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Where: Tuscany
Duration: 4 Nights
Best For: Art, Architecture, Sightseeing, Food & Wine
Staying At: Centrally located 4 star hotel in Florence
Added Benefits: Private transfers, small group tours, free time for self-exploration of this magnificent city
Staying At: Palazzo Ricasoli
Club Hotel

With its iconic Renaissance masterpieces and stunning architecture, Florence is rightly one of the most-visited cities in Italy. You will not only enjoy being in the heart of this fascinating city but also able to discover the hidden corners at your own leisure.

Just a few tips for your fascinating Florence experience to add to your diary:

The Cathedral Within a Cathedral under Florence’s Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore)
Brunelleschi’s iconic orange dome is the undisputed symbol of the city and for centuries, it has stood at the religious heart of the city of Florence with is glory and mystery as it is stil not know exactly how it was planned and built.  During the recent years we have been discovering some of the hidden parts of this amazing structure and in 1965, excavations under the floor of the present cathedral revealed spectacular mosaics, Roman architecture, and decorative panels built on a distinctive cathedral axis. These are the remains of Florence’s original cathedral, 

Santa Reparata, constructed when Florence was a Roman colony. This can be seen throughout famous Italian cities where many Renaissance Buildings were built over the original structure of the Roman churches, as one can see great examples in Verona and in other parts of Italy. This is an excellent opportunity to see Florence as it was before the Renaissance, and the site contains the tombs of the cathedral’s noble families and original bishops.

Seek out a secret garden space at the Giardino Bardini Originally a medieval garden that was restored by art collector Stefano Bardini in the early 1900s (his extensive art collection is housed in a museum just across the street), Giardino Bardini is a delightful escape from the ubiquity of stone and indoor visits to all that Renaissance art. While the Boboli Gardens are certainly better known to those visiting the Tuscan capital, the gardens offer a more intimate, manicured alternative. It features tiny grottos, quiet nooks, blooming flowers in the spring, and views like those at the tour-bus-filled Piazzale Michelangelo. Between April and October, the historic Kaffeehaus at the summit of the garden is a perfect spot for an afternoon espresso or to write your own literary tales from under the Tuscan sun.

Enjoy dinner and a concert at the Teatro del Sale A much-loved Florentine institution, Teatro del Sale is the hybrid creation of performer Maria Cassi and her husband, Fabio Picchi, chef-owner of the renowned Florence restaurant Cibrèo. Located in a former 14th-century convent, the members-only dining area/theatre space hosts performances nightly. A flurry of delectable dishes are also offered up canteen-style, often announced by the chef himself from the open kitchen. It is a warm and authentic Italian experience, one where music as diverse as jazz, tango, rock, and classical can be heard.

Day 1:

Arrival at Pisa Airport for your 4 nights’ break. Meet your private taxi for your transfer to your hotel. (see hotel options)
Arrival in Florence and hotel accommodation, check-in and relax. Enjoy this beautiful city at your own leisure.

Day 2:

Florence and walking tour  - Breakfast in the hotel. Meeting with the guide at the” meeting point” to start the walking tour. An excellent and complete tour dedicated to those who want to know the events and secrets of more than 2000 years of Florentine history, from its Roman origins until the palaces of the century XV, of the Ponte Vecchio trough the courtyard of Galleria Uffizi, to the marvel of the architecture of the cupola of Brunelleschi, that looks at the Battistero. You will discover the important role that Florence had in the history for architecture & art. At the end of the tour, continue enjoying the city at yor own pace or return to your hotel for relaxation. Evening at leisure.

Day 3:

Florence/ San Gimignano/ Siena/ Chianti/ Florence - Breakfast in the hotel. Meeting with the guide at the” meeting point”, departure by minibus for the visit of this beautiful region. The fascinating San Gimignano, the wine territory Chianti for splendour views of the hills and win-yards and the medieval city of Siena, an essential route for every Tuscan holiday with beautiful sites and flavours to indulge.
The first stop of our tour is San Gimignano, magnificent example of medieval city, declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city, marked by its famous characteristics throughout the world. You will have free time to visit every corner of the city, characterised by splendid squares, buildings and churches. Continue your tour to the splendid places of Classic Chianti. We will focus on a typical local wine cellar along with a delicious typical Tuscan lunch based on pasta, cold meats, bruschetta, cheeses, typical sweets (vegetarian menu on request). In the afternoon, the tour continues with the visit of Siena. Here our guides will take care of the group and do the city tour. Each participant will be delighted with the architectural styles of the cathedral and the building of the municipality in the square where the famous race of the pallium takes place. The tour ends with a visit to the magnificent fortress of Monteriggioni. Return to the meeting point in Florence..

Day 4:

Florence/ Pisa/ Florence - Breakfast in the hotel. Meeting with the guide at the” meeting point”. Excursion to Pisa, historical university city and famous in the world for its’ architectural beauties. An authorised guide of the city will accompany you during the external visit of the Leaning Tower and the Monumental Holy Field. The Duomo will be seen inside after the tour, some free time at your disposal.  Return to Florence.

Day 5:

Florence- Breakfast in the hotel. Depending on the timings of your flight transfer to the airport.

Where you will stay
4 nights B&B stay in a 4 star hotel in Florence at your choice below, or you have the option to have the hotel confirmed to you 7 days prior to departure. 
  • Palazzo Ricasoli 4*
  • Club Hotel 4* OR
  • Diplomat 4*
Transfers: Private Airport transfers ae included.
Flights are available from some of the UK Airports The package is based on Ryanair Stansted to Pisa flights inclusive of the1 x 20 kg in luggage (per couple) and standard pre-booked seats as well as priority boarding. For other departure airports please enquire. Supplement may apply to some departures depending on the cost of the flights available.
Please note that the above price is given as guidance only and may be higher or lower at the time of boking depending on the chosen departure date and the cost of the flights. Price is per person and based on two people sharing a room. The hotel name will be confirmed at the time of booking subject to availability. Program is flexible and can be arranged any time of the year for min 2 people subject to hotel and flight availability. For more details please enquire.
We can also arrange private excursion and alternative hotels for your preferred dates. For your bespoke holiday programme please email us or call for assistance.
City tax is not included, needs to be paid locally

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