Medieval Tuscany tour is an authentic journey among some of the most fascinating but lesser-known medieval destinations of Tuscany. A journey to discover a past that it’s still alive thanks to hidden treasures, castles, pilgrims’ ways, re-enactments and flavours of the tradition.
The tour starts from Florence with a private minivan and arrives in Pistoia as first stop. Pistoia is a quiet, small town surrounded by the Appenin arch: also called “Little Santiago” for its precious relic of the Apostle Saint James the Major, it’s a hidden casket of art and history. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to enter the Chapel that keeps the Treasure of Saint James: the famous Silver Altar, one of the most important goldsmith’s artwork of Europe and the late-Gothic reliquary made by Ghiberti.
The tour continues to the second destination, the well-preserved Rocca di Staggia, one of oldest fortresses located along the Via Francigena. Inside the fortess, the participants will enjoy a wine tasting of a selection of local wines (Chianti) and the famous cinta senese.
The last stop of this charming journey is Volterra, where a professional guide will lead all the participants to discover the secrets of the city center: from Priori Square, heart of civil life, to the historical headquarters of the Flag Wavers and Crossbowmen Companies, exceptionally open to the public for our visit.
The return to Florence is programmed in the late evening (approximately: 8pm).
- Full-day tour
- Private minivan (from/to Florence) with English-speaking driver
- Profesional English-speaking guide
- Walking tour in Pistoia city center
- Entrance tickets to: Silver Altar and Bell Tower in Pistoia
- Guided tour at Rocca di Staggia + light lunch with Italian salami (Renieri) and Chianti wine
- Walking tour in Volterra with visit inside Palazzo dei Priori, set of the Tv serie “Medici, Masters of Florence”
- Santa Maria Novella train station, NCC check-point
- 8:00 am
- 8:00 pm (approximately)
- Please advice in case of food allergies or intolerances
- Unfortunately this tour is not appropriate for people with motor disabilities
- Tour is guarantee in case of rain
- Comfortable shoes are recommended