- Half-day San Gimignano and Castellina in Chianti tour from Siena
- Hear tales of San Gimignano’s medieval history from an expert guide
- Explore the hilltop town at your own pace, seeing sights like Via Francigena and the Collegiata
- Visit the charming village of Castellina in Chianti and take a tour of a Tuscan winery
- Learn about wine production in Chianti and discover the difference between Super Tuscan and Gallo Nero wines
- Sample red and white Tuscan wine during a tasting session, and enjoy a plate of antipasto
What You Can Expect
Learn all about the town from your guide as you travel, and then enjoy roughly 1.5 hours of free time in San Gimignano to explore at your own pace. Admire the stunning architecture around Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo, and have your camera ready for photos by the Collegiata – San Gimignano’s Romanesque cathedral. Perhaps take a stroll along the Via Francigena strip – an ancient pilgrimage road – or visit the shops to browse the locally made handicrafts and beautiful Santa Fina pottery.
Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time and travel deep into the heart of Tuscany, to the famous Chianti region. Gaze out at the emerald green hills, laden with grape vines and olive groves, and stop in the postcard-perfect village of Castellina in Chianti. Visit a renowned winery here for a tour, exploring the cellars, vineyards and bottling rooms of an impressive Tuscan wine estate.
Hear about wine production in the Chianti area – the grapes used, the terrain and the climate – and learn about the different classifications of Tuscan wines, such as Super Tuscans and the prestigious Gallo Nero label. After your tour of the estate, sit down to sample a selection of the best!
Sip on different reds and whites, noting the characteristics that set them apart from other Italian wines. While sampling and discussing the wines, tuck into a selection of typical Tuscan snacks. The dishes vary according to what’s available on the day of your tour, but you can expect delights like garlicky bruschetta, mild cheeses and Tuscan salami or ham; you won’t be disappointed!
After relaxing at the winery, return to your coach for the journey back to Siena. Finish your tour in the early evening back at the start point.
Please note: occasionally this tour may run in reverse order, meaning your visit to Chianti will take place before San Gimignano.
A great day with our guide. This was my second visit to San Gimignano, but the first with a local guide to show us inside the city walls...was great. Amazing stories, lots of history. And the trip to the Chianti winery...just great. Lots of tasting options...be sure to bring a few euro with you to buy some wine at the store front. You won't be disappointed.
This tour exceeded our expectations--and THEN some! Our tour guide Gi-Gi was splendidly fun and full of knowledge. I feel like a Chianti expert now. The wine tasting was great and the winery was beautiful. He took us to an ancient Etruscan burial structure as well which was a really cool bonus. Gi Gi took us to many different scenic spots for photos along the way and explained all kinds of things about the area, history, legends, how the wine is classified, grown, etc. In San Gimignano, he told us about the history of the town and its strategic importance during the Renaissance, the local important foods and customs, etc. He recommended the gelateria that is supposed to be the best in all of Italy and it was GREAT. At the end of the tour Gi Gi even dropped us off at our hotels!
We were going to take a wine class inside the city of Siena and I am SO GLAD we did this instead.
I highly recommend this tour. I cannot imagine how they can do it for the price charged, but it was one of our best days in Italy.