Tuscany Highlights: San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti Wine Tour
Tuscany is a sinonymus of culture, gourmet food, fine wines and beautiful landscapes. We realize that you need a tour that both includes historical towns and a deep and round trip to the Wine Region (Chianti).
Morning First Part; Enjoy the scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside from the comfort of your private luxury vehicle. You’ll reach San Gimingano, where the skyline made up of the 14 remaining towers and the views from above and below them will stun you and make you feel like you have stepped back in time. San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers which date back to the 11 century. Once in San Gimignano, you will also see the "Duomo" or Collegiate Church, the "Palazzo del Popolo", the "Palazzo Nuovo del Podesta" (which is now the town hall), S. Agostino Church, the Museum of Holy Relics, and the infamous Museum of Torture, which displays early instruments of torture. On a lighter note, there are numerous shops which sell local products including the Vernaccia wine.
Morning Second Half; Situated on three hills, Siena is an incredibly beautiful city, with quaint streets, a flamboyant medieval ensemble of places and towers cast in warm, brown, Siena-coloured bricks.
The city is dominated by the gothic cathedral (the Duomo) which is one of the most spectacular in Italy and one of the few to have been built south of the Alps in full gothic style. You will experience the charm of Torre del Mangia and the shell shaped Piazza del Campo and understand why Siena has been the setting for films, photographs, and advertising campaigns.
Afternoon; On this private tour admire Tuscany’s rolling hills and explore the vineyards and olive groves of Chianti.
Following the "Wine Road" between vineyards and olive trees, you will reach Greve in Chianti, a small village, where you’ll find a monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano, the explorer who discovered the New York Harbour. See Piazza Matteotti with its porticoes, the Santa Croce church, the San Francesco convent and a series of typical, tiny, local shops and wine cellars.
In Greve, there is also the enoteca "Le Cantine di Falorni" where you will be able to taste not only more than 100 different wines but also olive oil, vin santo and grappa, all produced in the Chianti area - a showcase for the region's wines and “Macelleria Falorni”. You can also stop at Montefioralle, a small village above Greve, which still preserves its medieval architectural appearance.
After Greve, you will depart for the magnificent Castle of Monterinaldi, situated on top of a hill between Greve and Radda, in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine production area.
At the Winery, you can see the villa "Pasanella", the centuries-old ageing cellars. Various products of the farm can be tasted, including olive oil and the area's other typical specialties. Time permitting, after the winery the tour continues with a drive through the typical Tuscan countryside.
Tuscany Highlights: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Wine Tour