TOUR OF SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO: 8 Hours
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SIENA & SAN GIMIGNATNO TOURS, PRIVATE TOURS SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO
Private San Gimignano & Siena Tours Include: Our private San Gimignano and Siena tours include private “driving guide,” private transportation to and from your hotel or apartment, taxes, tolls and parking.
Your custom tour or private tour of Siena and San Gimignano follows the Superstrada del Palio, a scenic road cutting through the Chianti region and some of the finest vineyards of the Chianti region, including the “Black Rooster.”
Built on three hills in the middle of the Via Francigena (pilgrimage road), Siena is one of Tuscany’s crown jewels. It has an outstanding Gothic Duomo and another important church, San Domenico, which claims the skull of St. Catherine. Siena also has one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, il Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is held twice a year. Your tour guide will conduct a tour of Siena. Your Siena tour will give you an overview of the city’s most important neighborhoods, squares and churches, before giving you some time to explore them on your own. You may want to skip the sightseeing and head straight for the shops — Siena has many acclaimed specialty stores around the main square and its main street, Via Banchi di Sopra. Local delicacies include Panforte, a cake with dried fruits and sugar; Sapori, marzipan almond pastries; and Pici, a typical pasta from the area.
Later in the day, you will also have a guided tour the medieval walled city of San Gimignano, less than an hour away. You’ll have the first sight of the famous towers of San Gimignano from afar.
There were originally 72 towers, but only 15 remain today. You will explore San Gimignano with your English-speaking guide. You will stop in the main squares, Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo. You will have free time to visit La Collegiata church, the civic museum, the fortress, and the unusual torture museum, while you can get your exercise by climbing the big tower called Torre Grossa. Great shopping opportunities await, as San Gimignano is well known for Zafferano (saffron), its great white wine called Vernaccia, among other gourmet treats. Make a point to stop for gelato at one of Italy’s best gelaterias in Piazza della Cisterna.
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