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The room had a vaulted ceiling with a handpainted cherub and pastoral scenes. We ate breakfast on the terrace outside with linen tablecloths and many coffee refills!
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Tours and activity in San Gimignano

Bike guided tours

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Cycling across the scenic Tuscan countryside with an expert English speaking certified biking guide is a great way to experience the beauty of this landscape in a trip into history, culture, scents of Nature and great food and wine.
During your stay in San Gimignano you can choose any of the following bike tours, which follow circular loop itineraries all starting and ending at this hotel and customized according to your requests :

THE WINE ROAD OF THE VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO - (mountain bike tour)

Riding along the scenic ridge of the hills around San Gimignano we’ll follow the famous wine road of
the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, cycling across an endless sea of vineyards. During the ride, if you
wish, we may stop in a winery for an interesting guided visit of its cellars with wine tasting.

THE ANCIENT VIA FRANCIGENA - (mountain bike tour)

Following the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims who were walking along this route since the High
Middle Ages we’ll be mountain biking stretches of the original trail towards Rome which was first
officially described by the the Archbishop Sigerico on his way back to Canterbury in
990. During the ride we will be passing evocative medieval villages and Romanesque parish
churches.

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THE VOLTERRA LOOP - (road bike tour)

Scenic road bike ride across the hills to the Etruscan origin town of Volterra, perched on a picturesque hill and secret lair of the Volturi in the famous Twilight Saga.

THE MEDIEVAL LOOP - (road bike tour)

Road biking the hills of Chianti we’ll be riding through evocative and very well preserved Medieval hilltop villages and castles, possibly stopping in a winery for a guided visit of its cellars and wine tasting.

The price for each bike tour is 200 euros per party (for groups up to 7 people), while the price for a
possible bicycle rent is 20 euros per person (for a front suspended 27 speed mountain bike) or 30
euros per person for a road bike.

 

Cooking class

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An unforgettable food experience in the cooking school of Chef Giuseppina in the fascinating medieval walled-in city of Certaldo Alto.
The lovely cooking school is located along the city walls, at the south-end facing the panoramic view. Giuseppina and her sons will welcome you in their little cosy school where you will share an unforgettable food experience, enjoying how easy can be to knead a pasta and prepare a Tiramisù.
Giuseppina will show her way of making delicious traditional dishes, easy to re-make back home, providing precious suggestions about right products to buy. Cooking experience is a great fun and such a special pleasure having your self-made Tuscan lunch! After lunch, you will get a cooking school’s certification and still have some time to explore the beauties of the place and taste the local specialty “Cappuccino Boccaccio”.

Birthplace of poet Boccaccio, author of “Il Decamerone” written in 1351, Certaldo Alto is a medieval Borgo, surprising you for the terracotta bricked streets and magic atmosphere given by the slow pace and quality life of their inhabitants, local aged people, young talented handcraftsmen, intellectuals.

INFORMATION:

COOKING CLASS 2 RECIPES : HAND-MADE PASTA , SAUCE, DESERT – LUNCH

COOKING CLASS 4 RECIPES: ANTIPASTO, HAND-MADE PASTA, SAUCE , MAIN
COURSE AND DESERT – LUNCH

Length: 4 hours for 2 recipes – 6 hours for 4 recipes
Available everyday on request - Beginning time: 11 am
You can reach Certaldo by train or by car (included scenic route description)

Price € 80,00 per person for 2 recipes and lunch
€ 110,00 per person for 4 recipes and lunch

 

One day tour by Vespa

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ONE DAY SELF-GUIDED VESPA TOURS


The ideal tours to see hardly known Tuscan nooks! We propose tours around the most authentic and genuine side of Tuscany, to show not only monuments and works of art, but people, traditions, colors and flavors.
Vespa riding let the traveler know wide enough areas, although so slowly that he can enjoy the landscapes, without hurry, in search of the treasures of the place; it allows breaks to watch the nature around or to take a photo, to visit an ancient church on the top of a hill, or to taste a glass of local wine...
We have chosen the most scenic and less travelled roads, the ones which are not indicated in a map or a navigator but where only a native can lead a guest.

Each itinerary is made of stages and is in a ring-form, with return back to the starting point.
These are self-guided tours and a detailed road book will lead the traveler easily on the Tuscan roads, providing all the information about the route: state of the roads, parking places, gas stations ... or where he can taste the best typical products of the place.
Break for lunch in typical restaurants, to taste all the delicacies of the place.
Starting points is in central San Gimignano.

Tours available from San Gimignano
1.Chianti Tour
2.Volterra Tour
3.Medioeval fortresses of Colle and Monteriggioni
4.San Miniato Tour
5.Certaldo and Montespertoli Tour

Prices
Prices are in Euro/€ per person
€ 85,00 per person, by shared use of the Vespa;
€ 105,00 per person, by single use of the Vespa.
The price includes
One-day Vespa 125cc rental;
Helmets;
Civil Liability Insurance for the vehicle;
Detailed road-book of the itinerary with information about the route;
Lunch in a typical restaurant along the route (drinks not included)

A day on horse-back

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An experience you will treasure for a lifetime! The ride of your dream at a relaxing, slow pace climbing up and down the lovely hilly countryside.
The itinerary follows the criss-crossing network of unpaved roads, country paths along gorgeous vineyards, olive groves and shady wood trails.
The Tuscan landscape will appear in its natural beauty, feeling part of this absolute perfect balance of wilderness, men work and history.
By lunch time you will reach the Natural and Historical Park Reserve of Castelvecchi, and its ruins of the medieval fortified village hidden by a thick forests of cedars, oaks and holms. The place is absolutely superb, a group of local volunteers constantly maintains the area and the rest of St. Frediano Church, two mills, the watch tower, the cistern, and the urban light-grey stoned foundations.
You get the time for a delicious Tuscan lunch break washed down with Chianti wine before the ride back. The magnificent views of San Gimignano skylines will completely catalyzes your eyes on the way back, while the sun goes down.

MORE INFORMATION

Everyday on request, with nice weather
Departure time: 10 am back at 5 pm
Requested number of people: 1 to 5 
Cancellation Policy: Not refundable
Trail rides are subject to weather and trail conditions Riders will spend 6 hours on the English Saddle, You will be asked to declare and undersign your horseback riding ability.
The guide will set a moderate pace suitable for enjoying the surroundings, interspersed with trots and canters. Suggested: wear comfortable long trousers and gym shoes.

Price € 200,00 per person
Including full-day horseback riding, English speaking guide, lunch with typical Tuscan
products, a visit to the ruins of Castelvecchio medieval castle Important


 

Brunello wine tour

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Brunello di Montalcino is considered one of the best wines in the world and has its roots in the passion of the people of the Crete Senesi and the ancient winemaking tradition , handed down from generation to generation.

This tour will allow you to get in touch with the natural authenticity and charm of the territory on which it Montalcino stands , made famous in the world from Sangiovese grapes, which is expressed in its magnificence in Brunello .

You will taste wines in the best wineries in the area and to discover Montalcino , the beautiful Abbey of St. Antimo and beautiful surrounding areas.

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

• Shuttle service to and from your accommodation .
• Private minivan with all comforts for a maximum of 8 people
• Expert bilingual English - Italian .
Visit of Montalcino and its stronghold and short break for shopping for local products and local crafts .
• Wine tasting at two renowned Montalcino wineries reviewed on the best specialized magazines such as Wine Spectator and Decanter.
• Taste of bruschetta, meats and cheeses from Tuscany .
• Possibility of buying wine at the estate visited at advantageous prices ( shipping in almost all parts of the world)

 

 

 

Escursioni San Gimignano e dintorni

Excursions: Food,Wine & Sport

 

  • FIORENTINA STEAK EXPERIENCE
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  • BRUNELLO WINETOUR
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  • VESPA TOURS AROUND
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  • A SPECIAL DAY HORSE RIDING
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  • COOKING CLASS IN CERTALDO MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
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  • GUIDED BIKING TOURS!
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Exploring San Gimignano

 

  • Exploring San Gimignano
    GUIDED TOUR OF THE CITY
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  • Exploring San Gimignano
    MEDIEVAL FUN TOUR
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  • Vernaccia of San Gimignano
    FOCUS ON VERNACCIA & WINE TASTING
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  • Explore San Gimignano
    TASTE OF TUSCANY
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  • Explore San Gimignano
    MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART
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  • Explore San Gimignano
    SAN GIMIGNANO & MOVIES
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  • Explore San Gimignano
    THE SPIRITUAL WAYS
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  • Explore San Gimignano
    SKYLINE & HIDDEN SIGHTS
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