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San Gimignano and Volterra Tour

Private Driver Service with luxury limos, sedans, minivans in Tuscany for a private tour of San Gimignano and Volterra

The tour starts in the beautiful hill town of Volterra, a real gem of Tuscany. With an exceptional view over the Tuscan countryside, you will discover the secrets and delights of  this town, rich in history and charm. From the impressive Etruscan walls to the Palazzo dei Priori, from the remains of the ancient roman theatre to the craft shops specialized in the manufacture of alabaster, all of which breath its incredible and mysterious charm.


Along a stretch of scenic road through the hills of Tuscany, you will arrive at San Gimignano, where you will have the chance to visit the extraordinary medieval centre which still preserves the original structure of that time. The high Medieval walls, the Town Hall, the tall stately towers, from which derives the name of Medieval Manhattan: this is the extraordinary scene ahead of you as you walk through the streets of the town. It will seem as if you are truly reliving that unique atmosphere of the Middle Ages.


DETAILS

Duration: approximately 9 hours


Included: comfortable air conditioned vehicle, private driver (English speaking) at your disposal for duration of tour, taxes, fuel, parking, motorway tolls, meal of the driver, and of “our best”!


Not included: lunch, entrance fees to monuments or museums, wine tasting, and anything not specified as “Included”.

It is possible for the tour to leave from locations in Tuscany and Umbria, within the areas in which we operate (click here to view map) and, based on logistics, the specific programme can be modified.



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Volterra: Inhabited since the Iron Age, from VII – VI BC, it developed, thanks to the iron and copper mines, to becomes one of the 12 Etruscan city states belonging to the league. Benefitting from powerful walls to defend themselves against invasion from the Gauls, nothing could defend them from the rising power of Rome, which it had to submit to in the III Century BC. During the Middle Ages it was an important diocese, and it was administered by the Bishop, until the XIII Century, when the citizens were able to rebel and establish a free municipality. Divided by Guelfs and Ghibellines, and above all by the cities of Pisa, Florence and Siena, centuries of internal strife and battles followed, resolved by the final annexation of the city to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the XVI Century. The city is also famous today for alabaster, easily found in the caves of the area. Many, in fact, are the craft shops specializing in the processing of this material, from which small sculptures, ornaments and jewellery are produced.


DON’T MISS!!!
Etruscan Walls, Porta all’Arco, Palazzo dei Priori, Roman theatre


San Gimignano:
Probably of Etruscan origin, the town was able to emerge and assert itself during the Medieval period.   In 1199 it became a free municipality, and in the following century consolidated its strength and independence to balance on a flourishing trade of agricultural commodities, such as saffron, and a strong financial economy. This allowed it to develop a rich and powerful aristocracy that enriched the city itself of public works (residential towers). For its geographical position, it passed many times between the hands of the Guelfs and Ghibellines, and between Florence and Siena, then, exhausted and hit hard by the Black Death of 1348, it surrendered voluntarily and permanently to the republic of Florence.


DON’T MISS!!!
Piazza della Cisterna, Medieval Walls, Torre Grossa, Torre Rognosa, Palazzo del Municipio