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San Gimignano and Volterra Private Day Tour from Siena

Private Tour to Volterra and San Gimignano from Siena
Duration
Duration 10 hours
Type
Tours and Sightseeing
Calendar
Daily

Private tour of San Gimignano and Volterra from Siena with your private driver through the enchanting Tuscan landscape. You will discover Volterra, an enchanting town in Tuscany, famous for the ancient art of alabaster manufacturing which still preserves traces of Etruscan, Roman and medieval history.

Your private tour also takes you to San Gimignano, a Unesco World Heritage Site, famous as "the city of towers" because this walled village was once surrounded by 72 towers, and famous for its Vernaccia wine, the first wine white in Italy to boast the DOC.

San Gimignano one of the best preserved medieval hilltop towns in Tuscany, at the time this walled town was surrounded by 72 towers.
During the Middle Ages it was a status symbol for noble families to build personal towers for their protection: the higher the tower, the greater the image of wealth and importance. In our day it is surprising that 14 of the original towers still stand.

They make a striking silhouette, soaring like skyscrapers, and on a clear day you can see them on the horizon from far away. There are many wonderful shops and restaurants hidden along the maze of streets.

San Gimignano is also famous for its wine: Vernaccia. It is the Italian wine with more than 8 centuries of history. Vernaccia di San Gimignano, already in the thirteenth century was the wine of kings and popes.

A short distance from San Gimignano, Volterra is a delightful non-tourist town enclosed by still intact 12th century walls. Like so many of the cities founded by the Etruscans, Volterra is built on the flat top of a steep hill. Volterra is famous for the ancient art of working alabaster, alabaster reigns here and alabaster objects are sold in all the shops.
Alabaster is a finely grained variety of white and translucent chalk often used primarily for vases, lamps, and ornaments.

Not to be missed is the alabaster museum called Museo Etrusco Guarracci, which has a fabulous collection of works of art, including sculptures and beautiful vases, displayed with great taste in a series of interconnected rooms that showcase the art to perfection. There is an adjoining shop that sells many alabaster items.

The whole city is a jewel whose charm is best experienced by walking through the narrow cobbled streets.

Its main square, Piazza dei Priori, the heart of the town, is surrounded by fine examples of beautifully preserved medieval buildings and its towers. Splendid town hall (the oldest in Tuscany), and Romanesque church, it is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful squares in Tuscany.
Stroll to visit one of the main gates, the Porta dell'Arco, whose origins date back to the 7th century BC. During the Second World War, the loyal citizens of Volterra buried the stones of the gate to prevent the Nazis from blowing it up.


HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Private pick up and drop off at your hotel in Siena
•    Appreciate the Unesco World Heritage Site of San Gimignano
•    The town of Volterra with artisans and alabaster shops
•    Visit of two Tuscan dream gems

 


DETAILS

 

Duration:
10 hours

Departure Time:
Morning tour

Pick up and drop off point:
At the lobby of your hotel in Siena
If your hotel is not in the center of Siena, ask us for a personalized quote.

Price include:
- Private Mercedes E series Car (for your party from 1 to 2 people).
- Private Mercedes Minivan (for your party from 3 to 6 people).
- Professional English speaking driver

Price does not include:
- Gratuities (optional)
- Meals and Beverage
- Entrance admission fees to churches and museums

On Request:
Private guide

 


F.A.Q.


  • Is Volterra Italy worth visiting?


Yes, Volterra, Italy, is definitely worth visiting for several reasons:

1. Historical Significance: Volterra has a rich history dating back to the Etruscan period, and evidence of its ancient roots can still be seen in its well-preserved architecture, including the Porta all'Arco, an ancient Etruscan gate, and the Roman theater.

2. Cultural Attractions: The city boasts several museums, including the Etruscan Museum and the Guarnacci Museum, which house impressive collections of artifacts from the Etruscan civilization. Additionally, the city's medieval streets and squares offer plenty of charm and opportunities to explore.

3. Stunning Views: Situated on a hilltop in the Tuscan countryside, Volterra offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves.

4. Artisan Craftsmanship: Volterra is known for its traditional craftsmanship, particularly in alabaster. Visitors can browse numerous workshops and galleries showcasing intricate alabaster sculptures and artwork.

5. Culinary Delights: Like much of Tuscany, Volterra offers excellent cuisine, including local specialties such as wild boar, pecorino cheese, and truffles. There are also plenty of cafes, trattorias, and restaurants where visitors can sample delicious Tuscan fare.

Overall, Volterra's combination of history, culture, natural beauty, and culinary delights make it a worthwhile destination for travelers interested in exploring the heart of Tuscany.


Kindly fill out the form below to obtain a quote for the indicated tour and given period and a vacation specialist will contact you to provide a complimentary quote.
But you'll also have the opportunity to submit any specific customization preferences, from tweaking the itinerary to adding unique experiences and we would be delighted to assist you in planning your ideal vacation to make your journey unique and unforgettable.

 

 



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