SHORE EXCURSION: TOUR OF SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO: 9 Hours
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Our Siena and San Gimignano Tour Includes: Private “driving guide,” private transportation to and from Livorno, taxes, tolls and parking.
PRIVATE TOUR – SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO SHORE EXCURSION FROM LIVORNO. Your shore excursion to Siena and San Gimignano starts in Siena. Your custom private tour of Siena follows the Superstrada del Palio, a scenic road cutting through the Chianti region. Along the drive, you will see the American Cemetery, built after World War II, 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. Caterine. It also has one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, il Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is held twice a year. Your private guided tour of Siena 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.
After Siena, your shore excursion takes you to San Gimignano. You will also 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 Gimignanowith 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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