Italy: Siena Back

Departs from : Siena

Duration : 4 days

Type : Semi-Private

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Price Per Person : EUR 1,998.00

Meals Included

Breakfasts : 3

Lunches : 1

Wine Tastings : 1

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The medieval city of Siena is beguiling with its crowded brick skyline, colorful piazzas, historic churches, and passionate locals. In this romantic setting, you’re perfectly poised to enjoy the best of Italy, from Renaissance art treasures to rolling countryside. Based in a 19th-century villa within view of the city walls (and the green rolling hills of Chianti), you set out on a leisurely bike ride down the white-gravel roads of the surrounding fields and picturesque neighboring towns. Experience the highlights of the city center on a guided private tour which leads you through the shell-shaped main square, Piazza del Campo (where the centuries-old annual Palio horse race is still held), to the Duomo, where you find art treasures by Pisano, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini

 


Day 1 : Siena

Where we visit : Siena

Meeting Location : Siena

Description :

Arrival in Siena Upon your arrival in Siena, step into serenity at an elegant 19th-century villa hotel. Overlooking Siena, this historic family-owned property is set in extensive landscaped gardens with a swimming pool and tennis court. You settle in to views over the rolling hills of the Chianti region of Tuscany. A small gem, Siena is perhaps best known for the tradition of its centuries-old horse race, the Palio, in which contrade (neighborhoods) compete with medieval pageantry in its Piazza del Campo main square, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also a center of masterpieces of medieval art and architecture with its stunning cathedral, frescoes, and paintings. And of course, its location in the heart of Tuscany makes it an important center for the region’s sublime food and wine. Dinner is on your own this evening, perhaps in your hotel’s excellent restaurant, or with recommendations in one of Siena’s many fine trattorias. Hotel Villa Scacciapensieri or equivalent hotel Siena, Italy An elegant 19th-century villa, this family-run hotel overlooking Siena and the surrounding Tuscan countryside is set in meticulous gardens and park-like grounds. Spacious and quiet rooms are furnished with classic decor and fabrics. The fine dining restaurant also serves meals alfresco on a shaded terrace. The main villa has a fireside bar/lounge, library, small private chapel, and a media room. On the grounds are a swimming pool and tennis courts and complimentary bicycles are available for guests. DAY

Meals : Not applicable

Day 2 : Siena

Where we visit : Siena

Description :

siena Full day private excursion in the Tuscan countryside: bicycling from Pienza to Lucignano d’Asso-Torrenieri, 17 miles (3 hours), easy; lunch and wine tasting at Azienda Agricola Paradiso A full day in the Tuscan countryside begins with just under an hour’s drive by private minivan and guide to the picturesque town of Pienza, a “planned” Renaissance town especially known for its excellent cheese. After a brief visit, you depart on your bicycles in the direction of the hilltop wine town of Montalcino. You pass en route lovely Lucignano d’Asso to get to Torrenieri for a short break before riding a stretch of fine gravel, the so-called white roads (strade bianche) that offer incomparable views at every turn—golden hills bordered by lines of cypresses leading to farms and vineyards. Your destination for a late lunch is the Azienda Agricola Paradiso, an authentic working farm estate famous for its production of high quality olive oil. Here, ample Tuscan specialties are served and accompanied by a tasting of three important Tuscan wines—including of course Brunello di Montalcino. A late afternoon drive brings you back along scenic roads to your villa for an evening of independent dining. Hotel Villa Scacciapensieri or equivalent hotel Siena, Italy An elegant 19th-century villa, this family-run hotel overlooking Siena and the surrounding Tuscan countryside is set in meticulous gardens and park-like grounds. Spacious and quiet rooms are furnished with classic decor and fabrics. The fine dining restaurant also serves meals alfresco on a shaded terrace. The main villa has a fireside bar/lounge, library, small private chapel, and a media room. On the grounds are a swimming pool and tennis courts and complimentary bicycles are available for guests.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting

Day 3 : Siena

Where we visit : Siena

Description :

siena Private guided walking tour of Siena, easy After breakfast at your hotel you meet your expert guide for a full-morning walking tour of Siena and its major sites. Enclosed in 14th-century walls, this quintessential medieval city gained influence and wealth through rich merchants and bankers whose stunning palaces make up the center, including the headquarters of the oldest bank in Europe. You begin your tour in this old financial quarter and then cross the famous Piazza del Campo main square, where the Palio horse race is run. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed over the old Roman forum and continued as the city’s main marketplace. You then wind through narrow cobbled pedestrian streets to the highest point in the city, the location of the Duomo, Siena’s magnificent cathedral. Completed in 1382, its striking black and white exterior is as spectacular as the masterpieces of paintings and sculpture inside by such artists as Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini. With your guide’s suggestions for lunch and continued explorations, you have the entire afternoon and evening for further discoveries in Siena. Hotel Villa Scacciapensieri or equivalent hotel Siena, Italy An elegant 19th-century villa, this family-run hotel overlooking Siena and the surrounding Tuscan countryside is set in meticulous gardens and park-like grounds. Spacious and quiet rooms are furnished with classic decor and fabrics. The fine dining restaurant also serves meals alfresco on a shaded terrace. The main villa has a fireside bar/lounge, library, small private chapel, and a media room. On the grounds are a swimming pool and tennis courts and complimentary bicycles are available for guests.

Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 : Siena

Where we visit : Siena

Description :

Departure from Siena Following breakfast at the hotel, you check out and depart at your leisure.

Meals : Breakfast

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. 24-hour emergency service
  2. Accommodations in a 19th-century villa
  3. Entrance fees to Siena’s Duomo
  4. Private biking excursion with expert bilingual guide (high-quality bikes and water bottles included)
  5. Private lunch and wine tasting at a working farm estate
  6. Private walking tour of Siena with expert bilingual guide (4-5 hours)

What's Not Included

  1. Departure Transfer
  2. Gratuities of any type
  3. Local City Hotel Tax Paid Directly to Hotel
  4. Personal Expenses or Extras at hotels

Siena


 

 

Siena is reknowned, both nationally and internationally, for the Palio horse race contested by the 17 contrada which divide this small city. But Siena is also unique thanks to its maze of narrow streets, its numerous towers and elegant town houses, the immense Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral which dominate the heart of the Medieval city encircled by impressive walls.
 
Those living in Siena enjoy an incredibly high quality of life. It is also the first city in Italy to close its center to traffic. As far as culture is concerned, Siena has been a city of great artistic significance since ancient times with internationally acclaimed institutions such as theChigiana Musical Academy, the Accademia dei Fisiocritici and Accademia degli Intronati, as well as the University for Foreigners.
 
Sites not to be missed: the Church of St Domenico, the Church of St Francesco, theDiocesan Museum of Sacred Art and Palazzo Salimbeni which houses important frescoes. The surrounding countryside is superbly peaceful with vineyards, olive groves,medieval hamlets and castles. The gastronomic traditions have gained international fame with the sweet Panpepato, Ricciarelli and Cavallucci being exported throughout the world.
 
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Price Per Person : EUR 1,998.00

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