Your day starts in central Florence, where you’ll meet your tour leader and private driver for the day. We never use vehicles larger than 8-person capacity on this tour, as minibuses and cars allow us to drive you right up to the main square in Siena and reach special spots only accessible by dirt road, like our lunch spot. If your group is split between two cars, your tour leader will take it in turns to ride in each vehicle, ensuring you all get the background you need to truly enjoy your day.
Before we head for the hills we have a special surprise for you. We’ll take a short spin up to Piazzale Michelangelo, on the other side of the Arno, for the best view in all of Florence. Then we’re on the road and off to Tuscany.
The first stop is beautiful Siena. Miraculously spared by the bombing of WWII, Siena is an incredible example of medieval town planning and architecture. Your tour leader will introduce you to the city and give you a bit of background – this will include the delightful Piazza del Campo, the town square where Siena’s historic Palio horse racing contest still takes place every year.
How you spend your time now is up to you! Your tour leader will give you some tips and will also hand you tickets to visit the Cathedral on your own. We really recommend you go inside as beautiful as it is from outside, the Cathedral is even more astounding inside.
Of course no Tuscany tour would be complete without a visit to the wine region! Famous for its wine of the same name, Chianti is a beautiful area full of rolling hills and picture-perfect farmhouses. It’s at one of these postcard spots we stop next! You will enjoy a tour of the farm, vineyards and wine cellars before settling in for lunch and a guided wine tasting, included in the price of the tour.
What you eat will depend on the season. Tuscan cuisine is famously linked to its produce, using the best and freshest ingredients for the most hearty, delicious dishes. This is Italian food at its finest.
The next stop is the charming little town of San Gimignano, so pretty and architecturally significant that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you walk its streets in search of Tuscan delicacies, take the time to soak in the atmosphere and keep an eye out for the famous tower houses; a beautiful legacy of medieval planning. Those inclined should climb the city’s campanile for another breath-taking view of Tuscany.
From start to finish the emphasis of your day trip is on indulgence: indulge in stunning scenery, delicious wines and lazy strolls. . We’ve taken care of all the details so all you have to worry about is how much Chianti wine you can fit in your suitcase.