• Location: Siena, Italy
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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

Jacques P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Une expérience mémorable, sous la direction d'une guide remarquablement sympathique! La seule ombre au tableau: impossible de prendre le temps de vraiment approfondir le musée du duomo. Quant au repas chez le producteur, il était tout simplement gastronomique... Jacques

April C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Elena guided us from beginning to end on this fantastic trip touring the idyllic Tuscan countryside. We visited Volterra, charming and historic and San Gimignano, magnificent! The highlight was our lunch at the Tuscan saffron farm, delicious local food with our delightful hosts! Our group of eight were good fun. Elena had very good English and was very engaging and interested in us too! Thank you Elena for a memorable and magnificent day!

Carl R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Wonderful day with Elena and 4 other fellow travelers. I really liked the freedom of having time to explore each area on our own -- so it didn't feel like a traditional tour. Also a fabulous lunch at a small agriturismo farm outside of San Gimignano-- some of the best food I've eaten in Italy!

Jillian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

I was in a group of 4 ladies and we were lucky enough to be the only ones on the trip so had plenty of attention from our guide. Our day was perfect, beautiful, clear weather and we enjoyed every minute. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt so much about the picturesque villages we visited. Delicious lunch was served at a local farm and we had plenty of time to ourselves to explore throughout the day. Would thoroughly recommend this trip!

gwen.dupre

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide, Elena, was fantastic and so energetic.

Stanley Adams W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip gave us further insight into medieval towns and the history of the area. Our guide, Miralda was very good with a strong knowledge base of the significant facts that impacted the development of each town and its importance to the surrounding area. The trip was well paced which allowed for questions as well as photo opportunities.

louisfcosta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful tour and highly recommend taking the day to spend in Tuscany. Mare was a wondeful guide and driver. Very high energy and knowledgeable of the srea.

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.

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