|COACH TOURS ORGANIZED
Via San Matteo, 74 - 53037 San Gimignano ( Siena ) Tuscany Italy
Tel. +39 0577.940.827 - Fax +39 0577.940.888
|TOUR 1 - PISA - LUCCA|
The group (minimum 8) meets at our agency and leaves for Pisa. We arrive in Pisa in the morning and visit Piazza dei Miracoli, the cathedral - a masterpiece of Pisan Romanesque architecture containing works by leading artists like Gianbologna; the Baptistery, a circular Romanesque building; the Belltower, better known as the Leaning Tower, which is one of the most famous buildings in the world owing to the elegance of its white marble architecture and its unique natural inclination. Visitors make their own arrangements for lunch. In the afternoon we continue the tour to Lucca where we visit the monumental complex, including Piazza Napoleone off which narrow streets lead into the city centre. Return to San Gimignano in the evening.|
|TOUR 2 - VOLTERRA|
|The group (minimum 8) meets at our agency and leaves for Volterra. The city is best known for the production and working of alabaster. We visit Piazza dei Priori, one of the most interesting medieval squares in Italy dominated by the Palazzo dei Priori which still has a 14th-century fresco in the "Sala del Consiglio" and a 15th-century inlaid bench in the "Sala della Giunta". The visit continues with a tour of the cathedral and the other important monuments in the city. Return to San Gimignano.|
|TOUR 3 - IL CHIANTI|
The group (minimum 8) meets at our agency and leaves on a tour of the Chianti classico area. We visit the production zone of one of the most renowned Tuscan wines, Gallo Nero. The first stopping point is Castellina in Chianti where we visit the centre and a number of "fattorie" where you can taste the wine. Other stopping points include Castello di Brolio, Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, typical villages deep in the Tuscan countryside. Lunch will be provided in the Chianti zone and we return to San Gimignano in the evening.
|TOUR 4 - VOLTERRA - LARDERELLO - SAN GALGANO|
|The group (minimum 8) meets at our agency and leaves for Volterra. Having visited Volterra, the city of alabaster, we continue to Lardarello in the metalliferous hills which is well known for its production of geothermal energy. We visit the museum of geothermal energy housed in Palazzo Larderel, one of the most interesting in Italy. We will stop for lunch at an attractive restaurant close to Lardarello.||
|The tour continues to San Galgano where we visit the ruined Gothic abbey. The roof with its grandiose vaults collapsed some time ago and the floor of this ancient place of prayer and meditation is now covered with green grass. Close by is the small Romanesque church of Monte Siepi, decorated with frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, where the nobleman Galgano Guidotti set a sword in the rock so that its hilt formed a cross. Return to San Gimignano.|
|TOUR 5 - SIENA|
|The group (minimum 8) meets at our agency and leaves for Siena. The city is surrounded by rolling hills in the centre of the high Tuscan plateau and its appearance is dominated by 14th century buildings. Our tour enables us to discover the secrets of its narrow, winding streets which suddenly open out into the splendid Piazza del Campo; in the centre of the square is the Fonte Gaia, a marble fountain by Jacopo della Quercia. We also visit the Palazzo Pubblico, flanked by the 102-m high Torre della Mangia, the cathedral which is an outstanding example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, and other important monuments in the city.Return to San Gimignano.||
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|TOUR 6 - FLORENCE|
|The group (minimum 8) meets at our agency and leaves for Florence where we visit the Medici Chapel and the church of San Lorenzo. We then continue to Piazza Duomo dominated by the imposing cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, whose immense dome is regarded as Brunelleschi's masterpiece, and Giotto's Belltower, whose tall, slender form is embellished with polychrome marble, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni with its famous three bronze doors.||
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Walking down Via Calzaiuoli, one of the main streets lined with elegant shop windows, we cross Piazza della Signoria which is regarded as the centre of the city's civic life, and reach the Uffizi, one of Italy's most important art galleries with works by leading artists, including Botticelli, Cimabue, Leonardo, Tiziano...
We continue the tour by crossing the Ponte Vecchio to visit Palazzo Pitti. Visitors make their own arrangements for lunch. In the afternoon we visit Piazza Santa Croce and one of the masterpieces of Florentine Gothic art which is renowned s the Pantheon of "Illustrious Italians"; we end our tour by visiting some of the other well-known monuments in the city. Return to San Gimignano in the evening.
|N.B. The agency can also offer a wide choice of programmes including:|