Duration : 9 Hours
Been to Florence & Pisa already and looking for something different? This is it! Our private shore excursion from Livorno to go wine tasting in the Tuscany countryside is something truly wonderful but completely different. This day trip to Tuscan countryside from Livorno will take you to San Gimignano and Volterra, which will take you back many, many centuries to the Medieval.
Features of this day trip to go wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside from Livorno:
Pick-up at the port (please refer to your confirmation for precise meeting instructions)
San Gimignano has been called “the Medieval Manhattan” because of its majestic towers, some of which you can even climb for spectacular views of the territory. 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’re 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.
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 crenelated clock tower. If you’re crazy about the Etruscans you will want to make a bee-line to the world-renowned Etruscan Museum; if you prefer Roman history, then the Roman amphitheater, 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. Shoppers will love the boutiques and alabaster products. Shutterbugs will be snapping so many shots they’ll be blessing the day digital cameras were invented.
The terrain around San Gimignano is particularly lovely, it’s that rolling Tuscan countryside you see on postcards. This region produces white wines. Vernaccia di San Gimignano is light and crisp, perfect on a hot day!
Is this tour private?
This tour is not private but shared with other passengers.
What is the number of participants on the tour?
The average group size is 15 persons and it will not exceed 30 persons in one single vehicle.
Where do we meet the driver/guide?
Your tour departs from the port's transportation hub, located near the main gate of the port. When you exit your ship's security area, please look for the free shuttle bus and on your arrival at the terminal, please look for our local representative holding a “DriverinRome” sign.
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.
Does the tour include admission fees to the sites?
Tickets are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
Is lunch and wine tasting included in the rate?
Yes, we will reserve for you a light lunch along wit some wine tasting in a local winery.
How about minors on the tour?
If you are bringing along minors, they will be served a non-alcoholic beverage during your wine tasting.
Does the tour include a guide?
If less than 9 people are in your group, you will travel in a small vehicle with excellent access to all sights and your tour will be led by an English speaking driver-guide. If more than 9 people are on your tour, you will travel in a van or minibus that will include a separate driver and guide. Since buses have limited access to the city, additional walking will be involved.
What is the duration of the tour?
The duration of the tour is 9 hours including pick up and drop off at the transportation hub.
Do we follow a standard itinerary or is the itinerary flexible?
Since this is a shared tour, the suggested itinerary is pretty much standard but if you have any specific requests please contact our office and we will do our best to accommodate them.
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.
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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