Our Volterra and San Gimignano Wine Tasting Tour allow you to explore more of Tuscany on an exciting day trip from Siena. Firstly, the tour will take you to one of the most enchanting Tuscan hilltop towns, Volterra. Its Etruscan origins are still visible through the city's walls dating back to the 4th century BC. Our expert guide will accompany you on a walking tour of the historic town center. Twilight fans will appreciate the connection of Volterra to the famous Twilight saga which was the setting for the scenes filmed in Italy. It's no wonder the filmmakers chose this place, the towns folklore is riddled with stories and legends about vampire creatures.
Afterward, you will continue to visit the local Alabaster Museum and see the stone that brought Volterra a great deal of fame. Next, we will invite you to savor a selection of authentic Tuscan cheeses in a local gourmet shop. In the afternoon, the tour will head on a San Gimignano tour, a well-known medieval town that holds the denomination of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, enjoy an hour of free time allowing you to wander around town and immerse yourself in the quaint ambiance as well as views of the Tuscan countryside. Before leaving San Gimignano all together, well make a stop at an authentic wine cellar on a close-by farm. You'll be welcomed to taste varieties of San Gimignano wine. Moreover, on the way back, well make one last stop to visit a Medieval fortress in the Chianti area!
Tuscany offers an array of rich and diverse experiences. It would be a pity to confine your holiday to a single city, even if its as lovely as Siena. However, many travelers miss out on exploring the less visited parts of the region, simply because organizing such trip is not easy. These things are particularly difficult if you don't speak Italian.
However, booking Volterra and San Gimignano Wine Tasting Tour with us allows you to reach deep into Tuscan heritage without all the organizational hassle. Traveling with us, you don't have to worry about missing your bus connections, finding the right places or losing your way in an unknown city. We take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy the experience without distractions.
Moreover, we offer an easy online booking and friendly refund policy. Also, our expert guides make sure you have all the information you need and enjoy the tour to the fullest.
Volterra is an ancient settlement of Etruscan roots. It was a powerful and rich town that stood behind a seven-kilometers-long wall. Already in the Etruscan times, the population exceeded twenty-thousand. The wealth, for the most part, came from its natural treasures hiding in the landscape such as metal and salt. Such prosperity attracted the attention of power-thirsty Romans who overtook the city in 283 BC.
San Gimignano also sits on a hilltop. It rises 334m above sea level and hence offers great views of the surrounding area. It's particularly famous for its numerous tower structures. Hence its nickname, the town with a hundred towers. However, only thirteen of the seventy-two former towers survive until today.
Why were the inhabitants of San Gimignano so obsessed with towers? In Middle Ages, such towers symbolized power and wealth because the building process was complicated and expensive. Most of the materials needed to be dug up and imported. Naturally, only the wealthiest families could afford to have a tower.
But this is just a tiny peek into what you will learn on this excursion from Siena. Book our Volterra and San Gimignano Wine Tasting Tour to not just see and hear but also smell and taste what Tuscany is all about!