Hey there my lovelies,
Welcome back to my Blog!
So if you caught up to my Part 1 of my trip to Florence which if you missed, then you might want to check it out here.
After seeing how that post ended up (sorry for the overload) and not to bore you more than necessary, I decided to split my days in two posts, so this post you will find all the details of our Saturday full day trip for Best of Tuscany Tour with Walkabout Florence. Our exciting, jam packed day was the perfect way to indulge in the beauty of Tuscany.
Tour included visits to the iconic Medieval town of Siena, the enchanting town of San Gimignano, an incredible Tuscan lunch in an organic farm and winery, a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside and a visit to Pisa to get that “must have” photo with the leaning tower! Tuscany is without a doubt one of the most beautiful parts of Italy and has an incredible history, beautiful countryside, a wealth of art, delicious food and superb wines! Our day trip was the perfect way to experience as much of this beautiful region as possible during a short period of time and i loved every moment!
The tour departed from Santa Maria Novella Train station at 8:30am where we boarded our modern, clean and comfortable coach which also had air conditioning! We met our friendly tour guide, Belen who gave us a talk tour of Florence as we drove through the city and out into the Tuscan countryside! She also gave us maps and information for all the towns which we would be visiting for the day which was really interesting and helpful!
Our first stop of the day was in beautiful Siena, which is one of the most iconic Medieval towns in Tuscany. We were lucky (not weather-wise as it was pouring while we there!!!) enough to experience Siena through the eyes of a local guide. She guided us through the charming, medieval city. We learnt about the world’s oldest bank, saw Piazza del Campo, the site of the incredible 600 year old Palio horse race, and admired the interior of the Duomo which is bursting with stunning artwork. We then had free time to explore Siena further on our own and we had a lovely time strolling the stone streets and relaxing in the buzzing Piazza del Campo which is without a doubt the heart of the city.
Everyone was feeling a little hungry by this stage which was great as our next stop was a beautiful organic winery & farm for lunch! We had a tour of the farm where we learnt about the wines they produced and we met some very friendly cows too! We then had an informal wine tasting lesson before enjoying our traditional Tuscan lunch of homemade pasta, cured meats, local cheeses, a garden salad and Tuscan biscotti paired with three delicious Tuscan wines including Chianti, Vernaccia and a Tuscan dessert wine called Vin Santo! It was certainly a highlight of the day and both the food and wine were delicious! It was a lovely experience!
Everyone on the bus was a lot chattier after those few wines during lunch and it wasn’t long before we reached the beautiful enchanting town of San Gimignano where we had free time to spend however we wanted! San Gimignano is a charming, picturesque medieval town with beautiful streets and squares to stroll through, award-wining gelato and the incredible and famous medieval towers. It is possible to climb one of the towers but instead we walked up to La Rocca di Montestaffoli which is the town’s fortress and has a beautiful public garden inside.
We then jumped back on the coach for a beautiful, scenic drive through stunning Tuscan countryside where we arrived at our final stop of the tour, Pisa! We had plenty of free time to explore the iconic Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Bapistery in the beautiful Field of Miracles!
Our Best of Tuscany day tour was an excellent introduction to the beautiful region of Tuscany in Italy which is a place I would love to return to one day! We felt the tour was an excellent combination of guided tour, free time, sightseeing, food, wine and culture! Belen was an amazing guide, she was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and really took the time to speak to everyone on the bus and answer any questions as well as give us a wealth of information about Florence and Tuscany in a really engaging way! If you get Belen as your tour guide then you are very lucky as she was fantastic!
Until next trip,