Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.
- Full-day guided trip to San Gimignano and Volterra from Siena
- Visit the medieval Fortress of Monteriggioni
- Walk down the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage road in San Gimignano
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of San Gimignano at leisure
- Visit an authentic workshop to see Volterra alabaster being made
- Small-group tour (maximum of eight people) provides an intimate and personalized experience
What You Can Expect
From Monteriggioni, continue to the beautiful hill town of San Gimignano -- undoubtedly the highlight of your trip. Walk down the Via Francigena strip that runs through the town as your guide explains the history of this ancient pilgrimage road said to link Rome to Canterbury in England. Learn how in bygone times, Christian pilgrims would travel between cities in Italy, Switzerland, France and England on this road.
After tracing the pilgrim's steps down Via Francigena, you'll have time for independent sightseeing in San Gimignano. This gorgeous, UNESCO World Heritage-listed town is as famous for its medieval architecture as it is for its scenic views. See beautiful monuments in Piazza del Duomo, or search the local shops for quality saffron spice that the town produces, known locally as ‘red gold.’ Perhaps check out Palazzo Communale and climb up Torre Grossa (own expense). The climb is steep but worthwhile -- simply for the panoramic views of Tuscany from the top!
Break for lunch at a traditional, family-run farm just outside of San Gimignano, and indulge in a Tuscan feast! Your friendly Italian hosts will treat you to scrumptious platters of home-grown delicacies prepared with organic saffron, accompanied by chilled Vernaccia white wine.
In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive farther south to Volterra. The fascinating Tuscan city is renowned for its alabaster -- the translucent stone used for centuries to create vases, lamps and other works of art. On the way, visit an authentic alabaster workshop and watch an artisan craftsman at work. In Volterra itself, you'll have approximately one hour to spend at leisure to explore the picturesque streets before returning to Siena.
Our guide, Marella, was outstanding! Her knowledge was incredible and her enthusiasm for what she was sharing with us was infectious. The lunch included was a highlight, the host couple were amazing and the food beautiful. The alabaster workshop was also a highlight and the artisan very talented, it is a shame that the skill is not being handed down. The 3 towns visited, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Volterra were each interesting in there own right. What a great day!
This was a wonderful tour. Our group of 4 were educated and entertained by a charming guide. The locations were incredible and the meal at the farm house was one of the highlights of our entire trip to Italy. Would highly recommend this tour and will definitely use Viator again for sightseeing!