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Florence Day Trip to Volterra and San Gimignano

by Luccalimo Duration 9h Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per traveller Price is £77
*Pricing based on group of 8 travellers

Meet your private driver at 9am at your centrally-located Florence hotel and set out for a pleasant hour and a half drive to Volterra, sitting on a high plateau offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding hills and boasting over 3,500 years of history.

Volterra was one of the most important Etruscan cities from 4-6th centuries BC and is rich in archaeological remains, both Etruscan and Roman. The Etruscans built a 7 km ring of walls around the city and as you enter the original Etruscan gate, the Porta all'Arco, you feel you are stepping back in time.

Volterra has always exploited its strategic location as well as its numerous natural resources in the land such as salt, alabaster, and copper and is still today an important centre for the production of alabaster - you will see several small, jam-packed, and dusty alabaster workshops as you stroll around the town. Volterra has 3 museums of considerable artistic and historical value, with the Guarnacci Museum holding one of the most important displays of Etruscan antiquities in existence.

Travel next towards San Gimignano, stopping to enjoy a wonderful Tuscan lunch at a lively osteria or farm (own expense).

Continue on to the beautiful historic centre of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town bears exceptional testimony to the civilisation of the Italian Middle Ages in the 11-13th centuries as it groups together within a small area all the buildings typical of urban life with squares, streets, houses and palaces, wells and fountains. San Gimignano was an important place on a trade route as well as a relay point on the Via Francigena for pilgrims journeying to and from Rome.

The town itself was controlled by two major rival families and was the scene of incessant conflicts between the two. As symbols of their wealth and power, there were once an incredible 72 towers rising above the rooftops, some as high as 50 meters. There are fewer towers nowadays, but the fourteen remaining are still impressive in the misty distance, forming an unforgettable skyline in the heart of an Etruscan landscape; for spectacular views, climb one of the towers.

The town is renowned for its Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine and it has also reintroduced the farming of saffron which was cultivated here in the Middle Ages and was an important part of the city’s economy. Certainly not to be missed is a visit to the Gelateria di Piazza, where Sergio Dondoli creates award-winning ice cream with flavours including Vernaccia wine sorbet.

After a day discovering some of Tuscany's smaller towns, sit back, relax, and enjoy the comfortable hour's journey back to Florence with arrival at around 6pm. With your own private driver, entirely at your disposal throughout the day, this tour is flexible and if there is anything in particular that you wish to see or do, please let us know and we will do our best to incorporate this into your day.

Meet your private driver at 9am at your centrally-located Florence hotel and set out for a pleasant hour and a half drive to Volterra, sitting on a high plateau offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding hills and boasting over 3,500 years of history.

Volterra was one of the most important Etruscan cities from 4-6th centuries BC and is rich in archaeological remains, both Etruscan and Roman. The Etruscans built a 7 km ring of walls around the city and as you enter the original Etruscan gate, the Porta all'Arco, you feel you are stepping back in time.

Volterra has always exploited its strategic location as well as its numerous natural resources in the land such as salt, alabaster, and copper and is still today an important centre for the production of alabaster - you will see several small, jam-packed, and dusty alabaster workshops as you stroll around the town. Volterra has 3 museums of considerable artistic and historical value, with the Guarnacci Museum holding one of the most important displays of Etruscan antiquities in existence.

Travel next towards San Gimignano, stopping to enjoy a wonderful Tuscan lunch at a lively osteria or farm (own expense).

Continue on to the beautiful historic centre of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town bears exceptional testimony to the civilisation of the Italian Middle Ages in the 11-13th centuries as it groups together within a small area all the buildings typical of urban life with squares, streets, houses and palaces, wells and fountains. San Gimignano was an important place on a trade route as well as a relay point on the Via Francigena for pilgrims journeying to and from Rome.

The town itself was controlled by two major rival families and was the scene of incessant conflicts between the two. As symbols of their wealth and power, there were once an incredible 72 towers rising above the rooftops, some as high as 50 meters. There are fewer towers nowadays, but the fourteen remaining are still impressive in the misty distance, forming an unforgettable skyline in the heart of an Etruscan landscape; for spectacular views, climb one of the towers.

The town is renowned for its Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine and it has also reintroduced the farming of saffron which was cultivated here in the Middle Ages and was an important part of the city’s economy. Certainly not to be missed is a visit to the Gelateria di Piazza, where Sergio Dondoli creates award-winning ice cream with flavours including Vernaccia wine sorbet.

After a day discovering some of Tuscany's smaller towns, sit back, relax, and enjoy the comfortable hour's journey back to Florence with arrival at around 6pm. With your own private driver, entirely at your disposal throughout the day, this tour is flexible and if there is anything in particular that you wish to see or do, please let us know and we will do our best to incorporate this into your day.

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Florence Day Trip to Volterra and San Gimignano

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Total price is £613.41, taxes included

No booking or credit card fees

Florence Day Trip to Volterra and San Gimignano

Activity Location

Florence

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Florence Hotel Pick Up

    Florence


Highlights

  • Flexibility to customise your itinerary to your own preferences

  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

  • Family friendly

  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off included

  • Great overview and orientation of the city


Inclusions

  • Bottled water

  • Driver/guide

  • Florence hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Transport by private vehicle


Exclusions

  • Museum & Monument entrance fees

  • Lunch

  • Service


Know Before You Book

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

  • Infant seats available

  • Returns to original departure point in Florence

  • Departure time: Time will be confirmed prior to booking date


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