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Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

1. Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

You will travel from Florence to Venice in a luxury coach and, once in the famed city, your full day exploration will begin. Following your tour leader into the heart of Venice, you will be amazed by the ornate detail of St. Mark’s Basilica standing tall in Piazza San Marco. After admiring the beauty of Piazza San Marco, make your way, at your own pace, to the Palazzo Ducale and see where Venice's powerful government once stood. As you discover the magic of Venice, it will be clear why it is loved by so many. Venice is built on water, so naturally, it is best viewed from a traditional Venetian boat, a gondola. As you float along the picturesque canals, you will be face to face with Venetian architecture and culture. A ride in a gondola (not included in price) is not to be missed. At the end of your day, meet your tour leader to head back to Florence.

Ferrara: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

2. Ferrara: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

Let's start from the Estense Castle, symbol of the city, from which we can admire Corso Ercole I d'Este, the road that connects the Castle to the north gate of the walls, crossing the Renaissance Addition commissioned from Ercole I d'Este and realized by the Ferrarese architect Biagio Rossetti. A dive into the beauty of Ferrara's Renaissance palaces and churches amidst the colors of the Unesco World Heritage city, you will arrive to the original Palazzo dei Diamanti in the heart of the Addizione Erculea, an urban expansion planned at the end of the 15th century. From the "historic crossroads" we continue towards the romantic Massari Park, characterized by the centuries-old cedars of Lebanon and the rich vegetation facing the University Botanical Garden. A few steps away, the nearby monumental complex of S.Cristoforo alla Certosa, transformed over time into a Monumental Cemetery, opens into the square in front, where the elegant arcades create a suggestive effect of recollection. Internal visit to the beautiful Renaissance church, an ancient temple of the Carthusian monks called to Ferrara by Duke Borso d'Este in the mid-15th century. The nearby historic Piazza Ariostea reminds us of the great poet with its statue towering over the central column and invites us, to end the visit, under the loggia that flanks the green area. It will be a journey through the beauty that arises from the harmonious and varied presence of monuments and views that never make it boring or obvious.

Medieval Ferrara and the Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

3. Medieval Ferrara and the Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Begin your fantastic walking tour in the courtyard of the Castello Estense. Learn about the rich history of the area and its landmarks from your professional local guide. Pass by the Frescobaldi Music Conservatory before making a stop at the mid-15th century S. Anna hospital cloister. Glimpse into the garden of the early 16th century Palazzo Roverella, before heading to the 18th century oval Theatre Square where the statue of the Ferrarese friar Savonarola lies. Walk between the archbishop's palace and the former Ducal Palace to the cathedral and town hall which features a beautiful brick laid square. Finish your exciting tour by visiting the medieval business lanes and the historic Jewish ghetto before ending in front of the intricate 15th century Italian Synagogue.

Ferrara: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

4. Ferrara: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

Discover the fascinating city of Ferrara on this 2-hour walking tour that will show you the highlights of this unique city. On your tour, you will see the interesting urban planning of this Renaissance city, which is the first city in Europe to have a modern layout still used to design cities today. Your tour starts with viewing the Renaissance Herculean addition and the inner courtyard of Palazzo dei Diamanti. While walking down Corso Ercole I D'Este, you will visit the inner courtyard of Estense Castle and then continue your stroll through Piazza Castello, Piazza Savonarola and Corso Martiri della Liberta.  Next, you will arrive at Piazza Cattedrale, which hosts the Romanesque-Gothic Saint George Cathedral. In front of the Cathedral, you will discover Piazza del Municipio, the inner courtyard of the former Ducal palace. On your walk through San Romano, you will see the old Medieval streets of Ferrara, some of which became the old Jewish Ghetto at the beginning of the 17th century. Join this fascinating tour of Ferrara to dive into the history of the city and learn what makes Ferrara so special!

Ferrara: Estense Castle Guided Tour

5. Ferrara: Estense Castle Guided Tour

On the first floor the ancient medieval halls and the evocative cannons' flight bring to the noble floor where you can admire the Oranges Garden, which overlooks the city's squares, the ducal chapel and the wide frescoed halls. In the final part of the tour there are the exhibitions dedicated to Ferrara's painter Giovanni Boldini and Giovanni Battista Crema. Ferrara's majestic icon, the Estense Castle is still today enclosed by the trench that recalls its ancient originis as a military fortress, then turned through time into the magnificent residence of the Ducal Court. Estense Castle's tour with a qualified tour guide will last around 1 and a half hour, starting every Saturday from 3.30 p.m. Meeting 30 minutes before the departure in the Castle's court, under the arcade. The entrance ticket to Estense Castle is not included, you'll have to pay it separately. A €1,00 discount per ticket will be applied, thanks to "Amici del Castello" discount. MUSEUM ENTRANCE PRICES Full price ticket: €12,00 Reduced-price ticket: € 10.00 (minors between 13 and 18 years old, over 65 years old, at least 15 persons groups, university students with a university course enrollment badge, full price ticket or reduced-price ticket owners for one of the exhibitions by Fondazione Ferrara Arte, Coop Alleanza associates, FAI associates) Free ticket: minors under 13 years old; a minor, aging between 6 and 18 years old, per paying adult; tour guides, tour leaders, environmental and tourist guides, interpreters and teachers practising theri professional acitivity; differently-abled people and their guides; journalists and freelances with badge; visitors who enter the Castle on theri birthday or, in case the museum was closed, on the next opening day, students enrolled in the first year of one of University of Ferrara courses who show their badge.

Ferrara: Private City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

6. Ferrara: Private City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

The tour will start at the staris inside the ancient court yard of the Estense Ducal Palace - Piazza Municipio 2 - and move to the Cathedral, the Castle, the Theatre's Rotonda Foschini, the Renaissance Palazzo dei Diamanti, followed by the shady 15th c. city Walls, the Carthusian monastery, the Palio square Piazza Ariostea and finally take you to the former Jewish ghetto back to the Medieval town. On the monumental corso Ercole d'Este you will enjoy the inner roofed square of the former Palazzo Borsa, the terracotta fassade of Palazzo Gulinelli and Palazzo Giulio. You will pass the imaginary "Garden of the Finzi Continis" and the University Botanic Garden, enter the peaceful green of via della Certosa and ride through a city farm.

Guided tasting of local wines

7. Guided tasting of local wines

Book a guided tasting of local wines! A rundown of 3 wines of excellence awaits you accompanied by a small tasting of salami and cheeses from our region. All guided by a sommelier dedicated to you. You can also expand your path with other typical dishes of Ferrara, Ferrarese craft pastry such as Cappellacci and Tortellini or expand the tasting with many national and foreign wines by choosing from over 300 bottles

Ferrara: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Ferrara: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

A private tour to discover all the historical and artistic aspects of Ferrara. On this private tour you will see the Renaissance wonders, the Roman-Gothic Cathedral, the splendid Castello Estense and much more. Considered one of the most beautiful Renaissance cities in Italy, Ferrara is recognised by Unesco for its rich architectural heritage. With this private, guided tour, you will be accompanied by our certified guide to discover this magnificent city, a must-see for all those who love art, culture, nature and good food. The itinerary begins with a visit to the Palazzo Diamanti and the large green spaces of the Addizione Erculea, the heart of the Renaissance city. Here, you will be guided through the history of the Estensi family, the family that paved the way for the Renaissance in Emilia Romagna. You will then proceed with a visit to the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, passing through the courtyard of honour of the Palazzo Marchionale, and on to the Castello Estense. The visit concludes with the picturesque Via delle Volte and the Jewish ghetto.

Ferrara: Home Dining Experience with Show Cooking

9. Ferrara: Home Dining Experience with Show Cooking

There's no better way to discover Italy's culture from the inside. Our national network of expert Italian home cooks offers the finest Italian food experiences. Immerse yourself in a private dining experience with an Italian family with a 4-course menu (starter, pasta, main course and dessert with drinks included: water, selection of local wines and coffee) showcasing authentic Italian recipes passed down by real Italian Mammas in family cookbooks. Enjoy a cooking demonstration, where your host will show you their cooking skills as they finish the dishes in front of you. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality by connecting with local people. You'll come away with happy memories, new friends, and a deeper understanding of your destination, as you taste the typical dishes that real Italians cook every day. This experience is held by Cesarine, the oldest Italy’s network of home cooks available all over the country. The word "Cesarine" means "home cook". Our network of passionate and welcoming local hosts open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences. The Cesarine serve only local specialties from their family cookbooks to tell the great story of their traditional regional cuisine.

Transfer between Florence and Venice with Sightseeing Stops

10. Transfer between Florence and Venice with Sightseeing Stops

Choose this ideal way to transfer between the popular Italian destinations of Florence and Venice. Travel at a pace that ensures an enjoyable journey through scenic landscapes and discover another corner of Italy on the way. On this 6-hour transfer you’ll travel by deluxe car or van with a professional English-speaking driver/guide. You’ll get helpful insights on the places you decide to visit. You can visit any point of interest along the way, with up to a 3-hour stop. Some of the suggested stops on this transfer are Bologna, Ferrara, Padova, or Ravenna. All of these popular cities are appealing for their history, culture, and culinary offerings. There will be time for lunch at local restaurant before continuing on to your final destination. The transfer can begin at either Florence or Venice and the service is door-to-door.

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based on 45 reviews

Our tour with Stephanie was amazing. She was a treasure trove of information about Bologna’s Jewish community, past and present. The tour was two hours and while we were becoming knackered (my husband was pushing me in a wheelchair over the ever present cobblestones) I felt she could have spent at least another hour or two with us giving us more and more fascinating history of the Jewish presence in Bologna over the centuries. An exceptional experience!!! Highly, highly recommend Stephanie!

The guide, the transportation, the attention, the information, everything was incredible. Obviously you don't know Venice in a day but it has been a wonderful express experience that I will undoubtedly recommend to everyone. Civitatis Tours are excellent! ❤️

Excellent option for those who want to know Venice for a day. Adequate and punctual transfer, our excellent guide, very concerned about each tourist. You can pay for the gondola with the option to share it, so as not to lose that experience. Highly recommended!

Fabulous, food was delicious. Hosts Carla & Fabio welcomed us like family

Such a deep knowledge !!! Thank you for sharing it so generously with us