Yes, both Genevieve and I really enjoyed the tour with Cinzia. She pitched it perfectly to a 10 year old, using pictures and telling entertaining stories. I also learned things I had not known before, so it was good for me as well. Further, towards the end, she would give us the choice of doing two things, one more strenuous, one less, depending on how Genevieve felt. Overall, a 10 out of 10 and I would recommend it to others. Best regards,
EXCURSION FROM FLORENCE TO SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO
Tuscany is the world’s richest region in UNESCO World Heritage sites. This itinerary was made with care to lead you through two of these unique locations. With this private tour of Siena and San Gimignano from Florence, we will take you to two of the most iconic Tuscan hill towns with the expertise of one of our professional driver-guides who brings your destinations to life.
Today Siena is a relatively small city. At the peak of its splendor, it had few equals in Europe in terms of wealth, power and beauty. When Siena’s turbulent history canceled its political prominence, its beauty remained intact. No other city in Europe embodies the Middle Ages better than Siena. But Siena also has a special story to tell, that of its effort not to be overshadowed by its eternal enemy, Florence. The most important buildings in Siena speak of the pride of its citizens and their determination to be second to no one in elegance and prestige.
San Gimignano known as the Town of Fine Towers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Packed with well-preserved examples of medieval architecture truly retains the authenticity of its age, yet real people live and work here today. San Gimignano is a small mountaintop village, but the charm of its winding lanes and storied towers revealing views of olive groves, vineyards, and the Tuscan countryside make it well worth a stop on any Tuscany itinerary.
Take in the lush Tuscan countryside as you pass rolling hills dotted with castles and medieval hamlets welcoming with cultural traditions. Arrive in the walled hilltop town of San Gimignano. This perfectly preserved village features Roman ruins and medieval architecture, however, the most striking characteristics of San Gimignano are its towers. Today, only 14 towers remain of the 72 built in the middle Ages when every noble family built a tower to show its power. Stroll through time. Walk the cobbled streets and discover Piazza della Cisterna, one of Italy’s most picturesque town squares. Continue your journey to the historic town of Siena famous for the Palio horse race. Siena is also unique thanks to its maze of historic alleys, its several towers and old buildings, the huge Piazza del Campo, and the black and white Duomo.