Don’t miss the chance to spend a wonderful day in the Chianti region of Tuscany, well-known for its prestigious wines, and visit the small medieval hill town of San Gimignano (St. Geminianus), Monteriggioni and last, but not least, the very beautiful city of Siena.
Approximately three and a half hours north of Rome (300 km), the first stop on your tour will be in the hill town of San Gimignano, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You will tour it on foot. Its medieval architecture and urban structure seems to be intact, thanks to very strict national laws and local rules and regulations. At the end of your visit, you will have the opportunity to taste one of the most precious Italian white wines called “Vernaccia,” representing a large part of the economic resources of San Gimignano. Then, you will proceed 35 km toward the Tuscan town of Monteriggioni. Here you will stop in one of the many casual wine bars of the area, where you will sip selected Chianti wines and taste traditional appetizers in an atmosphere of warm Tuscan hospitality. After this short stop, your tour will head to the city of Siena (approximately 40 km), whose historic center is listed also as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
You will walk to its main square, Piazza del Campo, and marvel at its unique shape which is in the form of a shell. It is renowned for its famous horse race, called Il Palio, held in July and August of each year. This unique event, showcasing the rivalry between various districts, is preceded by a spectacular pageant. You will also appreciate the beauty of the Torre del Mangia towering on the left side of the Palazzo Pubblico as well as the medieval Roman-Gothic Cathedral, called the Duomo, which is currently the main Catholic place of worship in Siena.
You will leave for Rome around 5:00 p.m.,passing through the hilly Tuscan countryside, admiring a landscape that seems to be hand-painted by an artist. Arrival in Rome is expected to be around 7:30 p.m.