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

Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence

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.


  • 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 October 2015

Great day out the tour guides in Siena and San Gimignano were lovely and so informative I would deffinatelly recommend this tour..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A wonderfull trip. Our guide Matteo was very nice and gave us a lot of information. Sienna is very nice and we learned a lot about the horseraces and all the festivities aroud. It is very important for Sienna.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great way to see these two towns

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Nice tour. San Gimignano was really cool. Both cities are worth going to see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was knowledgeable and lots of fun. The town's of Siena and San Gimignano that we visited gave you a brief insight to the beauty and history of the area. Both had many places of historical interest, good local wines and cuisine and excellent shopping choices of local produce. I really enjoyed the day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A wonderful day trip. The guides were really approachable and informative. Siena is amazing, steeped in history and fascinating tradition. The only criticism is that we ran out of time even though we had 4 hours there. San Gimignano was equally as interesting and picturesque and surrounded by beautiful rolling Tuscan hills. Would definitely recommend this day trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was the best thing we did as Florence itself was crowded and humid. The tour of Siena was excellent despite the non pc talk about the crusades as if it was ok to display how many you had been on as a source of pride! San Gimignano was a delight and we had time to ourselves there to look around after a rather intensive two hour walking tour of Siena. We were also lucky with a beautiful day so great for photos.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tour was great!! Our guides were very informative and explained the history behind everything very well. The bus is comfortable and the visits between the two towns were well organized. I wish we had more time to visit freely in both towns but it was great otherwise. I highly recommend this tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour is a must do for anyone on a time budget but still wanting to see new places they otherwise would have missed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic cities and excellent tour guides and very well planned and timed

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