Florence, Italy

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Time11 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Experience the architecture, landscape and local flavors of Tuscany on a day trip departing from Florence. Led by a professional driver-guide, visit San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Pisa and Chianti’s famous wine region, soaking up each town with a walking tour. Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Siena Duomo and relax with lunch and a Chianti wine tasting on this comprehensive exploration of Tuscany. This small-group tour is limited to eight people to ensure an intimate experience.
  • Full-day tour of Tuscany and Chianti from Florence, led by an expert driver-guide
  • Admire famous Italian monuments including Siena Duomo and Palazzo Comunale
  • Stop for lunch at a Chianti country estate to enjoy local delights
  • Sip on glasses of iconic Chianti and vernaccia wine during a wine tasting at the estate
  • Strike a pose for photos by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures personalized attention
Your day trip will begin with pickup in central Florence. Join up with your guide and hop aboard your minivan as you begin your journey out of the city. Watch as the scenery changes from urban streets to the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.

Arrive in Siena after an hour’s drive, taking off independent walking tour at your own pace. Pass the central hub of Piazza del Campo, home of the city’s famous Palio di Siena horse race. Admire the square’s architectural gems, including the Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Comunale and the stunning striped marble of the Siena Duomo. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own before hopping back on the road.

Travel past the olive groves and grapevines of the Chianti region to Monteriggioni, a fortified town constructed in the 13th century. Peer up at its impressive towers, 11 in total, and stroll around the medieval walls.

Continue back into Chianti, stopping at a rustic estate for lunch. Savor a Tuscan spread of Pecorino chesse, salami, bruschetta and seasonal ribollita, a hearty vegetable and bean soup native to the region. Complement your feast with top Vernaccia and Chianti wine (see the Itinerary section below) as the estate’s owner educates you on these prestigious blends.

After a finale of almond cookies and dessert wine, head to the hill town of San Gimignano. Stroll through the UNESCO-listed Old Town to discover a trove of architectural treasures: Palazzo del Podestà, Piazza della Cisterna, the ‘dome of San Gimignano’ and the Church of St Agostino.

Soak up a final visit to Pisa to take photos of the famed Leaning Tower, along with the Pisa Duomo and the Baptistery. Your day trip will conclude with drop-off back in central Florence.

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E
, Oct 2018

Wonderful day seeing the sights.

S
, Sep 2018

This was a fantastic experience; if you are staying in Firenze and have a spare day to see some of the Tuscan countryside and all it has to offer, then do not hesitate! You will have a very enjoyable, convenient, varied and full 12 hours to see a sampling of Tuscany that will leave you feeling more than satisfied. Firstly, if you are familiar with travelling in Italy, you will know that although they have a good public transportation system, unless you have a rental car getting 'out and about' outside of the major cities can be a confusing and (worst of all) time-consuming pain.Secondly - this is NOT a fully-guided tour; our driver Simone was very friendly, spoke perfect English and certainly provided us local history, information and tips before we arrived at each destination - however after you arrive at each of your stops, you are left to your own devices to explore outside of the (lunch) food and wine tasting which is fully supervised.Here is what to expect: if your hotel is located in downtown Firenze, you will be picked up at 8.00am - otherwise you will meet at a central location downtown and then the trip officially begins at 8.30am. First stop is Monteriggioni, an old fort town with some spectacular views and you get 30-45 minutes to wander around (more than enough). Next is Siena, a beautiful old town with a gorgeous cathedral at it's center - you have a full two hours to wander and see the sights, beware the time goes quickly! Next it's off to lunch in San Gimignano, starting with a tour of the vineyard and cellars followed by four (delicious) courses and four (equally delicious) wine pairings... by this time you will have worked up a hearty appetite! Last stop is Pisa to see the leaning Tower, with about an hour to wander around (again, plenty of time). Then you are taken back to your hotel in time for dinner, around 8-8.30pm. This was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday and trust me - worth every penny, no way you would be able to do this by yourself in such an efficient and enjoyable manner. We had a total of 5 people in our minivan (a new Mercedes, air-conditioned and very comfortable) and we all had an absolute BLAST! Do yourselves a favor, book this trip - and don't forget to ask for Simone if at all possible! Also, please remember to tip your Driver (suggest at least 20 Euros / person) - Simone went above and beyond for us and I am sure you will be very well taken care of!

C
, Sep 2017

Small group made for a very personalized experience. I had my children with me and they were wonderfully accommodated.
It was great.

A
, Sep 2017

Excellent tour. Great taste of Tuscany. The small group is perfect and the minivan can go places the big buses can't. We took our children 6 and 8 and they enjoyed it too. We asked for plain pasta at lunch and everyone was happy to adapt the meal to the kids. A little more information from the driver about the stops would be the only extra we would have liked. Overall, I would recommend this trip.

J
, Sep 2017

Amazing tour, was worried that each site would be rushed but only Sienna was too much. Just enter the basilica as the museum will take too much time. Our guides name escapes me but he was incredible, very knowledgeable about the places and history of area and visited sites

L
, Jul 2017

One of the most amazing tours that I had ever went. Highly recommended. The driver was very professional and nice. He ensured that we had the best experience instead of rushing us. The lunch was local and traditional. I miss all the places so much. We had a small tour with another couple so it felt like a private tour. Pisa tower has a long queue but the driver can help you to time it so you go at the end of the day. Also try to go on a weekday instead of a weekend. If not, you might have enough time to go up to Pisa tower.

A
, Jul 2017

The winery visit was fantastic and the towns we stopped at were very interesting. Unfortunately we had a driver and not a guide. We were all left on our own to figure out what to do in each town. For a couple of bucks, the tour could provide maps of the towns and a skip he line ticket for the Duomo

h
, Mar 2017

Honestly a highlight of our Italy trip. Don't quite understand some of the negative reviews. Sergio, our driver, was very friendly, talkative and gave nice background for all stops. Each stop was perfect time. We were group of 4 with a 5 and 7 year old. Nice large lunch and wine. Recommend!

T
, Jul 2016

this was the worst tour trip i booked....reason being there was no lunch at all - even though it is advertised , very light lunch was served - the only good thing was the driver Allesandro who drove us around - all in all this tour paying that much money is not worth it - my advice is to beware of tour companies like this who advertise something and do some thing else.

J
, Jun 2016

Had a super day, great guide, very knowledgeable and friendly, a must


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