Guided Tours in Florence
Private Tour of the Accademia & Uffizi
Private Tour of the Accademia & UffiziThis special highlights tour gives a whirlwind introduction to the arts of Florence's two foremost galleries. We begin at the Galleria dell'Accademia, where Michelangelo's 15-foot tall David still amazes visitors with its masterly carving technique and its potent aesthetic presence. Nearby are Michelangelo's Slaves, studies in the raw power of sculptural creation. A short walk through Florence's historical center brings us next to the Galleria degli Uffizi, a veritable pantheon of Western master painters. With the expert knowledge of your guide, you can exult in the coloristic flourishes of such Italian Renaissance geniuses as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Other illustrious artists in the collection include Durer, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and several ancient Roman sculptors, whose works were the very inspiration for their Renaissance successors. This special, 2-museum tour provides invaluable assistance in navigating the vast collections of the museums, guiding you to the most important works and enriching your experience with critical artistic insights. Don't miss this opportunity for an expert look at the masterpieces in two of Italy's most famous art museums. Interested in a behind the scenes look at the Uffizi Gallery and the famed Vasari passageway? See our Exclusive Uffizi: Vasari Corridor Private Visit.
From $426.00 Per Group
Small Group Tour of Florence's Cathedral & its Dom...
Small Group Tour of Florence's Cathedral & its DomeStep up to the top of Florence's Duomo and discover the genius of the Renaissance master, Filippo Brunelleschi. During this two and a half hour small group tour you will have the chance to see what makes this building so exceptional, as well what were the cutting edge techniques the architect used to build it. It will feel like you are taking a trip back in time! Your experienced guide will lead you through narrow passages to admire the frescoes decorating the inside of the cupola. Finally, once you climb the 463-step staircase of the cathedral - it is Florence's tallest building - you will be able to appreciate an unforgettable, bird's eye view of the city. After enjoying the breathtaking views from atop this masterpiece, you will head back downstairs where you will visit the baptistery. The tour ends with a taste of some of Florence's best ice cream.
From $103.00 Per Person
Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery - Group Guided Vi...
Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery - Group Guided Visit with Guaranteed DepartureJoin the most exclusive cultural experience in Florence on this shared tour of the celebrated Vasari Corridor! This aerial walkway dates back to 1564 when the Grand Duke of Florence, Cosimo I de' Medici, ordered his favorite architect, Giorgio Vasari, to build a path that would allow him and the royal family to move freely from their residence (Palazzo Pitti) to the government palace (Palazzo della Signoria) on the other side of the Arno river.Hidden between houses and other buildings, and passing right through a church, the Vasari Corridor is one of the most astounding architectural innovations of the Renaissance. The Corridor is rarely open to the public so take advantage of this opportunity to view Florence and its artistic treasures on this exclusive shared tour. Your visit to the Corridor is preceded by a 1 1/2 hour introduction to the Uffizi Gallery and, an added plus, you skip the usual long lines to get into the museum!
From $109.00 Per Person
Florence Shared Walking Tour
Florence Shared Walking TourThis shared walking tour reveals the innermost secrets of Florence, from the city's most beautiful monuments to the places where the locals go for the best espresso and gelato. An expert tour guide will share with you entertaining facts and anecdotes about this beautiful city's history and art from Roman times through the Middle Ages and Renaissance up until today. Michelangelo, Leonardo and the fascinating inventions and projects they came up with will be covered. A break during which you will taste typical Florentine flavors and wines is also a part of this tour! During this pleasant walk you will see the Duomo, Giotto's renowned belltower and Brunelleschi's imposing dome, among other fascinating sights. You will also walk alongside Vasari's Corridor from the Ponte Vecchio to Piazza della Signoria and the crenellated Palazzo Vecchio, still today Florence's City Hall. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to explore the city in the company of a knowledgeable guide who will share with you its most fascinating and intriguing stories!
From $26.00 Per Person
Florence Shared Group Bike Tour
Florence Shared Group Bike TourThis 2.5 hour shared bike tour is the best way to get an introduction to the splendor of Florence's centro storico with its flat city area. An expert and entertaining guide will accompany you and explain the great stories behind magnificent buildings, facades and monuments. Stops along the way include the classics Piazza del Duomo, with its gaily colored marble-clad cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce - a veritable Pantheon of famous Florentine citizens - and other small sites not overcrowded by other tourists. The tour also includes a stop for gelato in the Oltrarno district. Satisfaction guaranteed: With this tour you will discover more of Florence while having extra fun in the process! Please note: The level of difficulty may vary from easy to medium.
From $35.00 Per Person
Towers, Lions, and Gelato: Florence for Children
Towers, Lions, and Gelato: Florence for ChildrenSee Florence through the eyes of a child by focusing on the animals - both ferocious and friendly - found throughout the historic center. This entertaining and informative tour is a great way to learn more about this marvelous city in a lighthearted, playful manner. Begin by meeting the golden lion that stands guard over Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria. This crenellated fortress-palace still serves as Florence's City Hall, 800 years after it was built. Then you'll make your way to Orsanmichele to see the rearing horse being shod by a medieval blacksmith. In the colorfully frescoed Oratory of San Martino dei Buonomini, you'll learn the story of the knight in shining armor that shares his cloak with a poor beggar. Be sure to pet the nose of the wild pig that crouches outside the Straw Market. Legend has it that by doing so, you are sure to return to Florence. Along the way, on the Borgo SS. Apostoli right by the Ponte Vecchio, you will climb an actual tower dating from the Middle Ages; the view from the top is incredible! The tour also includes a stop for gelato at one of Florence's oldest ice cream parlors where you'll get an insider look at how handmade gelato is prepared.
From $500.00 Per Group
VIP Morning at the Uffizi & Vasari Corridor with G...
VIP Morning at the Uffizi & Vasari Corridor with Guaranteed DepartureAn EXCLUSIVE opportunity to avoid much of the crowd by being among the first visitors to the Uffizi Gallery. Enjoy the services of an English-speaking guide and discover the astonishing silence of history as you enter the Vasari Corridor, the secret passageway of the Medici family. First, enjoy a 2-hour guided highlights tour of the main rooms of the Uffizi Gallery, skipping the usual long lines, entering from a reserved entrance. You will be able to view the main masterpieces by artists like Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, enjoying the personalized attention that only an exclusive small-group tour can provide. A delicious Italian breakfast will then be served at the Uffizi Cafe, offering you fascinating views from the cafe terrace. Then walk down the staircase into the magic atmosphere of one of the best-kept secrets of Florence: the Vasari Corridor. Hidden between city houses and passing over the Ponte Vecchio, the Vasari Corridor has evolved as one of the most astounding architectural masterpieces of the Renaissance. It served as a passageway dating back to 1564, when the Grand Duke of Florence, Cosimo I de' Medici, ordered his favorite architect, Giorgio Vasari, to build a path that would allow the Medici family to move freely from their residence (Palazzo Pitti) to the government palace (Palazzo della Signoria) on the other side of the Arno River. Today, the Corridor houses one of the greatest collections of portraits and self-portraits in the world. The corridor is not always open to the public, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to view Florence and its artistic pleasures on this exclusive small-group guided walking tour.
From $172.00 Per Person
Zip through Tuscany on a Piaggio Vespa!
Zip through Tuscany on a Piaggio Vespa!This shared, full day excursion is an easy and fun way to discover the Tuscan countryside. Roll through Tuscany on a scooter and soak up the sights, smells and sounds: warm winds on your face, earthy colors, the scent of thyme and rosemary... this is an unforgettable experience that you won't want to miss! A comfortable minivan will bring you to Chianti country, far away from the busy and bustling city. Astride your scooter, you will ride through a picture-perfect landscape of tidy vineyards, medieval castles, magnificent villas and silent monasteries. You will stop for lunch at a typical Tuscan castle where an array of Italian delicacies will be served, along with a short tasting of the famous Chianti wine. Please note that as an alternative to a scooter, you may decide to reserve a seat on the Tuk Tuk - a 3-wheeled Vespa that will be driven by a tour leader.
From $179.00 Per Person
Florence and 2 other cities.
Siena and San Gimignano Shared Group Tour
Siena and San Gimignano Shared Group TourThis full day, shared-group tour allows you to travel through the marvelous Chianti countryside to two of the most fascinating towns of Tuscany, Siena and San Gimignano, before heading up into the hills to admire a beautiful sunset and enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner in a magical location. Starting from Florence, your first destination is the lovely medieval town of Siena, the only town which competed with Florence in terms of power, wealth and artistic beauty in ancient times. Here, you will take a guided walking tour starting from the beautiful shell-shaped square of Piazza del Campo where the world-famous Palio horse race takes place twice a year. You will also admire the city's quieter backstreets and contrade, the 17 characteristic medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio, During the tour, you might be surprised by an unexpected tasting of some typical Tuscan products! The second stop on your journey is San Gimignano, celebrated worldwide for its impressive and well-preserved medieval towers, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls, form an unforgettable skyline that recreates an incomparable atmosphere. After some free time in San Gimignano, you will be taken into the Tuscan hills to pause for a moment and gaze in awe at a wonderful sunset. To conclude your day in the best possible way, you will then enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner in a fascinating location in the Chianti countryside!
From $206.00 Per Person
Pisa and 2 other cities.
Two Tuscan Towns: Pisa and Lucca
Two Tuscan Towns: Pisa and LuccaTwo of Tuscany's most characteristic towns are explored in this full day private tour of Lucca and Pisa, departing from and returning to your Florence hotel. First stop is Lucca. The city of "a hundred churches" has preserved the ancient mystery of its streets, squares, Renaissance palaces and medieval towers. Rich in history, the charming old-town center is completely enclosed by imposing, 16th century brick walls that are wide enough for tall trees to grow on top. After a walking tour of Lucca, your guide will accompany you to the Fattoria Villa Maionchi, a wine and olive oil producing estate located in the hills outside Lucca. Here you'll taste some of the most prestigious Tuscan wines and olive oils; a tasty lunch at a traditional Tuscan trattoria follows. After lunch you'll head to Pisa, one of Italy's most popular destinations. The celebrated Leaning Tower - Torre pendente - is just one of the splendid monuments that rise from the emerald green lawns of the Piazza dei Miracoli, or "Field of Miracles." You'll learn that all the buildings in the piazza lean because their shallow foundations were built on sandy subsoil. Pisa's impressive Romanesque Cathedral, with its glittering apse mosaic and precious marble pulpit by Giovanni Pisano, is meant to inspire awe. After a tour of the Cathedral's interior, you'll visit the Camposanto (Monumental Cemetery). Tradition holds that in 1146 the Archbishop Ubaldo De' Lanfranchi ordered that some earth from the site of Christ's Crucifixion be carried from the Holy Land and placed inside this four-sided cloister.
From $267.00 Per Person
Private Tour of Dan Brown's Inferno
Private Tour of Dan Brown's InfernoFollow in the footsteps of Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks as they make their breathtaking quest across Florence looking for the death mask made for the poet Dante shortly after he passed away in 1321. Your art historian guide will reveal the symbols, facts, and monuments contained in Dan Brown's bestseller, "Inferno." Even if you have already been to Florence, this tour will show you the city in a way that you've never seen it before! This 4-hour tour follows the plot of Brown's novel, bringing Dante's spirit realm into sharp focus by visiting all of the sites that Dan Brown refer to in "Inferno." You will meet your guide at Porta Romana, the main entry point into medieval Florence; in the novel, this is where the Italian army block Robert and Sienna's access. Their only way to reach the city center is to cross the 11-acre Boboli gardens past fountains, avenues lined with statues, lovely meadows, and small groves of trees. At the end lies the hidden Grotta del Buontalenti where the novel's protagonists take refuge while running from the flying drone. Upon exiting the gardens, you will trace the path of the Vasari Corridor from below -- used by Langdon to elude his enemies -- until it reaches the Palazzo Vecchio. The tour continues inside Palazzo Vecchio through hidden rooms and up into the roof trusses of the palace's attic. A visit to the tiny, ornate Studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici is a special treat. Dante's reconstructed house comes next, followed by the little chapel where he first saw his beloved Beatrice. A few steps away is Piazza del Duomo with its marble-clad cathedral and octagonal baptistery. The tour ends inside the baptistery; here Dante and many other famous Florentines were baptized.
From $388.00 Per Group
Shared Boat Tour on Arno River
Shared Boat Tour on Arno RiverExperience Florence from a different perspective as you cruise down the Arno River, soaking up the views while enjoying your ride in a vintage gondola-style boat -- the Barchetto -- rowed by traditional renaioli. This shared boat tour is the perfect way to view Florence in a different light, admiring the beautiful palaces and the people dining in nice restaurants along the river. The guide will make sure you are entertained by telling you many tales about the city and its famous inhabitants. The riverside palazzi you will pass are silent witnesses of the past and guardians of many secrets. A different perspective of the Uffizi Gallery and the celebrated Vasari Corridor is seen, and you will float by the Santa Trinita' Bridge and Palazzo Corsini, too. The boat tour will be preceded by a small walking tour of Florence leading to the point of embarkation, while to finish off this spectacular excursion, you will get a taste of the famous Prosecco (evening tours) or fruit juice (morning tours) in the shadows of Ponte Vecchio. Not to mention how fascinating it is to pass under the Ponte Vecchio; this is an exhilarating experience that you will remember for many years to come!
From $49.00 Per Person
Horseback Riding in Hills of Florentine Chianti
Horseback Riding in Hills of Florentine ChiantiThis shared tour by horseback is a unique opportunity to explore the Tuscan landscape and enjoy the extraordinary views while engaging in some a physical activity in a natural setting of great beauty less than half an hour from Florence. The added bonus is a delicious Tuscan meal at the end of your ride! The horseback riding part of the tour lasts for about an hour, during which you will pass by medieval villages, villas, Chianti vineyards and picturesque farms in the countryside outside San Casciano Val di Pesa. Afterwards, you will be welcomed to a privately owned, 14th century villa surrounded by vineyards. Here you will be introduced to the production process for making olive oil and Chianti wine. A traditional Tuscan lunch of bruschetta and pasta will then be served, accompanied by characteristic Chianti wines.
From $138.00 Per Person
Florence and 1 other city.
Bike Tour of the Tuscan Countryside
Bike Tour of the Tuscan CountrysideThis shared bike tour is a unique opportunity to explore the Tuscan landscape and enjoy the extraordinary views while engaging in some a physical activity in a natural setting of great beauty only a few miles south of Florence. A full day's cycling takes you through small towns and past beautiful vineyards and silvery-green olive trees. There are frequent rest stops and a lovely Tuscan lunch with Chianti wine will be served. On the way back to your starting point, you will have many opportunities to take photos that record your carefree moments on the road. You will meet your group in central Florence and the shuttle will take you just below the imposing monastery of the Certosa where you will be given a helmet and a 24-gear bike; total distance covered is 18 miles. You will explore Tuscany's gorgeous natural setting, filled with olive trees, cypresses and Chianti vineyards. The tour includes stops to enjoy the panorama and to photos, plus a longer break for lunch. The home-cooked lunch will be served in a 17th century private villa, where you will also visit the wine cellar and taste some of their wines at the same time you learn about the traditional production techniques.
From $111.00 Per Person
Shared Group Tour of Dan Brown's Inferno
Shared Group Tour of Dan Brown's InfernoThose of you who haven't gotten around to reading "Inferno," Dan Brown's newest blockbuster novel, fret not - you can now explore firsthand the author's secrets and symbols during this excursion to the sites described in his book. Throughout this half day shared tour, an English-speaking guide will illustrate professor Robert Langdon's elaborate path through Florence, sharing countless stories and insights along the way. This half-day tour includes a visit to Florence's Duomo as well as the Baptistery with its gorgeous gold mosaic ceiling where you will decipher the many signs hidden within. Moving on, you'll enter Palazzo Vecchio inside which you'll closely examine Vasari's puzzling paintings in the Salone dei 500 (the Hall of 500), wander the Duke of Athen's secret passageway and be baffled by the Hall of Geographical Maps. At the end of the half-day tour, you will look into Dante's dead face (or more specifically, his death mask).
From $90.00 Per Person
Exclusive Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery - Priva...
Exclusive Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery - Private VisitHigh above the streets of Florence and its famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio sits the Vasari Corridor. It was built in 1564 by Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, to serve as a private walkway between his old dwelling in the Palazzo Vecchio, his offices in the Uffizi and his new home on the opposite side of the river, the Palazzo Pitti. Over the centuries the passageway has survived floods and nearby bombings to become a restricted area under the care of the Galleria degli Uffizi. The Corridor is only accessible by advance reservation and entrance to the space is extremely limited. Most people can only gaze up at the passageway from the streets below or the bridges that cross the Arno, but now you can reserve a guided tour through this exclusive aerial walkway. Not only will you experience Florence in a way that only the Medici could, but you can also view the Uffizi's vast collection of artist's self-portraits (the largest in the world) with works by Guido Reni, the Carracci, Delacroix, Rubens and Marc Chagall, among others.
From $1,225.00 Per Group
Medieval Florence & Its Urban Design
Medieval Florence & Its Urban DesignIdeal as an introduction to the splendors of Florence, this half-day tour is perfect for those who want a basic understanding of the culture and historical events that shaped this magnificent city. The tour begins in the Piazza della Repubblica, site of the Forum in ancient times; from here you will explore the many picturesque corners of the centro storico. Marvel at the Piazza del Duomo, with its gaily colored, marble-clad cathedral and baptistery. You will then make your way to the poet Dante's house, and the little chapel where he first saw his beloved Beatrice. Discover the drama behind the Piazza della Signoria, the shape of which is the result of a 13th century family feud. Nearby is Orsanmichele, once a grain market, the exterior of which is adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture in marble and bronze. The tour ends in the majestic spaces of the Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce, a veritable Pantheon of famous Florentines, housing the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. The depth of understanding you gain from this tour will follow you as you explore the rest of the city.
From $333.00 Per Group
Florence and 2 other cities.
Siena-San Gimignano Full Day
Siena-San Gimignano Full DayDeparting from and returning to Florence, this full day excursion begins with a visit to the picturesque village of San Gimignano, famous for the 13th century towers that stand as a testament to its medieval prosperity and the wealth of its merchants. Afterwards, you will drive through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside to Siena. In this cradle of the Italian Gothic style, your expert, private guide will introduce you to the artistic marvels of the historic center with an hour and a half tour. See the spectacular Duomo and baptistery, both of which beautifully symbolize the devout religious nature of the Sienese. The city's heart is the gracious, shell-shaped main piazza, or Campo, site of the celebrated Palio - this thrilling horserace is run twice each summer, on July 2nd and August 16th. Looming over it is the Palazzo Pubblico (City Hall), a crenellated, medieval building that represents the independence and economic might of the Sienese oligarchy. Time permitting, the driver will take a slight detour to Monteriggioni, a tiny village surrounded by high walls and 14 square towers. It is one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture in existence.
From $136.00 Per Person
Cinque Terre and 2 other cities.
Cinque Terre: Day Trip from Florence - Private Tou...
Cinque Terre: Day Trip from Florence - Private TourA cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value, the Cinque Terre is an UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its incredible beauty. This full-day excursion departs from and returns to your Florence hotel, and offers a convenient way to discover the colors and flavors of this fascinating area. You will meet your guide in Riomaggiore, the southern-most of the "Five Lands." Due to rock slides Via dell'Amore and some of the Cinque Terre's paths are closed until further notice, therefore instead of walking between the villages, you will take the train or public boat instead. After visiting Riomaggiore, you will reach Manarola, second smallest of the villages and probably the oldest; the cornerstone of Manarola's church of San Lorenzo was laid in 1338. Corniglia is next. Perched on top of a promontory, Corniglia is the only one of the five villages without direct access to the sea. It is enclosed on three sides by picturesque, terraced vineyards while the fourth side descends steeply to the blue waters of the Mediterranean. After a guided visit of the village and its park, you'll stop for a tasty lunch of local dishes and wines at the Cantina de Mananan (included in the price). Last but certainly not least is Vernazza, the most picture-perfect of the five and considered to be one of the most authentic fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. You'll not soon forget the feeling of being embraced by Vernazza's fine, natural harbor. Please note that due to rock slides, the Via dell'Amore is closed until further notice. Therefore you will go from Manarola to Riomaggiore by train.
From $320.00 Per Person
David: A Jewish Hero in Renaissance Florence
David: A Jewish Hero in Renaissance FlorenceThe Old Testament figure of David, the young giant-killer who saved the Hebrew people from tyranny, had special meaning for Renaissance Florentines who saw their city under constant threat from envious rival states. The tour starts in the Piazza della Repubblica, site of Florence's former Jewish Ghetto; it was dismantled in the late 19th century when the city center was modernized. We will then explore the political and artistic symbolism of David as portrayed in five masterworks of Renaissance sculpture: Ghiberti's dazzling, gilt-bronze relief of "David Slaying Goliath" for the Baptistery doors; Donatello's two versions of the young hero in marble and bronze and Verrocchio's bronze statue in the Bargello Museum and Michelangelo's monumental marble "David" for the Piazza Signoria, now housed in the Accademia Museum. A tour of the Great Synagogue and its Jewish Museum can also be arranged, as well as lunch at the community?s Kosher restaurant.
From $419.00 Per Group
Florence and 1 other city.
Private Bike Tour of Lucca from Florence
Private Bike Tour of Lucca from FlorenceThis bike tour is a unique opportunity to explore settings of great natural and architectural beauty about 50 miles west of Florence, while engaging in some invigorating physical activity. It is the best way to get an introduction to the splendor of Lucca's centro storico with its flat city area. You will meet your guide and collect your bike at Florence S.M. Novella station. From there you will catch a train to Lucca, the city of "a hundred churches" that has preserved the ancient mystery of its streets, squares, Renaissance palaces and medieval towers. Rich in history, the charming old-town center is completely enclosed by imposing 16th century brick walls that are wide enough for tall trees to grow on top. Upon arrival in the ancient town of Lucca, you will set off on your bike on a circular route through the park along the banks of the Serchio river. Then you will pause for a lunch break on your own. After lunch you will enjoy another interesting route along the walls and inside the historic center with some stops to take pictures that will record your moments on the road. You will be back in Florence by the late afternoon. Total mileage for this cycling tour is about 20 miles.
From $255.00 Per Person
The Genius of Michelangelo
The Genius of MichelangeloA prodigious genius and the world's most celebrated Western artist, Michelangelo's 75-year long career produced many seminal works of art that are found in Florence. Discover what distinguishes him as a master as you make your way through the museums and monuments of this splendid city to focus on one man's brilliance. The tour begins in Piazza della Repubblica, Florence's Forum in ancient Roman times. Leaving the piazza you will walk the same streets as Michelangelo did, passing the Duomo where it was first planned that the statue of "David" would go, high up on the cathedral's exterior. First stop is the Medici Chapel behind the nearby church of San Lorenzo. Here Michelangelo carved the Medici tombs with their enigmatic, reclining figures of Dawn, Dusk, Night and Day. In their unfinished state, they tell us more about the tormented psychology of the sculptor himself than they do about the family they were meant to commemorate. After passing the great Medici Palace, where Michelangelo lived for a time when he was 15-years old, you arrive at the Accademia Gallery. Here, the 15-foot tall marble "David" dominates the specifically created, light-filled apse where he has stood since the late 19th century. You will explore the symbolism and carving technique that characterizes this supreme masterpiece and his attendant "Slaves." Looking for a highlights tour that includes the Accademia and the Uffizi? See our Masterpieces of the Accademia and Uffizi half-day tour.
From $421.00 Per Group
Science and Art in the Age of Galileo
Science and Art in the Age of GalileoDuring the infamous reign of the Medici family, an enormous proliferation of the arts and sciences took place in Florence. Find yourself guided directly to these works in the Uffizi Gallery and Science Museum with this unique tour of Medici-sponsored science and art. Begin in the Uffizi Gallery, the world's first public art museum, where the Medici family's own collection of art and scientific instruments are the main focus. Among this incredible collection are the likes of artistic geniuses such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and Caravaggio. Make your way next door to the medieval Palazzo Castellani, now the home of the Science Museum. Here, in addition to Galileo's own telescope, see a fascinating array of antique globes, compasses, maps, microscopes, armillary spheres and surgeon's instruments. Don't miss the opportunity to put these revolutionary artworks and discoveries in their correct historical perspective. Your tour guide will illuminate your understanding of the world's most seminal works.
From $512.00 Per Group
Florence and 2 other cities.
Sea and Land: Small Group Tour of Cinque Terre and...
Sea and Land: Small Group Tour of Cinque Terre and PortovenereThis small group tour is the best way to discover the villages of the Cinque Terre and lovely Portovenere. Departing from Florence, you will drive to the coast, passing by the Apuan Alps with their dazzling white marble quarries as you enter into Ligurian territory, home of the Cinque Terre. Riomaggiore is a medieval fishing village that clings to the sides of a hill; stairways and narrow alleys lead to quaint small squares. In the neighboring hills, there is plenty of space for spectacular hikes. Next up is Manarola. This picturesque town sits in a gorge on a rocky promontory, with silvery olive trees and tidy rows of grapevines all around it. The third stop will be Vernazza, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Built on an outcropping on the sea, it is surrounded by terraced hills that tumble steeply to the small port. Here you will have time explore the shops and stop for lunch in a typical restaurant serving seafood cuisine. The next leg of the tour will be on the water, as you take a short boat excursion along the coast between Vernazza and Portovenere so that these picturesque villages can be viewed from a different angle. You will have about an hour to enjoy this rugged coastline while the waves carry you to your final destination, Portovenere, named after the goddess Venus. Here you will be able to walk along the seafront to visit the little shops and cafes, or and climb up to the Doria Castle and the Gothic Church of San Pietro. This church was built on the ruins of a Roman temple dedicated to Venus and will surely astonish you with its striking, black and white zebra-striped facade. Portovenere is the last stop of the day, before getting back on the minivan and being taken back to your hotel in Florence.
From $247.00 Per Person
Florence and 3 other cities.
Art Cities of Tuscany: Small Group Tour of Lucca, ...
Art Cities of Tuscany: Small Group Tour of Lucca, Forte dei Marmi and PisaFirst stop on this small group tour is Lucca, a beautiful walled city that lies between Florence and the Tuscan coast. Its 16th century walls are still intact and are topped with trees and a walkway, allowing for a wonderful view over the rooftops. The walking tour of the sites within the walls includes Piazza San Michele, with its splendid 12th to 14th-century basilica; the circular Piazza del Mercato, built on the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater and lined with charming shops; the 11th-century Gothic cathedral of San Martino; and the Guinigi Tower. After leaving Lucca, your next stop will be is the coastal town of Forte dei Marmi. This resort has lured the upper crust of society to its sandy beaches and stately villas since the beginning of the 19th century; its spectacular backdrop is the white marble of the Apuan Alps, sparkling in the sun. Here you will have some free time for lunch and a relaxing stroll or, in the warmer months, a swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea. In the afternoon you will visit the city of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the world-famous Leaning Tower. You will also get to see the magnificent baptistery, the stunning cathedral and the monumental cemetery that was rebuilt after being bombed during World War II. After having spent a full day admiring the art treasures of western Tuscany, you will be escorted back to your hotel in Florence.
From $193.00 Per Person
Florence and 2 other cities.
Small Group Tour of Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasi...
Small Group Tour of Perugia, Assisi and Lake TrasimenoThis tour has a little bit of everything: countryside, cultural sites, art, lake views, rolling hills, and religion. You will be picked up at your Florence hotel and cross the border from Tuscany to Umbria where the first stop on this small group excursion is Passignano sul Trasimeno. The walls and fortress of this medieval town are still standing, but will not prevent you from enjoying a breathtaking view over Lake Trasimeno. You will then proceed through the verdant countryside towards Perugia, an ancient hilltop city known as one of the most art-filled in central Italy. Here, in the main square alone, you can take in such architectural masterpieces as the medieval city hall called Palazzo dei Priori, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and its Loggia, and the marble Fontana Maggiore, covered with lively depictions of saints, scenes from the Bible, and labors of the months. Next comes Assisi, beloved as the birthplace of Saint Francis. The first stop will be at the foot of the hill to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, the impressive structure built around the tiny church where Saint Francis first understood his vocation to live in poverty and eventually founded the Order of the Friars Minor. After a break for lunch you will be driven to the upper part of Assisi where a local tour guide will take you to the town?s most important religious places: the Renaissance Chiesa Nuova, built over St. Francis' childhood home; the Basilica of Saint Francis and its friary, with frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti; the serene, pink-striped Basilica of Saint Clare; and Santa Maria sopra Minerva, built from the remains of an ancient Roman temple. You will also visit Monte Frumentario, a marble building with pink accents that first served as a hospital, now converted into an exposition hall with large, airy rooms. You will return to Florence full of pictures and memories of some of the most beautiful and serene places in Italy, satisfied that you have seen more of the amazing diversity this country has to offer.
From $302.00 Per Person
Livorno and 2 other cities.
Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion: Livorno Port-of-C...
Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion: Livorno Port-of-CallWhen your cruise ship stops at the port of Livorno, why not disembark and take a private excursion to the splendid cities of Florence and Pisa? Visiting Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is like strolling through an open-air museum, while Pisa is home to the world-famous Leaning Tower and you can't return home without a photo of that! Miles of gorgeous Tuscan countryside separate Florence from Pisa, and you'll get to enjoy them as you drive between the two. This excursion features a three-hour, guided walking tour of Florence, including the many picturesque corners of the centro storico: Piazza del Duomo, with its brightly colored, marble-clad cathedral and baptistery; Orsanmichele, once a grain market, the exterior of which is adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture; and the Piazza della Signoria, whose form is the result of a 13th century family feud. A stop at Piazzale Michelangelo offers you an astounding panorama of the city. During your visit to Pisa, you'll see the breathtaking Piazza dei Miracoli with the famous Leaning Tower. Independently explore the beautiful, medieval cathedral, baptistery and the monumental churchyard; if tickets are available, you may even have the chance to climb the bell tower. You'll arrive back in Livorno with plenty of time before the ship sails.
From $1,185.00 Per Group
Livorno and 1 other city.
Florence Shore Excursion: Livorno Port-of-Call
Florence Shore Excursion: Livorno Port-of-CallWhen your cruise ship stops at the port of Livorno, why not disembark and take a private excursion to the splendid, historic city of Florence? Rich in masterpieces of Renaissance art, walking the city's streets is like strolling through an open-air museum. Your private guide will illuminate and entertain you on a three-hour walking tour of the highlights of Florence, including the many picturesque corners of the centro storico. Among these are the Piazza del Duomo, with its brightly colored, marble-clad cathedral and baptistery; Orsanmichele, once a grain market, the exterior of which is adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture; and the Piazza della Signoria, whose form is the result of a 13th century family feud. Perched high above the city center is Piazzale Michelangelo, offering an unparalleled, picture-perfect view of Florence - you'll stop there to take in the breathtaking vista. There's free time for shopping, too, and your guide or driver will be happy to suggest a typical trattoria for lunch. Then it's Arrivederci, Firenze! You'll return to Livorno with plenty of time before the ship departs.
From $1,094.00 Per Group
Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery
Masterpieces of the Uffizi GalleryThis tour focuses on select masterpieces from the outstanding Uffizi Gallery collection. With an illustrious history as the oldest public art museum in the world, the Uffizi is a veritable pantheon of Western master painters. Following a carefully selected itinerary, you will explore the rich artistic layers of these world-famous works, as well as the complex interplay of culture, patronage, and artistic inspiration that gave rise to them. The Uffizi includes canvases by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Durer, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and others, as well as a superb collection of Roman sculpture and medieval altarpieces. The tour also offers an intriguing second glance for seasoned Uffizi visitors, with an in-depth exploration of the themes that have made these works so enduring. After the tour, you will be free to remain in the museum for as long as you wish.
From $344.00 Per Group