Tour code: 5493SANGIMIGNANO
Get medieval on this guided tour from Sienna to San Gimignano and Volterra. Head to the marvelously diminutive hilltop town of Monteriggioni and then stop for a while in UNESCO world Heritage-listed San Gimignano with its plethora of medieval towers and commanding views over the Tuscan countryside. Finally, spend some time in an alabaster workshop in Volterra before indulging in a rustic lunch at a Tuscan farm. This small-group tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring plenty of personalized attention from the guide. 

Highlights

  • 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

Small-Group San Gimignano and Volterra Day Trip from Siena

Volterra

Head out of Siena in the morning traveling toward the medieval town of San Gimignano. Along the way, stop in the tiny town of Monteriggioni, a charming village on a hill that is defined by the centuries-old walls that encircle it. Stroll around the town, taking in the views and walking along the walls, learning from your guide about the history of the place. 

From there, hop back in the automobile for San Gimignano, enjoying the rustic Tuscan countryside along the way: the villa-topped hills, the vineyard-clad rolling mounds of earth and the olive groves. Once in San Gimignano, walk down the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route from the Middle Ages that stretches from Canterbury in England all the way to Rome. The path goes right through San Gimignano. Learn from your guide about pilgrims in the Middle Ages and even today that would trek through France and Switzerland, even the Alps, to eventually get to Rome. 

Take some free time to do exploring on your own. Walk the narrow cobblestoned alleyways. Stare out at the vast Tuscan landscape before your eyes. Ascend one of the 14 matchstick-like stone towers, which were once inhabited by families in the Middle Ages. Linger for a while in Piazza del Duomo and perhaps pop into the church, the Collegiata. The exterior facade may look dull but the black-and-white striped Gothic interior is a showstopper. 

After some exploration, take a load off for lunch at a family-run farm just outside of town. Feast on locally made delights such as cheese and prosciutto. And don't miss anything made with the locally produced saffron in it. 

Later that afternoon, take a scenic drive south to the town of Volterra. The town, known for its alabaster -- the translucent stone used for centuries to create vases, lamps and other works of art -- is an aesthetically pleasing place to spend a little while. Watch craftsmen ply their trade and spend some time strolling the streets. 

After about an hour, hop back on the bus and head back to Siena. 

Customer Reviews

Brian O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide, Elena was charming, and knowledgeable. This tour was fabulous! Our lunch at the Tuscan saffron farm was delicious. The hospitality that we received made us feel so welcome! I absolutely loved our visit to Homero's alabaster studio. It may have been the high point of the trip for me. The joy and pride that Homero exhibits in his work could be a lesson to us all.

Brian O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide, Elena was charming, and knowledgeable. This tour was fabulous! Our lunch at the Tuscan saffron farm was delicious. The hospitality that we received made us feel so welcome! I absolutely loved our visit to Homero's alabaster studio. It may have been the high point of the trip for me. The joy and pride that Homero exhibits in his work could be a lesson to us all.

anteater

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fabulous day trip even allowing for the inclement weather. Very interesting with lots to see and do. Marella our guide was knowledge and her presentation of the information made it easy to listen to her. The attention we received was greatly appreciated. Recommend this day trip.

Bill C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour was fabulous we were the only guests that day and our guide Sylvia provided us with a day we will never forget. The drive through the Tuscan hills is a memory we will never forget.... San gimignano and volterre are absolute gems that we would have missed if we had not decided to take the tour. They are so historic and beautiful .... Our lunch at the Tuscan farm of Carmella and family was the highlight of the day . The food . The wine and the scenery were spectacular , this family produces saffron and it was fascinating to learn about this expensive spice. Carmella used the spice in her cooking that day and everything was fabulous. They are rightfully proud of this organic farm they call home

It is impossible to describe the beauty of this area.... One has to see it for oneself and I think a small tour is the best way to experience the besuty of the area
If you are lucky enough to have Sylvia for your guide all the better.

andy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A great eight hour adventure in Tuscany. We were very luck to have the tour all to ourselves. Had enough time explore both hill towns and a wonderful lunch at a private farm house overlooking Tuscany. Like being in a movie. I would recommend to anyone.

Lori H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Elena was a fantastic guide. Warm and friendly personality and great knowledge about the sites!

Lalee64 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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!

Yvonne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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!

Graham R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

As usual this Viator managed tour was excellent.Guide spoke excellent English.My opinion of Viator remains high after many experiences.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

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

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