The Chianti Countryside & San Gimignano (8 Hrs)
When someone says "I want to visit Tuscany" is really meaning Chianti. This Countryside, is reputed as "the most beautiful in the world". Famous for the wines, it enchants every visitor with the beauty of its medieval hill-towns, castles, stone farmhouses and breathtaking landscapes.
We will visit some of the most unique sights in the area such as Badia a Passignano, Montefioralle, Greve in Chianti, Panzano. We will end the day with the visit of San Gimignano, the famous town of the medieval towers, that is one of the main tourist attractions in Tuscany as it is a perfectly preserved 12th and 13th centuries jewel.
This is a day you will never forget!
Please note : the Tour is conducted only in English
What makes this Tour Unique?
- 8 unforgettable hours
- Private DeLuxe Minivan
- Small groups
- Qualified Driver/Guide
Please check the day and departure times in the Booking Box at the top.
Pick up and Drop off
Directly from your Hotel or Apartment in Florence.
Private DeLuxe Minivan licensed to enter restricted areas.
Guaranteed even with 3 participants only and with a maximum of 8 passengers.
Driver / Guide
Tour conducted by a qualified Driver/Guide*.
Euro 6,00 per person to be paid on the spot.
Minimal walking required.
Not included: Entrances at museums, castles and villas. Meals, food and beverage, sightseeing tours with local guides, tips, unless specified in the programs.
* Driver/Guide will thoroughly introduce the places being visited, from a cultural, historical and artistic viewpoint while walking or driving to and through them, but is not licensed to give in depth explanations at sights or guide inside churches, or museums.
Pick up and Drop off : directly from your Hotel or Apartment in Florence.
- Badia a Passignano : set among the Chianti Hills, this Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1049 and is composed of: the San Michele Arcangelo Church (12th century) with frescoes by Domenico Cresti (properly called The Passignano) and by Alessandro Allori, the Cloister, the Capitular Rooms, the kitchen and the refectory.
- Montefioralle : developed around the highest part, the ancient feudal settlement, it has an elliptical plan from which originate numerous passages; all around there are the walls (13th-14th century) which show the remains of some towers, today converted into residences, and the three access doors.
- Greve in Chianti : it was born near to the major communication and commerce networks that ended up at Via Volterrana and Via Francigena, in an intermediate position between Florence and Siena, and its oldest nucleus is located on the current hill of St. Francesco where today rises up the Museum of St. Francesco inside the former convent; important is the Mercatale, the current Market Square, which is one of the reference points of the valley, risen in the middle of a densely populated area, rich in rural churches, castles and feudal villages.
- Panzano : quiet village already inhabited in the Etruscan era, it still retains the Castle (documented since the 11th Century, controlled by the Firidolfi family and involved in the fights between Florence and Siena for the control of the Chianti), parts of the ancient city walls, an access door and the Tower of Cassero. Remarkable also the Santa Maria Church rebuilt in the late 19th century which houses a painting of the Madonna with the Child (in the middle of another larger painting made by Bernardo di Stefano Rosselli), and an Annunciation attributed to Michele Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio.
- San Gimignano : inhabited since the Etruscan times (3rd-2nd century B.C.), its historic center has been declared World Heritage from the UNESCO; nicknamed the Manhattan of the Middle Ages for its numerous towers that still characterize it, took its name from the bishop of Modena that would have save it from the barbarian hordes. The town has developed in the Middle Ages thanks to the Via Francigena that crossed it and today it presents the Cathedral (with works by Ghirlandaio, Benozzo Gozzoli, Jacopo della Quercia), the Palazzo Comunale, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Archaeological Museum and many others.