Cradle of the Renaissance, La Cittá Bella: Florence is known as many things, but it’s never been known as boring. Perched in the heart of Italy, this Tuscan capital blends historically important sights with an effortlessly modern style, and the range of Florence activities is a testament to its vibrant personality. Whether you’re interested in strolling the stylish streets or want to join one of the guided Florence tours, this is a city that belongs on your must-travel map.…
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Florence Day Tour
As you explore Florence aboard a comfortable minivan, see many sites of historic and artistic interest outside the city center and learn about ancient Roman and Etruscan roots by visiting the hilltop town of Fiesole. Later, stroll through Florence's historical center and enjoy highlights such as the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, the Uffizi courtyard, and the cathedral with Brunelleschi's Dome overlooking the Gates of Paradise.
Tuscany Day Tour
On a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside, explore some of the most famous locations including Pisa and its renowned tower, Siena, and UNESCO-listed San Gimignano. Along the way learn about the history of these incredible towns and stop at a winery for a 3-course lunch. Before returning to Florence, enjoy a delicious dinner of local delicacies at a traditional restaurant in Siena's main square, Piazza del Campo. Read More close
Housed in a 17th-century palace and built for Princess Maria Maddalena de' Medici, the Archaeological Museum offers a glimpse into the fascinating cultures of ancient civilizations.
Discover one of the most important collections of Egyptian art in the world. Most visitors come here for the famous "Chimera of Arezzo," a bronze statue with a lion's head and body, a goat’s head on its back, and a serpent's tail.
Browse this huge collection of Roman, Etruscan, and Greek treasures. Admire the "Idolino," a small statue of a naked young man, the "François Vase," a world-renowned Greek vase, and the colorful Etruscan "Larthia Seianti" sarcophagus.
With your ticket, you have plenty of time to roam the rich offerings, wander through different time periods, and get lost in old civilizations.
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Built in 1255, the Bargello Palace was used as a public palace and prison before becoming the art institution it is today. The museum houses a large collection of Italian Gothic and Renaissance sculptures from the 14th to the 17th century.
Wander through magnificent artwork, including Michelangelo's marble bas-relief of "Tondo Pitti" and Bernini's "Bust of Costanza Bonarelli," a marble portrait of his beloved. Michelangelo's famous statue of the biblical figure David is not the only 1 in Florence. Discover the "Davids" by Donatello and Verrocchio displayed here.
Explore the fine collection of ceramics, tapestries, silver, and old coins. See the museum's lovely courtyard, medieval walls, and tower—used as models for the construction of the famous Palazzo Vecchio.
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Your group meets outside the Accademia, where you skip long general access lines. With your guide on hand, notice all the details that make Michelangelo's David one of the most admired sculptures in the world. You also take the time to admire other works by Michelangelo in this gallery often missed by visitors, such as The Slaves, offering incredible insight into his work habits.
Next visit Florence's other great masterpiece, il Duomo. Known for its huge red dome, Florence Cathedral or the Duomo is a marvel of both beauty and engineering, as your guide tells you. But did you know about the gold doors of the baptistery or the frescos inside the famous dome? Having a local guide and small groups mean you get the inside scoop.
To get a little more cultural and historical context, take to the city's winding streets on a guided walking tour. Hear how boiling oil poured from walls during the Middle Ages, spot an underwhelming replica of David in a busy piazza, and see the beautiful Ponte Vecchio bridge. With a guide telling you the hidden story of every corner, get much more from beautiful city than you expected. Read More close
Head into the kitchen, chatting about the traditional dishes of Italian cuisine with your instructor, a cookbook author and chef. Select the ingredients you want to work with, whether you're interested in mixing up meat, fish, vegetable, gluten-free, or vegan polpetta, and get to cooking, combining ingredients and preparing 3 delicious dishes.
Working with only organic ingredients, make your meatballs from scratch along with oven-baked focaccia bread. Once everything's out of the oven and off the stove, settle down to enjoy a meal of what you've prepared, all washed down with a glass of chianti. Buon appetito! Read More close
Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas, and castles of rare beauty can be found throughout this wonderful region, and you can see them all on your scenic drive. You make a stop at an old village of historic and artistic interest to explore the picturesque winding streets and small courtyards, and to see how the villagers go about their daily lives.
Once you arrive at the castle, you head out on an informative tour through the vineyards, olive groves, and the cellars, learning some of the secrets of the trade as you go. Taste your way through the region and sample some of its finest wines, which are paired deliciously with cold meats, cheeses, and bread with olive oil. Read More close
World-renowned Chianti wine is produced in the region of the same name in the heart of Tuscany. The area oozes Italian charm, with enchanting villages, stately churches, and picturesque scenery. Head south of Florence to a centuries-old castle surrounded by verdant hills and vineyards. Visit salons and elegantly landscaped Mediterranean gardens before taking a seat for a 3-tier winetasting, including both red and white varieties accompanied by local delicacies.
A scenic drives takes you to Greve in Chianti, where you have ample leisure time to stroll through the well-preserved medieval town and soak up the serene atmosphere. Explore cobbled alleys and old squares lined with delightful shops offering handmade souvenirs.
The evening finds you in the impressive fort of San Donato in Poggio. Built in the 12th century, this magnificent hilltop castle is the venue for your authentic Tuscan dinner. Your dinner includes a plate of Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-style T-bone steak) and grilled meats from local farms. Enjoy a glass of wine, as well, before you return to central Florence. Read More close
Enjoy a scenic drive north through the Tuscan countryside where you continue on your journey by boat and train, allowing you to reach each of the 5 villages, which have no road access for non-residents.
Begin by boarding the local train to Manarola, and discover the intricate alleyways and squares that give a great introduction to the unspoiled beauty of the region.
Continue onto the next village, Vernazza, which is possibly the prettiest and most pristine of the 5 villages. The colorful harbor and church that overlook the sea are perfect spots to grab some quintessential photos before you make your way to Monterosso. Known as the “Pearl of the Cinque Terre,” this is a great spot to enjoy some free time, do a little souvenir shopping, and grab some lunch in one of the delightful cafes. Your memorable day is rounded off perfectly with a tasting of delicious limoncino ligure, a locally made liquor that locals drink after special meals. Read More close
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Meet up with your guide in the center of town, adjusting the straps on your helmet and taking your comfortable cruiser for a test drive before you head out. Roll to your first stop and admire the incredible Gothic Revival architecture of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and its impressive dome. Nearby, enjoy the flaky crusts of Italian pastries to jump start your appetite for the rest of the afternoon.
Roll toward the narrow lanes and quiet corners of San Niccolo, where you can meet bakers specializing in the locally loved schiacciata all'olio, a salty flatbread made with generous portions of luscious olive oil. Grab a piece of warm bread and take a moment to enjoy its rich flavor before spending some time exploring charming squares, including the Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza della Signoria. Along the way, listen as your guide explains a bit about the history and significance of each site.
Bring your day to a sweet ending as you point your handlebars to a local shop famous for its silky smooth gelato. Grab a scoop of classic flavors like coffee, lemon, and cream, or opt for something a bit more adventurous, like mint, ricotta, or licorice. Read More close
Your charismatic guide leads you down an intriguing path, revealing anecdotes and clue-filled history as explored by Professor Robert Langdon in the dark masterpiece originally inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy.
This tour includes a visit to the Baptistery, the Gate of Paradise, and the Duomo of Florence—where you learn about the symbols and codes described in the book. The climax of the tour is the fortress-like palace—Palazzo Vecchio—where faith and science join together with shocking revelations.
Included in your tour price are entrance tickets to several sites that you can visit at your leisure. So take a little longer to explore the beautiful Opera del Duomo Museum, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Giotto's Bell Tower. Read More close
First, meet in a central location for a safety briefing and some quick practice to become familiar with your bike, which is essentially a regular bike with a nifty battery pack that kicks in as you pedal. This conserves your energy and allows you to focus on seeing all you can. Then set out into the city center. Stop at the Uffizi Gallery and the imposing Florence Cathedral for some fantastic photo opportunities.
Leave the city center and head into the glorious surrounding countryside, where you can cruise along quiet, shaded roads lined with cypress trees. Look out across the rolling Tuscan hills and spot medieval villages and expansive vineyards and olive groves dotting the landscape. Breathe in the fresh country air as you cycle effortlessly back to drop off your bike. Read More close
Start your evening with the tastings, which are sure to put you in a true Italian spirit, ready to be enthralled by the scenes of the opera. With an ideal location in central Florence, the venue is airy and modern, as opposed to more traditional Italian opera houses.
Watch as the dramatic love story of Violetta and Alfredo unfolds in front of your eyes. After meeting at a courtesan party, the pair enjoy a whirlwind romance which sadly ends in heartbreak due to Violetta's tuberculosis. This captivating tragedy with unforgettable music is sure to leave a lasting impression on your stay in Florence. Read More close
After a picturesque journey from Florence to Pisa, pause a moment to savor your first sight of this ancient city renowned for its architectural masterpieces. Then, set off on a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli with the celebrated Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, and the Cathedral. Your guide leads you inside of the Cathedral for a more thorough look at the wonders within. Witness the unrivaled masterpieces of Romanesque art constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries. As the guided portion of your Pisa tour ends you have free time to shop or to take pictures.
Then, proceed to the elegant and refined town of Lucca, where a pleasant walk with your guide takes you along the famous 16th-century walls. Enter the enchanting historical center where you have the chance to admire the amazing Piazza dell' Anfiteatro, the Torre Guinigi, the Cattedrale di San Martino, and the typical antique dealers’ street. The guided tour ends with a delicious local pastry tasting in a historic downtown café. Enjoy some last minute free time to explore on your own, and then return to Florence. Read More close
After convenient pickup from Piazza Stazione in Florence and arrival in Pisa, begin your tour at the Piazza dei Miracoli and its spectacular monuments. Admire this marvelous square, which is dominated by the wonderful Cathedral, whose interior represents a model of the distinctive Pisan Romanesque architectural design.
See the celebrated Leaning Tower, the dome-shaped Baptistery, and the camposanto, which originally served as a cemetery. Your guide's commentary focuses on the Leaning Tower and its status as one of the wonders of the medieval world. Choose the option that includes skip-the-line entry and enjoy sweeping, panoramic views of the city from atop the historical tower.
After your guided tour, enjoy some free time to take pictures and discover other marvels like the Church of San Sisto, one of the oldest churches in Pisa and Piazza dei Cavalieri. This magnificent structure served as a political center during the Middle Age and is the location of the Scuola Normale, one of the most celebrated universities in the world. End your journey with a hassle-free ride back to Florence. Read More close
Florence is often referred to as the "cradle of the Renaissance. " Teeming with sights, the city is an open-air museum, and one of its unmissable highlights is the majestic Duomo. Beat the long visitor queues and get a comprehensive overview of the historical and cultural significance of this majestic complex.
From a terrace on the top of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, reserved exclusively for your small group of no more than 20, take in panoramic views of the city below. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours and allows you to continue exploring at your leisure.
You have direct access to the dome, with 360-degree views over the medieval old town and the surrounding Tuscan hills. Make sure you don't miss the Baptistery, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata. To top off your expereince, sample some fine Chianti wine with cheese once you complete your visit to the remarkable Duomo complex. Read More close
Start your tour with a 30-minute orientation session and get ready to experience the wonders of this pristine city from a different perspective. Hop aboard your 2-wheeled electric Segway and hear facts and anecdotes about the history of Florence through your audio guide.
Zip around the historic center of the city and see the beautiful piazzas, such as Piazza della Signoria, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, and Piazza della Repubblica. Stop alongside the meandering Arno River and admire the sequence of bridges that embellish the Florentine scene. Ponte Vecchio, the medieval stone arch bridge over the river, is the perfect spot for your souvenir photo. Read More close
Meet up with your guide for the day and chat about your itinerary after making your way to a nearby café in the center of the city. Sip 2 different kinds of coffee and learn about the specific techniques that give Italian roasts their unique flavor before moving on to a delicatessen that has been serving locals since 1885.
Bite into savory sandwiches of freshly baked bread filled with truffle butter while your guide explains a bit about the history of the city's old market spaces, including the San Lorenzo Central Market, where you head for tastes of aged balsamic vinegar, aromatic olive oil, delicate cheese, salt-cured meats, and bold Italian wine. Sip and snack your way between stops, and don't forget to save room for dessert as your edible excursion wraps up with a scoop of the city's best gelato. Read More close
Relax in a comfortable coach en route to Pisa, where the Piazza dei Miracoli and its immense cathedral and dome await you. Take a picture by the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, located just a short distance away. See the Baptistery of Pisa and enter the majestic Pisa Cathedral to admire its elegant interior. Your visit is complemented by plenty of historical facts from your knowledgeable guide.
The day continues with a visit to a local wine shop, where you can try many varietals and vintages. After lunch, jump back on the coach for the next part of your journey, some free time to explore Lucca. This charming town is known for its intact Renaissance-era city walls. Spend your afternoon wandering incredibly well preserved streets and enjoying beautiful views of roofs, house-towers, churches, and marvelous noble palazzos. See the town's historic center and browse a few antique shops before taking a relaxing ride back to Florence. Read More close
Leave Florence early in the morning and head south to San Gimignano, whose 14 ancient stone towers helped it achieve the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy some free time to soak up the medieval ambiance and admire its many squares, churches, and narrow streets.
Hop back on the coach and enjoy a beautiful ride through the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, past vineyards, olive groves, and tiny medieval hamlets that dot the landscape. Stop at a rural winery for a delightful lunch perfectly complemented by local vino.
After lunch, continue on to Siena, home of the famous Palio horserace. Meet a local guide and learn about the town's fascinating history and culture. Discover the highlights of the historical center, including Piazza del Campo, where the Palio is held.
End your journey with a self-guided tour of the medieval walled hill commune of Monteriggioni before heading back to Florence. Read More close
Depart Florence in the morning and get to Venice in time to wander around on your own for a while. Explore a few of the city's 118 islands—connected by over 350 bridges—and lose yourself in charming narrow streets packed with bustling local cafes and vibrantly colored facades. In the afternoon, meet your knowledgeable guide and learn about this floating city's fascinating history and culture.
Your tour includes visits to the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral, and the Clock Tower, with scenes of the city's famous romantic ambiance all along the way. Gondolas floating peacefully along canals of turquoise water surround you at every turn. End this enchanting tour with a live glassblowing demonstration and marvel at the detail and craftsmanship that goes into the creation of glasswork. Read More close
Hop aboard your comfortable bus and head to Piazzale Michelangelo. Enjoy the stunning views before traveling through the historic city center. Florence Cathedral, topped by Brunelleschi's dome, and Palazzo Vecchio, the city's impressive town hall, dominate the Florentine skyline. Hear the stories and spot the details that bring these sights to life.
Conclude the first part of your tour at the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's renowned statue of David, and spend as much time as you wish exploring the museum.
Your afternoon starts with a journey through the Etruscan town of Fiesole and the Arno Valley for more panoramic views. Then take a short walk through Piazza della Signoria and see the outside of Santa Croce Church and Loggia del Lanzi.
A visit to the famous Uffizi Gallery is your last stop. Explore the extraordinary collection of artwork hosted in this world-renowned museum, such as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and Caravaggio’s “Bacchus. ” Read More close
Exchange your ticket vouchers for admission into the Galleria dell'Accademia and skip the long lines to gain quick access to this renowned collection. Spend some time learning about the gallery's early history, wander past Michelangelo's unfinished Prisoners statues, and check out breathtaking oil paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, completed by many of Michelangelo's contemporaries.
Reach the natural light-filled dome that houses the statue of David and spend some time admiring the intricate details carved meticulously into this massive piece of white marble. Snap some photos before you leave, making a side trip to the Galleria dell'Accademia's gardens, or browsing the charming souvenirs in the gift shop before you head back into Florence. Read More close
Before exploring with your guide, head inside an ancient rectory next to the Cathedral and watch a fascinating video using exclusive images and reconstructions to show how the whole Duomo complex has grown over the centuries with the rest of Florence, known as the "Cradle of the Renaissance. "
Led by an expert Opera del Duomo guide, the only guide allowed, see the workshop where Michelangelo carved David. Today professional stonemasons work with passion to restore authentic masterpieces using original tools and time-honored techniques. Next, visit the Baptistery and Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral with your guide and learn about the wonderful works of art here, many restored in the stonemasons' workshop.
A few steps from Cathedral Square, Piazza del Duomo, savor a taste of Chianti, tidbits of cheese, and balsamic vinegar. Keep your ticket, valid 24 hours, and enjoy the chance to visit other monuments at the complex such as the dome by Brunelleschi, Crypt of St. Reparata, and Giotto's bell tower. Read More close
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Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour of Florence with a knowledgeable, local guide. Learn about Florentine history, hear about the city’s Roman origins, and marvel at its 15th-century palaces. Visit the main sites, from Ponte Vecchio bridge, through the famous Uffizi courtyard, to the impressive cathedral and its beautiful, Brunelleschi-designed dome.
After a delicious Tuscan lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of Florence, spend the rest of your day exploring the Chianti region.
Immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery, and breathe the fresh air of the wondrous Tuscan countryside. Stop at a charming wine estate near Castellina in Chianti to learn everything about the cellar and the various stages of wine production. Get the chance to test some of the wines produced at the farmhouse, together with some authentic bruschetta and salami tastings.
Keep heading south and visit Monteriggioni, a wonderful medieval fortress that elegantly dominates the surrounding landscape from the top of a hill. Admire the incredibly preserved walls, still intact as if time had never passed, and then enjoy a second wine tasting in the village before heading back to Florence. Read More close
Travel to Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Renaissance city. A replica of Michelangelo's statue "David" stands in the center of the square.
Head to the heart of Florence and take a walk through its historic streets. The imposing Cathedral, topped by Brunelleschi's Dome, and Palazzo Vecchio, the city's town hall, dominate the Florentine skyline. Listen as your guide explains the history of these iconic landmarks.
Your last stop is at the famous Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo's sculpture "David. " Take as much time as you wish exploring the museum. Marvel at the superb marble sculptures by Michelangelo and see the charming collection of Renaissance paintings, including Botticelli's "Madonna of the Sea. " Read More close
Your tour starts with stunning panoramic views of Florence and the Arno Valley from the hilltop of the old town of Fiesole. Get a glimpse of the Cathedral’s dome and marvel at the views, so often reproduced on postcards.
Travel back to the heart of Florence and walk the historic streets to Piazza della Signoria, where you can see the town hall of the city, Palazzo Vecchio, and a unique example of an open-air sculpture gallery, Loggia dei Lanzi. Your guide shares with you surprising facts and stories of these historical places.
The world-renowned Uffizi Gallery is your final stop. Walk through masterpieces, including the iconic "Birth of Venus" by Botticelli and "Annunciation" by Leonardo da Vinci. Read More close
Cross the beautiful Tuscan countryside and start your tour of Pisa's historic city center. Be dazzled by the impressive sacred buildings of the Square of Miracles, including the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery, and then enter the majestic Pisa Cathedral to admire its elegant interior as well as the fine Romanesque architecture.
Later, marvel at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and hear stories about its construction and mysterious tilt. A UNESCO-listed site, the tower took almost 200 years to construct and is without a doubt one of the world's most famous sights. Enjoy some free time to wander around and perhaps take some memorable photos before you return to Florence. Read More close
Located a few blocks away from the Duomo, the café retains the architectural features of the old Gambrinus cinema, including its original marble, stairway, and bar counter. This historical setting, seamlessly blended with the modern Hard Rock atmosphere, hosts rare pieces of rock memorabilia, such as the original rhinestone-bedecked pants worn by Michael Jackson in 1981 and an early draft of "The Glamorous Life" written by Prince.
Relax and choose your meal from the Gold Menu. Your Hard Rock dining experience includes an entree (salad), 1 main course (cheeseburger, veggie burger, chicken sandwich, chicken Caesar salad, barbecue chicken, or twisted mac), ice cream, and a beverage (soft drink, coffee, or tea).
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While you admire the beauty and Renaissance architecture of the city center, a critical center of power, money, art, and culture for hundreds of years, learn about its dark and mysterious secrets. Visit the Florence Baptistery and the Duomo, decorated with elaborate façades and marble panels, and learn about the "Miracle of the Flowering Tree" and the "Bull and the Baker. ”
Next, walk toward Dante's house and listen as your guide talks about the infamous church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, widely known as the Church of Dante and Beatrice. Later, reach Piazza della Signoria, a square that feels like in an open-air museum due to the many statues here including a copy of David by Michelangelo.
Along the edge of the square, admire the architecture of Palazzo Vecchio as well as less noticeable artwork such as the often unseen profile carved by Michelangelo. Walk through the wings of the Uffizi Gallery and reach the Ponte Vecchio, the centuries-old stone bridge crossing the Arno, before the tour ends in front of Palazzo Pitti. Read More close
Leave Florence behind and drive through the lush countryside to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around the city and marvel at the countless historical sites, including its Gothic cathedral and Piazza del Campo—the central city square and the venue for the annual Palio di Siena, a renowned horse race.
A short journey takes you to a family-run estate in the heart of Tuscany. Discover why this region is well-known for its culinary traditions as you sample tasty local food and regional wines. After lunch, head to San Gimignano, a small medieval hill town known for its historic skyline, which is dominated by redbrick towers. Browse the local artisan shops and its splendid piazzas before making your way to Pisa.
Walk through the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli to find the historic baptistery, cathedral, and cemetery; then pose in front of the famous Leaning Tower, one of the most iconic monuments in the world.
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Stand in the center of Piazza della Signoria and admire statues by well-known artists, including Ammannati's "Fountain of Neptune. " Overlooking the square is the majestic, Romanesque-style Palazzo Vecchio, renowned for its entrance, outside of which Michelangelo's "David" (currently replaced by a replica) once proudly stood.
You then move on to stand in the huge shadow of the breathtaking Florence Cathedral (Duomo) and the Florence Baptistery—well-known for its iconic Gates of Paradise bronze door.
You also get to see the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the Vasari Corridor—a passageway connecting the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti—and the Oltrarno artisan district, known for its artisan boutiques and quirky streets. Read More close
Meet your pilot and prepare for the flight with a safety briefing. After inflating the balloon—a process you may take part in—you are ready to rise. An early start to your day means you can snap pictures of the charming landscape as the sun rises.
See the sun's bright rays give color to the rolling hills and watch as your pilot points out the most significant details about the scenery below. Your balloon floats to 2,000 feet (600 m) above ground in a route determined by the wind.
Take this opportunity to snap memorable pictures of the charming Tuscan countryside dotted with hilltop towns, castles, and vineyards. Complete your experience with a glass of sparkling wine before making your way back to the launch site.
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Discover the center of Florence, an open-air museum, accompanied by recorded audio commentary of a local guide. During your walk through the city, spend as much time as you like at each point of interest. With the audiopen as your personal guide for the day, play the commentary as many times as you like.
Simply pass the pen on one of the points of interest on your map and hear commentary about the monument. A great way to discover the must-see sights of the "Cradle of the Renaissance," the audiopen also has interesting information about the Renaissance period and the famous and powerful Medici family.
The itinerary includes the Church of San Lorenzo, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi's Dome, and the Palazzo Strozzi. Listen to recorded commentary as you visit sights like Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, the Church of Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio.
Visit the Church of San Miniato al Monte—just outside the city center and reachable on foot or by public transportation—for a spectacular view of the city. If you like, enrich your self-guided tour by adding a delicious Tuscan lunch with drinks in the old town. Read More close
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The Florence Baptistery is the oldest monument of the expansive Duomo complex, and it stands as an incredible icon of the Renaissance period and a perfect example of Florentine architecture. Start your tour with a fascinating video presentation which explains how the enormous complex of the Cathedral was created over centuries before venturing inside the Baptistery with your guide.
Enjoy a rare opportunity to climb the magnificent elevated gallery of Matroneo, once reserved only for women, and marvel at the beautiful shining mosaics and marble flooring. At the end of your visit, savor delicious Chianti wine, paired perfectly with Italian cheeses and balsamic vinegar.
Finally, you're given a Duomo entrance ticket, so you can explore the complex at your leisure, including Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata. Read More close
Starting in the late 14th century, the Medici family was a political and business powerhouse whose influence dominated government and religious affairs for over 300 years. Meet up with your guide for the day and embark on a walking tour to listen to tales of their rise to prominence, stopping to check out relics from their bygone empire.
You might stroll past the Renaissance ramparts of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi or catch glimpses of your reflection in the Arno River as you lean over the railing of the Ponte Vecchio, the arched bridge commissioned by Cosimo I de' Medici in 1565.
Arrive at a locally loved restaurant and head inside to continue the conversation over a traditional lunch featuring Florentine specialties and authentic dishes. You might start with the salty sweet delights of Prosciutto crudo Toscano con melone (Tuscan ham with melon) washed down with bold red wine, followed by filling entrees and delicate desserts that draw your afternoon to a close.
Sample lunch menu includes:
- Pappa al pomodoro o ribollita toscana (Tuscan tomato bread soup or vegetable bread soup)
- Stracotto di cinta senese alle verdure stufate (pork braised with vegetables)
- Patate in cassuola (potato casserole) Read More close
Begin your walking tour of Florence in the Central Market zone, with its workshops and multi-colored stalls. At the Piazza del Duomo, enter the huge cathedral and admire its dome by Brunelleschi, the bell tower by Giotto, and the baptistery with its decorative doors, dubbed by Michelangelo as the “Gates of Paradise. ”
Proceed to the picturesque Mercato della Paglia (Straw Market) and its famous Porcellino Fountain. Don’t forget to drop a coin in the piglet’s open mouth and rub his snout, which, according to legend, ensures your return to Florence.
Your updated tour now includes the places described by Dan Brown in his best-selling book "Inferno,” which is set in Florence. Your guide tells the secrets and details of Florence’s highlights as experienced by the characters of the book.
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During your time in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to works by famous artists including Michelangelo and Botticelli, all the artwork in this metropolis might spark your desire to learn more about painting. During this course limited to 15 people, you share something in common with the great masters of the past like Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto—location.
Find your inspiration in this painting class held by a professional artist who guides you through some techniques and get a chance to produce your own personal masterpiece. In the meantime enjoy a delicious glass of full-bodied wine and get your creative juices flowing. At the end of the course, receive a participation certificate and take home your artwork. Read More close
Standing majestically in the Florentine skyline, the Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most recognized symbols of the city. The 14th-century palace still reflects its medieval origins, with its crenelated battlements and the imposing 310-foot (95-m) structure of Arnolfo's Tower, one of the highest viewpoints around.
Inside the building, you can see its beautifully renovated Renaissance design, priceless treasures, and works of art. The halls and private apartments once held artists like Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio, Vasari, Ghirlandaio, and Bronzino, and a walk through the palace lets you retrace this incredible history while discovering the secrets and stories of the powerful Medici family.
After exploring the courtyard and the beautiful Hall of the 500, you can follow your guide for a spectacular walk around the roof of the palace. The spectacular sight of Florence at Sunset will win a place among the best memories of your stay. If you like, you can continue the climb up to the top of Arnolfo's Tower and end the tour with a stunning view across the city and its hills. Read More close
Start your day with amazing panoramic views over the city. Drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo, and take plenty of memorable pictures for your souvenir album. Jump back in the minivan and relax on your way to the next stop.
Explore the stunning Tuscan countryside, and appreciate lesser-known suburban areas on the way to the second stop of the day: Fiesole.
Learn about Florence’s ancient Roman and Etruscan roots by visiting the hilltop town of Fiesole. Take in the view over the whole province, and wander around the little central square. See Fiesole's main landmarks, including Fortezza da Basso and Palazzo Medici Riccardio. Read More close
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Make your way to the kitchen and meet your instructor, a chef and cookbook author with a passion for handmade pasta. Tighten your apron strings and get to work crafting perfectly textured dough, even creating your own flour mixture with wheat, spelt, chestnut, and stone-ground organic flours. Learn to knead the dry mix with eggs or water, incorporating color and flavor with special ingredients like green spinach, red tomatoes, or brown cocoa.
Whip up an array of different filled pastas, stuffing your thinly rolled dough with seasonal produce, gourmet meats, local cheeses, or freshly caught fish. Pick up tips on forming each pasta into the ideal shape, and then turn toward the sweeter side of Italian cuisine as you learn to prepare an authentic, traditional tiramisu. Once you're cooking is done, gather around the table, raise a glass of wine, and toast to your new kitchen skills as you feast on filled pasta dressed in bright sauce, homemade focaccia, and your creamy dessert of tiramisu. Read More close
Your first stop is Pisa, giving you the perfect opportunity to pose for that iconic photo in front of the Leaning Tower. Learn the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover the other architectural feats in the square: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery. Visit the interior of the Cathedral and admire the splendid Pisan Romanesque architecture within.
Journey on to Lucca and discover this ancient town with still-intact Renaissance-era city walls, medieval churches, and exquisite piazzas—including the well-known Anfiteatro Square. Wander around the city and stop for a special tasting of the local cake, Buccellato, before making your way back to Florence. Read More close
Reach beautiful Pisa and make your way to Piazza dei Miracoli, the central square dominated by 4 sacred edifices. Each represent symbols of human life: the Baptistery represents birth; the Monumental Cemetery is death; and the Cathedral is the symbol of life. The 4th and most famous is the incredible Leaning Tower, world-renowned for its tilt to 1 side. Hear the story of its construction and the mysteries that surround its inclination.
After exploring the beautiful interior of the square's cathedral, you have some free time to enjoy the green surroundings. Perhaps explore the other buildings that make up the piazza or head into the city to browse or pick up some souvenirs before your comfortable journey back to Florence. Read More close
With the guidance of a professional local pizza chef, create your very own pizza from scratch. Stretch the dough, layer it with sauce and cheese, place it in the oven, and get ready to slice up and devour your work. Chances are this will be one of the best pizzas you've ever eaten.
After pizza it's time to make Italy's favorite dessert—gelato. Learn about the raw ingredients—and how to select the best products available. Enjoy an insightful presentation and a taste of some of the flavors used in gelato making. Learn about the development and application of natural colors, as well as the heating and freezing techniques that go into creating this much-loved dessert. Read More close
Your photographer captures portrait- and documentary-style moments that reflect your personal style and uses creative and professional talents to make you and your group look truly amazing.
Photo sessions are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods and you can suggest your own location(s) if you prefer. You receive your beautifully retouched images in a shareable gallery within a week of your experience. Read More close
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Exploring the world's most impressive art collection unguided can be overwhelming. This private tour ensures you see the best of the Uffizi at a leisurely, enjoyable pace. Your expert, English-speaking guide recounts fascinating and entertaining stories about the lives of the artists, celebrated architects, and wealthy patrons that contributed to the magnificence of the museum.
Stop at hand-selected pieces as you make your way through the winding corridors of paintings and sculptures, including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Learn how techniques and trends developed from medieval times through the renaissance and how to differentiate a da Vinci from a Michelangelo. Stop at the the rooftop terrace and experience the picturesque view of the Piazza degli Uffizi, the most important civic and political center of renaissance Florence. Feel free to wander and re-visit your favorite masterpieces after the tour ends with your Uffizi day pass.
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A tour representative waits for you at the Santa Maria Novella train station and guides you to the train. After speedily crossing the beautiful Tuscan countryside, you begin your day in Rome with a tour of the city's main attractions while aboard a double-decker hop-on, hop-off bus. Stop at the Colosseum or the Vatican, or perhaps just wander around the cobbled streets of this city often described as an outdoor museum.
Admire the city's picturesque squares and significant monuments: the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland). Visit the famous Trevi Fountain and don't forget to toss a coin into it, since legend says that doing so guarantees your future return to Rome.
Before making your way back to Florence, sip a perfect Italian coffee in lively Piazza Navona or taste an Italian gelato in Campo de' Fiori, known for its lively market scene.
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San Marco is a former convent of the 15th century, built by Michelozzo for the Medici family. During the reign of Lorenzo il Magnifico, this Renaissance building was also used as a meeting point for many Florentine humanists, such as Poliziano and Pico della Mirandola. Today, the convent hosts the major collection of works by Fra Angelico and frescoes by Ghirlandaio and Fra Bartolomeo.
Wander through the dormitory cells fully decorated with Fra Angelico’s frescoes. Marvel at the "Crucifixion," "St. Peter of Verona Triptych," and the famous "San Marco Altarpiece," which shows the enthroned Virgin and Child surrounded by angels and saints.
Spend some time exploring the well-preserved collection of rare bells, precious objects, and relics that were saved from the 19th-century destruction of the convent.
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After strolling down the café-filled Via dei Servi, you arrive at Brunelleschi's masterpiece, the Duomo. Take a circuit of the exterior while discussing the importance of the cathedral. Then take an enlightening look at the city's art and architectural history.
Your course depends on the whims of the group and the interests of the scholar leading the tour. Delve deeper into the center, perhaps to Piazza della Signoria, the government center of Florence, or to Piazza della Repubblica, filled with fire-breathers, jugglers, and other nightlife.
The atmosphere of the city at evening is captivating; it's a great time to soak up the culture and enjoy the Italian "dolce vita. " Read More close
Begin your walk at the Galileo Museum, home to the most important Medicean collection of scientific instruments, including ones used by Galileo Galilei for his groundbreaking experiments. Here you discuss the Medicean system of patronage for the sciences, especially astronomy. Discover how, under the Medici rule, Florence transformed itself into an ideal place for experimentation, as well as a breeding ground for humanism.
After visiting the museum, your tour continues toward the center of town, where you can trace and better appreciate the role of humanism in the Renaissance; your scholar delves into Dante and Petrarch's poetry, allowing you to discuss this topic further. Read More close
Your art historian guide first takes you to St. John's Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence. Next, proceed to the elegant Giotto’s Bell Tower, covered in multi-colored marble and graced with rich sculptural decorations. Your guide then shares stories about the celebrated Brunelleschi’s Dome, the largest masonry dome ever built.
Enter the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the third largest church in the world. Admire beautiful frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari that adorn the inside of Brunelleschi's Dome, as well as other works by Baccio Bandinelli, Benedetto da Maiano, and many others. Next, go below the cathedral to the crypt and uncover mysteries of the early Christian church of Santa Reparata before visiting Filippo Brunelleschi’s tomb.
After a short break, visit the spectacular Opera del Duomo museum, featuring some of the greatest treasures of the entire cathedral complex. Gaze upon timeless sculptures by Michelangelo and Donatello, and admire the beauty of the Altar of St. John. Feel free to explore the museum on your own after the tour ends. Read More close
Uffizi means "offices" in Italian. This building was conceived of by Cosimo I de' Medici as a workplace for Florentine magistrates. The astounding Medici art collection soon decorated the walls, and the Uffizi opened for public viewing in the late 18th century.
Begin your tour in Piazza Signoria and learn about the overarching historical and architectural context of the Uffizi and about the early Florentine Renaissance. Walk through the museum with a specially scheduled appointment—to lose yourself in magnificent works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Giotto, Da Vinci, and more. Read More close
Starting at the Piazza Santo Spirito—home to craftsmen for the last 500 years—you learn how the area continues the emblematic artisan Florentine tradition. Stroll through the maze of small streets lined with little workshops representing the historic enterprises in the city as your expert guide tells you about the history of Florence and the importance of its manufacturers in the region's culture.
Next, put theory into practice and visit private workshops of leatherworkers, silversmiths, shoe manufacturers, and hat makers. As you watch the craftsmen at work, observe their meticulous practices and ask any questions you like. Your tour includes a donation to a charity that helps preserve and promote this dying art.
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Towering over the other splendid buildings in the Piazza della Signoria in the center of Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio (or “Old Palace”) is a grand fortress-like structure built in the 13th century that now serves as the town hall. The palace is one of the main focal points of the city and is home to a replica statue of Michelangelo’s “David,” which replaced the original in 1873.
Ascend through the narrow passages of Duke Gualtieri’s medieval stairway and encounter an unexpected path beyond a door hidden behind a large painting. Admire the precious and imposing coffered ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the 500).
Your tour ends with a Florentine lunch and drinks at Giannino, a charming restaurant in the ancient merchant open gallery at the heart of the Medici district. Read More close
Perfect for those with little or no riding experience, your 2-wheeled excursion starts as you strap on a helmet and get a quick lesson on your curious contraption's basic controls. Learn how to lean into tight turns and make graceful starts before you head out onto wide sidewalks, following your guide into the city.
Make your first stop at the Palazzo Strozzi, where you can glide by the stone ramparts of a 15th-century palace turned modern events space, and listen to stories about the Strozzi family who once lived here. From palaces to piazzas, turn your handlebars toward the Piazza della Repubblica and roll underneath the massive archway that serves as its grand entrance.
Continue weaving your way through the city, snapping photos of massive churches like the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Basilica di Santa Croce, and stopping to stretch your legs in pedestrian-packed squares.
Zip down Via de' Tornabuoni's fashion-forward lanes and do some wishful window shopping at the storefronts of places like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Roberto Cavalli and then swoop to a stop at Mercato del Porcellino, where you can grab some delicious gelato and browse the shops before returning to your starting point. Read More close
The journey from Florence to Pisa begins by meeting your host at the station. Hop in the comfortable coach and set off across the rolling and picturesque Tuscan countryside. As you pass through this astounding scenery, you're host entertains you with interesting commentary about the culture and history.
Arriving in Pisa, visit the Pizza dei Miracoli and its famous monuments which are called miracles because of their incredible beauty and uniqueness. Gaze in wonderment at the Cathedral that dominates the square as your guide gives you an hour long overview of the area. With the remainder of your time being free time, pose for classic photos with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, go shopping at the bustling stores, or grab a bite to eat in a little cafe and enjoy delicious espresso with your meal. Read More close
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- Duomo, Oltrarno, Peretola Airport, San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Santissima Annunziata
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At the Prada Space Outlet, you can browse a wide range of clothing, shoes, and accessories from the famous Italian brand. It's a true paradise for fashionable lovers of Prada and Miu Miu. Enjoy free time to shop for designer clothes, shoes, and accessories, or perhaps pick up some luxury gifts for your friends.
After an hour and a half of leisure time, meet your driver and head to The Mall, one of the most popular brand outlet centers in Italy. Stroll the outdoor shopping center, hunting for bargains and well-priced designer wares. Multiple Italian stores sell high-end goods at advantageous prices, including Gucci, Armani, Fendi, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Tod's, Valentino, Zegna, and Bottega Veneta.
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Your first destination takes you back in time with a visit to Monteriggioni—a medieval walled city with Romanesque churches and an extensive history that dates back to the early 13th century.
Your next stop is Siena, where you tour the magnificent Cathedral of Siena, the Palazzo Comunale (the municipal building), and Piazza del Campo—the site where the famous Palio Horse Race is held each year.
Make your way to the UNESCO-listed town of San Gimignano. Explore the quaint alleyways, churches, and ancient architecture before trying some of the delicious gelato at the shop twice-voted the world's best (at the industry's Gelato World Cup).
Finally, stop at an authentic local farmhouse to sample Tuscan wines and a delicious snack of sliced cold meats, bruschetta, salami, and cheese. Read More close
Head south toward Siena—the magnificent medieval city famous for its Palio horserace. Enjoy a guided visit and see its main highlights, including the impressive cathedral and the medieval town hall. Visit Piazza del Campo and wander around this famous shell-shaped square where the Palio horserace takes place twice a year.
Your next stop is Montalcino, an incredible picturesque hilltop town famous for its Brunello wine. Stroll through its narrow streets, before visiting a wine bar where you’ll taste some of this smooth blend.
Later, continue to Pienza in the Val d'Orcia district and sample the renowned Pecorino cheese. Spend some free time exploring this charming town at your leisure before making your way to Montepulciano.
Visit a wine cellar and learn more about the wine-making process as you sample some of the best locally produced wines. Take some time to soak up the beautiful scenery that the village has to offer before heading back to Florence.
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Meet your local guide and depart Florence on your way to Siena, where an array of medieval architecture awaits you. Famous for its art, museums, and magical cuisine, this enchanting town offers all the romantic charm one could hope to find during a visit to Italy. Start by admiring both the exterior and interior of the renowned Basilica of San Domenico, one of the town's most historically important landmarks. This 13th-century jewel of the Renaissance era is dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena, and houses several of her relics.
Walk narrow medieval streets flanked by splendid palaces and historic shops, until you reach the spectacular Siena Cathedral. With construction beginning in the 12th century, the cathedral showcases the town's wonder with magnificent architecture and polychrome marble.
Continue with a visit to a Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada, where you experience the atmosphere of the authentic and most intimate soul of the town. It contains historical documents and relics of the Palio di Siena, an important horse race held twice a year, as well as magnificent works of art which are normally not made available for public viewing. Your tour of Siena ends at the beautiful Piazza del Campo, where the Palazzo Pubblico, or Town Hall, is the main point of focus.
In the afternoon, make your way to San Gimignano, a hilltop town surrounded by walls which have remained intact through the centuries. Renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes, and valuable works of art, it's the ideal place to enjoy free time for fascinating discovery.
In the evening, cross the gently rolling hills that surround Chianti on your way to a small and typical winery. After a short walk through ancient vineyards, visit the barrique room, where the aging process takes place, and enjoy the opportunity to taste 4 fantastic wines.
Finally, stop in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti and admire its famous main square lined with arcades. Browse local artisan shops and get a sense of what life is like for the locals to end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany. Read More close
After you're picked up from your hotel, ride into the mountains and arrive at Abetone. Pick up your lift ticket and equipment, which might include skis and boots or sleds, and then dive into the snow-centric fun on offer at this winter wonderland. Zip down more than 31 miles (50 km) of downhill runs accessible by 22 modern and safe chair lifts, work up a sweat on cross-country terrain, or follow your guide on a snowy trek through idyllic forest trails.
Wrap up your morning and head into a cozy lodge to warm up by the fire and tuck into a hearty lunch of regional specialties like creamy polenta and savory game, building up your energy for the rest of the afternoon outdoors. Once your adventure comes to a close, hop back on the comfortable coach for the hour-long ride back into Florence. Read More close
Marvel at the breathtakingly beautiful "David" sculpture on a guided visit of the Accademia Gallery. Your guide reveals the history of Michelangelo’s techniques as you gaze at his other celebrated, unfinished works including "Slaves" and "Prisoners. "
After a break for lunch, you rejoin your tour at the incredible Uffizi Gallery. With your expert guide, you browse some of the greatest artwork the world has ever known, including the iconic "Birth of Venus" by Botticelli.
Stay in each gallery after the guided portions are over to explore the vast collections that include world-famous, important paintings and lesser-known but equally beautiful pieces on display. Read More close
Learn all about the Accademia’s illustrious history. Europe's first school of drawing, the museum now houses the world's most famous sculpture. Your guide reveals the fascinating history behind this work of art as you marvel at its perfect beauty. Hear explanations of Michelangelo’s techniques as you gaze at his other celebrated, unfinished works, including "Slaves" and "Prisoners. "
After the guided tour, you are free to spend as long as you like soaking up the atmosphere of this incredible museum and exploring its collection at your own pace. Read More close
Situated in the basilica of San Lorenzo—the private church of the Medici family—the Medici Chapels are 2 architectural treasures.
Bypass the queue outside and start your visit at Sagrestia Nuova (New Sacristy). This small room was designed by Michelangelo as a mortuary chapel for members of the Medici family, who were known as the most important art patrons of the Italian Renaissance. See the 2 large tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano De’ Medici and admire the allegorical figures on top of them that represent night, day, dawn, and dusk.
Head to the octagonal Cappella dei Principi (Chapel of the Princes), which is surmounted by a tall dome and features polychrome marble and rich mosaics. The 6 marble tombs in the walls are empty because most of the Medici family are buried in the crypt beneath the basilica.
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Built in 1581 as a home for the judiciary offices, the Uffizi Gallery was used as an art gallery by the ruling Medici family; it was officially opened to the public in 1765 when the dynasty fell.
Bypass the long queue outside and start exploring its myriad of masterpieces. With more than 1,500 pieces of artwork spread throughout 45 rooms, the collection includes some of the most culturally significant paintings and sculptures ever created.
Marvel at Botticelli's "Birth of Venus," Caravaggio's "Bacchus," and Giotto's "Madonna Enthroned. " Learn more about the evolution of art throughout the centuries as you admire the stunning paintings displayed in chronological order.
With no time limit on your ticket, you're free to spend as long as you wish looking at the beautiful sights within.
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A former Medici palace, the Uffizi first opened its doors to the public more than 400 years ago. Step through the doors and soak up the incredible masterpieces, including Botticelli's serene "Birth of Venus" and Titian's "Venus of Urbino. " Learn about the symbols and meanings behind these notable pieces of art and understand their importance to the art world, both at the time of their creation and now.
The effortless elegance and beauty of the gallery transport you back to Italy's Renaissance period, a time when the world-renowned masters created pieces of art that are still marveled at 4 centuries later. With its unrivaled collection, the Uffizi is a must-see for any visitor to Florence. Read More close
Built by Vasari in 1565, the Vasari corridor is usually closed to the general public. Gain exclusive access and stroll through the passage once used by the Grand Dukes to move safely and secretly between the two residences. Gaze out of the small windows of the corridor onto the meandering Arno River.
Your trip to Florence is incomplete without a visit to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery. You don't need to be an art expert to appreciate the treasures of the Italian Renaissance hidden here, such as the touching beauty of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" and Michelangelo's "Doni Tondo," the circular painting of the Holy Family. Read More close
As the evening approaches, Florentine wine bars fill with locals enjoying apéritivo—an early evening drink to help loosen the stresses of the day. Join them to appreciate an important cultural feature of their community. Your guide is on hand with excellent recommendations for delightful neighborhood bars as you discover little gems nestled in this beautiful city.
Taste some of the iconic wines of the region and learn the history of the Sangiovese grape and its use in many of the household wines. In addition you have a sommelier at your disposal. Listen as they explain how best to pair certain wines with different food—a useful and clever skill. Delight in an informative way to start a quintessential Florentine evening. Read More close
After you meet your guide for the evening and get familiar with the bike, you can easily cross the city and leave the multitude of tourists behind as you ride out into the enchanted atmosphere of the hills outside Florence. In the cool hours of late afternoon, you can walk among the olive groves of a local organic farm and enjoy wonderful views of the city.
Your visit to a real organic farm, where you can meet horses, pigs, donkeys, goats, cows, and other animals, includes an exclusive stop in a vegetable garden where the farmer helps you pick the produce that you'll be eating for dinner. Help to prepare the meal in the farmhouse's cozy kitchen as the chef explains the traditions of Tuscan food.
When it's time to eat, sit outside and taste freshly made bruschetta, complete with extra virgin olive oil produced at the farm, Tuscan croutons, Primavera pasta with your seasonal vegetables, and exquisite Chianina beef grilled on embers and accompanied by the salads of the garden, fresh fruit, or a homemade pie with water, wine, and coffee.
Follow up the meal by chatting with your hosts until it's time to get back on your bike and set out to enjoy the view of Florence by night. Read More close
Start with Florence's most beloved resident, Michelangelo's David at the Accademia Gallery. With pre-reserved tickets and a set entry time, breeze past lines to see the famed sculpture in the flesh. Inside, your expert art historian guide tells you what makes David so special and introduces you to other Michelangelo works that you may not have noticed otherwise.
Then head to Florence's crowning glory, il Duomo or Florence Cathedral. Learn about the insane struggle to create its huge dome, explore the reserved beauty inside, and admire the gold baptistery doors—a sight often missed by visitors.
Your walking tour is where you really feel the benefit of a small group. Explore the winding streets and art-strewn piazzas with your local guide, learning about the Ponte Vecchio bridge and Piazza della Signoria sculptures. After a break for lunch, reconvene for a tour of the Uffizi Gallery, skip the line, and follow a specially crafted itinerary through its corridors for a true understanding of art history. Read More close
Your tour begins with one of most expensive offerings—the truffle; savor the opulent taste with a glass of Prosecco. The lavish theme continues with a visit to a skilled chocolatier's workshop, followed by a shop producing olive oil. Get to understand one of the region's specialties as you sample the variety of oil and vinegar they create.
Your gastronomic journey continues as you wind through Florence's charming streets. Listen to your knowledgeable guide as they pick out foodie gems in local neighborhoods. Dive into a true Florentine delicacy—a gelato—as you visit the renowned place in town to get one. Complete the tour with a taste of some authentically made focaccia bread and wash it down with a glass of Chianti, the esteemed Tuscan red wine. Read More close
Make your way into the kitchen and meet your instructor, a professional chef with a passion for Tuscan cuisine. Learn about the wealth and variety of Italian cheeses—the country produces more than 600 different types—and hear about what differentiates fresh cheeses from aged and goat or sheep cheeses from cow.
Learn to make 1 or 2 different cheeses from scratch, and discover the secrets behind crafting homemade jams and marmalades that pair perfectly with cheese, from strawberry and balsamic to apricot and chili. Use locally sourced, organic ingredients to prepare each delicacy, and once your gourmet goodies are complete, settle down to taste the bounty. Sample local honey and balsamic vinegar, wash each bite down with hearty Tuscan wine, and end your experience on a sweet note with a serving of freshly made tiramisu. Read More close
Begin your day in the heart of Florence's food district where the locals shop for fresh produce. Your guide explains the food history of the region and points out different delicatessens on your way to meet artisans at their stalls. Watch them selling Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, fresh bread, olives, and of course the famous prosciutto. Here you have the chance to ask any questions to the expert local farmers and cheese producers of Florence.
Continue to one of the best chocolate shops in town where you try a mouthwatering sample and sip a fresh cappuccino. It is then time to explore the indoor section of the market, where you learn about handmade pasta and cheese. The fish, meat, and poultry present a feast for the eyes. Your tour ends with delicious toasted bread with seasonal toppings accompanied by a glass of wine as your guide gives you tips on restaurants and bars.
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A stirring experience awaits as you gaze upon the works of Michelangelo, Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Luca della Robbia, Andrea Pisano, Antonio Pollaiuolo, Andrea Verrocchio, Arnolfo di Cambio, Ghirlandaio, and many others. Begin with a reproduction of Piazza del Duomo as it was in the 1300s, featuring a life-sized facade of Santa Maria del Fiore and 40 other magnificent sculptures.
Next, enter halls that host the deeply moving Pietà del Duomo by Michelangelo, and the Penitent Magdalene by Donatello. The next gallery features enduring sculptures by Donatello and Luca della Robbia, as well as wooden models of the buildings that date back to the 1400s.
The last stop is the Gallery of the Silver Altar, home to the Altar of St. John the Baptist. Enjoy access to a panoramic terrace, where you can get a close-up look at Brunelleschi’s Dome, atop the cathedral. Feel free to explore the museum on your own after the tour ends. Read More close
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Travel back in time to discover the intrigue surrounding the most powerful family of the Renaissance. Actors portray Gian Gastone and Anna Maria Luisa, a small sample of this influential family. They take the audience on a journey through many years of tumultuous history—from Lorenzo the Magnificent through the moment when Anna Maria Luisa bequeathed her family's art and treasures to the city of Florence.
Set in an ancient library, this multimedia masterpiece skillfully blends traditional methods with modern technology. The show features art, love, and courtship in the context of betrayal, conspiracy, war, and the papacy. Learn about Lorenzo the Magnificent and his connection to Savonarola, who was an influential and mystical leader whose rise and fall from grace was intimately entwined with the Medici family.
After the show, enrich your evening with a delectable Tuscan dinner in a traditional restaurant located in the middle of the Medicean district. Read More close
You're welcomed with a drink and escorted to an intimate dining room to enjoy a meal of homemade Italian cuisine. The menu varies with the seasons, but you can get a taste of what's to come with the sample menus below. And not to worry if you're gluten-free—Italy might be famed for its pasta and pizza, but there's no reason you can't take a bite of Florentine cuisine with a special menu that has no wheat at all.
Spring & Summer Menu
- Parmesan soufflé
- Panzanella of quinoa with garlic, tomatoes, basil & pistachios
- Ricotta & spinach gnocchi
- Quail with Vin Santo
Fall & Winter Menu
- Cheese, salami & homemade bread
- Buckwheat ravioli with caramelized pears & goat cheese
- Osso bucco with Chianti, carrots, onion & celery
- Panna cotta
Gluten-Free Spring & Summer Menu
- Smoked egg with Tuscan asparagus
- Tomato soup with basil & leek
- Gluten-free noodles with fresh Mediterranean fish
- Zucchini flan with peas & scallion
- Mascarpone cream with limoncello
Gluten-Free Fall & Winter Menu
- Limoncello-marinated duck breast
- Bean soup with rosemary pesto
- Sausage risotto with pecorino cheese
- Chicken with chianti & balsamic
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Firstly, indulge in some delicious Tuscan cuisine accompanied by excellent Chianti wine at a restaurant in the heart of the city. With appetizers, a first and second course, and dessert, you should be happily full and ready to sit back and relax with some Italian entertainment.
A beautiful Anglican church is the setting for the evening’s entertainment: world-famous Neapolitan songs and beautiful arias from the operas of Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, and other renowned Italian composers. Soak up the serene atmosphere in front row seats with a great view as you watch the captivating musical spectacle. Read More close
Your skilled chef relates the origin of the traditional dishes you are preparing. With a wonderful setting and a friendly, convivial atmosphere, you have everything you need to make your best meal in great company.
Make traditional starters such as eggplant caprese, pasta-based first courses such as potato gnocchi, and delicious main courses with meat or fish. As a final treat, try your hand at preparing Italian desserts such as tiramisu. Then reap the benefits of your work with a sumptuous 4-course dinner of your prepared dishes. Read More close
Your scenic drive heads through the beautiful Chianti countryside, which is dotted with castles, villas, and of course, numerous vineyards. Tour a cantina and fermentation areas and enjoy an eclectic assortment of wines and olive oils to sample in beautiful surroundings.
Your expert guide, trained in wine production, describes the history of the vineyards and the families that run them, and provides enlightening anecdotes about Italian wine culture. Later, delight in a quintessential Tuscan lunch at a family-run osteria (restaurant) tucked in the region's rolling hills. Read More close
Let your scheduled admission to Uffizi Gallery dictate your itinerary for the day, making plans to visit the Galleria dell'Accademia during the afternoon or morning, whenever you have free time. When you reach Uffizi, head through the archway-lined corridor that divides its 2 wings and then make your way inside. Spend some time admiring works like Da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi and Anunciation, or Bellini's Sacred Allegory, illuminated by the natural light that spills in from floor-to-ceiling windows.
Match the other half of your day with a special trip to the Galleria dell'Accademia, where you can start with a few of Michelangelo's unfinished works, including Prisoners, before moving on to what is arguably his most famous creation—David. Look for the best angle to photograph this iconic sculpture, using the brilliant white dome above to frame the figure before continuing on to investigate the Galleria dell'Accademia's gardens and other paintings by artists including Botticello and Sarto. Read More close
Skip the long lines to enter the grand, art-adorned rooms of the Uffizi Gallery. This hallowed museum houses works that have marked the history of art, from Fra Filippo Lippi's Madonna and Child to Rembrandt's Self-Portrat as a Young Man. Roam the marble halls to see masterpieces like Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, Titian's Venus of Urbino, da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi, and marvel at the brushstrokes and composition of works by Caravaggio, Raphael, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, Rubens, and Van Dyck.
From there, turn your attention to art of a different nature as you explore the architectural complex of Florence's famed Duomo, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Explore the 3 structures that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you study the design and artistry of Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Campanile, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Go underground to see the ruins and old mosaics of the former cathedral of Santa Reparata, and get a fascinating look at the actual construction and preservation of the cathedral complex at the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, the museum of the Florence Cathedral Works. Read More close
Once used by the Grand Dukes to move secretly between the town hall (Palazzo Vecchio) and the old residence of the royal family (Palazzo Pitti), the Vasari Corridor is today a separate museum administered by the Uffizi Gallery and its access is usually closed to the public.
Take advantage of your exclusive entrance and follow your guide along the royal passageway. Built in only 5 months by Giorgio Vasari, this beautiful corridor hosts a stunning collection of paintings, sculptures, and portraits from the 16th to the 20th century.
Marvel at the renowned series of self portraits by master painters, including Vasari and other Italian and foreign artists. The collection was started by Leopoldo de’ Medici in the 17th century and still receives artworks from contemporary artists to this day. Read More close
Travel to the Santa Maria Novella Station in central Florence, where a representative waits for you and guides you to the train. Enjoy the stunning Italian countryside from your comfortable seat and reach Venice in just 2 hours to start your independent tour of the floating city. With your 24-hour Vaporetto ticket, take advantage of unlimited use of the city's water taxi and waterbus system and delve into a labyrinth of alleys, canals, and bridges.
Marvel at the splendid architecture as you explore the beautiful St. Mark's Square, perhaps stopping for a cappuccino in one of the numerous cafés in the area. Admire the majestic Doge's Palace (the Duke's former home) and the grand St. Mark's Basilica, one of the best-known examples of Byzantine architecture. See the famous Bridge of Sighs, which according to the legend, was named because of the sounds of the prisoners being led over the bridge and into prison. Read More close
Choosing stories from over 2,000 years of incredible history, your guide has a plethora of anecdotes and facts to relay as you stroll through the central highlights, including the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, the breathtaking Uffizi courtyard, as well as the iconic cathedral with Brunelleschi's Dome overlooking the Gates of Paradise.
This tour is perfect if you want to gain a comprehensive understanding of the city's geography and history, but perhaps you also want to explore on your own. You're sure to discover pockets of Florence you want to explore further at your leisure. Read More close
The experts at this traditional enoteca explain what makes a good bottle, from planting to selecting to harvesting. Wines tasted may include a classic Chianti, a Soave, or a vintage Rosso di Montalcino, depending on the season. The selection is chosen by Italian wine makers dedicated to organic processes, high quality, and excellent value.
Learn how best to combine wine with everyday cooking by tasting various olive oils, Tuscan prosciutto ham, salami, and Pecorino cheese. Your expert guides teach you which wines suit which types of accompaniment, leaving you well-equipped and fully versed in wine pairing. Read More close