Duration : 9 Hours
This private shore excursion from to Bolgheri, Volterra and the Tuscan countryside from Livorno is perfect for wine and history lovers! Also a great choice for something off the beaten path.
Features of this day trip to Bolgheri, Volterra & the Tuscan countryside:
Welcome to the Etruscan Coast! This tour will take you to Volterra, where an ancient civilization called the Etruscans lived almost 3000 years ago, and to Bolgheri, a tiny hamlet brought to the world’s attention thanks to the Super Tuscan wine phenomenon.
On your way to Volterra let your eyes dance across the landscape; you will most certainly be spellbound! In pre-Roman times Volterra was one of the twelve main cities of the Etruscan confederation, sitting on a hilltop in the middle of the enchanting Tuscan countryside.
The Medieval town of Volterra, founded in pre-Roman times by the ancient Etruscan civilization that once inhabited central Italy, sits on a rocky plateau and is protected by medieval ramparts. Even though Volterra is small there are lots of things to see.
In Piazza dei Priori you will admire the symmetry and beauty of the square, and really feel that you have stepped back in time as you gaze at the crenellated clock tower. If you’re crazy about the Etruscans you will want to make a bee-line the world-renowned Etruscan Museum. If you prefer Roman history, then the Roman amphitheatre, which is in excellent shape.
If you were a fan of The Twilight series you can run around and try to find locations made famous by the books, or maybe a vampire or two. Art lovers will appreciate the fine frescoes in the Church of San Francesco and the many exceptional works of art in the Pinacoteca. Shutterbugs will be snapping so many shots they’ll be blessing the day digital cameras were invented.
Shoppers, you will love the boutiques and alabaster products. In case you didn’t know, Volterra is known as the Alabaster Capital of the World! An authentic alabaster souvenir would make a wonderful keepsake or gift from your visit.
In the Bolgheri wine region some of the best and most famous Italian wines are produced, as well as excellent olive oil, so get your taste buds ready!
If you want to hug an Italian tree, you’ll get your chance when we take the famous cypress-lined avenue to the hamlet of Bolgheri. The straight, 5-kilometer stretch of road is flanked by more than 2400 cypress trees, making it the longest of its type in Italy!
Bolgheri, though it may be one of the smallest villages you will ever see, has outstanding wine shops and restaurants. Enjoy a little shopping or a stroll in the charming surroundings, then have lunch. We can make a reservation for you.
After lunch, a short drive will take us to the seaside for pictures of the varied and unique coastline, and of course we’ll stop for some gelato!
The day ends with a scenic drive up the coast back to port. A relaxing day, off the beaten path away from big crowds and noise of the city.
1. Is this tour private?
The tour is private, just for your party, however, if you prefer to share your tour with other passengers to alleviate costs, you may find your travel companions to create your small group and divide the costs.
2. Is the driver also a guide?
Our English-speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English-speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.
3. Does the driver go with us inside the monuments?
No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.
4. Does this tour include lunch and admission fees to sites?
No tickets or lunch are included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
5. Does it include a guide?
A guide is not included either. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
6. Can we do wine tasting and lunch? Are they included in the price?
Wine tasting and lunch are not included in the rate, but on request we can make arrangements for an extra 30-35 euros/person.
7. What is the duration of the tour?
The duration of the tour is 9 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship.
8. Is the itinerary flexible?
Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may have so that we can better organize your day.
9. Do you guarantee the return to the ship on time?
In almost 30 years of business, we have never missed the ship that is why we have organized all itineraries to guarantee your return on time.
10. Is gratuity included in the price?
Tips are never included in our quotes. We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.
There will be a full charge for bookings canceled with less than 72-hour notice for any service required. In this case, a full charge will be made on your credit card. If you miss your flight or if your airline decides to cancel the flight due to bad weather or if your flight is directed to another airport on arrival, please advise us on time (as soon as you know) or a full charge will be made.
Please give us enough time so we can accept other reservations and allocate them to our chauffeurs. If the ship does not make it to the pier for bad weather, you will not be considered responsible so NO CHARGE will be made to your credit card. A full charge will be made for no show-up.
Only pre-purchased skip the line tickets (if requested) are not refundable under the circumstance and will be charged to your card.
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