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Full Day Tuscan Countryside and Wine Tasting

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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.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
9 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier (Full details will beprovided with your electronic ticket).
Food/Beverage Provided
Light Snacks with Wine Tastings
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable, casual clothing and sensible, closed-toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat are also suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars5Based On 8 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExceeded our expectations! July 06, 2019

Reviewer: Amanda Galloway
This was by far the best day of our entire vacation. Francesco was so friendly and knew a lot of history, which he shared with us throughout the drive and at our stops. We had a perfect mix of being guided and given free time. He made our tour very pleasant and knew some secret sauce places to take us that average tourists wouldn’t know about. There were a few surprises he had for us which I won’t spoil for future groups! The Poggio Alloro winery was so quaint with a gorgeous view. I fell in love with both villages we went to. A tour guide has the ability to make or break an experience and Francesco truly made this day special. I’m so grateful to have met him and that he was our guide for the day! Look us up in Indiana if you ever visit the states again Francesco!

5 StarsBest Shore Excursion on Our Cruise, with MarcoJune 12, 2019

Reviewer: Dianna & Mike
This is the tour we talk about the most. Tuscany is BEAUTIFUL, and Marco gave us an outstanding experience there. There were only four of us on the tour with him, He was an excellent driver on those narrow, winding roads, and had a great sense of when to be talking/explaining, and when to just let us enjoy wherever we were. Visiting San Gimignano (where Marco directed us to the international award-winning Gelateria - OMG delicious) and Volterra were highlights, as was the fun and enjoyable Tenuta Torciano winery tour.

5 StarsTuscan Countryside and Wine TastingNovember 30, 2018

Reviewer: Trina Blakely
Beautiful scenery. Wonderful guide.

4 StarsGreat Excursion November 22, 2018

Reviewer: Robin
The countryside was beautiful and the stops along the way were gorgeous. The winery/farmhouse was amazing but was all about selling products. It would have been nice to have had a little more history told to us about the area, instead we had to ask. All in all it was a wonderful experience

5 StarsStunning CountrysideNovember 17, 2018

Reviewer: Howard staples
Vineyards and Medieval Towns were great to see nice small group excellent English speaking Guide.

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