Volterra and San Gimignano (shore excursion)

6 February 2016

I wait with a private chauffeured car for you to disembark; we leave for Volterra (maximum 50 minutes from Livorno) and I give you a running commentary on what you can see from the car. The road we take goes through the hills called the “metal” hills on account of the copper and iron that have been mined there since antiquity. I’ll be your guide in this fascinating medieval town, an ancient Etruscan capital 3000 years ago which inspired the New Moon saga by the writer Stephanie Meyer. It has a wonderfully preserved Roman theatre with a Roman spa behind it, and one of the most important Etruscan museums in Italy. After that, we set off for the wonderful village of San Gimignano, famous for its perfectly preserved, dizzily high towers. San Gimignano is also a large craft centre. Pilgrims stopped there in the medieval period. After some free time (if there’s time), we’ll return to Livorno on country roads with lovely scenery which is also the shortest route back.
To this full day we can add a tasting of Chianti and Vernaccia wines in a farmhouse near San Gimignano or in a wine cellar downtown.

Price for 1-7 people:

  • 870 Euro including private chauffeured car and my service as tour leader from Livorno to Volterra/San Gimignano and the tour of Volterra.
  • 670 Euro including private chauffeured car and my service as city guide in Volterra (maximum 3 hours). You meet the private chauffeured car at your ship and you meet me in Volterra. You go sightseeing on your own in San Gimignano.
  • Access to buildings is not included and tickets can be bought on site. Etruscan Museum: 9
  • Euro per person, reduced prices for groups and people aged 65 and over.


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