Day 1 in Florence

Arrive at the train station in Florence and proceed to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy lunch at a nearby trattoria.

This afternoon we recommend that you purchase our optional tour 'Florence Half Day Sightseeing Tour' (afternoon), which will take you for a brief excursion to Fiesole, a delightful town of Etruscan origin and then return to the historic center for a visit to the Church of Santa Croce (outside view). Following a short walk through the historical streets in the heart of Florence to the famous Piazza della Signoria, where you can admire the imposing Palazzo Vecchio (exterior) and the beautiful Loggia dei Lanzi. The tour will then take you to the famous Uffizi Gallery where it is possible to admire the superb paintings of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue and Masaccio. After the tour, walk to the Ponte Vecchio which is connected to the Uffizi Gallery by the famous Vasari Corridor that links Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, it is Florence's most celebrated landmark! The bridge has connected the river banks exactly at this point since the 12th century!

This evening, head to the Oltrarno, (Across the Arno), it is the artisans' neighborhood, filled with quaint streets and wonderful shops and restaurants. The Oltrarno's lively tree-filled center, Piazza Santo Spirito, is unique unto itself. Lined with bars and a more bohemian style crowd, this is where you will find the locals.

Day 2 in Florence

This morning we recommend that you purchase our optional tour 'Florence Half Day Sightseeing Tour' (morning). On this tour you will be taken along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to the Piazzale Michelangelo to admire the wonderful panorama. The tour will proceed by coach through the old city center. Continue with an outdoor guided tour of the Duomo Complex: Giotto`s bell tower, the Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso, the Cathedral with its magnificent Cupola of Brunelleschi. A short walk through the historic streets in the heart of Florence will then bring you to the renowned Galleria dell`Accademia. Here you can admire the famous David by Michelangerlo and other works by the great artist.

This evening, head to Piazzale Michelangelo, a square overlooking the city from the first hill in the Oltrarno, if you want to enjoy a marvelous view over the city at sunset. Afterwards, visit the museum in Palazzo Vecchio at night and you will get a treat like you never imagined! No lines, no crowds, and a beautifully quiet view of some of the greatest masterpieces in the world! Plus, there is nothing like seeing all of the buildings and statues lit up in the night sky! Stop into Dolce Vita for a cocktail and a little aperitivo and enjoy a lovely tour of the city under the stars!

Day 3 in Florence

Today is a great day to experience Tuscany! Take a day trip to Cinque Terre or the Tuscan hilltowns to get a real feel for the region. We offer a number of day tours including 'Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Region Small Group Day Trip from Florence.' You will spend a wonderful day in the Tuscan countryside where woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves. You'll explore medieval streets and have free time for lunch (excluded) and shopping. Finally, you'll taste some of the best Tuscan wines with a little snack of sliced cold meats, bruschettas, salami and cheese.

We also recommend the optional tour 'Pisa and Lucca Day Trip from Florence' to see the famous Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other beautiful monuments with free time for photos and for lunch (not included) before departing for Lucca to admire its enchanting historical center. Before coming back to Florence there is time for tasting wine and extra virgin olive oil of local production.

More adventurous types may enjoy a change of pace with a Tuscanbike tour and foodies will delight in the many culinary tours on offer.Please check our optional tours for availability and pricing.

Additional Days in Florence

Visit the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens home today to several splendid museums such as the Palatine Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery, with the impressive Boboli Gardens as its backyard. Church of Santo Spirito built by Brunelleschi, the church stands tall over the square with its simple and yellow facade but hides many artistic treasures inside.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella where you can admire the recently renovated square with its beautiful Santa Maria Novella Church. The church`s facade in white and green marble was designed by Leon Battista Alberti while the stunning Tornabuoni Chapel inside has frescoes by Ghirlandaio - a must see!

In Piazza San Lorenzo, visit the San Lorenzo Church, the church with its unfinished facade where the Medici family worshipped, and visit the majestic Medici Chapels, final resting place for the Medici dynasty where you`ll find beautiful marble statues by Michelangelo in the New Sacristy.

Take a day trip to Cinque Terre or the Tuscan Hilltowns (Look through our activities for a number of full day tours to Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, etc).

Your Last Day in Florence

Depart your hotel for the airport for your return home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer, if so a representative will meet you at the hotel, in time to take you to the airport for your flight out.