Duration: 4.5 hours
LANDSCAPES & CAVES
Small villages, breathtaking panoramas, archeological and mining sites in one only tour! Our special tour to the area of the Pisan hills shows you three unknown destinations: Chianni, Rivalto and Montecatini Valdicecina.
Chianni & Rivalto
The tour starts with the meeting of our experienced local guide in the village of Chianni. During a fascinating walk among the narrow lanes of this medieval village, you will get to know a lot of anectodes and interesting facts on the former small community of farmers. While enjoying spectacular landscapes, your guide will lead you through the center of the village, with several stops at the local butcher’s and baker’s, for you to taste some delicacies of the place. The tour continues with an archaeological focus on the Etruscan hypogeum and the fascinating water mills that used to run by the side of the village, in a sort of pre-industrial production area.
The guided tour includes also a stop in the stunning Rivalto, the highest place of the whole rural area, from which the views extend to all Tuscany!
The mining museum in Montecatini Valdicecina
The mining industry in the Upper Val di Cecina has always been a major local activity. A Mining Museum in Montecatini Valdicecina shows the history of copper extraction from 1827 to 1907. The visit to the museum starts with a historical introduction to the complex and then goes through the explanation of the extraction techniques and the machinery employed. Probably the most fascinating part of the visit is the walk into the digging tunnels. You can also admire a large collection of original documents of the mining enterprise such as working programmes, pay-rolls and registers as well as outlines of the galleries and plans of the mines.
After this tour, the whole area of the Pisan hills will have another meaning for you!
What you taste
This is a list of specialties that you are likely to sample as part of the program of this tour. Please, note that the specialties of the tasting session and/or lunch may vary according to the season and the availability of the products in the day of the tour.
In our tour we like showing you places off the beaten track and introducing you to Tuscan people with their personal stories, careers and characters. You will have one of our guides with your party during the whole tour. Please, see below all the guides who can be with you. During this experience you can also meet some of the Tuscan friends involved in the events. Please, see below which friends you are likely to encounter.
The total rate for this activity varies according to the number of people in your party.
Check rates in the table below.
Archaeological & mining sites:
– RATES 2017 –
|NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY||TOTAL RATE|
|2 persons||€ 200|
|3 persons||€ 210|
|4 persons||€ 220|
|5 persons||€ 230|
|6 persons||€ 240|
|7 persons||€ 250|
|8 persons||€ 260|
|Extra person||€ 10|
|Child 4-12 y.o.||€ 10|
- A tour leader for the whole tour
- A guided visit to Chianni and Rivalto
- Access and guided tour to the mining museum of Montecatini Valdicecina
Rates do NOT include
Transportation is not included in the rates above. For more info on transportation, please see the box “Transportation options”.
This tour takes place in the rural area of Chianni and Montecatini Valdicecina, between Pisa and Volterra.
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at a meeting point near Chianni.
This program takes 5 hours. Time for transportation not included.
Available from Monday through Saturday, all year through.
This tour is available in English, French or Italian with no surcharge. For German, Spanish or Russian a surcharge applies.
Ideal for children
No particular clothing required.
This program and its rates do not include transportation and are set on a self-driving base. For further information see the box "transportation options".
The destinations reached during this activity are in the Tuscan countryside, in areas off the beaten track that cannot be reached by public transport. We highly recommend renting a car or a scooter in order to reach them. As an alternative, we can offer a valued service by chauffeured car, van or minibus. Any cost of transportation is to be added to the rates displayed on the rate table of this page.