Tour Suggestions - Tuscany

Options are wide and various - we will make sure that your expectations are met by our English spoken driver.  Tell him what you wish to see and if you want to spend more time in one place than another, but we want to make sure to have enough time to see as much as possible.    Along the way, the areas of interest he will explain to you, please ask questions and discuss with him.         


   Half Day Tours:                           Whole Day Tours:

  • Florence

  • Siena 

  • San Gimignano

  • Volterra

  • Vinci and San Miniato

  • Lucca

  • Pisa

  • Chianti

Florentines in costume   Stemma di Florence


Florence City Tour


• first stop (this can be altered, depending on where one is picked up) - Piazzale Michelangelo, where you may admire an overall view of the town.  From here, we take a short trip, gently winding our way down the magnificent boulevade into the city, taking in the beautiful villas and greenery. 

• When you arrive in the city of Florence, we head for Santa Croce Church, where Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini are all buried.  Here is also the Leather School where you may see an artisan at work.  Then your driver will park in the Piazza del Duomo for you to survey the baptistry, Giotto's Tower and the superb cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the second largest church in the world,

• You are now in the center of the walking area, only five minutes from the best shopping area of the town, the Piazza della Signoria, with Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Museum (outside), the Porceliino and Ponte Vecchio, the famous 14th century covered bridge, home of Florence's gold shops!  Wander through the fashionable boutiques or sample a bit of Tuscan cuisine.

Remember that the driver is always at your total disposal to show you any place you wish - for example, Uffizi Museum, the Accademia Gallery*, home to the original statue of Michelangelo's David, or the huge Pitti Palace, a good sample of  Renaissance palaces, located on the south side of the Arno, a very short distance from the Ponte Vecchio.


* We may book your tickets for whatever museum you wish, ahead of time, to save hours of queueing up.

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When you have seen enough, your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm farewell!  


David - Accademia gallery   Ponte vecchio







Your driver will pick you up to  begin the "Wine Road".   Crossing the beautiful Chianti area on your way to a place of particular historic and artistic interest, Greve which is the heart of the Chianti area, the most important village known all over the world.


Chianti & Wine Tour


Greve - here you will find the monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano (the explorer that discovered the largest part of the East Coast of America), Piazza Matteotti with its lovely porticoes, the San Francesco convent, and many shops, wine-cellars, and butchers.  All of the most famous people of Hollywood have stopped in here to order the best beef, salami and ham in the world! So if you want to feel a VIP for a day why not stop as well.

• After Greve you will continue your way to the renowned magnificent castle of Verrazzano.


You may decide:

•  whether to stop off and enjoy the simple wine tasting, as well as a visit to the castle,  gardens, and centuries-old ageing cellars.




• for something a little different, visit the surrounding woods where the wild boars breed naturally! Where you will be bale to see the way the wine is made and, most importantly, will give you the opportunity to taste the various products of the farm, together several wines, each one to accompany different meats.




• for your next choice, a complete wine tasting, which will offer you the same tour of the Castle, as well as a complete lunch made up of all of the products on the farm.  Each dish will be accompanied by the appropriate wine. This is an experience that you will certainly never forget! 


But discuss with your chauffeur he will be able to give you an idea of what you had in mind.   Depending on which option you choose (the lunch option will take longer).


You may also get a chance to visit San Gimignano, Monteriggioni castle, Volterra, or Siena,

depending on time factor.  But this is always best to discuss with us, so contact our office and we will be pleased to answer your question. 


After an  enjoyable day, your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm farewell!  




  Painting of Giovanni Verrazzano














Private Tour with a qualified english speaking driver.  Transfers included

Your driver will meet and drive you to the city of  Pisa.   Along the drive, your chauffeur will make sure that you are taken care of and answer all your questions that you may wish to ask.


Pisa - Massacciucoli (Giacomo Puccini's Lake / House Museum) and/or Lucca Tour


• first stop Pisa, where you will park in the middle of the famous "Field of Miracles."   This square is the site of Pisa's Duomo, Baptistery, Campo Santo and, of course, the Campanile, better known as the Leaning Tower.  If you decide to go into these places, it may take sometime, therefore you may have lunch here or at our next stop on the lake of Massacciucoli.

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•  Continue to Massaciuccoli where you may admire the surrounding lake and the Puccini's house.  If we are earlier enough we may visit the inside which is the Puccini's museum (a small fee) and/or have lunch first then go in afterwards.


Day Timetable
01/03 - 30/04  10:00/12:30 - 15:30/17:30
01/05 - 31/10  10:00/12:30 - 15:00/18:30
01/12 - 28/02  10:00/12:30 - 14:30/17:00

Closed:  Every mondays - Christmas - Month of November
Closing of ticket office half hour before
Duration of the visit:  20 minutes

• Once finished with the tour we will then adjourn to
Lucca, which has one particularly stunning feature - the ancient ramparts that still circle the old city. The inhabitants built these brick walls in the 16th century for defense.  Today, you may walk around the city on the wide shaded walkways atop the walls. If that doesn't tire you out, climb up the Torre Guinigi - the 130 ft. tower has an ancient oak tree on top!    Churches; San Michele in Foro and San Frediano, the cathedral San Martino, here inside you may see the Tomb of Ilaria del Carretto sculptural masterpiece, a marble sarcophagus by Jacopo della Quercia,1406-13.

The shopping street is via Fillungo, Palazzo and Torre Guinigi (14th c.), the latter is one of the few still existing, plant with stone oaks, clan towers and the Piazza Anfiteatro.  On the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, churches and houses were built, which now form a beautiful oval square. The best ice-cream is found at the Gelateria Pinguino in Piazza Napoleone.


Your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm farewell well!  


Massaciuccoli Lake   Cathedral San Martino - Lucca








 Private Tour with a qualified english speaking driver.  Transfers included

Montepulciano • Pienza • Montalcino (Vice versa)

Your driver will meet you and will take you on a breathtaking trip.    This is one of the best trips for photographers. The area which you are about to explore represents Tuscany or Italy,    crossing from one town to the other, the fantastic Tuscan landscape that you see in books, posters and paintings.  


The first stop, Montepulcino - the whole village is surrounded by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder in 1511.  Inside the walls the narrow streets leads you further up the hill.  On the way up and at the top you can admire the Renaissance-style palazzi and churches.


• Palazzo Comunale (town hall) stairway, small fee - worth the climb to enjoy the stunning views over the town and surrounding valleys. 


• Cathedral - 1630


• Piazza Grande - towns highest point - historical, political and religious centre of Montepulciano


• Palazzo Contucci - an extensive wine cellar hiding underneath!


• Santa Maria dei Servi


Our second stop - Pienza - a small town perched on top of a hill, still surrounded by city walls that were constructed in the 14th century.  You walk through the frescoed Porta a Prato, the main entrance of the town and along the main street, Corso Il Rossellino.

• One of the best parts about a visit to Pienza is taking a stroll around the town walls. where you can admire a spectacular view. 


• Cathedral - renaissance faηade, the inside of the church is gothic


• Piazza Pio II - heart of Pienza


• Palazzo Borgia - home to the Museo Diocesano


• Chiesa di San Francesco 

• Palazzo Piccolomini - inside the building  is a beautiful square courtyard encircled by arcades on columns with Corinthian capitals



Last and final stop - Montalcino


• Fortezza - you may climb to the top of the tower - fabulous view over the town and the valley. Then go downstairs and enjoy a tasting of Brunello.


• Piazza Garibaldi - Tourist Information Center and a map of the village


• Diocesan and Civic Museum - paintings from the Sienese School, 12th c.


• Madonna del Soccorso (climbing up) - NB stained glass windows


• Continue down the hill to enjoy the beautiful little garden in Piazza Cavour at the bottom of the hill.  Begin the stroll up Via Mazzini to Piazza del Popolo, but take the long way by descending one of the stepped streets either to the left (down) or right (up) and walking a parallel street for a ways. This way you can enjoy the homes, gardens and orchards of the townspeople.


• Piazza del Popolo


Your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm italian embrace!   



  Siena's landscape






Resurrection - Piero della Francesco


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 Arezzo • Cortona

Your driver will meet you and then will drive you to  Arezzo, our first stop and then will adjourn to Cortona - whole day tour.


• Museo Archeologico Mecenate  has made a small park out of the remains of its Roman amphitheater (entered from Via Crispi). Atop one of the amphitheater's curves, a 15th-century convent with a double loggia has been converted into an archaeological museum housing remains from Etruscan.

• Medieval & Modern Art Museum situated in the palazzo Bruni. On display are some statues, coins, paintings, etc.   Every epoch of Aretine and imported artistry from the Middle Ages to the Macchiaioli is represented in the moderately large and interesting collections.  

• Badia - In 1565, Giorgio Vasari performed a High Renaissance architectural overhaul on the 13th-century church.


• Santissima Annunziata - main attractions of this 14th-century interior Renaissance church, designed by Bartolomeo della Gatta and Giuliano and Antonio da Sangallo the Elder.


• Piazza Grande is the most famous square which slopes to a great degree, is surrounded by medieval-looking buildings. It was here that Robert Benigni shot some scenes for his nomination film La Vita ' Bella - "Life is Beautiful".


• Casa di Vasari (Vasari's House) Giorgio Vasari bought this house in 1540.   There are works by Il Poppi, Alessandro Allori, Santi di Tito, and, of course, Giorgio himself. 


• Basilica di San Domenico, founded in 1275 and completed in the early 14th century.  The interior has a single nave with a Crucifix by Cimabue.


• Duomo situated at the highest point in town, surrounded by the Parco il Prato with its 16th-century Medici fortress ruins.    Need time to visit inside: stained-glass windows (1519-23) by the French immigrant Guillaume de Marcillat.  Gothic tombs throughout the church.  Fresco by Piero della Francesca. The large Cappella della Madonna del Conforto (Lady Chapel) preserves several della Robbia terra cottas and much more to see.   


•Museo del Duomo - small but worthy museum, hidden around the back side of Arezzo's Duomo -   three painted wooden crucifixes from the 12th and 13th centuries and a terra-cotta Annunciation (1434) by Bernardo Rossellino.


• Santa Maria della Pieve - Lombard Romanesque architecture, 12th-century church.


• San Francesco - 14th-century church, it is here, where you'll find one of the most important fresco cycles by  Piero della Francesca, artists of the Renaissance. Legend of the True Cross (1448-66) has drawn art-loving pilgrims from around the world for centuries.


• Palazzo dei Priori - Also known as Palazzo del Comune, houses the city hall, the building dates back to 1333 but has been rennovated many times.  At the back there is a bell-tower where one can climb up to admire the view over the town.


Lunch time - Some point of the Tour, Arezzo or Cortona, you may wish to stop for something to eat.  Maybe a snack  or a typical lunch in a little restaurant (lunch option will take longer and at your own expense). 


The drive to Cortona is one great panorama. In the distance, you may barely see Lago Trasimeno.   The prevailing character of Cortona’s architecture is medieval with steep narrow streets situated on a hillside (altitude 600 m), embracing the whole view of the valley  Valdichiana.


• Santa Maria Nuova church, 1554, is of a square ground-plan.  Built on the hillside, stands alone and is surrounded by greenery.   Unfortunately it is not in very good condition and is not open for sightseeing or inspection.

• Madonna del Calcinaio - only a few hundred meters away stands the church. It was built in 1484-1515 by Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439-1502) in connection with an alleged miracle-performing image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


• Cortona's Etruscan Walls - are incorporated into the medieval walls that surround its historic center.   Inside the walls, you can wander the narrow medieval streets of Cortona's historic center.  Near the walls, you'll often be rewarded with fantastic views of the valley below.


• Piazza della Republica - 13th century town hall and clock tower are located here in the square.   Relax and enjoy the piazza life by sipping coffee or eating a gelato from one of the cafes.

• Duomo - Renaissance cathedral, built on the site of an Etruscan temple, 11th century facade and  beautiful 16th and 17th century paintings inside.  It is very unusual to find a duomo on the edge of a town, rather than at its heart.  From here there is a view looking down the valleys.

• Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca - 13th century Palazzo Pretorio, situated on  Piazza Signorelli. Besides good Etruscan artifacts, the museum holds Roman remains, Renaissance and Baroque paintings, 15th century ivories, and a small Egyptian exhibit.  It's closed on Mondays.  If you are interested we may book ahead for a museum guide to take you around to some Etruscan tombs in the area.


• Museo Diocesano - this small museum, also closed on Mondays, holds outstanding art works and a decorated Roman sarcophagus.

• San Domenico - Near the public gardens, the church  has a completely intact 15th century altar piece and works by Fra Angelico and Signorelli.

• San Francesco -  built in 1245, holds a Pietro di Cortona painting and the
remains of Signorelli.

Your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm italian embrace!   



Piazza Grande - Arezzo







San Gimignano


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San Gimignano • Siena


Your driver will meet you and take you on a wonderful tour through Tuscany to the medieval village of San Gimignano, about 1hr 15mins drive and then onto Siena.   Time will escape you while you are taking in the beautiful Tuscany countryside of rolling hills with vineyards and olive groves.   Your chauffeur will make sure that you are taken care of, answer all your questions that you may wish to ask and give you a commentary about the areas you are about to visit. 


• When you reach San Gimignano, you will find a small, walled medieval hill-top town, famous for its medieval architecture and especially its towers.  You will already have an idea of what to expect; the town is known for its wealth & Rich families competed in the erection of high towers, that served as lodging, protection, and also status symbols.


Of the town's 76 original towers, only about 15 remain. Stroll around the narrow cobbled streets, taking in the sights of the town: Sant'Agostino (Church of St. Augustine) with its Benozzo Gozzoli frescos, and the Collegiata, the main church, situated in Piazza del Duomo at the heart of the town.


Maybe have lunch here in one of the local canteens and enjoy a taste of the local white Vernaccia wine and some local cheese for an apetizer, beside having a little free time to do some shopping, you will surely be tempted by the local pottery and souvenirs.  Don't forget the gelato!    

• Next stop - Siena, just south of San Gimignano.    Here you will find the walls and gates surrounding a city center made up of narrow, winding streets and old buildings and palaces.


The city center is dominated by the Piazza del Campo, a large shell-shaped square where the civic life of Siena is focused, and where the "Palio delle Contrade", a biannual horse race, is held.  And don't miss the city's great cathedral, San Domenico church, dedicated to Santa Caterina, this cathedral is noted for its marble pavement and Gothic faηade. 


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Your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm farewell!  



Sunflower field  

  Campo - Siena




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