Duration : 8 Hours
Get the most out of a transfer from Rome to Florence by stopping in Siena & San Gimignano for sightseeing along the way. This is a full-day service, so you’ll have time to decently tour both Siena & San Gimignano.
This tour is also available starting in Florence and ending in Rome.
Features of this day trip to Siena & San Gimignano en route from Rome to Florence:
As you transfer from Rome to Florence enjoy a scenic drive through Lazio and the Tuscan countryside with your private driver.
Our first stop will be Siena, without doubt, one of Italy's most enchanting places. Its Medieval historic center is full of majestic Gothic buildings, most notably Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main piazza.
Twice a year the Sienese celebrate their rich medieval heritage with the palio, a fantastic horse race that takes place in this vast, shell-shaped square, attracting spectators from around the world. It’s interesting that a city that allows horses to run around its main piazza was the first Italian city to ban traffic in its historical center, way back in 1965.
For more sensational monuments visit Siena’s Duomo (cathedral), built in the 13th century. Its green, pink and white marble exterior is surpassed only by the striking black and white marble interior and the exquisite inlaid marble floor.
If you prefer goodies to architecture, rejoice! Siena is famous for all sorts of sweet temptations. Do a taste test of ricciarelli (gluten free), panforte, and cavallucci and see which one you like best.
In San Gimignano you’ll find more Medieval splendor, but of a different flavour. Called the “Medieval Manhattan” because of its numerous towers, the city of the belle torri rises imperiously above the vineyards that stretch away from it into the lush countryside.
Besides the towers, San Gimignano will charm you with its beautiful stone buildings and Medieval architecture, stylish boutiques, and local products (especially the award-winning gelato!).
If you eat too much gelato, no worries! You can work off your ice cream by trekking up to the fortress. Once inside you’ll likely to find musicians and artists enlivening the scene, and then you can climb even more stairs to get to the belvedere with jaw-dropping panoramas of the countryside all around.
For a less strenuous post-gelato activity, check out the frescoes in the churches of Santa Maria Assunta and Sant’Agostino, or take a stroll around the exterior of the town to admire the handsome ancient walls and city gates.
1. Is this tour private?
The tour is private, just for your party.
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? Can we do wine tasting in a local winery?
Tickets and lunch are not included in the rate. On request, we can make arrangements for wine and cheese tasting at an extra cost. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
5. Does it include a guide?
No guide is included in the rate. You may consider hiring a private guide in Siena for 2/3 hours. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
6. 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.
7. What is the duration of the tour?
The duration of this tour is 8 hours including pickup at your hotel in Rome and drop off in Florence or vice versa.
8. 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 a 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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