Explore two top attractions which are also on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites on this 6-hour tour. En route, there will be opportunities to take pictures of the incredible landscapes enjoying the panoramic views of Tuscany. Transport will be done using an air-conditioned van, and a knowledgeable guide will provide all the insights about San Gimignano and Volterra.
You will be met by the ship on the time agreed upon; we will head to Volterra first, driving along the coastal Aurelia road, one of the oldest Italian roads for about 30 miles. About halfway we may stop at Bolgheri, an enchanting hamlet near the coast (optional). After Bolgheri, we will drive inland through the beautiful Tuscany's countryside. You'll have a lot of photo opportunities on this section of the trip (1-hour drive from the port).
Volterra has an extremely old history, that dates back to the Iron Age; he was then one of the main city of the Etruscan confederation, a civilization who was predominant in Tuscany between 800 B.C. and the beginning of the Christian Era; he was then a Roman colony and a powerful City State in the Middle Age. You may visit the very interesting Guarnacci museum about the Etruscan people. You will see a unique place where many layers of history overlap. We will spend about 2 hours here.
After Volterra, we will head to San Gimignano (40 min drive), a unique small village. Here you will have the opportunity to taste the world champion gelato (1-hour stay here). In San Gimignano, you can visit La Collegiata, the main church that hosts frescoes by some of the most prominent Middle Age artists. We can add then a stop to one of the oldest estates in this area to sample wines and olive oil (optional).
The drive back to the port will be about 1.5 hrs long.