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The Secrets of Siena and the History of the Towers of San Gimignano

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  • Siena
  • San Gimignano

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • R/T Transfers from Siena to San Gimignano with professional, English speaking driver for the entire duration of the tour
  • Luxury car equipped with A/C
  • Professional English speaking guide for the entire day
  • Tour of Siena
  • Tour of San Gimignano
  • Lunch in a magnificent restaurant selected by us with a personalized menu in Siena (beverages not included)

 

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

  

 HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS:

  • Is it advised to wear appropriate clothing for this activity

 

Please note: transfers by luxury chauffeured car to and from your accommodation can be arranged upon request

You will meet your guide in the center of Siena, a city that dates back to the Etruscan period. Siena later became a Roman colony at the time of Emperor Augustus and during this period went by the name Saena Iulia.

While walking along the streets you will reach the Duomo (or Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta), a classic example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, the Battistero di San Giovanni, and the historic Piazza del Campo with its unusual seashell form. It is here that the famous Palio di Siena takes place every year on 2 July and 16 August. After your tour you will be welcomed into one of the best known restaurants in the area.Within this tavern, with its evocative architecture, you will be able to taste some delicious Tuscan dishes: from the flavors of wild boar ravioli to potato gnocchetti prepared in yellow squash sauce to the classic "ribollita" (Tuscan soup) and their exquisite Florentine steak, all accompanied with the best local wines.After this wonderful lunch, your driver will accompany you to the charming village of San Gimignano where you will be able to walk through this Medieval town, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Even with its 19th and 20th century renovations, its 13th and 14th century appearance has remained intact and is one of the finest examples of town organization in all of Europe.The main attraction of San Gimignano is the 16 Medieval Towers that still stand today. The oldest is the Torre Rognosa, 51 meters high, while the tallest is the Torre del Podestà, also known as the Torre Grossa (Big Tower), standing 54 meters. In AD 1255 a law was passed that prohibited the building of any tower to supercede the height of the Torre Rognosa (which was the tallest at that time), while the two most important families - Ardinghelli and Salvucci - in order to demonstrate their power, had two towers built just 50 cm under the 54 meter limit.After exploring this glorious town you will be chauffeured to Siena.Please note: transfers by luxury chauffeured car to and from your accommodation can be arranged upon request.
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