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Days of amazement in Florence

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4 nights/5 days
Hotel with Breakfast
Walking tour of Florence
Uffizi Gallery Tour
Day trip to San Gimignano and Siena
Wine Tasting

3* package - 675 Euro/person
(in double or twin)

4* package - 815 Euro/person
(in double or twin)

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Florence is a truly engaging city - full of surprises and delights that will satisfy all your senses and seep into the far reaches of your imagination and your intellect.  It is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, of course, but importantly, that legacy has given its citizens the deep pride it takes to carry that legacy into modern times.  Florence scintillates and vibrates - its piazzas, galleries, restaurants and shops are among the best in the world.   So Florence is a marvellous place to spend a few enchanting days - a gift to your own soul and self.
 

 


Duomo dome, Florence

Day 1 - The hotel we will book for you is very close to the heart of Florence - and an easy stroll from which to embark on your daily tours and excursions.

Today, you are on your own. Once you check check into the  hotel you can spend as much time as you want getting rested and freshened up for what lies outside the doors.

Once you are ready - just venture into the streets - perhaps with guide book in hand - and start exploring the city.  Soak it up!

 
Day 2 - After you enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, you will join your first tour - a walking tour of the city that will include a stop for lunch at a wonderful Florentine restaurant.  During the tour you will visit the Duomo - the Cathedral of Florence - and see art works by many Renaissance masters. The doors of the Duomo are by Ghilberti; the dome by the genius Brunellschi, statues carved by Michelangelo - and other wonders by other masters.

Once the tour is over, you may want to return to your hotel to put your feet up - or just continue ambling through the medieval streets of Florence on your own.  It's entirely up to you!


Pontevecchio, Florence

 


Giotto - painting of angel

Day 3 - You cannot visit Florence without spending time at its two major art galleries - the Uffizi and the Accademia. To today you will visit both - and once again enjoy a Tuscan lunch in a local restaurant.

The Uffizi is the home to hundreds (and hundreds) of incredible works of art dating back to pre-Renaissance times, but encompassing the Renaissance itself and later epochs including Mannerist, neo Classical and even modern works.

The Accademia is the home of Michelangelo's statue of David and many and varied other works of genius.  You will stand in awe of the David...wondering how this figure emerged so brilliantly from marble block it was once locked inside of.

After you return to your hotel to freshen up, we have arranged a special treat for you - a private wine tasting at the Enoteca Pontevecchio.  Signor and Signora Sasa, the owners, will pour some of the best wines Tuscany has to offer - whites, reds and roses.  A perfect way to spend an hour before venturing out for dinner (and perhaps a little dancing?).

 
Day 4 - You have already seen most of the great things Florence has to offer, so today we are venturing beyond the city to Siena and San Gimignano.

Siena, south of Florence, has one of the finest medieval piazzas in all of Europe - the Campo di Fiori - scene of the Palio, a spectacular and very dangerous horse race that pits teams from the various contrada (neighbourhoods) of Siena against one another.  Above the campo looms the city hall and its impressive bell tower.  Not far you will find one of the duomo - one of the best examples of gothic architecture in Italy.

You will enjoy lunch at leisure in Siena, and afterwards, start on the short journey to another of Tuscany's extraordinary cities, San Gimignano, city of the towers.  Sitting high on hill overlooking evocative landscapes, the city is home of 14 medieval sky scrapers, built by powerful merchants and nobles for security, but also as an exclamaition point to their wealth and status.  The public squares and winding streets of San Gimignano, full of tidy shops and wonderful cafes will keep you enthralled for hours.

You will return to Florence in time for dinner - and for a relaxed evening under Tuscan stars.


The towers of San Gimignano

 


Florence at night
by Jesse Andrews

Day 5 - We haven't programmed any activities today. After breakfast you might want to spend a few more hours in Florence, or you might want to embark on the next leg of your journey.

Bologna, Parma, Modena, Milan and the Lake District lie to the north; Verona, Padua and Venice to the north and east, Umbria and it's fabulous capital city Perugia are to the south and a bit east, Rome south and west.  Or, perhaps you'd like to go due west to Lucca, Pisa, the beaches of Tuscany, or even the incredible villages and coast of the Cinque Terre.

Where ever you might like to go next, our Italy travel experts can give you the best travel advice available.

 

 

Terms:
  • Deposit of 30% required upon booking.
  • Deposit is refundable up to 30 days before tour date.
  • Accommodation is based on hotel availability.  Other hotels of equal or better quality can be substituted.
  • Tour prices are based on published rates of scheduled tours.

 

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