• Florence - Il Tornabuoni
  • 15 Luglio 2018
  • 30 Notte
  • 8 Notte

CITY TOUR & ACCADEMIA GALLERY
walking tour

Pick up at the Hotel. A licensed tour guide will lead you on a journey through local politics and religion and reveal the most fascinating sculptures in town. Pondering over their specific location and the materials and techniques used over centuries to make them, is essential to understanding what you will admire inside the Accademia Gallery (skip the line ticket). Best known as the home of Michelangelo’s unfinished works of art, the Gallery will make your eyes glow right in front of the original ‘David’!

CITY TOUR & UFFIZI GALLERY
walking tour

Pick up at the Hotel. A walking guided tour in the footsteps of the Medici family offering an accurate portrayal of the two different personalities of father and son, the powerful Cosimo the 1st Grand Duke of Tuscany and the introverted Francis I. You will then visit the Uffizi Gallery (skip the line ticket) - a place for “walking with paintings, statues and other precious things” – and immerse yourself between the Renaissance masterpieces of Botticelli, Leonardo, Raffaello and Michelangelo.

ONE DAY IN FLORENCE

Enjoy a full immersion in Florentine culture visiting the main Museums and enjoying local food. In the Morning you’ll visit the Accademia Gallery admiring the one and only Statue of David by Michelangelo and learn why is the most recognizable symbol of Florence, see other masterpieces like the Pietà and explore all the magnificent works of art. After you’ll enjoy a typical lunch in a local Osteria in the center of Florence before discovering the Uffizi Gallery. You will recognize original world-famous paintings you have seen in books, learn about the secrets of the artist’s’ craft, techniques and tools. Looking at the most famous artworks of the period. Customize your experience and decide if you wish to have a guided tour or if you prefer to visit Museums on your own.

City tour & leather school of Santa Croce
walking tour

Pick up at the Hotel. Travel back to the time when Florence was the richest city in the world and a quasi- federal community based on guilds (the Arti). This walking guided tour will give you an overview of the great guilds and districts. You will then visit the Leather School in Santa Croce – world famous tannery district and home to the Basilica of the Holy Cross (burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli). The Leather School was founded after World War II by Franciscan friars and the Gori and Casini families - leather artisans since the 1930s. Here, artisans at work will demonstrate different gilding techniques on various types of skin and even make you personalized items on request!

Santa Maria Novella district
walking tour

The Dominican Church in between the surreptitious wine trade & the finest art of perfumery. Pick up at the Hotel. Five minutes away from Santa Maria Novella church you will step into the Officina – a 400 years old pharmacy and alchemic workshop inside the world-famous Dominican monastery. Indulge your senses with ancient preparations, soaps, perfumes and cosmetics of the most iconic tradition and learn about the original ‘Water of Santa Maria Novella’ - the perfume that Caterina de’ Medici commissioned to the monks in 1533 and brought with her to France when she married Enrico di Valois. Across Santa Maria Novella square you will then be blinded by silver jewels, chisels, medals, frames of the great tradition of the Brandimarte family. At the Brandimarte’s flagship shop, will be offered a presentation about the use of silver in everyday life!

San Gimignano, Siena & Pienza

The first stop of our tour is the village of San Gimignano, a magnificent example of a Medieval urban centre. Here you will have free time to visit the village and its splendid squares, palaces, churches and the magnificent towers. The tour continues to the splendid area of the Chianti Classico. We will stop by a typical Tuscan winery where you will visit the cellars and vineyards. Afterwards you will taste the wine produced, which will be accompanied by a delicious Tuscan lunch. In the afternoon the tour continues with sightseeing in Siena. All tourists will surely appreciate the architectural styles of the Cathedral and of the Town Hall in the Piazza del Campo, scenery of the world famous Palio race. Free time before returning to the hotel.

Montepulciano & Pienza

During the morning we will visit Pienza, a real jewel declared a world heritage site by Unesco. Afterwards, we will continue our trip with a guided tour of a farm where you can see with your own eyes what it means to live a peasant life today. Get to know animals from donkeys to sheep while we will explain their role here on the farm. After that we take you with us to the dairy where you can learn more about our cheeses production and the aging of our cheeses. Enjoy a pecorino tasting during your lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Montepulciano, a medieval village full of historical buildings and palaces that belonged to Noble families. Finally we will visit a winery where you taste some wines.

San Gimignano & Volterra

San Gimignano’s skyline make it one of Italy’s most romantic hilltowns. A walk in the nearby countryside is a precious opportunity to explore the Tuscan scenery appreciated from the windows and ramparts of this medieval town. Placed on top of a hill dominating the Elsa Valley this lovely town is renowned for its numerous towers gathered in the historic centre and very dose to each other. Today there are only 14 of the original 72 towers. Tuscany’s best white wine “Vernaccia di San Gimignano”, is available all over the town of towers. Volterra, from it’s magnificent rocky promontory, surveys the sometimes wild, vast countryside surrounding it. It’s full of workshops where artisans craft the local alabaster into translucent souvenirs. Monteriggioni is a tiny village built by the Senese at the beginning of the 13th century as a defence outpost against the attacks of the Florentines. It has the aspect of a fortress and it’s completely surrounded by 15 towers and strong walls.

One day in Siena

Siena is a treasure trove of historical, artistic, religious and cultural riches all to be discovered. The best way to do it is on foot, admiring the changes to the town over the centuries and enjoying the spectacular scenery and curious particulars. You’ll visit the Civic Museum inside Palazzo Pubblico admiring the frescoes “Guidoriccio da Fogliano” and “Maestà” of Simone Martini. After you’ll enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant in the center of Siena before discovering the historical center and the Cathedral. All tourists will surely appreciate the architectural styles of the Cathedral and its floor (when uncovered). Customize your experience and decide if you wish to have a guided tour or if you prefer to visit Museums on your own.

Pisa & Lucca

A charming Tuscan landscape will be the frame to your day spent relaxing in company of our knowledgeable and expert driver that will pick you up from Accommodation. You’ll first visit Lucca, a distinctive city of art and Renaissance style surrounded by walls interrupted by beautiful gates. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local Restaurant before continuing to Pisa. Fall in love with the famous Piazza dei Miracoli that hosts the Leaning Tower, the Cemetery and the Cathedral. Climb the world known Leaning Tower and customize your experience and decide if you wish to have a guided tour or if you prefer to visit the cities on your own.

Assisi & Cortona

Depart directly from your accommodation when our driver will pick you up and start the ride through the rolling green hills of Tuscany. First you’ll stop in Cortona, a delightful hilltop town of an ancient origins bursting with architectural treasures and offering spectacular views. You will immerse yourself in the setting of the famous movie ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, which was filmed here in 2003. Enjoy a local lunch in a traditional restaurant before discovering Assisi, San Francesco’s birthplace. Following San Francesco and Santa Chiara’s footsteps, you will walk through winding streets and alleyways to the historical and artistic treasures of this Medieval town. In the superb Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, gazing Giotto’s frescoes of San Francesco’s life, you will learn the history of this important spiritual center.