San Gimignano & Siena Disabled Accessible Tour
If you’ve already visited the popular destination of Florence and Pisa, or if you’re in the mood to experience small towns in Tuscany, the San Gimignano &Siena Disabled Accessible Tour is for you.
Two of Tuscany’s most photographed cities are on this tour: San Gimignano and all of its towers plus the town of Siena, home to the famous seashell shaped Piazza del Campo. In between your accessible San Gimignano tour and your accessible Siena tour, you’ll see some of the beautiful Tuscan countryside while your local tour guide explains everything around you.
The San Gimignano & Siena Disabled Accessible Tour starts with a professionally licensed tour guide greeting you with a wheelchair accessible van at the Livorno cruise dock. To get to Siena, you will cross a good part of Tuscany before the van will bring you to the Siena city center near the Duomo, one of the most important cathedrals of the Gothic style in Italy. Inside you’ll see the Piccolomini chapel and the architectural plan to enlarge the cathedral.
Your Siena accessible tour will continue across the main street of Siena with a description of the story of the city and the Palio race, with all the “contradas”. Your visit continues in the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, with the Campanile del Mangia and in the “Buongoverno” paintings explaining good and bad government inside the City Hall.
After leaving Siena, your accessible tour will venture to the hilltop town of San Gimignano (shown in the photos below).
The town of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and 14 of the original 72 towers still remain. This unforgettable skyline is the result of years of neighbors competing with one another! The town has been here for millennia and has been under the Etruscans, Romans, self-rule, Florentines, and Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
Inside the town you’ll visit the fortress where the Siena soldiers peered down on possible enemies from Florence or elsewhere. There is a lovely view of the surrounding country-side that is accessible to disabled visitors. The Pisa & San Gimignano Accessible Cruise Excursionthe beautiful La Collegiata cathedral and its 12th century frescoes, representing the Old and New Testaments.
If you’d like to focus more on Renaissance sites, you can choose the Accessible Florence Highlights Cruise Excursion.
– Siena’s Piazza del Campo
– Duomo di Siena Cathedral
– Piccolomini chapel
– Campanile del Mangia
– City Hall of Siena
– San Gimignano’s 14 towers
– Piazza della Cisterna
– Piazza del Duomo
– La Collegiata
– Via San Matteo
The Pisa & San Gimignano Accessible Shore Excursion has a 3 Star Sage Accessibility Rating. While the entire route is step-free and the tour uses a wheelchair accessible van, there are some hills in San Gimignano and Siena which could be challenging for some disabled visitors.
Siena has been here for over 2000 years…while the hills made for a great defense against neighbors, they present serious challenges for disabled visitors! Many of the hills are steep enough that wheelchair users may need assistance. Some hills (like the one shown on the right) are so steep that they should be avoided completely! This accessible Siena tour uses the flattest streets possible to visit the tourist sights.
Your accessible Siena tour guide will lead you to the wheelchair ramp when you visit the Duomo di Siena Cathedral.
The Piazza del Campo slopes down to the Siena City Hall where a wheelchair ramp is available into the building.
The main street through San Gimignano, Via San Matteo, leads uphill from both of the city gates. In the middle of the city is a Piazza del Cisterna. The severity of the slope is not too bad and is shown in the photos below:
Some parts of San Gimignano have uneven bricks for pavement (shown on the left). The photo on the right doesn’t show it too well, but the brick paths on both side of this extremely steep street actually have small ledges on them….this street is definitely not wheelchair accessible! Fortunately, your accessible San Gimignano tour avoids all streets like this!
If you would like visit the most accessible cities in Tuscany, you can choose the Pisa & Lucca Accessible Van Cruise Excursion.
Tour duration: 8 to 9 hours
Cost: €700 for 1-2 people, €750 for 3-4 people, €800 for 5-6 people. Add €100 to total if arriving in La Spezia cruise port.
* 50 euro off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package
Days of the week the tour is offered: 7 days a week
Meet-up time: 8:00 am
Meet-up place: Livorno cruise dock
Dress code: Covered knees and shoulders
Maximum number of people on tour: The van has room for 2 wheelchairs plus 5 seats OR no wheelchairs and 8 seats
Entrance tickets: Not included. Some entrance tickets are free for disabled visitors if they have an ID card from their home country stating the percent of their disability.
Cancellation policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days notice, and no refund with less than 4 days notice. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/meals, and gratuities.
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