As we approach Siena, you will see an enchanting view of Monteriggioni from the panoramic windows of the bus; enjoy the spectacle of a small, medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remain standing to this day.
Upon arrival in Siena, we will meet up with a local guide (at our disposal for two hours), who will take us on a comprehensive tour of the historic center. We'll start at the famous Basilica of San Domenico, a jewel of Renaissance art that was built in the 13th century and dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena.
We will walk along the narrow, medieval streets of the city, flanked by splendid palaces and historic shops until we reach the spectacular Cathedral of the 12th century. We can admire the magnificent architecture and the splendor of the polychrome marbles.
The tour continues with a visit of the Museum and Oratory of a Contrada*(exclusive opening), where we can experience the atmosphere of the authentic and most intimate soul in the town.
The“Contrade” (districts into which the city is divided) are the real core of local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other, as they devote themselves to the preparation for the famous Palio horse-race. The Museum of a "Contrada", as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. It is an intimate and secret place containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art that are normally not disclosed to the public.
The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) is the focal point. You'll have free time to continue exploring the city and to eat lunch (not included).
In the afternoon, we reach San Gimignano, a small but world-famous walled town located on a hilltop. It has remained intact throughout the centuries, and is renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes, and many other valuable works of art: here we will be led to the heart of the historical center where you will have free time to explore its fascinating discovery.
In the evening, crossing the gently rolling hills of Chianti , we will arrive at a small and typical winery where, after a short walk in the ancient vineyards, we will visit the suggestive barrique room and taste four fantastic wines. This local sampling produced zero food miles. Finally, we will stop in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti, to admire its famous main square flanked by arcades and browse through the local artisan shops, to end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany.
- When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, will be replaced with the interior visit of the Cathedral or another site of particular historic and cultural interest