The Town of Fine Towers: San Gimignano and its Vernaccia Wine

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Florence, IT
4.2 (14)
Florence, IT
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Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and experience the true flavor of the Tuscan countryside on this exciting small group tour. Journey through the picturesque landscape of gentle hills, rolling vineyards, and olive groves as you make your way to the charming town of San Gimignano. With an expert multilingual escort, uncover the secrets of the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages" and take in the most scenic views, including a climb up the iconic Torre Grossa. But the highlight of the day awaits as you indulge in a tasting of the renowned Vernaccia di San Gimignano, one of the finest local white wines. With limited spots available, don't miss your chance to book this unforgettable experience.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 5 hours
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence
  • Experience the true flavor of the Tuscan countryside
  • Uncover all the secrets of San Gimignano
  • Climb the Torre Grossa for scenic views
  • Sip the renowned Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine
  • Vernaccia wine tasting: the most renowned local white wine
  • Free time in San Gimignano
  • Roundtrip transportation by air-conditioned minibus or minivan with free wi-fi
  • Professional expert English-speaking tour leader
  • Small group Tour

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Discover the enchanting beauty of the Tuscan countryside on the "The Town of Fine Towers: San Gimignano and its Vernaccia Wine" tour. This immersive experience takes you away from the bustling streets of Florence and transports you to a serene landscape of rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves. Led by an expert multilingual escort, you'll uncover the secrets of San Gimignano, a small medieval town often referred to as the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages".

What to Expect

On this Vernaccia wine tour, you can anticipate breathtaking scenery, charming streets, and the opportunity to climb the iconic Torre Grossa for panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of San Gimignano as your knowledgeable guide shares fascinating stories and highlights of the town.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for travelers seeking an authentic Tuscan experience and a break from the city. Whether you're a wine enthusiast, history buff, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, this tour offers something for everyone. It's designed for small groups, providing an intimate and personalized experience for individuals, couples, or groups of friends.

Why Book This?

Venturing beyond Florence, this tour allows you to immerse yourself in the Tuscan countryside, away from the tourist crowds. With a focus on the renowned Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine, you'll have the opportunity to savor the flavors of this exquisite local white wine. The expert tour leader will ensure you make the most of your day, providing valuable insights and ensuring a seamless experience.

Good to Know

Roundtrip transportation by air-conditioned minibus or minivan with free Wi-Fi is included, making your journey comfortable and convenient. You'll have free time in San Gimignano to explore at your own pace, discovering hidden gems and capturing stunning photos. As a small group tour, you'll enjoy a more intimate and personalized experience, allowing for deeper connections with fellow travelers and the destination itself.


Travelers who have embarked on this tour have praised its immersive nature and knowledgeable guides. They have raved about the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the charm of San Gimignano, and the opportunity to taste the renowned Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine. Overall, the reviews reflect a high level of satisfaction with the experience and a desire to recommend it to others.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary


Meet your fellow travelers and your tour leader at Piazzale Montelungo in Florence and find a comfortable spot on your bus.

Chianti Road

(Pass by)

Let's start this amazing trip passing by one of the most iconic areas of Tuscany: the Chianti region. The area offers a unique landscape with gentle hills, rolling fields of vineyards and olive groves, small medieval towns and breathtaking sceneries.

San Gimignano

To top off your day, nothing better than a wine tasting in a local winery: you will have the chance to taste the famous Vernaccia di San Gimignano: a light and crisp white wine with floral and fruity notes. It’s the perfect opportunity to toast to the adventure you just experienced, before going eventually back to Florence.

Historic Centre of San Gimignano

Even before arriving at your destination, you will be struck by the high ancient towers that define the skyline of San Gimignano. The bus will drop you off at the city gate and with a short walk you will easily reach the main street. Walk through the little narrow cobblestone streets to feel its genuine and unique medieval atmosphere and reach Piazza della Cisterna, once the market square used also as a stage for festivals and tournaments. Take the open passage and enter Piazza Duomo, home to the Municipal Palace, and climb up to the top of the Torre Grossa: the highest tower of the city that counts 218 steps. Once you reach the top, a 360-degree view of the surrounding hills will open just in front of you, making the effort of the climb definitely worth it.


Get back to Florence in total comfort and relax, pampered by the memories of the beautiful day spent in the heart of vineyards and rolling hills.



4.2 (14)


The tour guide was very monotone and her english was difficult to understand by Americans. She really didn't add much information to the tour. However, the first winery, Poggio Amorelli, was fantastic. Our host at the winery was amazing - he provided a lot of information about the wine process and a tour of the winery. The Tuscan lunch was superb as were the wines that accompanied it. The tour should have stopped there - the second winery was very dull and used the same glass for each of the different wines that we tasted. The host at this winery provided minimal information about the winery and the wines.


Enjoyed our tour with Luigi as our tour guide. Though I love the wine tasting, I really enjoyed taking the time to stop by the little shops and experiencing authentic Italian shops.


The small group wine tour offered great intimacy for the size of the group. The van used by Ciao Tours was extremely comfortable with greatly sized windows to view the countryside. My favorite part of the tour was the route. The selections of vineyards and a visit to a small village for cheese tasting allowed us to see various angles of Tuscany countryside and it was astounding. The first vineyard was wonderful and our guide was very knowledgeable and kind. The olive oil and selection of wines were lovely. However, the second half of the trip, including the second vineyard/winery was way too fast, they served us in paper cups and plates (bad for ambiance and environment) and we did not get to fully enjoy the 2nd stop. I really loved the first half of the tour, and it was a good experience overall.


First winery we stopped was good with a knowledgeable host and good products. Second one was poorly organised and nothing special - noisy and overcrowded. Our driver Allessandro wasn’t great. He indicated he didn’t like tourists played Latin American music loudly so he didn’t have to talk or answer questions and he dropped us off at a different place because the proper place “wasn’t good for him”. This left us with a long walk on a very hot day.


The Bus was first class along with the driver. The tour guide Luigi was extremely personable and did a fantastic job. The drive through the Tuscan hills was breathtaking. The two wineries were great and the presentations and wine/food pairings were first class. We bought two bottles of wine at the first winery, it was that good. Would definitely recommend this 5 hour trip as it was the highlight of our trip to Florence.


I enjoyed the visit to both vineries, but I was disappointed with the tour overall because: - there were around 20 participants, not 12 as the tour advertised - the vinery visits were rushed and we were not told about the wine production as advertised - we didn’t stop in Greve at all and the reason wasn’t explained - there were families with young children on a tour who made noise on a bus, so it was hard to hear the tour guide


Our guide, Christian, took us through the Chianti region and to a wine tasting. Best part of our trip! During the drive, he shared history of wine making as well as history of the area. It was like traveling with a really smart friend! Thank you, Christian!

Karoline N

Great tour with sweet Assia as a guide! The first wineyeard Was the best visit of the two. They had exellent wine and an a amazing balsamico 👌🤌 and a guided tour at the winery. Second wineyard was a bit dissapoiting, No tour on the winery and the wine was not the best (our opinion). First wineyeard was the highlight, second highlight was the small town castellina di chianti ❤️ what an charming place! Too Sad we Only had about 30min there, would have paid more for trip Just to have an hour there! Thanks to Assia for a Great Day, guide and many good advices, your the best! Higly reccomended! Regards Karoline og Bjørn


Expérience merveilleuse ! Rencontres extra ! Chauffeur super ! Il parlait français car il vient du Québec. Nous étions un petit groupe, seulement trois couples. Les 11 vins que nous avons essayé étaient tous très bons. Les explications données dans chacun des deux vignobles étaient super intéressantes. Je le recommande vivement.


Excellent guide. Merci Christian. Premier vignoble impeccable mais le deuxième nous a donné un moins bon accueil et une expérience assez ordinaire.
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