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Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

1. Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

Discover Tuscany on a guided day tour from Florence to the medieval cities of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. Enjoy views of rolling hills and vineyards, with a stop at a Chianti winery for a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. First arrive in San Gimignano, a tiny medieval town that has remained intact through the centuries. Sitting upon a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes, and other art treasures. Enjoy more free time to discover this fascinating city on your own. Next, visit the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, a medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Afterward, you will cross the Chianti rolling hills and then arrive at a small and typical winery. There, taste 4 wines, and sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced products. Your final stop is in Siena, where you will have free time to walk along the narrow medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces, the Cathedral, Libreria Piccolomini, and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo.

Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Tour from Siena

2. Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Tour from Siena

Explore the notable wine region of Chianti on a full-day sightseeing and wine tasting tour from Siena. Travel in a small group of no more than 8 people, and enjoy comfortable transfers by air-conditioned vehicle. Depart Siena in the early afternoon, and drive past the vineyards of the Chianti wine lands. See dense forests of oak wood and cypress trees, neat rows of vineyards, and landscapes shaped into works of art by the combined forces of nature and mankind. Go to a Chianti wine estate to tour the grounds and wine cellars. Learn the winemaking process before sitting down to a tasting of Chianti Classico wines and olive oil. Next, descend to the medieval fortress of Monteriggioni, and marvel at its intact ring of walls and turrets. Built in the 13th century, Monteriggioni was mentioned in Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” As the sun begins to set, travel to the legendary village of San Gimignano to enjoy the romantic town after the daytime crowds have departed. Admire the medieval towers at a leisurely pace, and enjoy some free time to visit the cathedral or Civic Museum. Shop for souvenirs in the many leather and hand painted pottery stores. Sample the local produce at food shops and wine bars. Depart San Gimignano for a Tuscan dinner at an organic farm in the countryside. Taste the wines of San Gimignano, such as the notable Chianti red, Vernaccia. Weather permitting, dinner will be served on a terrace overlooking the cultivated fields and skyline of San Gimignano. Watch the sunset as you dine, before your return transfer to Siena.

From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

3. From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

The first part of your full-day tour begins with a visit to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, the City of Fine Towers. Armed with helpful information from your tour escort you’ll have free time to explore the town’s historical center and browse its artisan shops. San Gimignano is also the birthplace of Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in the area. The wine is noted for its high quality and for being the first Italian DOCG wine. The tour continues on to Monteriggioni, the ancient crown-shaped fortress that appeared on Italy’s old 100-Lire currency. The 13th-century walls feature 14 towers that Dante likened to the giants in his Inferno. Afterwards, you’ll stop at a winery for a lunch of salami, cheese, and other local products, accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wines. Visit Val d’Orcia, another Tuscan jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Montalcino, perched on a hill overlooking 1,500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed to the area’s international reputation. The final stop of the day will be a local wine cellar, where you’ll have a chance to taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, rated among the finest Italian DOCG wines. Sample other typical local products as well.

From San Gimignano: Chianti by E-Bike with Wine Tasting

4. From San Gimignano: Chianti by E-Bike with Wine Tasting

There is no better way than by bicycle to discover the beauty and richness of this part of Italy, sharing in the passion for cycling, art, food and wine. The tour takes place in Tuscany, more specifically, in the magnificent landscapes surrounding Siena. There are, in fact, the most beautiful areas and also the most suitable for a cycling trip through Tuscany. From the seat of your electric bike, you will discover how Tuscany life flow slowly yet incessantly, creating a natural equilibrium among art, culture, and nature. Tuscany is paradise for a cycling tourist, who will be greeted by gently rolling hills embellished with winding dirt roads, curving pathways, vineyards, and shaded country roads. All of these splendors are framed by a surprisingly varied landscape where you will be able to discover abbeys, rural churches and castles. The landscape is characterized by the deep red earth, and alternates between fields of sunflowers and vineyards, and is punctuated by ancient castles and medieval hamlets. Many panoramic views allow you to see all the way to San Gimignano, overlooking forests of beautiful Italian oak and corbezzoli. The tour is crowned with a visit to the splendid medieval for tress of Monteriggioni. 

San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

5. San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

Start your day tour with a scenic drive from Siena to San Gimignano. Stop in Monteriggioni to see the well-preserved fortress built in the 13th century. Explore San Gimignano, admiring its many medieval towers. Recently listed by UNESCO, the town also boasts numerous artisanal boutiques. Head to a small family-run farm to enjoy lunch made with the farm’s seasonal products. Taste dishes prepared with saffron, and accompanied by Vernaccia wine. Continue to Volterra, stopping at a small alabaster workshop to see the ancient art of sculpting. In Volterra, admire the harmonious blend of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance styles as you walk along the streets of the historic center.

From Florence: Siena and Chianti Wine Tour

6. From Florence: Siena and Chianti Wine Tour

Escape bustling Florence and discover the regional wines of Siena, Monteriggioni, and Greve in Chianti, with a guided bus tour. Taste test Chianti Classico and extra virgin olive oil, learn about the winemaking process with a winery tour, and marvel at the historic city walls of Monteriggioni.  Enjoy a bus ride from Florence to Siena, marveling at the picturesque countryside and surrounding medieval villages. Tour a winery, taste test a glass of wine, and sample virgin olive oil. Then it's time to tour the streets of San Gimignano and Monteriggioni before returning to Florence.

Chianti and Castles Tour From San Gimignano

7. Chianti and Castles Tour From San Gimignano

Immerse yourself in the picturesque Tuscan scenery on a sightseeing trip to the beautiful region of Chianti. Visit the Castellina in Chianti before enjoying a wine tasting at a winery in the area. The beautiful ruby-red color and the characteristic bouquet with scents of violet are the special features that reveal the identity of one of the most famous wines in the world: Chianti. This wine results from the wise blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. On this trip, discover the breathtaking, uncontaminated landscapes that have been cradling the Chianti vineyards for centuries, presenting you with a harmony of colors that can only be found in the hills of this region. The sounds, scents, and flavors of this land will capture your senses through a unique experience. Visit ancient churches, medieval castles, and small villages where the rhythm of life remains unaltered over time. Later, move on to a winery in the middle of the Chianti Classico area, where you’ll have a wine tasting alongside an extra virgin olive oil tasting. The tour will end with a return to Siena.

From Florence: Chianti, Montalcino & Montepulciano - Minivan

8. From Florence: Chianti, Montalcino & Montepulciano - Minivan

Enter the heart of Tuscany and discover medieval villages, ancient farming traditions, delicious local food and unforgettable landscapes. Driving past hills dotted with old vineyards and olive groves, we will reach the town of Castellina, visiting its historic square flanked by open galleries and wandering through its narrow streets. Just outside the village, in one of the area’s best-known vineyards, you will be guided through a short tasting of different wines of the Chianti area, as well as locally produced foods including extra virgin olive oil on Tuscan bread and lavender honey. Continuing along a scenic road we will pass the medieval village of Monteriggioni, as well as the unmistakable clay landscape of the Crete Senesi. From here we will pass along green rolling hills home with ancient villages along the route of 'Via Francigena'. After stopping at a local farm, you will be served a guided lunch-tasting of the renowned Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello and Supertuscan wines, as well as a selection of authentic products of the territory and a delicious homemade fruit pie. We will then visit local wine cellars, and take some free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. From there we will make a stop in the medieval village of Montalcino, and visit an imposing 14th century fortress that offers one of the most beautiful views onto Val d'Orcia. Finally, after another short drive, we will reach Montepulciano, perched high above the Val D'Orcia and Val di Chiana. Take some time to explore this town, renowned for its fine wine and elegant squares, before a visit to one of the many wine-cellars of the old town.

From Siena: Chianti Electric Bike Tour

9. From Siena: Chianti Electric Bike Tour

There is no better way than biking to discover the beauty and richness of this part of Italy, enjoying a wonderful blend of cycling, art, food, and wine. The tour takes place in Tuscany, more specifically, the magnificent landscapes surrounding Siena. They are, in fact, the most beautiful areas and also the most suitable for a cycling trip through Tuscany. Discover more about Tuscan life with its natural balance of art, culture, and nature from the seat of your electric bike. Tuscany is paradise for a cycling tourist with its gently rolling hills embellished with winding dirt roads, curving pathways, vineyards, and shaded country roads. All of these splendors are framed by a surprisingly varied landscape where you will be able to discover abbeys, rural churches and castles. The landscape is characterized by the deep red earth, and alternates between sunflower fields and vineyards, and punctuated by ancient castles and medieval hamlets. Many panoramic views allow you to see all the way to San Gamignano, overlooking forests of beautiful Italian oak and corbezzoli. The tour is crowned with a visit to splendid medieval Monteriggioni.

Siena: Half-day Guided Hike to Monteriggioni

10. Siena: Half-day Guided Hike to Monteriggioni

Give your mind a rest from the noise of the crowded towns, follow your expert guide on a pleasant walk along the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim route for the first time plotted down by the Arcbishop ‘Sigeric the serious’ of Cantebury on his return from Rome in the 9th century and considered the main artery to Rome throughout the middle ages. This route, that has for centuries been a highway of men and emotions, a spiritual pilgrimage and a wealthy trade route, has been forgotten and almost entirely relegated to history by the modern paved car roads. Only recently the route has been brought back from the grip of modernity and is today enjoyed by many pilgrims and hikers alike. Experience the beauty of the mixture between the Tuscan countryside and the glory of its medieval past, still present in it's wonderfully preserved castles, villages and ruins.  See the Tuscany you would never want to miss before returning home, pass through forests and fields, vineyards and olive groves from Siena to the imposing fortress of Monteriggioni. A medieval walled town located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in the thirteenth century as a bastion of defense in their wars against Florence.  Once in Monteriggioni, enjoy a guided tasting of local organic wines before saying goodbye to your guide for the end of the tour. Feel free to explore the village and the surrounding area at your own pace. You will be given a bus ticket to return to Siena.

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What people are saying about Monteriggioni

Yesterday’s hike from Siena to Monteriggione was spectacular. More than I expected. Keko was an incredibly excellent guide. He was kind, helpful and very fun. He shared the complete history of the Via Francigena, which I found very interesting! He then as the hike continued, imparted his knowledge of the plants along the way, taking his time to show us, have us smell, taste and experience the land. He is of the area and also made us feel at home greeting the neighbors with grace and aloha. He left us in the quaint and historic village of Monteriggione in hands of Stefano and darling Margarita to taste wines paired with local cheeses and fresh olive oil. Stellar 5 star tour! I would do it again tomorrow if it were availabile. Obviously I highly recommend this tour. Aloha, Susi

we didn't have the best of weather but just being at these beautiful places is enough. San gimignano was especially nice as we were there early enough that the crowds were minimal. It is a lot of uphill walking so keep that in mind.

This was a fantastic way to see additional Tuscany cities for the day! Well organized, good price, and loved our time at the winery as well. Would recommend!

Loved visiting the 3 towns and the winery tasting and lunch was delicious!

Fun time. Too much time spent in the wineries we visited.