Exclusive Tuscany Day Tours to Enjoy the Real Beauty of Tuscan Cities, Monuments and Foods
It’s really difficult to explore the whole Tuscany in one day. Also Weekly Tours are limited, because Tuscany is peraphs the Italian Region with the most beautiful places to visit. So, to help you deciding what to see and what to do in Tuscany in just One Day, we have grouped the Best Tuscany Tours in 3 main categories:
- Art and Culture Tuscany Tours
- Food and Wine Tours
- Rural Tuscany Tours
Art & Culture Tours in Tuscany
Florence and Uffizi or Academy (David) Tour
Florence, the capital city of Tuscany, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, is the best expression of arts, culture and lifestyle in Tuscany. Full of churches, museums, bridges, shopping streets, restaurants and artisans boutiques, Florence is a must see destination during a travel in Italy.
A guided tour in Florence is the best way to see only the most important things, without time lost. Our exclusive walking guided tour in Florence will lead you across the historic centre, passing before from the old gate to the city, the Porta Romana, with his Pitti Palace, which hosts many galleries and museums and a magnificent park called the Boboli Gardens.
We will continue to learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour. Will see Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi: the multi-coloured Marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors that Michelangelo dubbed “the Gates of Paradise”.
The Duomo of Florence
Florence’s cathedral, the Duomo, stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, with the baptistery of St. John right across. The cathedral, named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore, is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt.
The Uffizi Gallery and the Gallery of the Academy: the heart of the Florence Art
Inside the Uffizi Gallery, not far from Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, you can admire the unique magnificent paintings of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raffaello, Leonardo Da Vinci. Also, you have the opportunity to visit Accademia Gallery, wich is another important museum, where it’s conserved the original statue David of Michelangelo.
A walking tour into the centre gives the opportunity of enjoying the charm of the City. Walking along the Arno River and across Ponte Vecchio, the old Bridge famous for the beautiful jewellery shops.
After that you cannot to miss the amazing views from Piazzale Michelangelo (named after the artist who sculpted the original David statue). Here there is a fantastic and panoramic terrace that faces on the city, from where you can take the most beautiful pictures better than a simple postcard.
Guided Tour of Pisa and its Leaning Tower
Pisa is probably the most known town in Tuscany all over the world, especially for its leaning tower. But you should know that there is much more than the bell leaning tower to discover in Pisa.
Also, Pisa has an international airport and is well connected with all the towns in Tuscany, so Pisa is one of the best places where book a hotel or an apartment as the basepoint for your holidays in Tuscany.
The Historic Centre of Pisa
Pisa is rich in history and monuments. There are so many things to visit that you should consider passing almost three days in this town to discover all its beauties.
If you haven’t so many times, you should consider a guided tour in Pisa. An expert local guide can show you only the best places. With a private tour of Pisa, you may also tailor the visit, based on your needs and wishes.
A walking tour is the best way to discover the historic center of this town. Walking across the small streets of Borgo Stretto, you can discover many churches, squares, and museums, like the Church of San Michele in Borgo, or the small church of Santa Maria della Spina, a beautiful church in Pisan Gothic style situated on the Arno’s riversides, the so-called Lungarni.
We can also find traces of the Medici Family like Knight’s Square, designed and remodeled by Giorgio Vasari in the XVI century to host the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of Saint Stephen, founded by Cosmo de Medici in 1561.
In the historic center of Pisa, you can also visit the house of Galileo Galilei.
The Duomo and the Leaning Tower
A guided tour in Pisa must include the visit to Miracles Square (Piazza dei Miracoli), that houses the marvelous cathedral of Pisa, the Duomo, with its bell tower, also known as the leaning tower, and the monumental St. John Baptistery.
The Shopping Streets in Pisa
Pisa is a modern and vibrant city. Due to the presence of one of the most notorious university in Italy, Pisa is a young town with a lively nightlife.
Pisa is also full of good Italian restaurants and, obviously, boutiques. You can also find artisan’s boutiques where local artisans produce real Italian masterpieces (like jewels or clothing).
Volterra and Andrea Bocelli’s Theatre Tour
Volterra is a walled mountaintop town, famous for its alabaster production and for its Etruscan walls of which there are still-standing ruins. Volterra is probably one of the most interesting towns to visit during your Trip to Tuscany, thanks to its ancient history and unforgettable landscapes.
During the panoramic road to Volterra, you can see its unique clay hills, where there are a lot of quarries of alabaster, one of the raw material mostly used from local craftsmen to make beautiful handmade artifacts.
The real “New Moon” Town
In Volterra you can admire the impressive Roman Theatre, built during the 1st-century bc and excavated in the 1950s. Walking around the narrow streets of the historic center you can see beautiful monuments, churches, squares, the old Etruscan Walls and old palaces, like the Medicean Fortress and Palazzo Pretorio.
The mysterious atmosphere of Volterra has inspired the writer Stephanie Meyerthe in her famous novel “New Moon”, which was made into the movie of the famous saga “Twilight”.
The Theatre of Andrea Bocelli, in Lajatico
Near Volterra, it’s possible to visit the open-air amphitheater created by the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli: the “Teatro del Silenzio” (Theatre of Silence) is nestled in the heart of the Tuscan land, near the village of Lajatico, where the famous artist was born. The theatre hosts a concert by Bocelli once a year every July, while remaining silent the rest of the year.
Food and Wine Tours in Tuscany
Chianti and Supertuscan Wine Tour in Tuscany
You can’t visit Tuscany without having a real wine tasting experience, and the Chianti region is, obviously, the best place where have a wine tour in Tuscany.
An Unforgettable Wine Tasting Experience
Our wine tours will lead you across beautiful medieval villages, with breathless scenery, to reach local wineries inside the Chianti Region. In these local cellars, you can enjoy delicious local Tuscan food chosen to exalt the unique taste of the wine.
Taste and Learn to Taste Good Tuscan Wines
Our experts will teach you how to taste a Chianti wine, a Chianti reserve, what to expect from a Super Tuscan wine and especially what does it mean.
Tasting wine admiring the beauty of the Tuscan countryside is probably the most beautiful experience for all the people that love wine. Super Tuscan wine is an unofficial categorization used to identify small productions of wines that are made combining local grape varieties with uncommon blends in Tuscany, like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, that create wines with excellent tastes. The small production makes these wines difficult to export, so you can taste them only in local wineries.
Truffle Tour in San Miniato in Tuscany
San Miniato is a medieval town in the province of Pisa, located halfway between Pisa and Florence.
San Miniato is especially popular for a rare and expensive mushroom that grows here, called White Truffle.
The white truffle is more highly valued than the black truffles found in other regions of Italy and has very high prices, and a really unique taste and flavor.
The main event in San Miniato is the truffle fair that takes place in November, when truffle hunters, chefs, experts and journalists come to taste the local gastronomic speciality and buy truffle but also you can buy it every year around.
With our exclusive truffle tour in Tuscany you can taste some delicious local product, also with withe truffle.
BellaVita Food & Wine Tour on the countryside
Tuscany is well known all over the world for its unique hills landscapes, tipical of the Tuscan countryside. In the countryside, we can find various medieval villages, especially near Lucca, like Montecarlo. Our food and wine tour in Tuscany will start by visiting this typical medieval village placed on the hill that overlooks Val di Nievole and Lucca’s plain.
After this small cultural visit, we will reach a cellar where the owner or a qualified guided, will explain all the secrets of Italian winemaking and how red and white wine are produced here. Then we will visit an ancient cellar that nowadays is the unique real wine museum on the hills made in the 20° century.
Your High Quality Tuscan Food And Wines Degustation Experience
After the visit, in a very comfortable atmosphere in the ancient big cellar, you will have the opportunity to taste a selected range of wines paired with:
- selected cheeses
- selections of local sausages and salami
- extra virgin olive oil with bread
- bread baked in a wood oven
and more delicious traditional appetizers.
Only real Italian food from Italian people, not commercial products
All the food paired with the wines is local food. Every product is produced by little local artisans from the famous Garfagnana Mountain or Terricciola area, where the traditions are still respected and well conserved. You will taste only traditional and local Tuscan foods. We personally check every single product in order to guarantee the highest quality.
Exclusive Selection of Luxury Tuscan Wines
The most notorious wines of this area are Sangiovese and Trebbiano Toscano, respectively in the red and white wine variations. Apart of these excellent wines, these lands are plenty of vineyards of local red varieties Ciliegiolo and Colorino, as well as the Bordeaux trio of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. You will never taste so many good wines at once.
Rural Tuscany Tours
Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Wine
A tour in Tuscany should always include a panoramic road through the countryside of Tuscany to visit the beautiful Gothic and Medieval villages of Siena and San Gimignano, which seems as though it has been frozen in time.
San Gimignano: The History of Tuscany
San Gimignano it is also known as the “Manhattan of the Renaissance”, for the 13 medieval towers that symbolize the prosperity of the country and the wealth of its merchants. This Tuscan hill-top town will surprise you also for the delightful wines and food. In fact, the town of San Gimignano is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.
What You Can Admire in Your Day Tour in Siena
Siena deserves a visit because is one of the most popular and visited cities in Tuscany, a place extremely rich in medieval history and art. It is famous also for its Palio di Siena that takes place twice each summer in the famous Piazza del Campo. The whole city of Siena is built around this square, which was conceived as a work of art in perfect harmony with the surrounding hillside. The historic centre of Siena is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
3 Things You Will See during Your Visit to Siena
You can’t say that you have visited Siena if you don’t see these places and attractions:
- Piazza del Campo: the heart of Siena, overlooked by the monumental Torre del Mangia, fully built with bricks. In this square take place the notorious Palio
- Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, situated in Piazza del Duomo
- The Baptistery dedicated to San Giovanni (St. John)
Chianti: Taste Italy! Taste Real Tuscany Wines (and Olive Oil)!
The Chianti is probably the most famous Tuscan wine all over the world. But it’s not the only wine in Tuscany. With our tours, you can enjoy Only Original Italian Wines, with a wine tasting in a local cellar. An Italian degustation is not complete if you don’t taste, with the wine, some local food and a classic slice of bread with the delicious Extra Virgin Olive Oil, produced only with local olives.
Tuscany Day Tour: Visit Lucca, Barga and Garfagnana Hills
Lucca is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany, where you can admire the Renaissance style and the extraordinary architecture of the city surrounded by the famous XVI century thick walls. Over these city walls you can walk freely and enjoy a breathtaking view over rooftops, steeples, gardens, tower-houses, churches and the nearer Tuscan countryside.
In the historic center of Lucca you can discover:
- the Cathedral and its miraculous wooden crucifix: “Holy face”
- St Michele church
- Fillungo, the most important shopping street in the city
- the Clock Tower
- the Guinigi Tower, with its holm-oak growing out of the top
You will admire also, of course, the Amphitheatre square and the imposing tree-lined town walls of Lucca.
Our day tour starts from Lucca and goes on with a travel along a panoramic road through the countryside of Tuscany to enter in the Garfagnana region, characterized by green valleys, old medieval towers and rife chestnut trees.
Following the course of the river Serchio, we will discover the medieval Devil’s Bridge, also known as Ponte della Maddalena (Maddalena’s Bridge), built in the XII century. The Devil’s Bridge is one of the region’s most mysterious and exciting landmarks where you will be able to discover the chilling legend that haunts this ancient structure.
The Medieval Castles in Garfagnana
The Garfagnana was in the past an important area to keep control over the territory. So, in this area of the Tuscany, you can visit many forts and fortresses, that can bring you back in time to the Medieval period. The most famous fortresses to visit in Garfagnana are:
- the Ariostesca Fort in Castelnuovo
- the Verrucole Fort
- the Castle at Mont’Alfonso
Carrara Marble Quarries Tour: 4×4 Off Road Trip in Tuscany
Quarries of Marble of Carrara are located in the mountain region of Apuan Alps. The famous Marble of Carrara, well known all over the world, has been quarried since Roman times, both for artistic and building usage, and has been the favorite marble of many notorious sculptors, including Michelangelo.
Our exclusive Off Road Carrara Marble Tour
Once arrived on the Alps, you will leave our minivan to go on a Jeep, ready to start the 4×4 Marble Tour in Tuscany.
We have to remember that the Marble Quarries are active working places, so you can’t visit them on your own but only with an authorized partner.
We will see three different kinds of quarries by jeep and you will enjoy the charm of exclusive places and breathtaking scenery, from the alps to the sea coast, otherwise inaccessible for visitors on their own. You will be enchanted by the landscape, where the white color of the marble contrast the dark colors of the mountains.
Maybe you don’t know that some James Bond’s ‘Quantum Solace’ scenes have been shot in these quarries, in these lunar landscapes.
An Unexpected Taste: the “Lardo di Colonnata”
Colonnata is a tiny village in the middle of marble quarries, well known in Italy and in the world for the production of the “Lardo di Colonnata”, that you will taste with us during a short break to enjoy its unique flavour.
The Best Tour in Tuscany
The Best Tour in Tuscany is the one that meets your needs and wishes. Our staff can customize every tour based on your ideal holiday.
Contact us now, and our expert guides will suggest you the best places to visit based on your accommodation or holiday duration. Consider also that we are well organized for shore excursions dedicated to travellers making a Cruise in the Mediterranean Sea.
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