Visit San Gimignano and Volterra From Your Ship in Livorno

Those of you who have already been to Italy on a Mediterranean Cruise are probably wondering what to see the second time round from the Port of Livorno. A nice alternative to Pisa and Florence, assuming you’ve already been, is San Gimignano and Volterra.

As with all Rome in Limo tours, whether they are Private Tours or Shared Tours, you’ll find your professional Rome in Limo driver waiting for you just off the gangway of your ship. In order to spot him easily, he’ll hold a sign with your name on.

A little over one-hour traveling will take you to your first destination for the day: San Gimignano. The town is known as “The Medieval Manhattan” because of its skyline dotted with towers. Originally there were 72, some of them as tall as 230 feet, but today only about 14 are still standing.The towers were built by rich local families, each trying to better the others by raising their tower higher until the council put a stop to the rivalry by ordering that no tower be higher than the City Hall’s tower.

The main square of the town is Piazza della Cisterna, where you will find the well that has provided water for the town since 1346, surrounded by medieval buildings. Another site not to miss is the Collegiate Church of Mary, famous for its fresco cycles. The church is described as “works of outstanding beauty” by Unesco.

You can choose to have lunch in San Gimignano or grab something on the way to your next destination for the day: Volterra. You will reach the town in about 30 minutes of traveling through the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

At the heart of this medieval town,  you will find the wonderful Palazzo dei Priori, which gives the name to the square and is today is the City Hall. In the same square, you can admire Palazzo Pretorio with its high tower. The tower is known as “Tower of the little pig” because there is a small pig at the top.

Volterra, like many other towns in Tuscany, was originally inhabited by the Etruscans. You can find many precious artifacts from the Etruscan period in the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, opened every day. Entrance is euros 14 per person. If you wish to make reservations for this museum you need to call them at +39 0588 86347.

After your visit to Volterra it will be time to head back to your ship in Livorno. You will find your Rome in Limo driver waiting for you at the prearranged spot, ready to take you back safely on time to board your ship.

Rome in Limo offers both Private and Shared Tours. If you have a large family or you’re traveling with friends, you can opt for a Private Tour, but if your family is small or is you’d like to meet new friends,  you can consider a Shared Tour. In both cases, you get Rome in Limo’s high-quality tours!

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