The wonders of Volterra
Given the beauty of these two towns, we recommend an early departure in the morning to get to Volterra. Volterra
, that was one of the most important and powerful Etruscan settlements, is characterized by its remarkable architectural and artistic heritage. The old town center still preserves not only notable remains of the Etruscan period
(such as Porta dell'Arco, the main gateway to Volterra; much of the town walls; the Acropolis, where there are the foundations of two temples; and several underground tombs), but also ruins that date back to the Roman period (such as the Theater) and fine medieval buildings, including the Cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori. Volterra is also renowned for the alabaster
processing and for its exquisite artistic handicraft, that can be admired in the workshops of the old town center. The tour continues to San Gimignano.
San Gimignano: “The Manhattan of the Middle Ages"
The tour will then continue to San Gimignano
, with lunch followed by the visit of the town. The old town center of San Gimignano, still surrounded by the thirteenth-century town walls, is a very interesting monumental complex: in fact, it has preserved almost intact its medieval structure, characterized by several slender towers (originally seventy-two, only thirteen nowadays). For this reason, San Gimignano has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site
and it is famous throughout the world not only for its towers, that have earned it the nickname of "Manhattan of the Middle Ages
", but also for the many of its architectural works, as the beautiful Romanesque cathedral. But that's not all, San Gimignano is also the home of the famous Vernaccia, a very pleasant white wine. A tasting during the Tour is highly recommended.
Duration of the itinerary: 8/9 hours.