Day 6 – Thursday, May 7th: Toscana : Volterra / San Gimignano

It’s an early morning departure as we start our day in the Etruscan city of Volterra. This gorgeous, rich and vibrant walled city sits high above the Tuscan landscape, stretching out from the old city gates to the Piazza dei Priori. You can take your time to roam around this compact and very walkable city, where you will pass famous sites such as the Porta all’Arco – an enormous gate built from huge volcanic stones in the fourth century B.C. to the Palazzo dei Priori – Volterra's impressive city hall built in 1209 which claims to be the oldest city hall in any existing Tuscan city state. Volterra will not fail to enliven your senses with its vast array of galleries, museums and historical sites…and not forgetting of course the obligatory stop for Cappuccino and Dolce in one of the many outdoor cafes! From here we drive the short distance to the UNESCO world architectural town of San Gimignano: a town of beautiful towers and rich history, art and culture. We start our tour in a local gallery where we find out more about what it is like to be an artist living and working in Italy.

We conclude our day with an optional visit to a wonderful slow food restaurant in the tiny town of Montefioralle.  If you can manage it after far too much food, you can take a quick stroll around the whole about 10 minutes.