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Our flagship all-inclusive day trip to Florence, San Gimignano, and a Tuscan winery by high-speed train from Rome!

Highlights

  • Visit the magical city of Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance
  • Travel comfortably and sustainably – high-speed train cuts travel time to Florence in half!
  • Wine tasting and light lunch in a prized local winery
  • Free time to explore the unforgettable medieval town of San Gimignano

Tour duration

13 hours

Description

Meet at Termini Station and board a state-of-the-art high-speed train for the 1.5 hour scenic ride to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and artistic geniuses such as Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Galileo Galilei.

As you step off the train your local expert guide will greet you and lead you into Europe’s most charming city. On a 2.5 hour walking tour, your guide will unveil the great beauty of Florence and its immensely rich history, architectural wonders and vibrant culture. A city of Roman origins, Florence truly took center stage in Italy when the art-loving Medici family rose to power and funded much of the cultural and artistic rebirth we now refer to as the Renaissance. Hear the true stories about Medici ambitions, greed, and power and about those who dared to conspire against them as you stroll through the charming streets.

Your local guide will show you famous landmarks like the Florence Duomo, Brunlleschi’s unrivaled Dome, and the Baptistery of St. John, adorned with its famous “Gates of Paradise”. Next you’ll take in Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of Florence where an exact replica of Michelangelo’s world-renowned statue of David stands.  This lively square is home to Palazzo Vecchio, a medieval fortress turned town hall, which showcases stunning Renaissance artwork and architecture.

Heading along towards the River Arno, we’ll stroll past the Uffizi Museum and view the famous Vasari Corridor, a 1km-long overpass designed to connect the Medici residence with the Uffizi. You’ll get a chance to take some stunning pictures of the famous Ponte Vecchio before we bid farewell to Florence and get comfy on an air-conditioned coach.

Enjoy a scenic ride and rest your feet while cruising through the perfectly manicured hills of Tuscany and arrive at an independent winery overlooking the medieval towers of San Gimignano. Visit the vines and see how age-old winemaking traditions have been maintained through the years and incorporated into the modern production of today’s highly prized wines. Learn a bit of wine lingo such as what the initials DOCG mean and what classifies a wine as “Super-Tuscan” while hearing the winemaker’s heartwarming story during a guided tasting of six wines including the famous Vernaccia di San Gimignano and of course a Chianti.

Each wine will be paired with local cured meats, cheeses, breads, and of course extra virgin olive oil produced on the grounds. The wine and food pairing will conclude with a first course.

Last but not least on this Tuscan getaway is a visit to the enchanting town of San Gimignano. Your guide will allow you free time to admire the 14 remaining medieval towers, quintessential Tuscan cobblestone side streets, artisanal shops and gelaterias.

From San Gimignano you’ll make your way back to the Florence train station in time to depart for Rome!

Inclusion

  • Round trip high-speed rail tickets from Rome
  • Guided walking tour of historic Florence
  • Winery tour with tasting and light lunch
  • Free time in San Gimignano for exploring
  • Air conditioned coach for transfer to San Gimignano

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Visit inside Florence museums and monuments

Know before you book

  • Total time in Florence: 3 hours
  • Travel time from Florence to San Gimignano by bus: 1 hr
  • High-speed train travel time from Rome to Florence: 1.5 hrs
  • Free time in San Gimignano: 1.5 hours
  • Due to the route covered and/or the means of transportation used, it is not possible to participate in this tour using a wheelchair, scooter, or other aid. Please contact us to inquire about customized tour options for guests with mobility challenges

Know before you go

  • Bring a hat, sunblock and comfortable shoes
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • In the event of rail delays or traffic emergencies, visit to San Gimignano may be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to the start time will be refunded in full. No refunds will be made for cancellations with less than 48 hours notice or failure to arrive at the meeting point on time (no-show).

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