Excursions in Florence
A whole, intense, unforgettable day dedicated to discover one of the most enchanting landscapes in the World. We will visit four villages, suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards.Vernazza, famous for its "caruggi", Monterosso, an ancient fishing village, and Manarola, from where, walking along the famous Path of Love, well arrive in Riomaggiore
Most half day walking tours of the main sights of Florence do not include a visit inside the famous Duomo, but we do. No visit to Italy is complete without a Gelato. We have handpicked a Gelateria known for its delicious ice cream. This is a great introductory tour to Florence, to help you get oriented and better organize the remainder of your stay.
A relaxing excursion in the Chianti area to discover Tuscanys traditional flavours and delight your senses. Discover Monteriggioni, pearl of Chianti area, and lose yourself in the narrow alleys of the village and its fortress.
This walking tour will explore the most fascinating and interesting places of Florence. Experience the extraordinary architecture of the Cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio, and enjoy the beautiful collections of painting from the Italian Renaissance in the Uffizi Gallery.
Fresco (literally fresh, in Italian) is the revered art of painting on fast-drying damp plaster with water based pigments. During the Renaissance, fresco painting was considered the true test of an artist's skill, since one had to finish before the plaster dried in order to ensure the adhesion of the image to the wall, allowing for only truly skilled artists to create beautiful and harmonious frescoes. First employed in the 11th and 12th centuries as a means of simple decoration in churches, modern fresco painting soon grew into the medium of choice, mirroring the major artistic developments of the Renaissance. Major fresco works such as Giotto's Bardi Chapel in Santa Croce, Masaccio's Trinity in Santa Maria Novella, and Michelangelo's masterful Sistine Chapel in Rome demonstrate the importance of this art in the history, and particularly in the history of Renaissance. Context Florence's three-hour fresco workshop provides a hands-on experience of the materials and technique of fresco painting. The session begins with a visit to the studio of our docent, an accomplished fresco artist, and a brief lecture/overview of fresco. We are then guided through the steps of preparing a surface, drawing and transfering a drawing (cartoon), and finally applying the paint. At the end, participants take home their own piece of art. Since the proper materials are critical to fresco, much attention will be paid to the traditions and conditions of fresco making. The primary objective of this workshop is to explore first-hand the art of fresco painting by using the same materials and techniques of the Renaissance masters. Our docent's method of combining art historical knowledge with artistic practice provides for a unique educational and entertaining experience for travellers of all ages.
The Florentine tradition of producing artisanal goods has been in existence for centuries and remains one of the cornerstones of Florence's visual and social history, as much as it did in the times of the trade guilds. Florentine leatherworkers, silversmiths, shoe manufacturers and hat makers have produced handmade goods for countless generations of kings and queens, princes and noblewomen and continue to this day, mostly in the area known as the Oltrarno ("on the other side of the Arno"). This three-hour walk will explore the private workshops of this characteristic neighborhood, providing a behind the scenes look at the current state of artisan production. We will begin in the lovely Piazza Santo Spirito and enjoy a stroll through the Oltrarno neighborhood, which has been home to artisans for the last five-hundred years. The neighborhood is virtually carpeted with a maze of these small workshops on tiny side streets, representing some of the most historic enterprises in the city. The group will have the opportunity seeing some of these craftsmen at work; observing their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades. In the company of our docent, we'll talk about Tuscan artisan traditions and the value and role of work and manufacturing in Italian culture. This walk is very much for the traveller looking to scratch a little more beneath the surface of the city, and is often led by a docent who lives here or grew up here, providing an informed local's point of view. It should not be thought of as a shopping tour, instead, it is an in depth look into the workings of this precious industry and should provide a better understanding of the importance of preserving and promoting this dying art.
The complex and dramatic story of the Medici family is inextricably linked to the history of Florence, itself. Rising to power in the late 14th century, the Medici dominated the political, social and religious scenes for the following 400 years. The visual confirmation of their importance is everywhere: their imposing family palaces, ornate churches and their unmistakable family symbol, the Medici palle, or balls. During this three and a half hour seminar, we will focus on the political and social history of Florence, as it was directly influenced by the Medici family and their impact on the Renaissance. Along with our docent, either an art or social historian, we will visit three major sites that richly illustrate various periods and family members, crafting a detailed story which encapsulates the power and influence of the family. We begin chronologically with the church of San Marco, which was the family church of the Medici during their early history. This quiet space, a bit off the tourist track, will provide a pleasant backdrop for laying the groundwork of the Medici family history, especially their massive patronage to the arts. We'll step into the convent attached, where in the 1430s Cosimo Medici I founded one of the first public libraries in the world, but which is now a museum that hosts the greatest works of Fra Angelico, who was once a friar here. We will visit the monks' former private cells, all of which house a sacred image intended for meditation, including Cosimo's private cell. We will then move on to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, designed by Michelozzo (who also redesigned the convent of San Marco for the Dominicans), and the seat of Medici power in Florence for over a century. In doing so, we will trace the family from the era of the Republic to the era of the duchy, and their rise from rich merchants to rulers of a kingdom. We will make a special visit to the Chapel of the Magi, decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli, which is a masterpiece of Renaissance fresco. Finally, we will visit the unfinished church of San Lorenzo, which was intended to be sole dominion of the Medici family at the end of their power. We will examine the work of Michelangelo (his Laurentian staircase is located off the cloister of San Lorenzo), in the family chapel he created, which includes the tombs of Lorenzo il Magnifico and brother Giuliano, and discuss the Medici's art patronage, most notably personified in the figure of the great sculptor. Throughout the walk, we will revert to common, recurring themes: the relationship between power and art, the political upheavals and revolutions that undergirded the artistic upheavals and revolutions of the Renaissance, and the humanistic impulse of one of the most interesting families in history.
Visit the Academy Gallery, where you can enjoy the most important masterpieces of Michelangelo like the David and The Prisons.
With the tour you will visit the most famous Museums in Florence and the most important spots of the city. Take a walk through the fascinating Academy Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy the beautiful view on Ponte Vecchio.
Experience with this tour a wonderful day in the Tuscan countryside, admiring the most suggestive corners of Siena and San Gimignano and try with us the unique flavour of local wines with rich snacks of sliced cold meats, bruschettas, salami and cheese. Know Sienas Cathedral, Palazzo Comunale (Municipal Building) and Piazza del Campo.
A full day tour to discover the well known Pisa with its Piazza dei Miracoli, Leaning Tower and the Baptistery and the picturesque Lucca. walk through its historical center, admiring the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower, San Martino Dome and the typical antique dealers street.
A splendid excursion to the city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. Visit the fascinating Piazza dei Miracoli with the celebrated Leaning Tower and other beautiful monuments. Explore the Cathedral on a guided visit and admire its artistic treasures.
Experience with this tour a wonderful day in the Tuscan countryside, admiring the most suggestive corners of San Gimignano, one of the most fascinating examples of medieval towns, and Siena. You'll visit the Cathedral, Palazzo Comunale and Piazza del Campo where the Palio race take place every year and you will also try the unique flavor of its local wines.
Visit one of the most beautiful museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery, enjoying the paintings of the Italian Renaissance from the Masters Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and many others.
You will cook together with the Chef in a typical Florentine school: under his careful control will prepare regional dishes and will discover the precious secrets of Italian cooking tradition as the choice of the ingredients, cooking times and wine coupling.
Located in the historic Piazza Della Repubblica, Hard Rock Cafe Florence maintains the soul and unique architectural features of the landmark Gambrinus Cinema it is housed in, while infusing Hard Rocks rock n roll atmosphere. It contains some of the worlds most treasured memorabilia of this kind of music and it is the place for lovers of excellent music, great food, and good times.
Enjoy a full experience inside the traditional Italian kitchen and taste the flavor of an authentic Tuscan Menu that you will prepare all by yourself! A chef will help you to choose the freshest and best ingredients at the Central Market, then let's cook!
Lesson is based on explanation of how to prepare different dishes of fresh pasta (tortellini, ravioli, tagliatelle or others).
Come and learn from an expert, the secrets for making ice cream and pizza, using quality ingredients. You will participate in the elaboration of the dough and the sauce.
Start your evening with a delicious typical Tuscan Tasting and treat yourself with seats to an authentic Italian live opera, La Traviata, a love story between Violetta and Alfredo by Giuseppe Verdi. La Traviata plot: During a party, courtesan Violetta discovers that Alfredo loves her since one year.
See the famous highlights of Florence all in a single day, with Skip the Line Access to the Accademia & Uffizi Galleries. No visit to Italy is complete without a Gelato. We have handpicked a Gelateria known for its delicious ice cream. This tour includes a comprehensive visit of the Duomo, both inside and out!
Explore one of the worlds most beautiful cities aboard a hop on-hop off double-decker bus and then visit one of its most famous museums with this excellent combination that allows you to experience the best of Florence. You can use the bus ticket on all four City Sightseeing routes.
In the romantic region of Tuscany lies the jewel city of Renaissance, Florence. Surrounded by the Appenine mountain chain it lies in a fertile valley surrounded by the charming Tuscan vineyards and olive groves. The art galleries and museums of Florence are renowned throughout the world and holidaymakers flock to admire the superb David of Michelangelo, the Venus of Botticelli or the stunning Duomo with its marble facade which glows in the golden sunlight. Your ticket is valid on all of the tour routes.
Combine the unmissable City Sightseeing bus tour of Florence with the delicious Gold Menu Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. In the romantic region of Tuscany lies the jewel city of Renaissance, Florence. Surrounded by the Appenine mountain chain it lies in a fertile valley surrounded by the charming Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.
Discover the Duomo, a masterpiece building where you will admire the Frescos decoration and the tools preserved inside the Museum. Feel as if you went back in time as you go through the narrow passages of this site. Moreover, reach the top of the cupola to enjoy an unforgettable view of Florence.
Many visitors to Florence are dazzled by its beautiful architecture and artwork. Wandering the halls of the Uffizi and gazing on Michelangelos David, its hard to imagine the scandal and violence that characterized Florence before the Renaissance. On this night walking tour we peel back the layers to uncover an older, darker side of the city, telling you the legends and mysteries that shed new light on some of the citys most important sites. Our tour reveals sordid tales of the true Florence
Get ready for the perfect introduction to Florence, especially if you like food! Our tour begins at a delightful food store specializing in truffles, where well enjoy a glass of Prosecco with a truffle panini. A little artisan chocolate tasting is next, followed by a visit to a local olive oil boutique. Owner Andrea will engage us with a balsamic vinegar and olive oli tasting and enlighten us with learnings on extra virgin olive oil. We continue our exploration of the history of Florentine and
Get a taste of Florence as you never had before! Have coffee at a typical Italian bar; enjoy a panino tartufato in a delicatessen shop, and stop at San Lorenzo Central Market, where you will sample balsamic vinegars, extra virgin olive oil and wines. Moreover, visit a local Enoteca where you taste two Tuscan wines, Italian cheeses and local cold cuts. Finally, end your tour at one of FlorenceÂ´s best gelato shops, to savour a yummy Italian ice cream!!!
Taste Florence with this colourful guided walk of the citys most vibrant marketplaces. Watch the locals and the stallholders interact in their own inimitable ways. Marvel at the variety of fresh produce and cured meats. But its not all temptation; you will get to try some of these delicious products.
See the Renaissance Perl at night, when Florences famous sites are beautifully lit and most enchanting. Discover Republic square, the Strozzi palace, the Dome of Florence and more. Our final destinations of this memorable tour will be at a famous gelateria to taste an Italian Ice Cream!
We invite you to come and discover all the wonders of the Renaissance Pearl that is Florence. Visit the historic centre and all the important areas of the city while listening to your audio guide. Have fun gliding through the timeless streets of Florence on the coolest ride!
We invite you to come discover all the wonders of the Renaissance Pearl that is Florence. Visit the historic centre and all the important areas of the city escorted by a touristic guide. Have fun gliding through the timeless streets of Florence on the coolest ride!
Much of Florences appeal lies in its location, nestled among the vast rolling hills and lush vineyards of Tuscany. Enjoy this one full day tour and visit the famous Chianti Classico wine region, the medieval town of Lucca, drop by Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower and take a full guided tour of Siena, visiting its medieval center, a UNESCO World Heritage site in its own right.
Learn tasting and food pairing. Experience a favourite local pre-dinner habit aperitivo. Explore local Florentine neighbourhoods and enjoy wines from this robust and famous winemaking region. Sample Tuscan chianti and brunello while receiving guidance from a local sommelier. A great way to start the evening.
Our guided tour begins with the visit to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous museums in the world for its extraordinary collections of paintings and ancient statues. Discover the corridor filled with precious works of art. Do not miss this unique opportunity to view Florence and its artistic pleasures!
Depart from Florence or its vicinities at 9.30pm. 10.30 pm Through the beautiful Tuscan countryside approaching Siena admire the beautiful Florentine hills. We will guide you through the Chianti wine area. Then go up the hills of Chianti and arrive in Siena. Visit Piazza del Campo (Field Square) and see the the Cathedral (we recommend you to climb), the Baptistery and the Belltower.
Our guided bike tour is the most appropriate to visit the entire historical centre of Florence in less time than simply walking. Admire the Dome of Brunellesch, the Uffizi Gallery and more. Our knowledgeable guide will share the diverse history of the area as you pedal along the centre. You will be given the opportunity to take pictures and enjoy an Italian Ice Cream.
The Renaissance period is the most celebrated era in Florentine history. The graceful paintings, daunting family legacies, moving literary tomes and stunning architectural advancements that originated during this time live on in popular imagination as the true symbols of a fully evolved and enormously creative populace. This populace is where we will focus our attentions over the course of the next three hours. The walk aims to present a comprehensive look at the rich social history in play through a series of visits where we'll talk in-depth about private and public life, creativity, religion and politics of Renaissance Florentines. We'll start our time together at the medieval church of Orsanmichele. The church, once a grain market, represents the importance of the city's trade guilds, who decorated the structure with ornate sculptures by some of the era's most significant artists. Orsanmichele is integral to understanding the economic and commercial atmosphere of the time. We will then continue on to the recently restored Palazzo Davanzati, an intact noble family's residence, which offers a remarkably accurate portrayal of the intimate domestic life of the Medieval and Renaissance Florentines. After winding our way through the narrow alleys of the compact city centre, largely untouched since Renaissance times, we'll continue on to any one of the 15th-century churches, whose altarpieces and frescoes tell numerous tales about life in the city during this exciting time of change and progress. Art, architecture, interior furnishings, consumer goods and clothing will all be discussed at length, in order to create a complete visual narrative of the time period. Though we cannot be completely comprehensive, as most information that remains from the time period deals with the upper classes, the knowledge gleaned from this walk will prove to be a wonderful preparatory exercise, which will prove useful throughout your stay, in order to better understand the roots of Florence's contemporary society.