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.
Elena was a fantastic guide. Warm and friendly personality and great knowledge about the sites!
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!
As usual this Viator managed tour was excellent.Guide spoke excellent English.My opinion of Viator remains high after many experiences.
What a wonderful day. Every minute of our tour was special. There were only four of us and two guides. What a day. Everything outlined in the advertisement was actually what you got and more. I could not recommend it more as it was a perfect day in Tuscany. Bob. Gerringong, Australia
San Gimignano was lovely, Volterra alabaster tour was interesting and the lunch was superb. Our guide was also fantastic. So it was a great day all round.
This trip far exceeded my expectations. It was my favorite day of my time in Italy. Our tour guide was informative and engaging and we spent the right amount of time in each of the Tuscan Hill towns we visited. The lunch at the organic farm was wonderful. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone traveling to this area.
We had a wonderful day with our guide Sylvia .It turned out to just be our family of three on the tour through the Tuscan countryside, and I am very thankful Viator didn't cancel the tour because they couldn't fill the group...just for that alone I would book with them again!
The comfort of the van on a very hot August day was so welcome. The drive through Tuscany was beautiful and the photos stops to San Gimignano and Volterra great. The best was the lunch at a Tuscan farmhouse hosted by the owner Carmela and her husband....it was the very best meal yet in Italy and all made by hand with products from their farm including the olive oil and saffron. Our granddaughter still raves about the pecorino cheese and pear strudel Carmela made.
I cannot say enough nice things about this trip, only that it was the high lite of our trip through Italy.
Thanks Viator Italy, and Sylvia for this amazing day.
Another Viator/Tuscan Escapes winner! Samayo was not your ordinary tour guide. A man of few words but with thoughtful insights. It was a pleasure to "journey" with him on this day. The towns of San Gimignano and Volterra were an excellent juxtaposition, the first a touristic gem, the second an undiscovered refuge. The highlights were the visit to the Alabaster workshop - the dying exercise of craftsmanship is still very much alive at alab'Arte. We recomment you purchase the piece produced before your eyes. A true memento of art and beauty. And the second highlight was to the local Bio-farm where a delicious lunch was lovingly prepared by the husband and wife. Another true exercise of passion and devotion. A culinary AND learning experience. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR!!
Oh yes, the destinations we were taken to were really nice.
But what made the tour SPECTACULAR was Azura, our guide. Not only was she a incredibly pleasant person to be with, she was informative, and very organized and timely.
If we knew we could have her to be our tour guide again, we would certainly sign up for another one. Next time we go, we will ask for her. Your organization is lucky to have her. Please give her our best regards!!
Chantal and Ron Clark