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Florence

Florence lies on the Arno River and is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe and capital of Tuscany, unique and perfect place for lifetime memories to be captured. From 1865 to 1870 it was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.

Florence was first called Florentia and originally founded by Julius Caesar in the 1st century BC, is the capital city of the region of Tuscany and is indeed the most beautifully colourful, romantic and culturally attractive city renowned for its vast museums which contain some of Michelangelo's most famous works.

Historically, it has also been a world centre in terms of art, architecture, intellectualism, and birthplace of the Renaissance. The surrounding Tuscan countryside of Florence was the inspiration for many Florentine masterpieces and the vitality of this small city, the robustness of its cuisine, the enduring beauty of the richness of its treasures will always educate, exhilarate and dazzle those who visit.

Florence and the Renaissance
The surge in artistic, literary, and scientific investigation that occurred in Florence in the 14th-16th centuries was precipitated by Florentines' preoccupation with money and with the display of wealth and leisure. Added to this, the crises of the Catholic church (especially the controversy over the French Avignon Papacy and the Great Schism) along with the catastrophic effects of the Black Death were to lead to a re-evaluation of medieval values, resultant in a revisitation of those of classical antiquity. Florence benefited materially and culturally from this sea-change in social consciousness.

Hows the Food?

Florentine food grows out of a tradition of peasant eating rather than rarefied high cooking. The whole animal was traditionally eaten; various kinds of tripe, (trippa) and (lampredotto) were once regularly on the menu and still are sold at the remaining food carts stationed throughout the city. Antipasti include crostini toscani, sliced bread rounds topped with a chicken liver-based pâté, and sliced meats (mainly prosciutto and salami, often served with melon when in season). The typically saltless Tuscan bread frequently features in Florentine courses, especially in its famous soups, ribollita and pappa al pomodoro, both usually served with local olive oil, and in the salad of bread and fresh vegetables called panzanella that is served in summer. The most famous main course is the bistecca alla fiorentina, a huge steak of Chianina beef cooked over hot charcoal and served very rare with its more recently derived version, the tagliata, sliced rare beef served on a bed of arugula.

 

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Imagine yourself walking around Florence, the city of Renaissance, with an expert photographer making great pictures and visiting beautiful places while enjoying fabulous food and Italian culture.

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Day Tours to Florence from Rome

Historically, it has also been a world centre in terms of art, architecture, intellectualism, and birthplace of the Renaissance.

The surrounding Tuscan countryside of Florence was the inspiration for many Florentine masterpieces and the vitality of this small city, the robustness of its cuisine, the enduring beauty of the richness of its treasures will always educate, exhilarate and dazzle those who visit.

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Florence Ponte Vecchio

Day Trip to Florence

Escorted Group Tour

See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with Giotto’s Bell–tower and Baptistry, the Accademia with Michelangelo’s David (visit), and della Signoria’s Square and Palace.

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142€

Birthplace of the Renaissance

Departure: 7.15 am Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (Hotel pick Up 6:30am)
Duration: 13 hrs
Tour Code: F1D
Cost 142€pp

 

After leaving the agency, the tour will cross the city and take the Autostrada del Sole, northbound (major Italian highway). During the trip, some of the most beautiful Italian regions will be crossed: Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. Arrival in Florence at approximately 11.30 a.m.

The tour of the city will include the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with Giotto’s Bell–tower and Baptistry, the Academy with Michelangelo’s David (visit), della Signoria’s Square and Palace.

Lunch in a typical restaurant will follow.

In the afternoon the tour will proceed to Piazza Santa Croce. Free time at your disposal. The drive continues to Piazzale Michelangelo from where a magnificent view of this Renaissance city can beadmired, including Ponte Vecchio.

At approximately 5.00 p.m. departure for Rome. Arrival is scheduled for 8.30 pm, traffic permitting. Clients will be accompanied back to their hotels, or in the immediate vicinity.

Includes: transportation in a Deluxe Coach with air conditioning and a tour Guide, lunch, entrance tickets and assistance of our qualified personnel.

Excludes : Beverages and extras.

Florence River Arno

Florence in Style

Private Tour

Includes : English speaking tour guide • All transfers in air-conditioned bus • Tasting: 1 white wine. 2 red wines, 1 extra-virgin olive oil, Fresh oven-baked bread

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Florence for the Day

Duration Full Day

The first stop will be in the Piazzale Michelangelo, before arriving in Florence, to admire one of the most superb views of the city, nestling in the Arno valley and surrounded by the Chianti hills to the south and the Fiesole hills to the north; these hills are green and undulating dotted with small towns. View also the Monuments to Michelangelo (1875) with a bronze reproduction of the four statues depicting Day, Night, Dawn and Dusk, dominated by the statue of David, that stand proudly in this wide terrace.

Arriving in the city centre, visit first the Academia’s Gallery that exhibits art used by the Academy’s art instructors during the Renaissance to teach students. This is where you can see the famous Statue of David by Michelangelo, as well as other important Italian works of art known all over the world.

Visit the Uffizi Gallery, arguably the finest art gallery in the world, that displays a wide collection of Italian and foreign art dating from the middle Ages through the Renaissance and beyond. There are sketches, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and tapestries, by all the major Italian artists of those centuries, with a large,rare exhibition of self-portraits. Pass by the inspiring Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) built in the 14th century, and the fascinating church of Santa Croce (13th century, Gothic), containing the tombs of Michelangelo, Galilei, Alfieri, Machiavelli, Foscolo and other great men.

Take lunch in a fine local restaurant and, depending on time, experience the shopping malls of Florence in leisurely time.

Piazza del Duomo is the site of the principal places of religious interest: the Baptistry, a Romanesque building, built between 11th-12th century, with beautiful bronze doors (14th-15th century by A. Pisano and L. Ghiberti) and mosaics; the Giotto Bell Tower, built in 14th century; and the Duomo which is one of the world’s largest Cathedrals that boasts many works in various media by famous artists. It is as spectacular inside as it is on the outside. Brunelleschi began the design on the dome in the 15th century. Stroll through the stylish city streetsto arrive into the Piazza della Signoria, full of statues,where the Loggia della Signoria (14th century), decorated with 16th century statues, and the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace), built in the early 14th century, dominated by the Torre d'Arnolfo (94 m.), with an interesting Renaissance interior, are located.

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