Cooltours® - Tuscany Jewel Towns
Volterra - San Gimignano
This is the central part of Tuscany lying in between the county of Pisa and the county of Siena.
If San Gimignano and its towers are easier to reach, Volterra is for sure a destination for curious visitors, repeating ones and generally for those who want to experience one of the best example of jewel town, less touristy and reachable mostly through a private driving service.
While approaching Volterra you will be amazed by the altitude of the hilltop where the Etruscans built it after which the Romans took over and the Florentines later on in time.
Volterra is a small town with several layers of history you can witness while walking around, such a fascination town used as source of inspiration for the movie "Twilight".
All around the town have a look at the workshops where artisans are working on the local alabaster, the gold of the area since centuries and hear the "clink clink" of the tools used to shape it and eventually take advantage to buy a precious souvenir!
On a clear day you will be able to see far in the distance, see hilltop villages such as Casole, Colle Valdelsa and on the way you will be amazed by the view of the medieval Manhattan, San Gimignano.
Another well preserved town, a bit touristy compared to others but still charming specially if visited during the right time of your day in this area.
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Tuscany Jewel Towns
Most likely your day will start with a pick up at your location between 8:30 or 9:00.
The drive toward Volterra will be beautiful but hilly so make sure you will bring something if you suffer from motion sickness but do not be scared cause you will be entertained by an important speech giving you the right background to enjoy then the town with some time on your own.
Stop at the alabaster artisans and Etruscan museum are recommended.
Lunch time offers great options, you can visit an olive oil mill, learn about the process and have a guided olive oil tasting and food and olive oil pairing served at a family setting.
Alternatively a family run winery can be visited in order to taste white and red wines along with olive oil and other products overlooking the beautiful town of San Gimignano.
Alternatively stop at a local trattoria/farm to taste local cheeses or truffle based pasta!
After lunch enjoy a free walk in the Unesco jewel town of San Gimignano.
Explore the town making sure you will peruse every tiny alleys where the crowds never go to and if you think you hav more need for shopping you might buy some ceramics, leather or simply souvenirs from the popular Medieval Manhattan.
Do not forget you can climb one towed, La Torre Grossa, you can purchase tickets once there and reach the top where to take impressive pics.