Join our best tours of Tuscany from Florence and explore the region from a fresh perspective. Travel to the magical hill town of Volterra where the evidence of its Etruscan origins manifests itself in the surviving original city walls from the 4th century BC. Our expert guide will lead you through the enchanting streets of Volterra historic town center. The town has a special meaning to the fans of the Twilight saga as it was a setting for the Italian element of the movies. The filmmakers might have chosen Volterra for the common mentions of vampire creatures in its legends and folklore.
Next, we will continue to visit the Alabaster Museum, the rare stone that made Volterra all around the globe. Afterward, you can kick back and relax while tasting typical Tuscan cheeses in a local gourmet shop in the town center. In the afternoon, the tour will move on to the medieval San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among its ancient streets, you can savor an hour of free time and stroll around town on your own enjoying the characteristic alleyways as well as the views of Tuscan countryside. The tour will culminate with a visit to a local wine cellar at a nearby farm. Tasting a selection of locally-produced San Gimignano wine will be the perfect way to say goodbye to this Tuscan town. On our way back to Florence, we will also make a short stop at a medieval fortress in the Chianti area.
Tuscany region offers an incredibly eclectic array of experiences. It would be a waste to focus your entire holiday on a single Tuscan city, even as imposing as Florence. Still, many miss out on discovering the less obvious parts of the region. Often, people find it hard to organize a trip to Tuscany or simply are not aware of the many options.
Booking guided tours of Tuscany from Florence with us will allow you to expand your Tuscan horizons without worrying about the organizational hassle. Our Volterra and San Gimignano Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour let you peek into the clandestine aspects of Tuscan heritage. Furthermore, traveling with us you can forget worrying about missing your transport connections or losing your way in an unknown city. We manage all the bits and pieces, so you can relax without distractions.
Most Tuscan towns and cities, including Volterra, are of Etruscan origins. Back then, Volterra was a prospering and powerful town protected by a thick, seven-kilometers-long wall. Its wealth, for the greater part, came from the towns natural resources hiding under the surface such as metal and salt. Such natural wealth attracted the unwanted attention of power-thirsty Romans who overtook the city in 283 BC.
San Gimignano also crowns a Tuscan hilltop. It stands tall 334 meters above sea level offering stunning views of the surrounding area. Its skyline is particularly famous for being adorned with numerous towers. If you hear someone mentioning a town with a hundred towers, they are talking about San Gimignano. Although, just thirteen of the former seventy-two towers survives to this day.
So, are you ready to immerse yourself in the mythical Volterra or taste the amazing San Gimignano wine? Book our day tours of Tuscany from Florence today and explore these towns without hassle.