Italy was a powerful country in medieval times and much from those days is still intact near Florence and Tuscany, hinting at the remnants of secrets left from the middle ages.
Our small group San Gimignano & Siena Tuscany Florence tour is the perfect Italian vacation destination for anyone enchanted by the rich history of that pivotal time in history.
A maximum of eight people will enjoy a wonderful guided day trip exploring medieval hill towns in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside. Our expert driver-guide will lead you through charming towns, showing you the elements that date back to medieval times and sharing stories and historical facts.
Travellers will learn how even after the decline of the Roman Empire, Italy was important in the world theatre because of its desirable geographic position. Medieval Italy saw the development and growth of some of the country’s most internationally renowned cities, such as Venice, which became extremely important to trade.
The rise of the Catholic Church and the power held by the Holy See were important aspects of politics domestically and internationally. The church was instrumental in education, being the place for learning as well as preserving classical culture. Monastic orders grew in numbers and were essential economically.
While most people associate Italy with the masters of Renaissance art, it was here during medieval times that artists began to rebel against Byzantine conventions for composition and their restrictive idea that all art should be religious. Artists began to create landscapes, still life paintings, and portraits of people in addition to Biblical scenes. It was during this time, by 1321, that Dante Alighieri finished writing his La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) – considered one of the most important works in world literature.
While we envision peasants living in humble homes cobbled out of the earth around them, medieval Italy was being transformed. Construction began in larger cities like Tuscany—large civic buildings and cathedrals that reached to the heavens, along with the first Italian university in Bologna. During this exciting day trip, travellers will get to visit incredible medieval hill towns, including: