Join a straordinary experience in discovering the real Tuscan countryside
While you're preparing the tour it is useful to know that
- Pick-up time: 08:00am (or to be discussed)
- Drop off: 05:00pm
- Car: Mercedes
- Driver: Professional, MultiLanguage
- Price cover: Fuel, highway toll, parking (not covered beverages & meals, entrance fees, tips).
- Dress hints: Walking shoes are suggested, covered knees and shoulders if you want to visit churces.
- Payment: Cash or all credits cards, € currency.
Visit the Medieval hill town of 14 towers San Gimignano and see the ancient art of sculpting Alabaster in Volterra on a full-day Tour from Port of Livorno .
I will pick you up at your cruise ship, and driving towards San Gimignano, on route stop for a walk in the Fortress of Monteriggioni, a medieval and perfectly preserved fortress with a complete ring of walls and turrets built in the 13th century and mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy. This was Siena’s main bastion of defense against the armies of Florence.
Continue to the fascinating town of San Gimignano, one of the most characteristic of Tuscany’s Hill Towns with its many austere medieval towers that defiantly survived the centuries and are still standing today. It has recently been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site as a testimony of medieval architecture. Here stroll along the ancient route of the Via Francigena, the main route to Rome for travellers and pilgrims of all Europe. Today again the bustling San Gimignano flourishes with artisanal boutiques of the local trades and stores selling the towns ‘red gold’, the saffron spice, and the centuries old Vernaccia white wine.
After spending time visiting San Gimignano and having free time to visit the stores, churches, and museums, make your way to a family-run winery where you will enjoy a wholesome traditional lunch prepared using seasonal products . During lunch you will taste dishes prepared with saffron accompanied by the refreshing Vernaccia white wine or Chianti red wine.
After lunch, continue on panoramic roads towards Volterra, here first stop at a small artisanal alabaster workshop to meet the traditionalist craftsman and witness the ancient art of sculpting this semi-precious stone in the company of the jovial artists. Proceed to Volterra, the ancient Velathri, a harmonious blend of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. Here you will have free time for walking along the streets of the historical centre, visiting the town’s famous Etruscan museum, the still standing millennia old Etruscan arch, the Roman theatre, and the other monuments of town.