The best-known site of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city known as "The Duomo" built by Filippo Brunelleschi.
At the heart of the city in Piazza della Signoria is Bartolommeo Ammanati's Fountain of Neptune,which is a masterpiece of marble sculpture at the terminus of a still functioning Roman aqueduct.
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), whose most striking feature is the multitude of shops built upon its edges, held up by stilts. The bridge also carried Vasari's elevated corridor linking the Uffizi to the Medici palace.
The Uffizi, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici. Waiting times can be up to five hours so take one of our tours and get on the express lane.
The Bargello concentrates on sculpture, containing many priceless works of art created by such sculptors as Donatello, Giambologna, and Michelangelo.
The Accademia dell' Arte del Disegno houses the Michelangelo's David and his unfinished Slaves.
Across the Arno is beautifully Pitti Palace lavishly decorated with the Medici family's former private collection. The art gallery contained a large number of Renaissance works, including several by Raphael. Adjoining the Palace are the lovely Boboli Gardens.
with deluxe car
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Imagine yourself walking around Florence, the city of Renaissance, with an expert photographer making great pictures and visiting beautiful places while enjoying fabulous food and Italian culture. We offer you a truly unique experience in an extraordinary setting and a rare opportunity to ask the expert about camera techniques used by a top professional.
Learn how to taste and appreciate wine. Your wine experts will explain about planting, selection, growing, harvesting and the work process. You will discover how to read labels, which to choose and when to open certain bottles. In addition, you will hear about what's happening today in wine journalism.
These all-inclusive tours have been carefully created for visitors to get the absolute maximum out of their visit to Florence. They include lunches, tastings and entrance fees. We can make adjustments to some of these tours if there specific sights you are interested in visiting.
The Best of Florence tour with a visit to Chianti for an olive oil and wine tasting.
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There’s no better way to start a day like a local then visiting one of our characteristic markets: the Mercato Centrale or the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio (closed on Sundays). These markets will show you the real Florence and Florentines and will give you the possibility to get some Tuscan “gastronomic” souvenirs as well as a good bottle of wine for the evening!
(in case it’s Sunday and the markets are closed) Visit a famous old Pharmacy still in use today! We'll smell and admire the potpourris and soaps made from natural ingredients, as well as seeing some of the old instruments and ceramic jars used by the Dominican monks of Santa Maria Novella.
Afterward we proceed with the highlights of the city: Piazza del Duomo and its Cathedral and the famous Dome by Brunelleschi and the gold Paradise door of the Baptistry. From there we continue to Piazza Signoria, the political heart of Florence since the 1300's when Florence was considered the richest city in Europe. We are beckoned to Ponte Vecchio, the bridge which attracts so much curiosity not only to its unique charming appearance but also to the fabulous jewelry shops lining the bridge.
We will enjoy a light and typical tuscan lunch in one “Mescita”: a Mescita is a traditional place where, in the past, people use to go for a …glass of wine, something like a coffee house today! Nowadays these structures can be compared to small bars where is also possible to get some stuff for lunch, really busy at lunchtime with locals!
After lunch, we will jump on the car to see the hillside of Florence, starting with the hill of the Piazzale Michelangelo, one of the most exclusive residential areas of the city. Once at the top, a stop is a must for taking some pictures on what is considered to be the most beautiful Florence Skyline panorama.
Passing through another beautiful area of the city, Bellosguardo, literally “Nice panorama” in Italian, we enter into the hilly countryside around Florence, you can easy realize it by starting to see Olive Trees and vineyards. Passing through another very wealthy area of Florence, villages such as Pozzolatico and Monte Oriolo, with great spots for photos, we will finally arrive in the village of Impruneta, the door of entrance in the heart of the Chianti Classico Region, also known for its world famous production of typical Tuscan Terracotta. After a little “passeggiata” in the main square of the city, with an opportunity to taste one of the nicest “gelato” in the area, we will be able to enjoy an olive oil tasting in a “Fattoria” close-by, the olive oil made in the hills around Impruneta is considered one of the best ones!
We will then continue to the capital of the Chianti region: Greve in Chianti, with all its nice little shops under the loggias of the main square, some of them are really something not to be missed.
Passing through Montefioralle, we will reach Badia a Passignano, the heart of the production of the Antinori wines, completely surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. Enjoy a glass of wine in this “magic” place!
09.15/10.00 Visit of the Market (or Pharmacy)
10.15/12.15 Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
13.00/14.00 Drive through the Florentine Hills towards Impruneta
14.00/14.30 Little walk in Impruneta and ice-cream stop
15.00/16.00 Olive oil tasting in a local Fattoria
16.30/18.00 Greve in Chianti, Montefioralle and Badia a Passignano
18.00/18.30 Glass of wine in Passignano
19.00 Estimated arrival at your hotel
Plus see the towers of San Gimignano, also known as the Manhattan of the Middle Ages, thanks to its Medieval towers, is simply a must if you are in Tuscany.
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Walking through its narrow streets, learn about the Guelph-Ghibelline conflict and commercial interests that forced the local rich families to build their towers. Coffee or Cappuccino break in a central square of the village together with one of the best “gelato” you have ever had!
At the end we will leave to Siena, passing through a beautiful country landscape. A stop will be made in one of the little villages we will find along the way to Siena, to have lunch in a local trattoria (where you will be able to taste some local specialities, like the pici pasta…)
Siena is the famous city of the Palio, the site of the “Enoteca Italiana” - the only national wine association- the site of “Monte dei Paschi” -the oldest bank in the world. Beautifully laid out on three hills, Siena owes its popularity as one of the main attractions in Tuscany to its perfectly preserved gothic city center, with the "Piazza del Campo" one of the most beautiful squares in the world, where the famous Palio horse race takes place twice a year and the Cathedral, considered one of the most impressive churches of Italy especially thanks to its impressively richly decorated interiors.
But it’s not just the magnificent monuments of Siena which make of it a must-see attraction, it is the overall atmosphere and architecture that still expresses the grandeur of its heyday that make of the visit of Siena an unforgettable experience.
Walking through the town that is so well preserved you will feel as if you have returned to the end of the XIII century, when Siena represented one of the greatest example of civic, social and political organization in the whole of Europe.
In visiting this city one should realize that he’s not just dealing with a "secondary hill-town in Tuscany" since Siena indeed was one of the most prestigious capitals of Europe in the middle ages.
Before leaving the city, let’s try something typical: Siena is famous for its sweet specialities: the panforte cake & the ricciarelli biscuits. Enjoy a tasting of these products in one of the most known bars of the city centre.
On the way back to Florence we will stop in a famous winery producing the Chianti Classico Red Wine: here, after an introduction to the history of the Chianti region and wine, we will visit the wine cellars and, later on, tasting 3 different kind of wines.
At the end drive to Florence
11.00 Estimated arrival in San Gimignano
12.00/14.00 Travelling to Siena through the Countryside back roads with a stop in a local trattoria for lunch
14.00/17.00 Siena (including time for the panforte and ricciarelli tasting)
17.30/18.30 Visit of the winery followed by a wine tasting
19.00 Estimated arrival in Florence
The Cinque Terre - The 5 Lands-, or, to be more precise, the Natural Protected Marine Area of the Cinque Terre, it’s a territory of 18 kilometres of rocky coastline full of bays, beaches and deep sea, surrounded by mountains running parallel. It hosts five main villages, each one with its own characteristic: (from east to west) Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso (the biggest).
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Spending a day in the Cinque Terre has inspired some of the most well known Italian and European poets and writers and was declared a World Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 1997. Do not to forget about it until your next visit.
Musts in the area: a boat ride in between two or three villages of the area to see the Cinque Terre from the sea; the breathtaking “Via dell’Amore” (Lover’s street) pathway connecting Riomaggiore to Manarola; visiting a local small winery producing the famous local sweet sciacchetrà wine and obviously taste it; enjoy a typical lunch on a small terraced trattoria (2 or 3 tables maximum!) overlooking the small pier; get “breath-taken” by a driving above the whole coastline, 300/400 metres above the sea; just sitting in a peaceful corner and enjoy the whole “magic” atmosphere.
On the way back to Florence we will stop in Pietrasanta, a stylish ancient town in which famous artists lived: Michelangelo in the XVI Century due to the vicinity of the Carrara Marble Quarries and in modern days Botero. Nowadays the town is the home of hundreds of sculptors with dozens of workshops and galleries and is a perfect location to enjoy an aperitif before returning to the hotel.
10.00 Estimated arrival in Riomaggiore
10.00/15.00 Cinque Terre (including lunch)
18.00 Estimated arrival in Florence
We will leave Florence and head immediately to Pisa. As soon as we exit from the traffic of Florence, we will immediately start to realize we are in the Tuscan countryside, olive trees and vineyards all over.
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Tuesdays and Fridays
Before getting into Pisa a stop will be made in the medieval hill-town of Lari, where we will enjoy a Pasta Demonstration: the Pastificio Martelli, a world famous small pasta factory, with its original production plan still located in the medieval hill-town of Lari where, on Tuesdays and Fridays you will see spaghetti being produced. After the visit and a short walk though the village, enjoy a coffee or cappuccino in a local cafè.
In Pisa we will experience a “chocolate tasting” in the shop of one of the most famous Italian “Cioccolateria”, where the clients will be able to understand the differences in between the various type of chocolate and cacao.
After 1 hour spent in the Miracle Square in Pisa, we immediately head in the direction of Lucca
As soon as we arrive to Lucca, we will taste one or two food specialities of the city and area, such as its big ears soups and its gorgeous extra virgin olive oil produced in the hills around the city.
After lunch, we will begin the visit of this unique city: the Cathedral, founded in 1060, with incredible works by Jacopo della Quercia; San Michele Church, built in the 12th century, typical example of the architectural style of Pisa and Lucca. A Statue of St. Michael, between two angels, in the act of killing a dragon, dominates the church. The church was named St. Michael in Forum because the square in which it is built was the old Roman Forum. The walls, shaded by trees, are a unique feature of the city and afford a pleasant walk or a bike ride of four kilometers. It is possible to visit a few restored bastions of special interest
We will than drive back to Florence
Before arriving at the Hotel we will enjoy a typical “Italian Style” Aperitif in one of the “In” Bars of the city
10.30 Estimated arrival in Lari
10.30/11.30 Pasta Demonstration + coffee break in Lari
11.30/12.00 Drive to Pisa
12.00/12.30 Chocolate Tasting
12.30/13.30 Visit of the Miracle Square
13.30/14.00 Drive to Lucca
14.00/15.00 Lunch in Lucca
15.00/17.30 Visit of Lucca
17.30/19.00 Drive to Florence including the aperitif stop in Florence
19.00 Estimated arrival at your hotel in Florence
Monday to Sunday
As soon as we arrive to Pisa we will experience a “chocolate tasting” in the shop of one of the most famous Italian “Cioccolateria”, where the clients will be able to understand the differences in between the various type of chocolate and cacao.
A Coffee / Cappuccino break will follow in a cafè nearby.
After 1 hour spent in the Miracle Square in Pisa, we immediately head in the direction of Lucca.
The surrounding hills of Lucca are famous for olive oil and wine production, specifically “DOC red wine of the Colline Lucchesi & Montecarlo”.
We will experience the visit of a local small winery, their vineyards and cellars and taste their wines together with a light lunch of some typical products of the area.
After lunch we leave for Lucca.
The visit of this unique city will include: the Cathedral, founded in 1060, with incredible works by Jacopo della Quercia; San Michele Church, built in the 12th century, typical example of the architectural style of Pisa and Lucca. A Statue of St. Michael, between two angels, in the act of killing a dragon, dominates the church. The church was named St. Michael in Forum because the square in which it is built was the old Roman Forum. The walls, shaded by trees, are a unique feature of the city and afford a pleasant walk or a bike ride of four kilometers. It is possible to visit a few restored bastions of special interest
We will than drive back to Florence.
Before arriving at the Hotel we will enjoy a typical “Italian Style” Aperitif in one of the “In” Bars of the city.
10.30 Estimated arrival in Pisa
10.30/11.30 Chocolate tasting followed by coffee break
11.30/12.30 Visit of the Miracle Square
12.30/13.30 Drive to the “Colline Lucchesi”
13.30/15.30 Wine Tasting & Lunch
16.00/18.00 Visit of Lucca
18.00/19.00 Drive to Florence including stop for the aperitif
19.00 Estimated arrival in Florence
Morning Options On Request
1. One or two stops on the way to Pisa will be made in: Montelupo Fiorentino, the centre of the ceramic production in Tuscany, with a really interesting pottery museum (curiosity, history, old pieces) and several pottery industry and outlets, if you see a ceramic either in Florence, Pisa or San Gimignano, you can be sure it’s produced in Montelupo!
2. An alternative to Montelupo could be the medieval village of San Miniato, a very important “arteria” on the Via Francigena, nowadays especially famous for its…truffles!
3. Visit Pisa immediately with the coffee in the centre and before arriving in the city, a visit to the Italian Style gardens of one of the beautiful villas that surrounds the town of Lucca, combining the visit with an olive oil tasting.
Only for groups of 8 or more
On the way back to Florence a stop will be made in one of the chocolate workshops which can be found around the villages of Monsummano – Agliana or Pistoia. This is another product Tuscany is known all over the world, its chocolate, and the area we visit guests some of the most know “Maestri cioccolatai” in Italy. Here you visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by the aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session
A visit to a workshop will be included so as to be able to taste some of some of their products.