Siena tours and excursions
Wine tasting tours
There is an abundance of wonderful wines among the Tuscan hills, but it's hard to know where to start and, more pressingly, what to drink. Luckily, the plonk experts at Grape Tours take the hassle out of both with trips to vineyards, their surrounding countryside and quiet medieval villages. Running from Tuesday until Friday, different days take in different regions. Wine tastings and lunches included.Tel: +39 349 866 2988.
A variety of walking tours are offered by Guide Siena with themes that include a general introduction to the city sights, religious architecture, pilgrimage routes in Siena and exploration of the city walls.Tel: +39 577 43273.
One of the most popular full-day excursions from Siena is a visit to the medieval walled town of San Gimignano, famous for its ancient towers, built when wealthy families fortified their homes in the Middle Ages. It can be reached by bus from Siena in an hour.Tel: +39 577 940 008.
A half-day excursion can be taken into the rolling countryside of the Val d'Orcia to the south of Siena. The Val d'Orcia railway (www.ferrovieturistiche.it) runs round trips on vintage trains in peak season. Times vary, so check with the operator.