Full Day Tuscan Countryside and Wine Tasting
This charming tour is perfect for those who have already visited Florence and Pisa yet want to see what the true Tuscan countryside has to offer.
Board your comfortable transportation for a relaxing, scenic ride through the beautiful countryside of Tuscany as you make your way to Volterra, a small hillside town dating back to Neolithic times and used as the setting in Stephanie Meyers wildly popular Twilight series. Everything you have ever imagined Tuscany to be will come to life as you experience first-hand the beauty and charm of this part of Italy, like nowhere else on earth.
Stand in the Piazza dei Priori and be greeted by the clocktower and imposing Palazzo dei Priori, Volterra's massive 13th century town hall. Admire the remnants of the Roman theatre and the centuries-old 2,500-year-old Etruscan wall built when the town was an affluent exporter of prized materials throughout the Mediterranean basin. One of these materials, alabaster, is still carved today by skilled artisans famous for their beautiful alabaster works. Other highlights include the Pinacoteca Comunale, an art museum displaying 13th and 14th century works.
From here you will make your way to San Gimignano, stopping at a local farmhouse to learn about Tuscan wines, participate in a wine tasting, and enjoy a light lunch of traditional Tuscan fare.
As you begin to approach San Gimignano you will see what the town is known for, the watchtowers. Arrive in San Gimignano and immediately be seduced by its charm, a small walled medieval town internationally famous for 14 watchtowers that still stand today. These towers were a display of power and prosperity in medieval times, and today make fantastic photos of a Tuscany that harkens back in history. Be in awe of the historical significance as you stand in the shadows of these towers which make a statement and testament to their strength.
Walk in the footsteps of history through the streets lined with a mixture of Romanesque and Baroque architecture and check out the piazzas in the heart of the town. Conclude your time in the Tuscan countryside with a homemade gelato (at your own expense) during your ride back to port.
This very popular tour sells out fast, book now and don't miss out on discovering the true flavor of Tuscany.
This tour was amazing. Highlight of our trip. The guide was so friendly and the places they take you to are breathtaking.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our day visiting the Tuscan countryside. We traveled in a very comfortable Mercedes van with 5 others. Our guide Francesceo was very helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining. Playing Italian music on our drive through Tuscany on our way to the farm for our wine tasting. He planned our trip well ensuring we had a relaxing time at the farm learning about their wine making and the many other products,eg. veal, olives and cheese.We also visited two medieval villages and had lots of time to wander around. At the end of our tour Francesceo offered to take us to Pisa as we had time before returning to the ship. All went well and he returned us to our ship with time to spare. Overall a wonderful experience and highly recommended.
Reviewer: Jim Ohlinger
Fantastic day! I think it made our whole vacation. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. The stops and day in general was well planned and paced. The guide was GREAT!! Very knowledge of course, but very focused on making sure he struck a good balance between his time interacting with us and allowing us free time to explore on our own. The only thing I could suggest to improve was the shuttle van. The shicks were just about gone so the ride was very rough when the road conditions were poor.