When we arrive in Florence, you'll get a stunning panoramic view of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo, high on the hill. Then, head to Santa Croce Church, where Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini are all buried. After that, your driver will park in the Piazza del Duomo to survey the superb Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the second largest church in the world, and the Baptistery with its impressive bronze doors.
You are now in the middle of the pedestrian zone, only five minutes from one of the most sophisticated shopping areas in the world! And of course we'll stop by Piazza della Signoria, home of Palazzo Vecchio, and Ponte Vecchio, the famous 14th century bridge -- home of Florence's gold shops. Art lovers will be glad to know we can pre-book tickets for the Accademia and Uffizi galleries, enabling you to jump the line so you'll have time to sit down in a geniune trattoria and sample a bit of Tuscan cuisine!
Remember that our tours are custom; while we're happy to provide a framework based on the most requested highlights, we specialize in tailoring itineraries to include other places of your choosing (time permitting).
On the way back to port, we'll take you on a scenic drive through the rolling Chianti hills, lush with vineyards and olive orchards, and visit a charming Chianti winery for some world famous tastings!
Departures: 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Your English-speaking driver will not enter sites with you, but will give running commentaries of what you are seeing and make sure you have enough time to visit each site, taking you from point to point throughout the city. To give you an opportunity to explore each area on foot, your driver will orient you in the area, supply you with a map of Florence (with emergency phone numbers and a timetable for the churches and museums) and coordinate your rendezvous.
- The cost for the winery visit with tasting is included in the price of the tour.
- Tickets to the Accademia and the Uffizi are about 16.50€ per ticket per person. (NOTE: Both are closed on Mondays.) You will pay this fee in cash directly to the driver at the time of the tour. Please note that if you are making a last-minute booking, especially during the high season, we cannot guarantee that you will have tickets reserved. Pre-reserved tickets are non-refundable.
- Food, beverages, entrance fees, and gratuities are not included in the price of this tour.