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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany

Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany


Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany

Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Luxury Minivan Tours from Florence

the Santa Trinita bridge, and the most beautiful renaissance buildings, the Pitti palace, the Strozzi palace and the Medici-Riccardi palace. You will be driven through the marvelous Duomo, San Marco and Santissima Annunziata squares and then along the panoramic windy road leading to the Fiesole hill, where you will discover the ancient Etruscan site overlooking Florence (stop). The road that takes you back to the city centre, will reserve you wonderful views on the countryside and the unforgettable panorama of the city. In the ancient " cloth dyers" district, you will admire the amazing gothic church of Santa Croce and then you will reach the worldfamous Signoria square, an unique "open-air sculpture gallery". From this square your guide will lead you to the real heart of the city, with a short and easy walking tour that will enable you to discover its main sights: the impressive Palazzo Vecchio and the elegant Loggia deiLanzi, the wonderful cathedral with its marvelous cupola by Brunelleschi, the Battistero and its unique paradise door, and the spectacular bell tower by Giotto.

Luxury Minivan Tours from Florence max 8 People

The "Grand Tour" of Florence and its Hills - minivan tour Michelangelo square, Fiesole and the whole city centre Seize the landscape and the atmosphere of this luxurious "grand tour" of the city: the charming commentary of a local guide will enrich of meaningful information the discovery of the unique Tuscan landscape, with its marvelous hills surrounding the city, and the famous monuments of the enchanting historical centre. Our expert chauffeur will drive you along the romantic boulevard climbing on the hill until you reach the church of San Miniato al Monte (quick photo stop), a real jewel of the Florentine Romanic art, and then the Michelangelo square (stop), the wonderful terrace on the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy the most amazing view of the city.

The Tuscan Jewels in one day: Siena, Monteriggioni, S. Gimignano, Pisa - minivan tour Along the line of history, through the territory of Chianti in the cities that are the symbol of Tuscan art worldwide, seduced by the beauty and flavour of this land

On the way back to the city centre you will be able to admire the most famous and ancient bridges of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio and

Be seduced by the eternal charm of the Tuscan art cities where the beauty of the monuments is linked with

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the rhythm of life that is still on a human scale and where every stone exudes centuries of history. Through the typical Tuscan countryside hilly territory we reach Siena, splendid medieval city, universally known for its artistic treasures that has been recognized by the UNESCO as a "heritage of the humanity". Once in Siena, we will visit the famous Piazza del Campo, with its particular "shell" shape. Here are the Palazzo Comunale(1298) flanked by the tall Torre del Mangia(1325) and where every year the famous "Palio" takes place. You may use your free time to visit the splendid Cathedral, one of the highest artistic expressions of the Middle Ages, and admire the splendid buildings and suggestive churches along the narrow lively streets. From Siena, we will take a panoramic road and admire the vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Chianti territory on our way to the ancient fortified hamlet of Monteriggioni,a small jewel built during the thirteenth century and embraced by its still intact walls. Take a walk within the restricted perimeter of the surrounding walls with eleven towers and discover a beautiful corner of Tuscany suspended in the Middle Ages. A short distance away, in a pleasant country estate surrounded by aromatic plants, you will be served alunch of typical Chianti productsand a guided tastinga selection of fine Chianti and Vernaccia wines, managed with passion and expertise by the friendly owner of the farm. After lunch we leave the farm and at a short distance away we find San Gimignano,another beautiful town, UNESCO world heritage, famous for the still intact medieval town planning with the numerous and beautiful towers hence the name "Manhattan of the Middle Ages". This town is also known for the "Vernaccia" wine, produced here. A stroll in the town centre means discovering true jewels of art, among which Piazza della Cisterna, the Dome, Palazzo del PodestĂ and the Church of Sant' Agostino.Another departure, this time to reach the famous town of Pisa, one of the most known worldwide, that is waiting for us with the sparkling sight of Piazza deiMiracoli, another UNESCO world heritage, where the peerless masterpieces in marble rise in the green lawn. The famous Leaning Tower, the magnificent Baptistery, the stunning Cathedral, and the Monumental Graveyard, maximum expressions of the Romanesque architecture of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries which house works of immense artistic value.

The Essence of Tuscany: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Montepulciano- minivan tour Following the scent of the Great Wines through the most stunning landscapes of Chianti, Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana Enter the heart of real Tuscany with medieval villages of incomparable charm, an ancient farming tradition that produces wine, cheese, cold cuts and excellent meat renowned and appreciated all over the world even today. The beauty of the landscape declines harmoniously where nature and the works of man have lived together for centuries in an unbeatable balance. Through the hilly expanses of the old vineyards and olive groves, which characterize the splendid Chianti territory we reach Greve where we you will enjoy the charm of its historic square flanked by open galleries and wander around the characteristic shops of local handicrafts and the typical Chianti products. We continue with a stop in Castellina, a characteristic ancient hamlet perched on a hill, where we visit a suggestive and historical cellar. Just outside the village, in one of the most famous vineyards of the area, you will be guided through a tasting of different wines of the Chianti area, extravirgin olive oilonTuscan bread, vin santowith "cantuccini" locally produced andlavender honey. Proceeding along a panoramic road we can admire the picturesque village of Monteriggioni, a small medieval jewel still surrounded by its ancient walls. Further on, the unmistakable clay landscape clay of theCrete Senesi, a hilly desert territory that rouses unforgettable feelings. Continuing we reach an area that contrasts incredibly with the Crete territory, immersed in the green Val d'Orcia, UNESCO heritage, a harmonious landscape of hills dotted with cypresses, interrupted by castles, churches, ancient villages of Etruscan origin and farms that accompany the route of the famous "Via Francigena". Here, in a historic farm, you will be served a guided lunch-tasting of the renowned Rosso di Montalcino, Brunelloand Supertuscan winesand a large selection of typical productsof the territory and a delicious homemade fruit pie. All this is followed by a visit to the cellars and some leisure time to enjoy the nature. We then make a stop in the medieval village of Montalcino, with boundary walls enriched with towers, -5-


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with the imposing fourteenth century fortress that offers one of the most beautiful views onto Val d'Orcia. Moltalcino has also narrow streets with dozens of wineries and artisans' shops selling products of the territory. Lastly, after a short journey on a panoramic road, we reach Montepulciano,enclosed by fortified walls and perched on a hill 600 metres above sea level between Val d'O rcia and Val di Chiana.The town is renowned for its Noble wine obtained from the surrounding vineyards.A stop in the town to take a walk along the steep streets and elegant squares and admire the splendid Renaissance buildings and churches, and a visit to one of the many wine-cellars of the old town to taste delicious wine.

for its beautiful beaches, for the wonderful "Liberty"architecture that characterizes many of its buildings and the long and exciting walk along "Viale del Mare" with cafès-chantant, restaurants, shops, and venues that are among the most elegant of the coast. Enjoy some free time to admire the architecture of the bathing establishments along the famous VialeMargherita, the chalet and cafés, including the Gran CaffèMargherita, a Liberty style-building symbol of the city. You can taste the fragrant cuisine of Viareggio in one of the many restaurants on the seafront and, during the warmer seasons, take a dip into the warm Tyrrhenian Sea with the spectacular backdrop of the Apuan Alps white marble sparkling in the sun. Then, in the afternoon, we move inland and reach the famous city of Pisa, one of the most renowned worldwide, waiting for us with the glittering sight of Piazza deiMiracoli, UNESCO heritage, where the peerless masterpieces in marble rise from the green lawn. The famous Leaning Tower, the magnificent Baptistery, the stunning Cathedral, and the Monumental Graveyard, maximum expressions of the Romanesque architecture of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries which house works of immense artistic value.

Art and Scent of the Sea: Pisa, Lucca, Viareggio - minivan tourThe great Art Cities near the coast and the famous Versilian Sea Dive into a "sea of beauty", and live an experience of emotional discovery of splendid art masterpieces, an exciting call from a famous seaside resort and a relaxing encounter with a splendid nature. Lucca is along the road that from Florence leads towards the coast.It is a refined city of art, surrounded by renaissance style tree-lined walls, interrupted by beautiful doors and impressive bastions. You can start with a beautiful walk along a stretch of the city walls, enjoy a wonderful overview on roofs, alleys, towerhouses, wonderful churches and aristocratic palaces of the city, and then move into the historical town centre, which is easy to visit because of its dimensions. Discover Piazza S. Michele, the heart of the city, with the splendid Basilica in white limestone (12th - 14th century) and the splendid Palazzo Pretorio. Pass by the characteristic shops overlooking the squares and narrow roads and reach Piazza del Mercato where you can admire the particular shape built on the tracks of the Roman amphitheatre dating back to the second century BC. Then visit the famous Gothic Cathedral of San Martino (11th century) with the sculptural masterpiece of the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto and discover the characteristic Torre Guinigi with a huge holm on the top. After a short journey, we reach the splendid and flat Versilia coast, in the seaside town of Viareggio, famous -6-


Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Florence Museums & Reservations Tickets

Florence Museums & Reservations Tickets

Ticket Accademia Gallery 11:30 Availableat: 11.30Skip the line ticket and reservation to visit the beautiful Academia Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world. Among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Michelangelo to get to know his most famous work, David, and other important works of art such as "I Prigioni" and "San Matteo".

Skip the line Reservation & Ticket Uffizi Gallery 09:00 Available at: 09.00 Tour Description:Skip the line ticket and reservation to visit the wonderful Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world.Among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio.

Skip the line Reservation & Ticket Uffizi Gallery 16:30 Available at: 16.30 Tour Description:Skip the line ticket and reservation to visit the wonderful Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world.Among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio.

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magnificent setting of the ancient hallsof a noble residence. You will be involved in the typical atmosphere of a Florentine fifteenth century banquetgladdened by the sound of a harp and flute, the sweet voice of a soprano and dances of the period. Waiters, musicians, dancersandthe jester, all in beautiful Renaissance costumeswill make you feel part of the evening. If you wish, you can also try their typical costumes and learn some fifteenth century dancing steps. At the end of the evening, that will have a duration of around two hours, each guest will receive a personalized parchment with the emblem of the palace to certify the participation in this magical "Ancient Night at Court".

Dinner and Show in Florence Group Tours

Typical Dinner and Concert in the Heart of Florence Italian Opera arias and Neapolitan songs An evening in genuine Italian style, devoted to discovering Tuscan cuisine and the most celebrated Italian opera arias and famous Neapolitan songs. Our assistant will take you into an ancient and fascinating neighbourhood in the old city centre. In a characteristic restaurant,you will be served a typical Tuscan dinnerwith excellent Chianti wine. Talented singers will be awaiting you after dinner in an intimate, old setting (the Anglican church), to perform the most beautiful arias from the operas of Puccini, Verdi, Rossiniand other renowned Italian composers, in addition to world famous Neapolitan songs. You will be reserved front row seats so you can fully enjoy this absorbing spectacle.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Florence Guided Museum Visites

Giotto,Cimabue, Masaccioand many others. Among the

Florence Guided Museum Visites

precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, the most

Group Tours

renowned one contains the refined works by Botticelli, amongst which the absolute masterpieces: "Primavera" and "Birth of Venus". The latter painting, the icon of the museum, represents the allegory of the birth of the goddess emerging from the sea foam and symbolizes the ideal of beauty as an expression of purity and spiritual quality, typical of the Renaissance Neoplatonic aesthetics.Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

Uffizi Gallery Guided Visit PM (09:00)

Accademia Gallery Guided Visit AM (11.30)

You can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most famous art galleriesin the world. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo,

Total immersion in the art of Michelangelo to know his most renowned work, the "David", and other important works of art such as ''I Prigioni'' and ''San Matteo'' and the " Palestrina PietĂ ". The youngMichelangelocarved the David from a huge block of rough marble in three years, creating an imposing sculpture of absolute beauty, an icon of the renaissance model.He depicted a magnificent nude young man at the height of his physical vigor, whose intense expression of strength and courage, which originated from an absolute faith in God, roses as a symbol of power and invincibility of the Florentine Republic at the time of its maximum splendor.Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccioand many others. Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, the most renowned one contains the refined works by Botticelli, amongst which the absolute masterpieces: "Primavera"and "Birth of Venus".The latter painting, the icon of the museum, represents the allegory of the birth of the goddess emerging from the sea foam and symbolizes the ideal of beauty as an expression of purity and spiritual quality, typical of the Renaissance Neoplatonic aesthetics.Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

Accademia AM and Uffizi AM Galleries Guided Visits

Uffizi Gallery Guided Visit PM (16:30)

Uffizi:You cannot leave Florence without visiting the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world. Through the explanations of our guide, among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto,

You can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most famous art galleriesin the world. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo,Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, -9-


Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Florence Guided Museum Visites

Cimabue, Masaccio. Accademia:You cannot leave Florence without visiting the Academy Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world. Through the explanations of our guide, among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Michelangelo to get to know his most famous work, David, and other important works of art such as "I Prigioni" and "San Matteo" .Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museums.

You cannot leave Florence without visiting the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world. Through the explanations of our guide, among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museums.

Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Signoria with Loggia deiLanzi Guided Visit PM - Monday

Accademia AM and Uffizi PM Galleries Guided Visits Accademia:You cannot leave Florence without visiting

The insuperable harmony of one of the most beautiful monumental complexes worldwide

the Academy Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world. Through the explanations of our guide, among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Michelangelo to get to know his most famous work, David, and other

Discover with our Guidethe extraordinary beauty of one of most renowned and photographed squares and historical palaces in the world.Piazza dellaSignoriawith the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia deiLanzi.It is an incomparable "open-air museum" and the elegantPalazzo Vecchiowith the embattled tower has been the political headquarters and one of the symbols of the city for centuries.It was founded in 1299 based on a project by Arnolfo di Cambioand was the seat of the Seignory (Palazzo dellaSignoria) in the fifteenth century.In the 1500s Cosimo de' Medici appointed Vasari to transform it into a sumptuous palace for the grand-ducal family. Inside we can admire, besides the elegant courtyard, the beautiful "Salone del Cinquecento" and the whole complex of the "QuartieriMonumentali", frescoed by Ghirlandaio, Salviati, Bronzinoand Vasari and embellished with sculptures by Michelangelo and Donatello.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

important works of art such as "I Prigioni" and "San Matteo" . Uffizi:You cannot leave Florence without visiting the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world. Through the explanations of our guide, among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museums.

Accademia AM and Uffizi PM Galleries Guided Visits with Lunch Accademia:You cannot leave Florence without visiting the Academy Gallery, one of the most famous picture galleries in the world. Through the explanations of our guide, among the other wonderful masterpieces, you will be able to admire the works of art by Michelangelo to get to know his most famous work, David, and other important works of art such as "I Prigioni" and "San Matteo" .Lunch with drinks in a typical restaurant in the city centre, accompanied by our assistant. Uffizi:

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Florence Guided Museum Visites

the sixteenth century. Outside the building, it is still possible to see the hook to which the rope used for hangings was tied.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

of the sumptuous mausoleum of the Medici Family Admire with our Guide one of the most famous sculptural cycles by Michelangelo: Il Crepuscolo, L'Aurora, Il Giorno e la Notte (Twilight, Dawn, Day, Night) inside the SacrestiaNuova(New Sacristy) designed by the great artist. Discover the inlays of precious polychrome marbles, of hard stones and precious gems that cover the walls of the greatCappella deiPrincipi(Princes Chapel), for which OpificiodellepietreDure(The Factory of hard Stones) was created especially for these decorations and is today one of the most prestigious restoration workshops and museums worldwide. Finally discover theCripta del Buontalenti, under the Chapel, where the Medici and their family members are buried. These bodies have been exhumed recently to obtain more details on their lifestyles, illnesses and real causes of their deaths still shrouded in mystery.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

The Secret Passages of Palazzo Vecchio with Lunch The emotional discovery of hidden places - for small groups Experience the exciting discoveryof the places and paths of Palazzo Vecchiothat are not accessible to the general public and that have been made available for very small groups of people only recently (max.12). You will ascend thenarrow passagesof the Duke Gualtieri's medieval stairwayand you will discover an unexpected path beyond a door hidden by a painting, admire the precious and imposing coffered ceiling of theSalonedei Cinquecentoand explore the Medici Palace from a different and intriguing prospect. At the end of the audience (approximately 1 hour and a quarter), you will continue this experience by enjoying aFlorentine lunchin a characteristic and historic restaurant(Giannino - Via Borgo San Lorenzo,33) in the ancient merchant open gallery in the heart of the Medici district.

Bargello Museum Guided Visit AM - Monday Sculptures by Michelangelo, Donatello, Giambologna, Cellini, Verrocchio housed in the renowned medieval palace OurGuidewill show one of the most prestigious Museums of Sculptures in the world with masterpieces by the greatest Renaissance artists, among which, just to name a few: the David and St. George by Donatello, the Bacchus and the Round Pitti by Michelangelo, Mercury by Giambologna, besides the magnificent glazed terra-cotta by Giovanni and Andrea dellaRobbia.The importance of this museum concerning sculptures is comparable to the importance of the Uffizi Museum for paintings. The splendid fortified Bargello palace was the first public Florentine building (1255). It has a beautiful and austere courtyard and a high embattled tower, and owes its name to "bargello" that means "master of the guards" who had their seat here in

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reasons beyond our control.

Florence Guided Walking Tours Group Walking Tours

The Main Sights of Florence Walking Tour PM The most famous monuments and the most suggestive views of the heart of Florence Admire with our Guide the marvelous Duomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles: the Cathedralwith the great Duomo by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery, theCampanile by Giotto. We proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Church of Orsanmichelein which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively MercatodellaPagliawith the famous "piglet", discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza dellaSignoriawith the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia deiLanziand the imposing Palazzo Vecchiowith the crenellatedtower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous symbols of the city

Medieval and Renaissance Florence full Experience Walking Tour AM San Lorenzo, Duomo, Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Pitti The most complete and thrilling guided walking tour starts from the peculiar Central market zone, characterized by its workshops and multicolored stalls, where the Medici Chapels, and Basilica di S. Lorenzo, the church of Medici's Family, are located.In a short time you can reach Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the Cathedral*(inside visit) and its dome by Brunelleschi, thebell-tower by Giotto, Saint John Baptisterywith its Paradise Door. The tour continues by visiting the medieval quarterswhere Dante Alighieriand Beatrice lived. Further on you can find Palazzo del Bargello. Not too far, there is Piazza dellaSignoria, a great "open-air sculpture museum", overlooked by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio.Next to it the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museum all over the world. Then you proceed to the picturesque MercatodellaPaglia(Straw market), where the famous Piglet Fountainis located. You walk along the street that leads to Ponte Vecchio, the "jewels bridge".By crossing the bridge, you will reach the wonderfulPitti Palacewhere our tour ends.(*) The Cathedral cannot be visited on National Holidays and for

The Main Sights of Florence Walking Tour PM with Accademia GalleryAcademy Gallery + the most famous monuments and the most suggestive views of the heart of Florence with the touching beauty of Venus by Botticelli Morning: total immersion in the Academy Gallery and in the art of Michelangelo to know his most renowned work, the "David", and other important works of art such as ''I Prigioni''and ''San Matteo''and the "Palestrina PietĂ ".The young Michelangelo carved the David from a huge block of rough marble in three years, creating an imposing sculpture of absolute beauty, an icon of the renaissance model. He depicted a magnificent nude young man at the height of his physical vigor, whose intense expression of strength and courage, which - 12 -


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originated from an absolute faith in God, roses as a symbol of power and invincibility of the Florentine Republic at the time of its maximum splendor. Afternoon: admire with our Guide the marvellousDuomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles: the Cathedral with the great Duomo by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery, theCampanileby Giotto.We proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Churchof Orsanmichelein which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively MercatodellaPagliawith the famous "piglet", discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza dellaSignoriawith the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia deiLanziand the imposing Palazzo Vecchiowith the crenellatedtower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous symbols of the city. The wonderful prospective of theopen gallery ofPalazzo degli Uffiziopens onto the square, and in this famous museum you can admire countless works of art among which the most loved painting in the world: the beautiful "Birth of Venus" by Botticelli.Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

symbols of the city. The wonderful prospective of theopen gallery ofPalazzo degli Uffiziopens onto the square, and in this famous museum you can admire countless works of art among which the most loved painting in the world: the beautiful "Birth of Venus" by Botticelli. You can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most famous art galleriesin the world: the Uffizi Gallery. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccioand many others. Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, the most renowned one contains the refined works by Botticelli, amongst which the absolute masterpieces: "Primavera" and "Birth of Venus". The latter painting, the icon of the museum, represents the allegory of the birth of the goddess emerging from the sea foam and symbolizes the ideal of beauty as an expression of purity and spiritual quality, typical of the Renaissance Neoplatonic aesthetics. Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

The Main Sights of Florence Walking Tour PM with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries

The Main Sights of Florence Walking Tour PM with Uffizi Gallery

The most famous monuments and the suggestive views of the heart of Florence with the two most important museums in the world: Academy and Uffizi Galleries.

The most famous monuments and the most suggestive views of the heart of Florence with the touching beauty of Venus by Botticelli + Uffizi Gallery guided visit

Morning: total immersion in the Academy Gallery and in the art of Michelangelo to know his most renowned work, the "David", and other important works of art such as ''I Prigioni'' and ''San Matteo'' and the "Palestrina PietĂ ". The young Michelangelo carved the David from a huge block of rough marble in three years, creating an imposing sculpture of absolute beauty, an icon of the renaissance model. He depicted a magnificent nude young man at the height of his physical vigor, whose intense expression of strength and courage, which originated from an absolute faith in God, roses as a symbol of power and invincibility

Admire with our Guide the marvellousDuomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles: the Cathedral with the great Duomo by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery, theCampanile by Giotto. We proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Church of Orsanmichelein which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively MercatodellaPaglia with the famous "piglet", discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza dellaSignoriawith the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia deiLanziand the imposing Palazzo Vecchiowith the crenellatedtower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous - 13 -


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of the Florentine Republic at the time of its maximum splendor. Afternoon: admire with our Guide the marvellousDuomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles: the Cathedral with the great Duomo by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery, the Campanile by Giotto. We proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Church of Orsanmichele in which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively MercatodellaPaglia with the famous "piglet", discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza dellaSignoria with the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia deiLanzi and the imposing Palazzo Vecchio with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous symbols of the city. The wonderful prospective of the open gallery ofPalazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square, and in this famous museum: the Uffizi Gallery. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio and many others. Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, the most renowned one contains the refined works by Botticelli, amongst which the absolute masterpieces: "Primavera" and "Birth of Venus". The latter painting, the icon of the museum, represents the allegory of the birth of the goddess emerging from the sea foam and symbolizes the ideal of beauty as an expression of purity and spiritual quality, typical of the Renaissance Neoplatonic aesthetics. Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museums.

PietĂ ".The young Michelangelo carved the David from a huge block of rough marble in three years, creating an imposing sculpture of absolute beauty, an icon of the renaissance model. He depicted a magnificent nude young man at the height of his physical vigor, whose intense expression of strength and courage, which originated from an absolute faith in God, roses as a symbol of power and invincibility of the Florentine Republic at the time of its maximum splendor.Lunch with drinks in a typical restaurant in the city centre, accompanied by our assistant.Afternoon: admire with our Guide the marvellousDuomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles: the Cathedral with the great Duomo by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery, theCampanile by Giotto. We proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Church of Orsanmichelein which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively MercatodellaPagliawith the famous "piglet", discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza dellaSignoria with the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia deiLanziand the imposing Palazzo Vecchiowith the crenellatedtower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous symbols of the city. The wonderful prospective of theopen gallery ofPalazzo degli Uffiziopens onto the square, and in this famous museum: the Uffizi Gallery. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccioand many others. Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, the most renowned one

The Main Sights of Florence Walking Tour PM with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Lunch

contains the refined works by Botticelli, amongst which

The most famous monuments and the suggestive views of the heart of Florence with the two most important museums in the world: Academy and Uffizi Galleries.

emerging from the sea foam and symbolizes the ideal of

the absolute masterpieces: "Primavera" and "Birth of Venus".The latter painting, the icon of the museum, represents the allegory of the birth of the goddess beauty as an expression of purity and spiritual quality, typical of the Renaissance Neoplatonic aesthetics. Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museums.

Morning: total immersion in the Academy Gallery and in the art of Michelangelo to know his most renowned work, the "David", and other important works of art such as ''I Prigioni'' and ''San Matteo'' and the " Palestrina

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Guided City Tour in Tuscany

unrivalled masterpiece of Romanesque art constructed

Guided City Tour in Tuscany

between the 11th and 12th centuries. Free time at your

Group Tours

disposal. Those who are interested can take a pleasant walk with our tour escort and reach Piazza deiCavalieri, where you can admire the historic ScuolaNormale, one of the most famousuniversities in the world.

Siena and San Gimignano Low Cost-round Trip with Hostess aboard Round trip by bus to Siena and San Gimignano with hostess aboard. Free visit of Siena & San Gimignano.

Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Landscapes Tour

Pisa Low Cost-round Trip with Hostess aboard

A beautiful excursion through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, with an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Upon arrival in Siena, a guided tour of the old city centre: walking along the small medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces and ending up at the Cathedral where you can visit the splendid interior including the LibreriaPiccolominiand the adjacent Museodell'OperaMetropolitana. The guided tour will conclude in the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful in the world, where you will find thePalazzo del Comune(exterior). Free time for lunch (not included). Departure for San Gimignanoa tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures; free time to discover this fascinating city. On the way back, through the ample coach windows, you will be able to admire the ancient medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls, still intact.

Round trip by bus to Pisa with hostess aboard. Free visit of the town.

Discovering Chianti Tour with Luxury Wine Tasting PM An excursion to one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany, known all over the world for its wineand its countrysideof unrivalled charm, where woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves, in a landscape dotted with Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castlesof rare beauty. This tour includes a visit to a site of particular historic and artistic interest in an ancient hamlet and to one of the most famous wine-growing estates, complete with a snack and tasting of its prestigious wines.The excursions take place in different areas of the Chianti Classico and Chianti Fiorentino wine districts

Pisa half day excursion PM A splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque

The Chianti Best Experience with Wine Tasting and Typical Dinner PMAll the enchantment of the Chianti - Wine tasting in a castle - Visit the scented vineyards in the provinces of Florence and Siena - Pop into the Medieval villages of Greve, Castellina, after

Tuscan countrysideto the historic university city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. Upon arrival in Pisa, guided walking tour ofPiazza deiMiracoli, with the celebratedLeaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other important monuments. This is followed by a visit to the interior of the Cathedral, an - 16 -


Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Guided City Tour in Tuscany

which relish the delights of a typical Chianti dinner in San Donato in Poggio

and the Piazza del Campo- site of the famous 600-yearold Paliohorse-race, to the spectacular Cathedral.During your free time, stroll through Siena at your own pace.A

Enjoy the charm of the Chianti countryside, one of the

short journey then takes us to a family run wine-farm in

most suggestive areas of Tuscany, renowned all over

the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Here we shall have

the world not only for its famous wine, but even for its

a delicious, traditional Tuscan lunch of fresh,

landscapes and vineyards, olive trees and cypresses

homemade products straight off the farm, including

surrounding churches, parishes, castles and villages

handmade pasta and homemade cured meats, salad

hidden among the hills.On your arrival at the castle your

and typical local cheese, all served with plenty of wine

will start your visit to some reception rooms, the garden

from the region: Vernaccia from San Gimignano, Chianti

and the historical cellar of the Farm where the famous

and Vin Santo (dessert wine). After lunch, departure for

barrels of Chianti Classicoare kept. After the visit a

San Gimignano, Unesco world heritage, famous for the

snack-tastingwith a selection of fine wineswill be

still intact mediaevaltown planning. It is often nicknamed

served.The trip moves on to Greve in Chiantiwith a stop

the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages"because its famous

in the historic square flanked by open galleries where

tall, narrow towers create a skyline that looks a bit like a

you can wander around the shops selling typical

modern city.Here you have free time to explore the town

products of the Chianti area.Then you will visit

centre, the charming craftsmen's shops along the

Castellina in Chianti, a characteristic ancient hamlet set

cobbled stone streets and small squares.From San

on a hill and nestled between stretches of vineyards and

Gimignano, we drive past hilltop hamlets, or little

olive groves. In the evening, we will reach San Donato

churches, scattered over some of the most beautiful and

in Poggio, an ancient settlement in a fortified castle

enchanting countryside. We finally wind down the

dating back to the eleventh century, which maintains

hillsides towards the coast, to Pisa, our last destination

part of its walls and a stunning Romanesque parish

for the day. Getting off the coach, we reach the Field of

church.In a characteristic Tavern in the magical

Miracles, a green grass field dominated by the dazzling

atmosphere of this small village,you will be served a

white buildings of the Cathedralor Duomo, theTower

typical Chianti Dinnerwith a rich menuand excellent

and the Baptistery - exquisite examples of Pisan

Chianti wine.

Romanesque architecture: the Leaning Toweris almost 56 meters tall (about 183 ft). It leans at about 4 degrees, making it one of the most famous and iconic buildings in the world.You are in one of the most renowned places in

Highlights of Tuscany Tour with Wine Tasting & Lunch Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Pisa Enjoy the rich history and the art of the most spellbinding sights in Tuscany in a single memorable day with a scrumptious lunch including wine tasting!

the world: revel in it, take creative photographs or wander off down the local streets.

Depart for Siena, driving through the lovely Chianti vineyards, getting there while the town is still immersed in early morning drowsiness; the perfect time of day to wander around the pedestrian-friendly heart of this beautiful hilltop town, drenched in history. Upon arrival in Siena our local guide will take you on a guided walking tour along the small medieval streets and squares, passing passing the oldest bank in the world, - 17 -


Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Guided City Tour in Florence

delightful town of Etruscan origin set on the hills overlooking Florence and the Arno Valley. The tour continues to the old city centre for a visit to the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce(exterior). A short walk through the historic streets of the heart of Florence brings you to the famous Piazza Signoria, where you can admire the imposingPalazzo Vecchio(exterior) and the beautiful Loggia del Lanzi. The tour continues with a guided tour of the famous Galleria degli Uffiziwhere you can admire the superb paintings of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio. End of the Tour inside the museum. The Uffizi Gallery is closed on Monday. Replaced with visit to the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio. Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

Guided City Tour in Florence Group Tours

Florence Guided City Tour AM with Accademia Gallery Piazzale Michelangelo, Duomo, Accademia Gallery

Florence Guided City Tour AM with Accademia Gallery and Lunch

Drive along the romantic VialedeiColli up to Piazzale Michelangelo: a stop to admire the wonderful panorama of the city, one of the most beautiful in the world. The tour will proceed by coach through the old city centre. Then walking guided visit of the outdoor Duomo complex: the Baptisterywith its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradisoand the visit of the Cathedralwith the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschiand Giotto's bell tower. A short walk through the historic streets of the heart of Florence brings you to the renowned Galleria dell'A ccademiawhere you can admire the famous David by Michelangeloand other works by the great artist. End of the tour inside the museum. The Academy Gallery is closed on Monday. Replaced with visit to the Bargello museum or the Medici Chapels. Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museum.

It is possible to book the morning City tourthat includes light lunch and drinksin ahistoric restaurantin the centre, following the guided tour, just a brief walk away, accompanied by our assistant. - see also description 1)

Florence Guided City Tour Full Day with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries Piazzale Michelangelo, Duomo, Accademia, Fiesole, S. Croce, Uffizi A remarkably valuable experience at a promotional price. An expert local Guide will be with you all day to show the city. This is the best way to know a place thanks to the comments of who lives the city every day

Florence Guided City Tour PM with Uffizi Gallery

and knows it like no one else. The history, the art, the culture of Florence explained in a fascinating way through the unforgettable panoramas of Piazzale

Fiesole, S.Croce, Uffizi Gallery

Michelangelo and Fiesole and by visiting the city, the old town and the famous Academy and Uffizi

A fine coach tour offering panoramic views of the unparalleled beauty of Florence, taking in Fiesole, a

Galleries.Morning:Drive along the romantic VialedeiColli up to Piazzale Michelangelo: a stop to admire the - 18 -


Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Guided City Tour in Florence

wonderful panorama of the city, one of the most beautiful in the world. The tour will proceed by coach through the old city centre. Outdoor guided tour of the Duomo complex: the Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso and the visit of the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi and Giotto's bell tower. A short walk through the historic streets of the heart of Florence brings you to the renowned Galleria dell'Accademia where you can admire the famous David by Michelangelo and other works by the great artist. End of the morning tour inside the museum.Afternoon:A fine coach tour offering panoramic views of the unparalleled beauty of Florence, taking in Fiesole, a delightful town of Etruscan origin set on the hills overlooking Florence and the Arno Valley. The tour continues to the old city centre for a visit to the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce (outdoor) where we can admire the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Rossini among others. A short walk through the historic streets of the heart of Florence brings you to the famous Piazza Signoria, where you can admire the imposing Palazzo Vecchio (exterior) and the beautiful Loggia del Lanzi. The tour continues with a guided tour of the famous Galleria degli Uffizi where you can admire the superb paintings of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio. End of the Tour inside the museum. The Academy Gallery is closed on Monday. Replaced with visit to the Bargello museum or the Medici Chapels. The Uffizi Gallery is closed on Monday. Replaced with visit to the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio. Earphones for a minimum of 15 pax at the Museums.

Florence Guided City Tour Full Day with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Lunch If you have a whole day free, we recommend that you take the complete guided tour of the city (morning + afternoon). Available at a promotional price, it also includes alunch with drinks in atypical old restaurant in the city centre, accompanied by our assistant.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Tuscan Cooking Courses in Florence

Tuscan Cooking Courses in Florence

Tuscan Handmade Pasta & Dessert Cooking Course with Lunch AM

Group Courses

On this course you can learn to make your own real fresh pasta following ancient Italian traditions using flour, eggs and other ingredients. Under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef, you will learn how to make pasta, both using a rolling pin and a pasta machine. You will make three different types of pasta with three different sauces and a typical Italian dessert. The course will be followed by lunch with the dishes you have prepared, accompanied by a good Tuscan wine and a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Tuscan Cooking Course with Dinner PM On this course you can learn to cook aclassic Tuscan meal. In a top class cookery school you will be able to make a four-course meal(starter, first course, second course and dessert) under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef. The course will be followed by dinnerwith the dishes you have prepared, accompanied by a good Tuscan wineand a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Tuscan Cooking Course with Visit to the Market and Lunch AM On this course you can learn to cook a typical everyday Tuscan meal, starting off by choosing the ingredients in season. Under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef, you will visit the historic San Lorenzo central market, where you will select the ingredients that you will then use to prepare a four-course meal (starter, first course, second courseand dessert) in a top class cookery school. The course will be followed by lunch with thedishes you have prepared, accompanied by agood Tuscan wineand a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Outlet Shopping Tours From Florence

Outlet Shopping Tours From Florence Group Tours

Gucci and Prada Luxury Outlets Shopping Tour This tour takes you to the outlets of the most prestigious designer labels in the Italian Fashion, renowned throughout the world as expression of style, refinement, and luxury. The outlets will allow you to buy with solid 30% to 50% discounts. During a comfortable trip on luxury, air-conditioned coaches, you will enjoy the beautiful landscape offered by the Arno Valley. Departure from Florence to reach the Prada outlet. Stop of about 1h30, then departure to reach the famous center The Mall(stop 2h45 approx.) where you can find prestigious high fashion companies including: Gucci Giorgio Armani - Fendi - Ferragamo - Valentino - Zegna - BottegaVeneta - Sergio Rossi -LoroPiana, etc. The pleasant CafĂŠ in the Center offers the chance of a snack (not included).

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Accademia Gallery

Accademia Gallery Museum

The Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David which was transferred here, to the specially designed tribune, from Piazza della Signoria in 1873. In the adjacent rooms, which were part of two former convents, important works of art were collected here in the 19th century from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents. The holdings comprise mostly religious paintings by major artists working in and around Florence between the mid-13th and the late 16th centuries. The collection is especially important for its gold-ground paintings. In the first floor rooms is a sequence of splendid lategothic polyptychs, complete in all their parts. There is also a collection of sculptures in plaster by the 19thcentury sculptors Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni, besides a section of Russian icons. Recently the Gallery has been further enriched by the important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Museum of Musical Instruments. OPENING TIME: Tuesday-Sunday: 8.15 - 18.50

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Boboli Gardens

Boboli Gardens Gardens

Rising behind the Pitti Palace are the beautiful Boboli Gardens. They were originally designed for the Medici and are one of the earliest examples of the Italian Garden which later inspired those of many European courts. The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court and to enjoy the experience of a garden which continues to renew its natural cycle in keeping with the tradition of its past.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / National Museum of Bargello

National Museum of Bargello Museum

The Museum has a remarkable collection of sculpture and works of art. It occupies an impressive building built for the Capitano del Popolo in the mid-13th century, which later became the seat of the PodestĂ and Council of Justice. Since 1865 the palazzo houses the National Museum, bringing together many important Renaissance sculptures, including masterpieces by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo and Cellini. The museum was subsequently enriched with splendid collections of bronzes, majolica, waxes, enamels, medals, seals, ivories, amber, tapestries, furniture and textiles from the Medici collections and those of private donors.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Palatine Gallery

Palatine Gallery Museum

The Palatine Gallery occupies the whole left wing of the first floor of the Pitti Palace, which was the residence of the Medici grand-dukes. In 1828, when Tuscany came under the rule of the Lorraine family, the most important paintings in the Palace, most of which had been collected by the Medici, were hung in the Gallery. It is an impressive collection comprising works by Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Rubens, Pietro da Cortona and other Italian and European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The paintings, which are sumptuously framed, cover the walls of the rooms in the style of traditional 17th-century picture galleries. The way they are hung and the rich plaster and fresco decoration of the suite of six rooms overlooking the piazza give the Gallery its particular fascination. From the Palatine Gallery the visit continues through the Royal Apartments. They consist of fourteen magnificent rooms which were the home of the Medici and Lorraine grand-ducal families and, from 1865, of the king of Italy.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Pisa Tower

- Museum entrance rules: You must be at the museum 30 minutes before your scheduled entrance time to redeem your tickets - Your reservation vouchers will be delivered to you only after we process your request and confirm the reservation. At a minimum it takes from 1 to 2 business days to process your request - You will receive your vouchers by fax or e-mail if you will be leaving home too soon for the vouchers to be shipped. - For security reasons, children under 8 years are not allowed to access the Leaning Tower. - The Tower of Pisa requires that the reservation be confirmed with the passport number of the reservation holder. The passport (number) that you will indicate must be presented as identification to pick-up the tickets. Failure to present the passport at the Tower of Pisa box office may result in denial of the tickets - The visit will last about 30 minutes on the whole and the tourists will be led by the staff

Pisa Tower Monument

The Tower of Pisa is the bell tower of the Cathedral. Its construction began in the august of 1173 and continued (with two long interruptions) for about two hundred years, in full fidelity to the original project, whose architect is still uncertain. In the past it was widely believed that the inclination of the Tower was part of the project ever since its beginning, but now we know that it is not so. The Tower was designed to be "vertical" (and even if it did not lean it would still be one of the most remarkable bell towers in Europe), and started to incline during its construction. Both because of its inclination, and its beauty, from 1173 up to the present the Tower has been the object of very special attention. During its construction efforts were made to halt the incipient inclination through the use of special construction devices; later colums and other damaged parts were substituted in more than one occasion; today, interventions are being carried out within the sub-soil in order to significantly reduce the inclination and to make sure that Tower will have a long life. In all this story it is possible to find a meaningful constant, the "genetic code" of the Tower: its continual interaction with the soil on which it was built. Today's works for the safeguard and the conservation of the Tower with very advanced methodologies are designed to fully respect this constant. NOTES: - Reservation requests must be placed at least 18 days in advance. - Last Admission: 5:30PM - 26 -


Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Silver Museum

Silver Museum Museum

The Museum houses an extraordinarily rich collection of precious objects, many of which were commissioned by members of the Medici family. The works of art range from Florentine workmanship to other schools and countries and include rock crystal vases and works in pietre dure (semi-precious stones), ivory, gems, cameos, silver, carpets, clocks and chinoiserie. The Museum is situated in the left wing of the Pitti Palace on the ground floor and in the first mezzanine. The state rooms, which formed part of the grand-ducal summer apartment, are decorated with important 17th-century frescoes.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / The Costume Gallery

The Costume Gallery Museum

The Costume Gallery occupies the 18th-century Palazzina della Meridiana, a wing of the Pitti Palace overlooking the Boboli Gardens. The collection comprises six thousand items including costumes dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries, theatre costumes and accessories. It is the only museum of the history of fashion in Italy and one of the most important in the world. A selection is exhibited in rotation every two years. There are frequent special exhibitions devoted to particular aspects of the collection.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / The Gallery of Modern Art

The Gallery of Modern Art Museum

Rising behind the Pitti Palace are the beautiful Boboli Gardens. They were originally designed for the Medici and are one of the earliest examples of the Italian Garden which later inspired those of many European courts. The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court and to enjoy the experience of a garden which continues to renew its natural cycle in keeping with the tradition of its past.

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Sightseeing - Excursions in Florence and Tuscany / Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery Museum

This is one of the most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world. Its collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings comprises several universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time, including works by Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio. German, Dutch and Flemish masters are also well represented with important works by D端rer, Rembrandt and Rubens. The Uffizi Gallery occupies the top floor of the large building erected by Giorgio Vasari between 1560 and 1580 to house the administrative offices of the Tuscan State. The Gallery was created by Grand-duke Francesco I and subsequently enriched by various members of the Medici family, who were great collectors of paintings, sculpture and works of art. The collection was rearranged and enlarged by the Lorraine Grand-dukes, who succeeded the Medici, and finally by the Italian State. The Uffizi buildings also house other important collections: the Contini Bonacossi Collection and the Collection of Prints and Drawings (Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi) Visits to the Vasarian Corridor. From 21 January to 30 April 2009 groups of a maximum of 20 persons can visit the Vasarian Corridor on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.00 and 11.30, and on Wednesday and Friday at 14.00 and 16.30. No more than five bookings can be made at a time. Meeting point: inside the Gallery, third corridor, at the entrance door to the Vasarian Corridor.

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