely translated as districts, the contrades have individual legacies of traditions and each one boasts their own flag and anthems. Learn of the contrades’ role during Siena’s legendary Palio horse race, and browse the historical documents on display.

After a break in Piazza del Campo for lunch (own expense), you will reach San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art: here we will be led until the heart of the historical center, where to have free time at disposal for its fascinating discovery.

In the evening, crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills, you will arrive to a small and typical Winery where, after a short walk in the ancient vineyards, we will visit the suggestive barrique room and taste 4 fantastic wines, sampling also locally produced zero food miles. Finally, we will stop in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti, to admire its famous main square flanked by arcades and browse through the local artisan shops, to end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany.

Please note: When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, it will be replaced with the interior visit of the Cathedral or another site of particular historic and cultural interest.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Beautiful trip. This was a great way to see some f the countryside outside of Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

tour guide excellent!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was my favorite bus tour during my trip to Italy. It is definitely a must see especially if you love nature. Siena had such wonderful history and San Gimignano was a world of it's own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was lovely. The bus ride was very comfortable and the guide was very helpful and friendly. It was perfect I will recommend your company to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful trip through Tuscany. Both towns were charming and our tour guide and driver were great. The towns are truly Medieval and require a good bit of up and down climbing as they are built on hillsides, but the views are magnificent and the treasures of the towns are worth the hike.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour guide in Sienna was brilliant, Guide on the coach was also amazing - lots of interesting information and beautiful views. very informative. Views from San Gimignano and inside Sienna's cathedral are not to be missed

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

very good and interesting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A perfect day! The guides were great, and both towns and their scenery were beautiful! A great way to spend an away day while being based in Florence!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the day trip to these two interesting cities Siena and San Gimignano. The organisation and timing was very efficient. Our tour guides, both on the bus and walking through San Gimignano were extremely informative as well as being pleasant and caring. For us, this tour was very good value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour with plenty of free time on top of the guided segments.

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