60 days in Province of Siena & Paris Itinerary

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Fly to Peretola Airport, Drive to San Gimignano
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San Gimignano, Italy
— 10 nights
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Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
— 4 nights
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Montalcino, Italy
— 9 nights
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Paris, France
— 36 nights
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San Gimignano, Italy — 10 nights

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Siena and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Gimignano: Sant'Agnese Farm (in Castellina In Chianti) and Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Torre del Mangia, &more). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Guardastelle Vineyard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sant'Agostino.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Gimignano visit planner.

Newark, USA to San Gimignano is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to San Gimignano. In May, daily temperatures in San Gimignano can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gaiole in Chianti.
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Gaiole in Chianti, Italy — 4 nights

Gaiole in Chianti is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 40km southeast of Florence and about 15km northeast of Siena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gaiole in Chianti: Castellina In Chianti (Poggio Amorelli & Azienda Agricola Casamonti). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Fattoria di Montemaggio, relax in the rural setting at Podere L'Aja, indulge your taste buds at Badia a Coltibuono, and steep yourself in history at Volpaia.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gaiole in Chianti holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Gaiole in Chianti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montalcino.
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Montalcino, Italy — 9 nights

City of Honey

In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta and Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Montalcino: Crete Senesi (in Asciano), Terme Bagno Vignoni (in Bagno Vignoni) and Montepulciano (Tenuta Valdipiatta, Az. Agr. Poliziano, &more). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and contemplate the long history of Abbazia di Sant'Antimo.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Montalcino trip planner.

Drive from Gaiole in Chianti to Montalcino in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Montalcino, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 36 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Paul-Etienne Saint Germain (in Epernay), Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Versailles (Le Grand Trianon, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Fly from Montalcino to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Montalcino in June, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Province of Siena travel guide

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Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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