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First of all, any person that is looking to take this tour should expect to walk at least 5 miles of a lot of hills and on some old uneven roads. We were on a tour where guide was trying to present information in 3 different languages so I think the information on the bus rides was minimized and only few descriptions given on the route of sites along the way. Arriving in Sienna, expect at least a mile hike to St. Catherine's Church to meet tour guide. With the Palio bi-annual horse race the next day, the tour guide was very informative on the history of the city, the 17 contrade's areas of the city and history with Rome and Florence. The walk is very hilly on rough 1000 AD streets but sights and scenery are beautiful for pictures. Upon reaching the main square that was being prepared for the race the next day, we were given about 1 hour to tour the city. This would be great but we never got map to city and with the small roadways and high buildings, it would be very easy to get lost. The trek back to bus was another long hike before boarding to San Gimignano. Some good information on bus before arriving but again, a uphill climb to the miniature model of city and wine/cheese tasting. This was extremely disappointing as we had 59 people in group and were crammed into room no a/c with an impressive model of the city. After a short explanation, we were told the samples were on a small table in corner with very small plastic cups of wine and some small snacks. Bad thing was that only 4 people could be in front of the table at a time so many of us just left for the 45 minutes we had to view the sites of the city. I am giving this 5 stars due to the beautiful cities and sites we saw but do expect a lot of walking up hills and don't plan on the big wine/cheese sample.
Really good. Both guides -- Matteo and the lady who showed us round San Gimignano were excellent and the day was really well organized and enjoyable.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Except for having to wait for a few stragglers it was super. Could have spent more time in San gimignano I also.
Very enjoyable day with just the right amount of free time. Very good guide.
Very good and informative tour. Tour guides very knowledgeable. Good value for money.
Every part of the tour was well done and as advertised. I would definitely recommend it!
A must do tour for everyone. Seeing is believing. This was a great all day trip and gives you a different flavor of the Tuscan cities.
Great way to see the tuscany region. Both towns were charming and full of special treasures.
A delightful, stress-free way to see a slice of Tuscany. Siena is a must for anyone visiting Italy and San Gimignano is a true wonder of the world. I am recommending this tour to my friends.
Thoroughly recommend. Guides very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Very good value.
Our English speaking guide, Monica, in Sienna was fantastic. San Gimignano was a step back in time 700 years and worthwhile visiting.
This was a great day out. Our tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to understand. Siena is beautiful and so was the guide and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting the various important sites around the city. Then on to San Gimignano. This was really different. A small town with MANY towers. The main tower Torre Grosse could be climbed 218 steps to give a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. The whole day was extremely recommendable.