A full day excursion in the Chianti area will provide you with a mixture of culture, nature and enigastronomic learning in the hearth of the Tuscany
*** Pick up at the hotel ***
A full day excursion to the Tuscan hill-town of Siena which is self-contained behind its medieval walls. This town was first settled in the time of Etruscans c. 900 BC to 400 BC. Sienas greatest attraction is its cityscape which can be enjoyed without visiting one museum. The heart of the city is the Piazza del Campo which is known for hosting the Palio horse race. Enjoy the day by exploring the winding medieval streets and neighborhoods of this beautiful town.
Piazza del Campo
Is the principal public space of Siena and is one of Europes greatest medieval squares. The shell-shaped town square houses the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia and is where the thrilling bareback horse race the Palio occurs twice a year.
Duomo di Siena
Sienas cathedral, the Duomo, begun in the twelfth century, is one of the great examples of Italian Romanesque architecture. Its main faade was completed in 1380. It is unusual for a Christian cathedral in that its axis runs north-south. This is because it was originally intended to be the largest cathedral in existence. After the completion of the transept and the building of the east wall the money ran out and the rest of the cathedral was abandoned.
Inside there is the famous Gothic octagonal pulpit by Nicola Pisano (1266-1268) and the hexagonal dome of the cathedral is topped with Berninis gilded lantern which appears like a golden sun. Within the Sacristry are some perfectly preserved Renaissance frescos by Ghirlandaio and beneath the Duomo in the baptistry is the marvelous bas-reliefs by Donatello, Ghiberti, Jacopo della Quercia and other 15th century sculptors. The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo contains Duccio’s famous Maest (1308-1311) and various other works by Sienese masters.
The tour will continue with San Gimignano, famed for its medieval skyscrapers, high walls and narrow streets that perfectly match what most peoples imagine of a Tuscan hill-town to be like.Learn about the Guelph-Ghibelline conflict and commercial interests that forced the local rich families to build their towers, as well as what brought fortune and bankruptcy to this town that despite the small size is one of the most visited and unique sights of Italy.During the day you will also stop in Monteriggioni, a small jewel of our region. This is a walled medieval fortress that sits on top of a hill surrounded by the picturesque Tuscan countryside. Its medieval walls and fourteen towers are still intact.
*** Return to the hotel ***
SPECIAL OFFERS 580,00 Euro DURATION 12 hours
SMALL GROUP ROME Siena, San Gimignano e Monteriggioni FULL DAY TOURS
- Pick up and Drop off at Your centrally located hotel
- Small group of maximum 8 people
- A/C Mercedes vehicle or similar and English speaking driver-guide
- Scenic photo stops along the panoramic places,
- Scenic drive in Country Road and plenty of photo stops
- tour of countries with our expert local guide (not incluted)