Florence is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Italy and the world. It gave birth to many of the men who have most profoundly influenced the course of human history in every field of knowledge, art, literature and philosophy. Florentia, the city of flowers was the place where the Renaissance grew and anticipated Enlightenment and thus Modernity as a whole. The cultural and historical impact of Florence is overwhelming. Close up, however, the city is one of Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant, retaining a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval centre that contributed so much to the artistic and political development of Europe. Its striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches attest to the Florentine love of display. Even long after it had set on the political and economic horizon, Florence upheld its elegant appearance: its skyline, all russet rooftops and lofty domes, is indeed picturesque.
Activities while in Florence
> Half Day Florence Walking Tour
Meet your licensed, English-speaking guide in your hotel lobby. Your tour will begin with enchanting walk through the historical streets of Florence, to the Duomo complex with Giotto's bell tower, the Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso, and the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi. The highlight of this tour will be a visit to either the Uffizi Gallery, home to great masterpieces by artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Tiziano, Caravaggio, or the Accademia Museum, home to some of the greatest Italian masterpieces, including the famous David by Michelangelo. This tour will give you the opportunity to admire and understand the importance of the Florentine Renaissance period of art history.
> Full Day Tour to Siena and San Gimignano with Wine Tasting
A beautiful excursion through the delightful hills of Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and the Chianti Classico countryside, with an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees.
Your tour begins with a stop at a small winery to taste the most celebrated Chianti Classico Red Wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil along with other products of the region including breads, cold cuts and cheeses. Continue to San Gimignano, one of the most charming towns in Tuscany boasting a classic medieval look. Here you have one hour to discover this fascinating city. San Gimignano is famous for the fourteen characteristic towers and for the local white wine, Vernaccia. En route to Sienna, stop for an hour to enjoy the medieval village of Monteriggioni, a town surrounded by walls and fourteen quadrilateral towers, still intact. Your tour will close with two hours in Sienna, the heart of Tuscany. This is a town surrounded by medieval walls. Siena is famous for its Piazza del Campo Square and the Magnificent Cathedral.
> Full Day Tour to Pisa, Lucca, and San Minato
Enjoy a splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside. On this tour you will experience some of the lesser known parts of Tuscany.
Your tour begins en route to Pisa with a one hour stop at the mediaeval village of San Miniato in the centre of Tuscany. The town is a historical centre overlooking the Tuscan Valley and is famous for its rich history, breathtaking landscapes and art treasures, as well as its delicious truffle. Your next stop is the city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty including the Piazza dei Miracoli, with the celebrated Leaning Tower, the Baptistery and the Cathedral. Here you will spend one and a half hours before heading to the next stop. Upon arrival in the elegant town of Lucca you will stop for a light lunch (drinks not included) in a traditional trattoria. You will have three hours to explore the famous sixteen century walls, then entering into the enchanting historical centre where you will have the chance to admire the amazing Piazza Anfiteatro, the Torre Giunigi, the Duomo di San Martino and the typical antique dealers' street.
> Wine and Cheese Tasting in Florence
Unmatched wines and cheeses specially selected by our Sommelier and matched by the most traditional flavors of the Tuscan countryside. Tasting in a typical and beautiful wine bar located in the heart of Florence. Also included is a detailed explanation of the various flavors and background of the history.
> Cooking Class
Spend an afternoon or evening under the guidance of a local chef to prepare a traditional Tuscan meal. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with an accompaniment of Tuscan wine.