Located in the Elsa Valley, San Gimignano offers itself as a splendid treasure hidden in the heart of the famousTuscan countryside. The first buildings that will catch your eyes will be the majestic medieval watch towersknown, in the past as house-fort where rich families lived and were well protected from enemy attacks. Your will then turn left and right, up and down to admire each single building of this charming village where still today locals live peacefully.
A quiet village that has descended through time from the Etruscan period to the Romans and from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, to the Medici and the Lorena nobility. San Gimignano has always been extremely important for an economy based on agriculture. Fifteen watch towers are visible today (seventy-two existed in the Middle Ages) and that is why tourists have heard it called the “Medieval Manhattan”.
You may spend your morning and lunch here before heading to Volterra.Volterra (Velathri) can be reached within a thirty minute drive westward from San Gimignano. It is one of the twelve main cities of the Etruscan confederation (Etruria). Priori Square and Priori Palace, The Medicean Fortress and Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistry, The Museum Of Sacred Art, The Art Gallery, The Roman Theatre and Thermae and The Guarnacci Etruscan Museum are some of the highlights of this town.
Let your eyes dance across the landscape; you will most certainly be spellbound!
Volterra is recognized as the alabaster capital of the World – in case you didn’t know! An authentic alabaster souvenir would make a wonderful keepsake or gift from your visit.
The driver might choose to start the tour either way from San Gimignano to Volterra or from Volterra to San Gimignano.
There will be also the possibility to stop for a nice lunch in a local Tuscan Trattoria, ask your driver to reserve a table for you!
Museum entrance fees
Meals and drinks
Light lunch and wine tasting in a family owned farm (Extra €30 per person to be paid on spot)