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Contrade tour – city neighbourhoods

  • Contrade tour – city neighbourhoods

    Siena’s distinctness owes much to the contrade, the 17 city wards created during the Middle Ages. These neighbourhoods still symbolise the Sienese’ sense of belonging: every community has its own flag, fountain and font, as well as its own motto, museum and church. Plaques on the walls testify to which contrada you are in, ranging from Wolf to Owl, Unicorn, Caterpillar or Goose. Baptisms and deaths are celebrated collectively, while a traditional Sienese will only marry within his or her contrada. The power of the contrade can be felt during the Palio horse race, which commands the passion of the whole population. Every neighbourhood spurs their rider on to victory. To get to grips with this secret world, book a contrade tour around the individual museums, churches and stables.

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Palio Tour

To say you know a place means to know its traditions. In Siena, it's all about the Palio, the centuries-old traditions formed around a horse race that takes place twice a year, in Piazza del Campo. Taking part in this 1-hour tour, you will get a chance to discover the history and the tradition behind this important horse race. You will visit one of the 17 districts (Contrade) and the guide will show you the district's fountain, where children are baptized. After that you will have exclusive guided tour of the Contrada's museum, where the ‘Standards’, the banners given to the winning Contrada, and the traditional medieval costumes of the Contrada's members are exhibited.

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Shore Excursion to Florence with Wine Tasting from Livorno

9-hour tour 
Round trip transportation from/to the port/ship
Comfortable air conditioning minivan
Professional tour guide-driver
English speaking driver
Florence highlights
Visit of a Winery in the Chianti Region
Wine Tasting and Light Lunch
Free wi-fi on board
Free water on board

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Tuscany Motorcycle Tour - Cities of Tuscany

Discover the main cities of Tuscany with this motorcycle tour! This tour is a MUST if it is your first time in Tuscany. In 2 days we will be able to see all the main cities of Tuscany (obviously Florence is excluded as it is our departure and arrival spot). Between them, we will enjoy the wonderful landscapes and exciting roads of this region. We will visit the born-place of Leonardo, Vinci, the beautiful Lucca, the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, the old Etruscan town of Volterra, the magnificent San Gimignano (aka the medieval Manhattan for it’s towers), the historical Siena and Arezzo, the city where Life Is Beautiful was shot.
2 days of touring full of culture, new discovers, nice roads and great food, what else you can ask for?

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Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Monteriggioni Small-Group Tuscany Day Trip

Spend a day discovering Tuscany’s unspoiled hill towns, cities and countryside on a day trip from Florence! The breathtaking area is home to Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Pisa and the wine region of Chianti — all sites visited on the tour. Enjoy walking tours of each town, and admire architectural gems such as Siena Duomo. After lunch and a wine tasting at a Chianti estate, spend the afternoon seeing two UNESCO World Heritage sites: San Gimignano Old Town and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.

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