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Siena and San Gimignano, the Glory of Medieval Age in Tuscany

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If you have seen Florence you can not miss visiting Tuscany and in particular the city that for centuries has been its great rival.  Siena.

 

 

For more than three centuries from 1200 to 1500 Florence and Siena have been competing in wealth and power, in the number of architects called upon to build public palaces and the marvelous residences of the noble families and for the artists who have decorated the churches with travertine facades.

Siena owes its glorious past to a particularly favourable historical moment in which the production of the world's finest fabrics at that time and the  birth of a new generation of adventurous merchants, who have travelled throughout Europe, have been supported by the birth of the Modern Bank, with new kinds of loan and interests that have made this area the financial capital of Europe. In Siena you can admire the  headquarters Palace of the oldest bank still active in the world, the "Monte dei Paschi" founded in 1472.

Siena had an enlightened Pope, Pius II, to whom one of the chapels of the magnificent Cathedral of Siena is dedicated, a unique example of Medieval architecture built in marble from 1200 onwards.

The government of Siena in the Middle Ages was assured by a council composed by members of the noble Sienese families and representatives of the artisans' guilds.

The “Council of Nine” gathered in the famous Palazzo Pubblico that stands out in Piazza del Campo, an immense square in the shape of a Shell, paved with terracotta bricks, that has always been the social and economic center of the city and where from 1200 still, twice a year, the famous Medieval horse race called the Palio takes place.

In case you are interested in a more indepth visit of Siena and its local history or simply prefer to be accompanied in a walking tour, we suggest you to enquire for our certified guide.

Not far from Siena, among the Chianti hills cultivated with vines and olive groves, there is another medieval town that has preserved some of its high Stone Towers that controlled the Via Francigena (Frank route) on which the pilgrims and merchants of Europe walked to Siena and Rome.

San Gimignano, preserves still today the charm of a real medieval town where a white wine, famous since the Middle Ages, is produced using a local grape variety: “Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG”.

Excellent extra virgin olive oil, painted pottery, art galleries, leather goods,  are also important local produce. You will find them in the shops that you will discover strolling the enchanting stone paved backstreets of the old town, while admiring the architectural wonders, made by medieval masters, which in some cases resisted to wars and time for over 800 years.

 

If you choose to see the Medieval Tuscany with us, after meeting you in front of your residence, we will take you with a short journey to the city of Siena. We can reach the heart of the city with our vehicle and you will visit the most important monuments independently: the Duomo, Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, and via dei Banchi.

The most important highlights will be expertly introduced by your driver who will also present you the local history and the most important traditions, such as food, since good cuisine, or as Italians say,"the good table", is one of the most significant attraction. You'll have time for some shopping and memorable photos.

You can choose to have lunch in Siena in a typical Trattoria (family restaurant) or in a nice restaurant in the “Piazza del Campo” square, or, adding some time to your tour, venture into the Chianti hills to have lunch at a wine estate and taste home made Tuscan food paired with local wines.

After lunch we will drive you to San Gimignano where, in addition to visiting the city, perhaps climbing up the “Torre Grossa” (huge tower) or entering the Cathedral, you can enjoy a magnificent gelato (ice cream) at the Gelateria Dondoli, a true artisan awarded as World Champion on various occasions and destination of a real pilgrimage.

Once the day is over we will take you home while admiring the Tuscan countryside and its charm that will be a memory for a lifetime.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

  • Available: All year round. Rain or shine
  • Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Traveling time: 3 hours
  •  Area: Siena and San Gimignano (and Chianti as option)– (see map)
  • Allergy Caring: We can cater to all sorts, please let us know ahead of time.
  • Wineries (as option): Well Rated
  • Wine Tasting (as option):
  • Reds: Chianti Classico – Sangiovese grape mainly
  • Whites: Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG

 

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

  • Luxury Air Conditioned vehicle
  • Fluent English speaking Driver,
  • Panoramic Drive through the hills of Chianti
  • Visit of the city of Siena and San Gimignano
  • Pick up and drop off in Florence or its immediate surroundings.
  • All local Taxes, gasoline, driver's meal

 

Please note that you can pick up at your place outside of Florence.

We are also available to personalize your itinerary,

1) LOCAL CERTIFIED GUIDE OF SIENA – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

2) visiting a winery for lunch.

Contact us and we'll send you a personalized program and quotation.

 

PRICES

 

Starting from  70 euro per person

Based on the number of partecipant

Private tours only

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Lunch at the restaurant or as option at the Winery with typical Tuscan food paired with Chianti and/or Vernaccia
  • Admission fees where required
  • Walking guided tour of Siena with local certified guide (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ON REQUEST)

 

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