Learn the history of the conflicts and economic triumphs of the Medieval hill town of towers; San Gimignano and see the ancient art of sculpting Alabaster in Volterra on a full-day small group tour from Siena.
What to Expect
Your trip starts by departing from Siena and driving towards San Gimignano, en 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 small family-run farm where you will enjoy a wholesome traditional lunch prepared using the farms own seasonal products. During lunch you will taste dishes prepared with saffron accompanied by the refreshing Vernaccia white wine. It could occur that the farm for some reason is unavailable on the day, in this case you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal in a characteristic Trattoria.
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.
- Fresh home cooked meal at an organic farm
- Visit to an Alabaster workshop
- English-speaking expert guide
- Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up
- Tips and gratuities
Know Before You Go
There will be no more than 8 people per tour group.