Shared Tour: Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni with Chianti Wines and Food Tasting
Along the way that will lead us to Siena, we will stop at San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art: here we will be led until the heart of the historical center, where to have free time at disposal for its fascinating discovery.
Upon arrival in Siena, after free time for lunch (not included), we meet the local guide, who takes us on a comprehensive guided tour of the historic center, starting from its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) is the focal point and a pleasant walk through the narrow medieval streets of the city, flanked by splendid palaces and historic shops, until we reach the Museum and Oratory of a Palio’s Contrada (exclusive opening), where we can experience the atmosphere of the authentic and most intimate soul of the town.
The “Contrade” (districts into which the city is divided) are the real core of local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other, as they devote themselves to the preparation of the famous Palio horse-race. The Museum of a ”Contrada”, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. It is an intimate and secret place containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art, which are normally not disclosed to the public. We proceed then to the spectacular Cathedral of the 12th century, of which we can admire the magnificent architecture and the splendor of the polychrome marbles.
In the afternoon, we will stop at the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, an amazing small medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day, free time for inside visit.
Then crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills, we will arrive to a cozy Winery, where taste four fantastic wines and sampling balsamic vinegar and “zero food miles” products , to end this memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany with delicious Tuscan flavors.
This tour is provided on a reserved basis prior to departure. Passengers must contact the local sightseeing company upon arrival to reconfirm their tour.
Approximately 11 hours
Piazzale Montelungo at Caf Tour & Travel Gray Line yellow street sign
Same as meeting location
8:00AM daily (April-October); 08:30 AM (November-March)
Max 50 people per Tour Leader, max 25 people per guide in Siena
Lunch, gratuity, transportation to/from hotel
Minimum 2 people for tour to operate.
Tour visits places of worship - please do not wear sleeveless tops or shorts, or you may not be admitted.
On Sundays and national holidays, the Cathedral is closed to the public; it is replaced with the Basilica of San Domenico.
When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, the tour will include a visit to another site of particular historic and cultural interest.
The order of the tour is subject to change.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Tour does not run on December 25 through January 1.
Reduced or free child tours/tickets will require showing ID to prove age or you will have to pay the full amount locally.