Coming to Tuscany and not visiting Siena is like not having seen half of Tuscany. The city famous throughout the world for the Palio, a competition between Contrade (small districts) in the form of a horse race of medieval origin which takes place twice a year in Piazza del Campo. On 2 July the Palio is held in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano and on 16 August in honor of the Madonna Assunta.
There are 17 districts competing for the Palio, they mostly have names of real or mythological animals, their borders were determined in ancient times by the Bando of Violante of Bavaria which determined the territorial division that referred to the palaces and their noble owners, since 1200 there is evidence of horse racing in Siena, a custom that was also held in other cities such as Florence with the Corsa dei Barberi which was held on June 24, takes its name from the type of horse used for the race, the Barbero, which it is like the one used right in the Palio di Siena.
Siena is not only the Palio, through our tour with a tourist guide (upon request) you can visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale, with the artists Duccio da Boninsegna, Jacopo della Querce with the three floors divided into different eras, the Torre del Mangia which is right in Piazza del Campo, among the oldest and tallest towers in Italy with its 88 metres.
Pisa, Lucca, Florence
The places to visit by car or minivan for large groups are numerous, you can request any type of tour with chauffeur, for any destination, we can take you to see the famous leaning tower of Pisa, the famous walls of Lucca, Ponte Vecchio in Florence…, we are at your complete disposal to satisfy any request for information relating also to routes not mentioned.
One of the most popular tours is that of the wine cellars, with tastings of excellent wines, one of the most beautiful and modern cellars is certainly that of the Antinori Cellar in the Bargino area, a cellar built with natural and typical Tuscan materials such as terracotta, or wood or glass, a structure immersed in the landscape, respecting the place, which has always been the vineyards of the Antinori family.
Castello di Banfi is also one of those wineries definitely worth visiting, located in the small village of Poggio le mura, near Montalcino, the structure covers an area of about 2800 hectares of which 850 are destined for viticulture.
Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Grigio and many others are the types that come from this vineyard, the area includes the area of Brunello di Montalcini, Chianti, Chianti Classico and Rosso di Montalcino.
The cellars are about 5 km from the Castle, this to understand the vastness of the Banfi farm, the tasting is held right in the cellar with tastings of wines and explanations of the maintenance and production techniques.
At the Castle it is possible to visit the glass and wine museum, have lunch in the tavern or in the refined grape hall, visit the village of Poggio le Mura and stay overnight in the rooms of the Castle.