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Private San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and San Galgano Abbey Tour

San Galgano Abbey - Interior
San Gimignano - La Collegiata - InteriorSan Galgano Abbey - ExteriorMonteriggioni - PanoramaMonteriggioni - Piazza RomaSan Gimignano - view from the topSan Gimignano - view

From: $88.95

tour duration

8 Hours

start time

09:30 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun

meeting point

pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your driver and guide will meet you at your accommodation in Siena to take you on a full day excursion. Enjoy this fantastic journey and discover two beautiful medieval towns in TuscanySan Gimignano and Monteriggioni, and the Abbey of San Galgano.

Your first stop will be the beautiful San Gimignano. The town’s fourteen medieval towers are visible from a great distance, giving the hilltop settlement a remarkable and unforgettable skyline. San Gimignano is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany, boasting beautiful buildings such as churches and palazzos. You will have time to discover this gorgeous city on your own. We suggest to visit the wonderfully preserved main square called the Piazza della Cisterna, and the 13th century Palazzo del Popolo, San Gimignano’s town hall. Both the plaza and the Palazzo are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the many churches present in San Gimignano we recommend a visit to the two biggest ones: the Collegiata in the Piazza del Duomo and the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino. Both churches contain beautiful frescoes and other important artworks. After your tour try one of the delicious restaurant of the city where you can taste the mouth-watering local cuisine!

Next you will visit the enchanting medieval village of Monteriggioni. Here you will have time to visit the city on your own. We suggest to walk around the distinctive circular walls that surround the village; to visit Piazza Roma with its Romanesque church and Renaissance Palaces. Later you will continue your tour with the visit of the unique ruins of the San Galgano Abbey.

At the end of the visit you will return back to your accommodation in Siena.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Independent visit of San Gimignano

– Independent visit of Monteriggioni

– Independent visit of San Galgano Abbey

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– San Gimignano

– La Collegiata Duomo of San Gimignano

– Monteriggioni

– San Galgano Abbey

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Private Siena & San Gimignano Tour

Siena - Palazzo Pubblico
Siena - Duomo - side viewSiena  - Duomo - top viewSiena - Palio  - sbandieratoreSiena - TettiSan Gimignano - panoramaSan Gimignano - ChurchSan Gimignano - palazziSiena - Piazza del Campo - view from the topSiena - detailSiena  - San Domenico - ViewSiena - San Domenico - InteriorSiena - San Domenico - Frescoes

From: $93.63

tour duration

8 Hours

start time

09:00 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

meeting point

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

This full day excursion will take you on a fantastic journey to discover two of the most beautiful medieval towns of Tuscany: Siena and San Gimignano. Your first stop will be Siena which, along with Florence and Pisa, is one of the leading art cities in Tuscany. Throughout the centuries, this city has managed to preserve its handsome medieval character.

Your tour will begin with a visit to the Basilica of San Domenico, a 13th century Gothic church much frequented for its venerated relics of Saint Catherine, patron saint of Italy and Europe. You will continue to the Banca Monte dei Paschi, a magnificent palace-like bank that was founded in 1472; it is considered to be the oldest surviving bank in Europe and is in fact still active. From here, you will walk to the nearby Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped square that is the undoubted center of Siena’s vibrant city life. As your guide will explain, this is where the famed and exhilarating Palio horse race takes place twice a year. Ten representatives from the seventeen districts of Siena will ride bareback around the Piazza at breakneck speeds for the chance to win the Palio. Following a brief stop at the Palazzo Chigi-Saracini, which houses the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, you will arrive at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, also known as the Duomo di Siena. This marvelous medieval cathedral made of white marble is one of Siena’s most impressive architectural wonders, a mixture of Classical, French Gothic and Tuscan Romanesque styles.

From here, you will have some free time in Siena. You can either keep exploring the city on your own or choose to have lunch in one of the delicious restaurants in the area. Just be sure to return on time to continue your tour to San Gimignano!

The town’s fourteen medieval towers are visible from a great distance, giving the hilltop settlement a remarkable and unforgettable skyline. Like Siena, San Gimignano is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany, boasting beautiful buildings such as churches and palazzos. The tour will take you to the wonderfully preserved main square called the Piazza della Cisterna, and there you will visit the 13th century the Palazzo del Popolo, San Gimignano’s town hall.

At the end of your visit meet your driver again to return to your accommodation in Florence.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Visit of Siena

– Visit of San Gimignano

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Tuscany Landscapes

– Siena

– Piazza del Campo

– San Domenico Church

– Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

– Piazza della Cisterna

– Palazzo del Popolo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your Accommodation

San Gimignano

San Gimignano - tetti
San Gimignano - panoramaSan Gimignano - palazziSan Gimignano - view from the top

Located in the province of Siena in Tuscany is San Gimignano, a small medieval hill town surrounded by a lush green landscape. Famous for its architecture and the many towers that mark its unmistakable skyline, San Gimignano is a fascinating town well worth the visit.

The walled town grew around the Church of San Gimignano, later nicknamed Castle San Gimignano, during the 6th century, adopting its name. During the middle ages, the town was located right along Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim route, and as a result became a popular stopping point for travelers. The richness of the land around San Gimignano also influenced its importance and wealth, birthing an active trade industry.

Things to see

In 1200, San Gimignano claimed independence from the bishops of Volterra, who had ruled it up to this point. Many churches and public buildings were erected during this time. Between the 12th and 14th centuries, during a period of conflict between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, the wealthy families of the town built tower houses, one more impressive than the last, to both defend their land and rival each other. By the end of the medieval period, there were 72 towers, the tallest reaching nearly 70 meters in height. Although San Gimignano escaped destruction from wars, catastrophes or urbanization, sadly only fourteen of these towers remain standing today.

Other notable examples of the medieval architecture of the town are the historic city centre, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, the Piazza della Cisterna, and the Palazzo Comunale. The two biggest churches, the Collegiata in the Piazza del Duomo and the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino, both contain beautiful frescoes and other important artworks by artists such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Benozzo Gozzoli and Taddeo di Bartolo.