|Livorno (Florence) - Tuscan Countyside, San Gimignano &
Discover rural Tuscany on an excursion to two medieval walled towns. Sample
the local cuisine and shop for fine wines, statues and ceramics.
WHAT YOU VISIT
San Gimignano - Fortified walls and watchtowers were hallmarks of power and
prosperity in the Middle Ages. Thirteen of the town’s original 76 towers
remain. Approximately 1 1/2 hours are allowed to stroll the narrow cobbled
streets to take in San Gimignano’s sights, including the triangular Piazza
Cisterna. The Piazza del Duomo is the site of the Collegiata, a Romanesque
cathedral known for its fine frescoes.
Volterra - A trading center since the days of the Etruscans, Volterra sits
on a rocky plateau and is protected by medieval ramparts. Your walking tour
takes in the Piazza dei Priori, one of Italy’s most impressive squares, the
Piazza San Giovanni, site of the Duomo and Baptistery, and the ruins of an
ancient Roman theater that dates back to the 1st century B.C.
Take some time to shop for ceramics and wines during your visit to San
Gimignano. Volterra is famous for the production of alabaster articles, and
you will find many shops with beautiful alabaster statues and furniture.
Experience the flavor of Tuscany during lunch at a small farmhouse located
in a scenic valley.
WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Drive northeast from Livorno, passing medieval Tuscan hill-towns. The
rolling slopes are covered with vineyards and silvery green olive groves,
providing lots of wonderful photo opportunities.
The drive to San Gimignano, and the return from Volterra is approximately 1
Tour groups are not allowed inside the Duomo during mass services. Entry
will be allowed on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and
Shopping is limited on Sundays.