Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- All entrance fees included
Your first visit is the Basilica of San Domenico, a treasure chest of Renaissance dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena. Head inside the Basilica with your guide and admire its highlights. After marveling at the artwork, continue with your guide on a walking tour of the old town until you reach the Cathedral (exterior visit) and then stroll to one of the city's contrada museums.
The museum is dedicated to information about Siena’s famous contrades, and as you browse the exhibits, your guide will talk to you about their origins. Loosely translated as districts, the contrades have individual legacies of traditions and each one boasts their own flag and anthems. Learn of the contrades’ role during Siena’s legendary Palio horse race, and browse the historical documents on display.
After a break in Piazza del Campo for lunch (own expense), board your coach and travel to San Gimignano, roughly an hour away. Head inside San Gimignano 1300 Museum, which showcases life in the city 700 years ago, and watch a crafts demonstration where miniature models of San Gimignano buildings are made. Learn about the different techniques in ceramic production from hand decorating to firing the clay, and then sample a glass of white wine made from the locally renowned vernaccia grape. Try a selection of medieval sweets, too, such as ricciarelli (rich biscuits) and panforte (moist and sumptuous fruit cake).
Enjoy free time to explore the museum and town, and then return to your coach for your journey back to Florence, finishing your tour at the start point.
Please note: When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, it will be replaced with the interior visit of the Cathedral or another site of particular historic and cultural interest.
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Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Live commentary on board
- Tour escort
- Professional guide in Siena
- Entrance fee to Basilica di San Domenico in Siena
- Guided visit in Contrada's Museum and Oratorio
- Guided visit of the Museum in San Gimignano
- Wine, snacks and sweets tasting in San Gimignano
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entrance fee to Siena Duomo
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
- A moderate amount of walking is involved.
- A dress code is required to enter places of worships and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will risk refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements.
Reviewed by: reliabilityguy, August 2015
First of all, any person that is looking to take this tour should expect to walk at least 5 miles of a lot of hills and on some old uneven roads. We were on a tour where guide was trying to present information in 3 different languages so I think the information on the bus rides was minimized and only few descriptions given on the route of sites along the way. Arriving in Sienna, expect at least a mile hike to St. Catherine's Church to meet tour guide. With the Palio bi-annual horse race the next day, the tour guide was very informative on the history of the city, the 17 contrade's areas of the city and history with Rome and Florence. The walk is very hilly on rough 1000 AD streets but sights and scenery are beautiful for pictures. Upon reaching the main square that was being prepared for the race the next day, we were given about 1 hour to tour the city. This would be great but we never got map to city and with the small roadways and high buildings, it would be very easy to get lost. The trek back to bus was another long hike before boarding to San Gimignano. Some good information on bus before arriving but again, a uphill climb to the miniature model of city and wine/cheese tasting. This was extremely disappointing as we had 59 people in group and were crammed into room no a/c with an impressive model of the city. After a short explanation, we were told the samples were on a small table in corner with very small plastic cups of wine and some small snacks. Bad thing was that only 4 people could be in front of the table at a time so many of us just left for the 45 minutes we had to view the sites of the city. I am giving this 5 stars due to the beautiful cities and sites we saw but do expect a lot of walking up hills and don't plan on the big wine/cheese sample.
Reviewed by: Elan M, August 2015