Full Day Tuscan Countryside and Wine Tasting

Full Day Tuscan Countryside and Wine Tasting
Price: $175.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration9 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromCruise Ship Pier (Full details will beprovided with your electronic ticket).
Food/Beverage ProvidedLight Snacks with Wine Tastings
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing comfortable, casual clothing and sensible, closed-toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat are also suggested.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to get in and out of the transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Tour Details

Full Day Tuscan Countryside and Wine Tasting

This charming tour is perfect for those who have already visited Florence and Pisa, and 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. This small hillside town dates back to Neolithic times and was 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 theater 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 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 the transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  14 ReviewsReview This Tour
Wow! What a Day!
November 27, 2019
Loved this tour! 9 hours in a small van with only 4 on the tour and very personable driver/tour guide. Tuscany is now our favorite area in Italy. Want to go back ASAP. Our driver sang opera (and other songs) and was very knowledgeable. We would do this tour again in a heartbeat!!
Reviewer: John Haley
5 Stars
Great tour
October 17, 2019
Excellent tour from beginning to end...Marco was a fantastic tour guide, made for a very enjoyable day. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see beautiful countryside!! San Gimignano and Voltere were just simply amazing!! Wine tasting was just a plus! Thank you! Highly recommend! Karen A
Reviewer: Karen Albarella
5 Stars
Best Part of our trip!
October 15, 2019
What a beautiful day sipping wine, wonderful food and new friends. our guide Alessandro was accommodating to our preferences and we wouldn't have imagined a more perect excursion!
Reviewer: lauren
5 Stars
Excellent tour guide
October 12, 2019
Our tour guide Francisco was our favorite guide from the 9 excursions we experienced. Since rain was expected, he stopped at a villa and scenic area for great views and pictures. When the rain came he did his Brest to make the most of our time in the towns we visited
Reviewer: Kathleen Brown
5 Stars
Best day
October 10, 2019
This was definitely our favorite excursion. Our tour guide Marco was excellent - kind and very knowledgeable! The winery was beautiful with great wine, olive oil, bread, cheese and meat. Julia, who gave us a tour of the vineyard, was also very nice. The Tuscan countryside, San Gimignano and Volterra were all picturesque. We actually loved Volterra the most - medieval buildings, Etruscan arch, Roman ruins, cute shops, and it wasn’t crowded at all. Highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Nicki
5 Stars
Exceeded expectations
July 26, 2019
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. I posted a few pictures on trip advisor for this excursion. A tour guide has the ability to make or break an experience and Francesco truly made this day special. *note we posted a review the day after our tour but I’m not sure if it got published by the website or not. I am doing again after receiving an email asking for review because I want to make sure Francesco knew we did it right away because we were so impressed with him.
Reviewer: Amanda
5 Stars