1. 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.