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SAN GIMIGNANO, VOLTERRA AND LAJATICO (BOCELLI’S HOMETOWN) – Private Shore Excursion from Piombino
Tour Length: 10 hours (time flexible). Departure Point: At disembark of your cruise ship in Livorno port (welcome sign with your name) Departure Time: Morning – you can request whatever start time you like (we suggest you between 8.00-09.00). Due to security reasons all guests must be on board at least 2hrs before sailing. Inclusions: Deluxe Mercedes car (1-3 people) or Deluxe Mercedes Viano (4-7 people) with professional English speaking driver Gelato stop at Antica Gelateria. Exclusions: gratuities (optional), admission fees to church and museums meals and beverage. Special instructions: Comfortable walking shoes recommended. The vehicle will escort you for the entire tour. Our tours are flexible. Price include English speaking driver-guide for all tour long. We stop in a typical wine farm to enjoy a great wine tasting (5 different wine such Chianti, Brunello, Vernaccia) with traditional lunch. Olive oil tasting, Balsamic vinegar tasting, Truffle Olive Oil tasting, Vin Santo (Holy Wine) with cantuccini. Note: More than 7 persons: rates available on request.
Please note: If you want to book this tour you must first request if it is available by sending a message via whatsApp at +393483146644. If we confirm availability you can buy it. San Gimignano, Volterra and Lajatico (Bocelli’s hometown) – Private Shore Excursion from Piombino
Only one hour and half to reach the medieval village of San Gimignano, passing through the most wonderful Tuscan countryside. The rolling slopes are covered with vineyards and silvery green olive grows, like a picture. Only this spectacle would be more than enough to enjoy this tour! Fortified walls and watchtowers show power and prosperity in the Middle Ages. Only thirteen of the town’s original 76 towers remain. Enjoy your time to stroll the narrow cobbled streets taking San Gimignano’s sights, Piazza della Cisterna, the Collegiata in Piazza del Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral known.
From San Gimignano hal an hour and the driver will park in the center of Volterra. The Etruscans town sits on a rocky plateau and is protected by medieval ramparts. Takes a tour in the Piazza dei Priori, one of Italy’s most impressive squares and visit the Etruscan Museum, known all over the world. You are in the place where Italy’s history and language were born! Volterra is also known for its fine frescoes.
La Sterza, one of its hamlets (frazioni), is the natural door between these two geographical areas. The Sterza, Era, and the Ragone rivers form natural borders, placing Lajatico in a very central position to reach Tuscan cities and seaside resorts. Lajatico is however best known as the hometown of tenor Andrea Bocelli. His annuel concerts at the Teatro del Silenzio are attended by people from all around the world, every year. The Teatro del Silenzio (or Theatre of Silence) is an Italian open air amphitheatre which is located in Lajatico, Tuscany — the hometown of Andrea Bocelli. In 2006, Bocelli influenced the municipality of his hometown Lajatico to build the outdoor theatre, and contributed greatly towards its construction. Bocelli performed for one night only. The theatre hosts a concert once every July. Bocelli, the honorary president, has agreed to sing once a year for five years in the open air theatre, with the theatre remaining silent for the rest of the year.
Andrea Bocelli was born 22 september 1958 in Lajatico (La sterza), to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli. They lived on the family farm, selling farm machinery and making wine in the small village of La Sterza, a frazione of Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy, which is about 40 km south of Pisa. Bocelli’s mother and younger brother Alberto still live in the family home. Bocelli’s father died in 2000. As a young boy, Bocelli showed a great passion for music. His mother has said that music was the only thing that would comfort him. At the age of six he started piano lessons, and later also learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harp, guitar and drums. Bocelli would also spend time singing during his childhood. At the age of 14 he won his first song competition, the Margherita d’Oro in Viareggio with O sole mio. After finishing secondary school in 1980, he studied law at the University of Pisa. To earn money Bocelli performed evenings in piano bars. He completed law school and spent one year as a court-appointed lawyer. It was there, in 1987, that he met his future wife, Enrica. Loss of sight It was evident at birth that Bocelli had problems with his sight, and after visits to many doctors, he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. In 1970, at the age of 12, he lost his sight completely following an accident during a football game.
For groups larger than 8 a city tax check point will be added for the bus entrance to Florence for (215.00 euro), Pisa (130.00 euro), Siena (100.00 euro), San Gimignano (60.00 euro), Lucca (35.00 euro), Piombino Pier (60.00 euro), La Spezia Pier (100.00 euro) Consequently, it is much cheaper to book one or more minibus with 8 seats with a real english speaking driver on board.
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