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Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

1. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Florence: Evening Walking Tour with Tasty Aperitivo & Drink

2. Florence: Evening Walking Tour with Tasty Aperitivo & Drink

Meet your guide for an orientation walk around the city of Florence. Explore and discover the art and architecture created by Renaissance masters, and hear stories about the Medici family. Pass the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Repubblica square, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Your walking tour will conclude on one of the busiest streets of Florence, known for its nightlife. Head to a bar with one of the best-rated aperitivos in town. Try the Italian life style, sit down, socialize with the rest of the group, enjoy your drink and then eat and eat as much as you can from the buffet of tasty Italian food. To many Italians, this gathering is the cherry on top of the day, as friends and family gather in bars eating, drinking and sharing stories and laughs into the night.

Florence Day Trip from Rome with Lunch

3. Florence Day Trip from Rome with Lunch

Explore the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and one of the most romantic cities in Europe on a full-day trip to Florence, driving across Italy to walk along medieval streets and admire art and architecture by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and more. Relax on the transfer from Rome. Upon arrival you are free to explore to see sights such as the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, topped by Brunelleschi's majestic dome. Go to Piazza della Signoria to see Renaissance sculptures in the square, including a copy of Michelangelo's “David” in the courtyards of Palazzo della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. Stroll along the banks of the Arno River, crossing the covered Ponte Vecchio for some of the best views of Florence. Florence is also a great city for shopping, and there will be plenty of time to discover leather markets and stores selling Italian and international goods. Providing comfortable air-conditioned transfers by 8-seat minivan, the tour allows the flexibility to explore at your own pace, or join a guided tour for an additional fee.

Florence: History Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

4. Florence: History Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore Florence, an open-air museum that conserving about a third of the planet's art and home to the finest wine traditions. With a stroll around the Historical Center and a trip to a wine cellar, combine history and wine in one tour to discover the real flavors of the city. Uncover the fascinating stories behind legendary artworks like David by Michelangelo and Perseus by Cellini. Learn about the story of success, the rise and fall of the Medici Family. Follow the traces of the dynasty members through the labors of Renaissance masters like Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, among others. Hear about the history of monuments such as Palazzo Medici, the first Renaissance building in the world. Pass through Duomo Square which conserves the 4th biggest church in Europe, Santa Maria del Fiore with the world's largest dome. Enjoy the public artworks at Signoria Square with original sculptures dating back to the 1500s. Get a glimpse of Florentine Renaissance and keep your cameras ready. After a pleasant stroll around town, pop in one of the hidden treasures of Florence. Follow your guide to one of the finest wine cellars located in the very heart of Florence. Taste the flavors of the millennial wine traditions. Pair it with typical appetizers for a complete sensorial experience.

Florence: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

5. Florence: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Florence at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Piazza del Duomo, Piazza Pitti, Ponte Vecchio and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Accademia Gallery and Dome Climb Combo Tour

6. Accademia Gallery and Dome Climb Combo Tour

This combo tour allows you to see two of Florence's most famous sights in 2.5 hours - a great option for tourists with limited time in the city. The tour starts at the Accademia Gallery, where you will have priority entry tickets. Together with a small group and a local expert guide, take a tour through the origins of the artwork, and uncover insights into the lives of the artists who created them. Stroll around Duomo Square, while exploring the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral complex. Your guide will share the stories, legends, and secrets behind this incredible architectural monument with you. The tour then culminates with an extraordinary view from atop one of the largest Domes in the world. As you climb up the famous 463 steps, you can enjoy stunning views of the Cathedral interior and 16th-century frescoes. The small group setting ensures your guide can provide you with a more personalized tour, helping you gain a deeper understanding of Florence's most beautiful spots.

From Rome: Private Tour to Florence and Pisa with Lunch

7. From Rome: Private Tour to Florence and Pisa with Lunch

Visit two of Tuscany's most famous cities, Florence and Pisa, on a full-day guided tour. Start with pickup from your hotel in Rome and travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to Florence.  Upon arrival in Florence, start your tour of the city at Piazzale Michelangelo where you can enjoy the amazing view over all of the city center. Make your way to the iconic Ponte Vecchio for some of the best views in the city. Walk through the charming streets of the city and visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful dome designed by Brunelleschi. Before reaching Piazza della Signoria, admire the Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower.   Take a break for some lunch, followed by a visit to the San Lorenzo outdoor market where you can find high-quality leather goods very reasonable prices. Depart Florence at approximately 2:30 PM and head to Pisa. Once you arrive in Pisa, see the famous Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery of Pisa. After exploring the highlights of the city with your guide, depart at 5:30 PM and return to Rome, with drop-off at your hotel.

Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

8. Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

Your meeting point will be in Piazza Santa Croce, near the Santa Croce church where Michelangelo's tomb is situated. From there, start your walking tour through the city center, before making your first stop to Ponte Vecchio. After that you will arrive to the political center of Florence, Piazza della Signoria, which has an amazing Loggia in which you can admire marble and bronze statues created by Florentine artists from the 16th century. From there you can also see the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's top rated galleries, before you continue your walking tour to the old market, another vibrant city location. Following that, you will reach another famous Florence square, Piazza della Repubblica, where your expert tour guide will fascinate you with stories and anecdotes about life in Florence, as well as its history and culture. Your next stop will be the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, or as the locals know it, the Duomo (cathedral). This cathedral was the first of its kind in terms of dimension and structure, and is also a symbol of the Renaissance in Florence. Lead by your guide, you will learn some of the history and interesting facts about the cathedral. At the conclusion of your tour, you can relax and savor a typical lunch at San Lorenzo's market, where you can also walk around the folkloristic market stalls.

Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

9. Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

Begin your immersion into Florence with a small group walking and tasting tour. Admire the iconic sights of Florence and learn the historical and cultural significance from your guide. Work up an appetite and taste sweet pastries, wander the food market, and discover a famous local hotspot. Meet your guide at the Santa Maria Novella square and admire the homonymous Basilica, a true Renaissance masterpiece. Learn the history and the characters of Florence as you stroll through city alleys. Reach the Cathedral, a symbol of the city, and learn how Brunelleschi managed to build the big dome. Visit Signoria Square, surrounded by sculptures and artworks by Donatello, Cellini, Giambologna, and Michelangelo. Get ready for the first tasting at a local bakery, savor delightful parties ad Tuscan sweets that are impossible to find on your own. Walk towards the Arno river and contemplate the noble palaces and Ponte Vecchio. Next, explore the medieval district and Santa Croce church, which hosts the most important characters of Florence inside and an annual ancient history tournament. Pass through to the east side of the city and take in the bustling atmosphere as you browse the daily food market. Try different tastes of Florentine delicatessens and breathe the fresh aromas of local products. Stop last at a curious food shop, famous even to the locals. Chill out with a tasty glass of wine and a selection of Tuscan crostini or a treat of the day. Cin cin!

Florence: Accademia & Bargello Museum Ultimate David Tour

10. Florence: Accademia & Bargello Museum Ultimate David Tour

Learn how the David became such an important symbol of Florence in the Renaissance, and how this hero became the subject of works of art by great masters. Visit the Bargello Museum to see works by Donatello, Brunelleschi, and Michelangelo housed in a historic medieval palace. Stroll through the streets of Florence, passing through Piazza Duomo to admire the great Cathedral dome, on the way to the Accademia Gallery. Enter inside the Accademia with priority skip-the-line tickets. Admire Michelangelo’s world-famous statue and discover all about its making. Leave with a better understanding of the artworks that you’re most interested in with a personalized tour.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

We had fantastic days, the tour director Sabrina was a caring person, everything was clearly on the note, explaining how or where you want to go, and show you how not to get lost easily, during the trip, was not boring in the tour bus, we had a lot of fun, creating a lot of cozy atmosphere, lots of laughs. She gave us even more great tips, after that, we did an extra day trip to see more of the south coast, it's a very nice experience, thanks Sabrina. The driver Franco was an experienced driver, he also helped everything, the elderly getting in and out with the high steps, the heavy suitcases. On the last day we had a problem, taxi strike, he help us again. thanks Franco.

Our Italian guide speaks French rather well and was able to clearly describe the essential points of the Bargello museum: she made us want to explore the rest of the site. The visit to the Academy was easy due to less attendance, the description illustrates it well. She was able to answer all of our questions

Great organization. Consultation for the meeting point came as a message the day before. Christina was a great guide. Lots of lots of information. Thanks for the nice tour in Florence.

Our guide, Edourardo, was great! We enjoyed our private tour learning history about both architecture and art. The wine tasting after was a plus.

Great intro to Florence with a lot of history and art background. Our tour guide was punctual, thorough and very friendly.