Our experience with Nancy Aiello Tours was the highlight of our trip to Rome. Our guide was really knowledgeable and able to adapt and please us (the parents), a 17 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. Which is asking a lot!! She made the day interesting and fun! I feel we learned things that we would have never found in a large guided tour or through audio or guide books. It was great that she was able to navigate around long lines and bring us to the places that were of interest to us. We didn’t have a lot of time before our trip to make plans for our stay in Rome, which was fine because you did everything for us. It felt like we were out with a friend showing us Ancient Rome, just happened that that friend was extremely knowledgeable!
Would definitely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours – really worth it if you are busy and don’t have the time to do a lot of research before traveling (which you need to do as there is so much that Rome has to offer). Fantastic for kids as it wasn’t just a lot of information thrown at us but it was information that all of us found really interesting. Our guide was able to lead us and answer questions about what we found interesting instead of just throwing facts our way. My son said it was the highlight of his trip to Rome and my daughter is telling everyone all the things that our Guide told her!!
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.