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Florence: Bargello Museum Tour

1. Florence: Bargello Museum Tour

The guide will start off with a little history about the Bargello Museum, which used to be the headquarters of the Capitano Del Popolo and later of the Podesta (the lord of the city). They will tell you how the palace became the residence of the head of the police and how it was later used as a prison. The guide will escort you through the museum for you to enjoy the very important works of art kept in Bargello. The ground floor rooms display the Tuscan works of the 16th Century. Your guide will particularly focus on four masterpieces by Michelangelo. Along with the local and expert guide you will then discover works by Bartolomeo Ammannati, Benvenuto Cellini, Giambologna, and many other treasures. You will discover precious ivories and bronzes that include several Roman and Byzantine examples. Then, you will immerse yourself in the early Renaissance, as your guide will explain the masterpieces made by Donatello and Verrocchio. Later, the guide will escort you to the second floor, which is solely dedicated to the glazed terracotta done by Andrea and Giovanni Della Robbia. The tour takes about two hours - the perfect amount of time to see this famous art collection, without feeling overwhelmed. You can also return to anything you might want to see again after the tour ends.

Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

2. Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

Start in the early morning and visit the grandiose courtyard of the Pitti Palace with your expert English-speaking guide. Then, you'll reach the "noble floor" (first floor) to discover the magic of the Palatina Gallery and its amazing collection of paintings, Renaissance and Neo-classic pieces of furniture with superb tops made with semi-precious stones, which gave fame to the Medici family all over Europe. Stuccoworks and frescoes on the ceilings, splendid paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Raffaello, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Caravaggio in unimaginably beautiful gilded frames will linger on in your memory. Never too crowded and so enjoyable even in the heat of the summertime, visit the Boboli Gardens in the early morning. One by one all the Grand Dukes of the Medici family will be stepping into the scene in a fabulous scenario. Continue exploring the oldest part of the Boboli Gardens and its enchanted Amphitheater, as well as its green spaces which have inspired major landscape architects of the world.

Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Tuscan Castle

3. Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Tuscan Castle

Take part in an exclusive wine tasting experience and enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in the setting of an elegant medieval Castle in Montalcino. Walk in the vineyard with an expert sommelier and take in the stunning views as you learn about traditional wine-making. Taste 3 different local wines before sitting down for a 3-course lunch. Meet your sommelier and stroll together in the vineyard during which you hear the history of the castle and its family. Admire the beautiful Tuscan landscape and learn more about traditional high-quality wine production methods and techniques. Enjoy your exclusive guided wine tasting of 3 local wines with some Tuscan snacks. During the wine tasting, you will taste three of the most important and world-famous Tuscan wines, such as Sangiovese IGT or Brunello di Montalcino. The professional sommelier will provide in-depth explanations about what you taste and the uniqueness of these Italian wines. After, sit down to eat a typical Tuscan 3-course lunch. The lunch menu is composed of a selection of cold cuts & cheeses, hand-made pasta with sauces, and dessert with coffee. A vegetarian option is available, please advise at the time of booking if desired.

Montalcino: Castle and Vineyards Tour with Tasting

4. Montalcino: Castle and Vineyards Tour with Tasting

Visit a famous estate in the Brunello region and learn how wine is produced. Discover 600 years of history in the castle with its courtyards surrounded by Brunello vineyards. Enjoy a 1-hour tour of the castle, cellars, and vineyards, ending with a tasting of Brunello in the historical courtyard. Starting at the main entrance, stroll through the entire walls of the castle and reach the Baldassare Peruzzi bridge, which was built in the early 16th century, and the Chapel of the Virgin of the Veil, which still contains a fragment of the veil of Virgin Mary. Along the way, visit noble vineyards and ancient medieval cellars. Finish your tour with a tasting of 3 selected wines paired with delicious local snacks.

Florence: The Medici Experience Tour

5. Florence: The Medici Experience Tour

If you love the television series 'The Medici', are fascinated by Florence or passionate about art and history, then the Medici experience tour is a truly unmissable opportunity. After meeting your expert local guide, take a trip back in time as you enter the magnificent Palazzo Medici, home of the infamous family.  Feel like a member of the Medici family as you wander through the rooms of their stunning palace. Discover family secrets, conspiracies and stories of love and hate as you hear all about Lorenzo The Magnificent and other family members from your guide. Learn more about how the Medici came to power in Florence and who their most powerful enemies were.  As you explore the Palazzo Medici, visit the Chapel of the Magi and admire its incredible frescoes depicting some of the most famous family members. After your visit to the palace, you will have the opportunity to stroll around Florence and retrace the footsteps of some of the city's most beloved, and hated, historical figures of all time! 

Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

6. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes you through the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

From Siena: Chianti and Castles Tour with Wine Tastings

7. From Siena: Chianti and Castles Tour with Wine Tastings

Immerse yourself in the picturesque Tuscan scenery on a sightseeing trip to the beautiful region of Chianti. Explore the gardens of the Brolio Castle and visit the Castellina in Chianti before enjoying wine and local product tastings at 2 wineries in the Chianti area. The beautiful ruby-red color and the characteristic bouquet with scents of violet are the special features that reveal the identity of one of the most famous wines in the world: Chianti. This wine results from the wise blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. On this trip, discover the breathtaking, uncontaminated landscapes that have been cradling the Chianti vineyards for centuries, presenting you with a harmony of colors that can only be found in the hills of this region. The sounds, scents, and flavors of this land will capture your senses through a unique experience. Visit ancient churches, medieval castles, and small villages where the rhythm of life remains unaltered over time. The tour continues with a visit to a charming wine estate. Here, you'll have the chance to see the area close to the famous Castle of Brolio and join a guided walk of the castle gardens. When the tour of the garden ends, join a wine tasting paired with typical Tuscan food. Later, move on to another winery in the middle of the Chianti Classico area, where you’ll have a second wine tasting alongside an extra virgin olive oil tasting. The tour will end with a return to Siena.

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

8. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

9. From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

The first part of your full-day tour begins with a visit to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, the City of Fine Towers. Armed with helpful information from your tour escort you’ll have free time to explore the town’s historical center and browse its artisan shops. San Gimignano is also the birthplace of Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in the area. The wine is noted for its high quality and for being the first Italian DOCG wine. The tour continues on to Monteriggioni, the ancient crown-shaped fortress that appeared on Italy’s old 100-Lire currency. The 13th-century walls feature 14 towers that Dante likened to the giants in his Inferno. Afterwards, you’ll stop at a winery for a lunch of salami, cheese, and other local products, accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wines. Visit Val d’Orcia, another Tuscan jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Montalcino, perched on a hill overlooking 1,500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed to the area’s international reputation. The final stop of the day will be a local wine cellar, where you’ll have a chance to taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, rated among the finest Italian DOCG wines. Sample other typical local products as well.

Medieval Castles & Chianti Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

10. Medieval Castles & Chianti Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

The first stop on your full-day tour of Chianti will be at the walls of Castello di Brolio, where you’ll get an up-close look at the picturesque vineyards. It was here that Baron Bettino Ricasoli introduced the world to Chianti red wines, known around the world for their distinctive taste and easy drinkability, and for the straw flasks, which at one time covered the bottles. Next stop on the tour is Castle of Brolio as well as the hilltop town of Radda in Chianti. While visiting the castle and its grounds, you’ll learn about its origins and history, and then enjoy a tasting of it's wine. Enjoy lunch here, it will consist of local, traditional Tuscan specialties.  In the afternoon it will be time to visit to a third winery. Meet the local producer and tour the estate that has been in the hands of the same family for many centuries. Visit the old cellars and learn about the traditions of the Chianti folk, while savoring and learning about great Chianti wines. The estate’s wines are made from Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Bianco grapes. You’ll sample 4 different wines, including 1 white wine, 2 red wines, and a special dessert wine, all of which are in limited production and only available at the villa.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,009 reviews

Great 3 hour morning hike with personable and naturalist oriented guide. Lovely lovely scenery. We would have preferred a bit more background on the Via Francigena. Winery to end with was great - we bought the winery’s artisan cheese to go along with the bread and Chianti. Overall, an excellent experience and great value!

One of the must do when you are in Florence. I also highly recommend Fabrizio for he was patient in answering our questions and explained everything crisp but clear. He was punctual and friendly.

Dannella (not sure if her names right) was excellent and was extremly talented at explaining the Palace items and history

Good guided tour. However, we book a 2-hr tour but it only lasted 1 hour.

Wonderful tour. The Guide was very knowledgeable and energetic.