This full day private tour is the best way to get to know two of Tuscany's most famous destinations, Siena and San Gimignano. Both places are full of what Italy is best know for; history, art, architecture, culture, food and wine. Once leaving Florence, we are immediately immersed into the beautiful Tuscan countryside and all that it has to offer. This tour is designed for visitors who wish to have a private English speaking driver and guide (upon request) for the day.
Duration : 7 hours
Private from : €500 per group - Driver included
Private from : €800 per group - Driver and Guide included
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Siena : Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, Torre del Mangia, Cathedral of Siena, Basilica di San Domenico
San Gimignano : Piazza Cisterna, Piazza Del Duomo, Collegiate Church of the Assumption of Mary
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Price Breakdown :
Price per group
1 - 5 People :
6 - 8 People :
9 - 12 People :
Entrance Fee :
€4 per person (Price above does not include entrance fee)
Tour Description Starting in Florence, our local team will meet you at your hotel to begin the day. From Florence, we first make our way to Siena which is just over an hour drive from Florence's city center passing through the stunning landscapes of the region.
Upon arriving in Siena we will park the car and begin on foot as this is the best way to reveal the walled city. Around 4 hours will be spent exploring Siena while visiting the many must see sites of the city as well as some of the neighborhoods which give us a great view into how local life is today. On this private tour, we will visit the central town square of Siena, better known as Piazza Del Campo. This massive medieval square not only houses the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) and the sky scraping Torre del Mangia, but it also holds the famous Palio horse race which is on twice a year with only the best and bravest bareback riders from the area. We will also visit Siena's main Cathedral. Built in the 12th century, it holds great works by Michelangelo, Bernini and Donatello, to name a few. Both the inside and outside of the Siena's Duomo will be covered in depth.
Our tour through Siena will also take in the Basilica of San Domenico, another of Siena's most important sites. This church is a popular attraction for tourists, and an important destination for religious visitors. There are two patron saints in Italy and Basilica San Domenico holds the skull of one, Saint Catherine of Siena; one of the most powerful women the Catholic Church had ever seen.
Like all full day tours, we must take time to recharge our batteries and enjoy the culinary delights of the area. Follow your nose, or let the guide lead the way to the best restaurants which all include local produce, meats and wines from the region. After lunch, we will then make our way to San Gimignano which is about a 45 minute drive away from Siena.
Travelling off the main highway on smaller roads, we experience scenery which is more than beautiful enough for the big screen. Movies like Gladiator and the English Patient both use the backdrop of Siena's countryside to give the viewer an idea of serenity, now you can see it first hand! Arriving in San Gimignano we will experience the most unique skyline of a lifetime as this small hill town holds 5 towers which command the surrounding countryside.
Once in San Gimignano, we leave the car behind and begin again on foot. After entering the walls of this medieval, 5 towered town we have fantastic Gothic and Romanesque architecture which is incredibly well preserved. We will take in the best of San Gimignano while visiting the many side streets, the central Piazza del Cisterna, Piazza del Duomo and the Collegiate Church of the Assumption of Mary which holds great works from the early renaissance. After our visit of San Gimignano, it will be time to make our return journey to Florence where the day tour will finish.
Driver Only Option : All drivers are licensed and English speaking professionals who can provide useful information while travelling and can point you in the right direction upon arrival at each destination. However, our Tuscan drivers must stay with the vehicle and will not explore the city with you.
Driver and Guide Option : Both the driver and the private guide will meet you in Florence and you will have your own personal guide for the duration of the day. The guide will exit the vehicle with you at all times and guide you to the best places in each destination ensuring you don't miss a thing.
Entrance Fee : €4 per person *Please note, entrance fees are separate from the tour cost and payable on the day of the tour.
Meeting Time : We suggest a meeting time of 9:30am. If you would like to tour at another hour please specify in the special requests section when booking.
Meeting Point : The guide will meet you either at your hotel in Florence or at a designated location in either Siena or San Gimignano. If you would like to be picked up from another location it is possible but we ask that you please contact us before hand.
Dress Code : Comfortable walking shoes
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