DAY 7 – Thursday, April 16, 2015
After breakfast at our hotel we’ll depart for the Tuscan Countryside with a full day excursion to Siena.
Once a capital to rival Florence, Siena is still unspoiled and endowed with the grandeur of the age in which it was at its peak (1260-1348). More than anywhere else, this town brings to life the reality of a medieval city. Its plan extends over three converging red clay hills (from which the color “burnt sienna” is named) at the very heart of the high Tuscan plateau.
Siena’s principal sights cluster in the maze of narrow streets and alleys around the fan-shaped Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. Some of the sights one can see include: the Duomo, one of Italy’s greatest cathedrals, a spectacular mixture of sculpture, paintings and Pisan-influenced Romanesque-Gothic architecture; Palazzo Pubblico, which continues its ancient role as Siena’s town hall and also houses a museum; Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Pubblico’s huge bell tower, which is the second highest medieval tower ever built in Italy and a prominent feature of Siena’s skyline; the house of Saint Catherine, Siena’s patron saint and the church of San Domenico.
After our tour we will enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch at a local “Agriturismo” where Tuscan cooking and wines ate at their finest!
We return to Florence for an evening at your leisure.