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Overview

Get a true taste for the Tuscan countryside with this day trip to Siena, San Gimignano and a Chianti winery for dinner. Departing from Florence, venture first to the city of Siena for a guided tour through the Piazza del Campo, the site of the renowned Palio horse races, as well as a surprise food tasting. Afterward, wander the hilltown of San Gimignano before heading to a Chianti winery for a delicious 3-course dinner, complemented by fine local wine. Your trip is reserved to 16 people to keep the experience intimate.
  • 8-hour Siena and San Gimignano tour with dinner in Chianti
  • Leave Florence and travel through the Tuscan countryside to Siena
  • Take a Siena walking tour around Piazza del Campo and the city’s picturesque streets
  • Make the most of some free time in the hill-town of San Gimignano
  • Visit a Chianti winery at sunset and savor a 3-course meal with wine, dessert wine and cookies
  • Small-group experience with a maximum of 16 people ensures personalized attention
Depart from central Florence and venture into the Tuscan countryside, a beautiful landscape marked by olive groves, green hills and cypress trees.

Arrive first in Siena, one of Tuscany’s crown jewels. Follow a local guide on a walking tour through the city, passing charming backstreets as well as Piazza del Campo, the celebrated main square that hosts the Palio horse races twice a year. Learn about Siena’s contrades, or districts, which each have individual legacies, traditions and anthems. Before departing, sample a surprise local specialty.

Continue to the hilltown of San Gimignano, known for its impressive towers. Relax with some time to roam the streets independently, popping into local shops or admiring the medieval architecture.  

Afterward, travel to a Chianti winery to soak up the sunset while eating dinner. Weather permitting, take a seat outdoors and feast on a 3-course meal of authentic Tuscan dishes with wine.

After a day of food, wine and sightseeing, you will be returned to central Florence.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Bruschetta with Tuscan olive oil
Second course:
  • Platter of cheese and locally cured cold meat
Third course (choice of one):
  • Tuscan ribollita (country-style soup made with bread, cannellini beans and vegetables)
  • Lasagne
Follow your third course with a glass of vinsanto (local dessert wine) and cantucci (traditional Tuscan cookies)

Reviews

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A
, Jul 2018

Let me start by our 2 guides were great. Then van was noisy we could barely hear our driver. No cooler for cold water. The dinner was at a lovely little vineyard with terrible service and food. We were told cheese plate, pasta (lasagna mentioned) and desert. When we requested “no pork” what we got was farro, string bean soup with a poached egg in it and biscotti with a shot glass of vermouth. After much discussion with the kitchen staff by our guide we ordered from the menu. My flan was frozen solid. Don’t pay for dinner on this trip.

J
, Jul 2018

The tour was great, We also did the Cinque Terre Tour with Pesto Making that was OUTSTANDING! We were 16 friends, 8 couples. Thanks for making our trip to Tuscany memorable!

A
, Jun 2018

Everything was good. However, it should include getting into the Cathedral in Siena or at least allowing time to people to see it. There was enough time to accommodate that.

t
, Oct 2017

What a lovely day we had! There were only 8 of us and the tour of Siena was wonderful. I would have liked a little more time in San Gimignano. Our dinner was just fabulous - the food and the experience! Highly recommend!

K
, Oct 2017

This tour was a must see! Our driver was very friendly and professional. The town of Sienna was beautiful and rich with history. Our tour guide was very personable and full of information. San Gimignano was also a quint town. Unfortunately it rained while we were there so I don't feel we got the flavor of that town. Speaking of flavor, the Chianti Dinner and wine tasting was fantastic! Delicious food and wine pairings. Bring your appetite and pace yourself! Highly recommend!

y
, Aug 2017

This is a very interesting tour with many interesting sites to visit. Siena is a very beautiful town and we have lucky to be there at the preparation day of the Palio di Siena horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August. This atmosphere on the day was really electrifying. I am sure it will even be 10X more electrifying on the actual day itself :- . Be ready for the walk in Siena though. It is quite hilly. San Gimignano is a smaller town than expected but still offer a nice place to visit. The dinner at the end of the tour was a simple one but the wine tasting was great. The dinner also offered the chance to have nice decent amount of chat with different nationalities. Overall it was a nice tour.

M
, Aug 2017

Great tour, meal, and wines. I would have missed Siena otherwise. Ordered wines from the winery that showed up no problem as promised. A really great extension to a stay in Florence.

n
, Jun 2017

I was really looking forward to this and I was disappointed. Sienna was wonderful and our guide there was very informed and lively. Had we not found a tower in San Gimignano to climb that had beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside it would have just been a tourist shopping stop. The winery was the biggest let down. When you say travel to a Chianti winery to soak up the sunset while eating dinner I would expect to be viewing the sunset while eating. This was not the case. The sunset was down the hill and behind a building from where we ate. The only reason we even caught the sunset was because me and another guest asked about it. And once we were taken down there, the sunset was too far down the horizon to get a could view/picture. The food was good not great but none of it was very warm. In fact the pork with sauce was a bit dry and cold. I don't know how other reviewers got plenty of wine as we only got a tasting of 2- and I mean a tasting. The liquor at the end of dinner was very strong and no one liked it.
The driver we had Elisa was sweet and nice. Because of her and the 2 great couples we met on the tour I gave this 3 stars instead of 2. Buyer beware.

d
, Oct 2016
Very nice tour to explore 2 of the best towns in Tuscany! The walking tour in Siena was really good with a local guide and you can hear about the contrade history and then have free time in San Giminiano followed by a dinner in Chianti which was super good! Big portions (appetizers, pasta, meat and dessert!) and lot of wine. Totally recommend if you have only one afternoon to explore the Tuscan countryside!
A
, Sep 2016

The tour was fantastic, great drivers - really friendly and accommodating - even let me charge my cell phone on the way in the van, the guides at our stops were just awesome too, very informative and friendly. wouldn't hesitate to book another tour!!!


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