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Volterra

Many Tuscan towns are authentically medieval, as is Volterra. Today’s city is delightful, less touristy than San Gimignano, Cortona or Pienza but arguably just as beguiling. Even so, it’s an authentic medieval city with an Etruscan sensibility. Perched on a majestic, windswept ridge overlooking the Sienese hills, Volterra commands its setting and remains the most Etruscan of Tuscan cities. Between the 8th and 4th centuries BC, Etruria Propria flourished as a confederation of 12 city-states in Central Italy. Enigmatic Volterra began as the Etruscan city-state of Velathri but became the important Roman municipality of Volterra in the 4th century BC. Scrape the surface of Volterra and discover the Etruscan spirit beneath. Expect temple walls recycled into Roman buildings and ancient epigraphs encrusted in Renaissance palaces. Walking round the defensive fortifications reveals views of this multi-layered medieval town, with its Roman and Etruscan walls, and the wide sweep of countryside below.

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Small-Group San Gimignano and Volterra Day Trip from Siena

Embrace the medieval charms of Tuscany's towns on a full-day trip to San Gimignano and Volterra from Siena. With an attentive local guide, walk round the Fortress of Monteriggioni, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of San Gimignano, and visit an alabaster workshop in Volterra. Enjoy a delicious lunch on a small Tuscan farm and spend time at your leisure exploring these rustic hill towns that are steeped in rich Italian history.

Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

from 162,46 US Dollar

David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb

Dive deep into the history of great art and architecture in Florence with this all-access tour to the city’s most jaw-dropping attractions. From the heights of Florence Cathedral’s enormous dome; to the hallowed halls of the Accademia; and inside lesser-visited gems like the Duomo Museum and the Baptistery; this exclusive tour is an art-lover’s dream.

from 110,24 US Dollar

Tuscany Castles Tour with Chianti Wine Tasting

Immerse yourself in the picture-perfect postcard landscape of the Tuscan countryside among the lush hills, endless vineyards and ancient castles of Tuscany’s beautiful Chianti region. This tiny corner of paradise has captured the hearts, minds and palates of all who have visited it over its millennial history, and we have planned the perfect full day Tuscany castles tour from Florence to explore the noble traditions and prestigious historic residences of this realm, not to mention a visit to a family-owned cellar, and tastings that include four world-famous local wines!

from 149,69 US Dollar

Small-group Guided tour of Galileo's Museum

Step back in time to discover one of the greatest minds in history with this exclusive 1.5-hour guided tour through the Galileo's National Science Museum of Florence. Join this 90-minutes small-group tour along with your official specialized guide that will unveil you all the secrets contained in this rare Museum. Get out of the crowds and lines, and get to know some original scientific tools made by Galileo himself such as some telescopes and lenses that he used to discover Jupiter's moon. This is the only museum in the world where you can admire his original scientific items.

from 61,5 US Dollar
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