San Gimignano & Volterra 

Monteriggioni, from the Infernal abyss of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

First stop on the way to Volterra, just 1h30 from Livorno/Pisa, is the less-frequented but very charming hill town of Monteriggioni, with its unconquerable fortress.
The Monteriggioni castle is one of the most majestic and powerful castles of the Italian Middle Age. Due to its strong fortification, Monteriggioni remained an unconquerable fortress for three centuries. Since its construction in 1213, it resisted every siege, ensuring the freedom of the Republic of Siena until 1554, and then was conquered by the Florentines.
The castle is a walled medieval fortress that sits on a low-lying hill surrounded by the picturesque Tuscan countryside. Its medieval walls and fourteen square towers are still intact, and you’ll have time to explore the narrow alleyways and fortifications of this precious Tuscany hill town.

San Gimignano, town of BEATIFUL towers, UNESCO referenced.

Leaving Florence, our next stop will be in the unique town of San Gimignano, passing through the amazing beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Magnificent fortified walls and tall watchtowers show the power and prosperity of the Middle ages. Today, only thirteen of the original 76 towers remain standing. We will take time to enjoy a stroll along the cobbled streets while taking in San Gimignano’ sights, “Piazza della Cisterna” and the Romanesque cathedral named “Collegiata”, in “Piazza del Duomo”.
Don’t forget to taste the best “gelato” in the world: the ice-cream maker “Dondoli” is labelled as “il miglior gelato al mondo”, with the Lonely Planet guide naming it in the world’s best gourmet sights.

Volterra, home of alabaster artworks.

From San Gimignano, in just 30’ we will arrive in the old town of Volterra, where the driver will park right in the center of this magnificent city: this Etruscan town sits on top of a rocky plateau and is protected by medieval ramparts.
Your independent exploration on foot will start at “Piazza dei Priori”, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, defined as a bellicose assembly of towers and palaces; then stroll to “Piazza San Giovanni” for admiring the sacral monuments known as the “Battistero” and the Cathedral of “Santa Maria”.
Enjoy shopping at leisure, looking for the best alabaster artworks – Volterra’s ancient art of sculpted white rocks is still alive for you.
The precious alabaster comes from the surrounding hills and you will find a lot of gorgeous hand crafted objects on every corner of the narrow streets.

duration: about 10 hrs

Enjoy a full day immersion in the Medieval wonders right into the heart of Tuscany: the historical castle of Monteriggioni, the stone towers of San Gimignano, the alabaster hand crafted artworks, will take us through the ancient Etruscan land with the discovering of authentic traditions and culture.