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Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

1. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for an overnight stay. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

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Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local

2. Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local

Meet your professional kid-friendly guide in Piazza Santa Croce (below the statue of Dante) and start a marvelous 2.5-hour experience through the streets and squares of Florence. Your guide will tell you secrets and interesting stories of the Renaissance. You will be visiting the city center from Piazza Santa Croce to Ponte Vecchio bridge without missing the beautiful Loggia in Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo from outside, the area of the Uffizi Gallery and then Palazzo Vecchio the center of the Government of Florence. The tour will then end with Piazza della Repubblica, St. Lorenzo Market and the Porcellino. Your guide will play games, activities, scavenger hunts and will entertain and engage the whole family!

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Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

3. Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

Your meeting point will be in Piazza Santa Croce, near the Santa Croce church where Michelangelo's tomb is situated. From there, start your walking tour through the city center, before making your first stop to Ponte Vecchio. After that you will arrive to the political center of Florence, Piazza della Signoria, which has an amazing Loggia in which you can admire marble and bronze statues created by Florentine artists from the 16th century. From there you can also see the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's top rated galleries, before you continue your walking tour to the old market, another vibrant city location. Following that, you will reach another famous Florence square, Piazza della Repubblica, where your expert tour guide will fascinate you with stories and anecdotes about life in Florence, as well as its history and culture. Your next stop will be the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, or as the locals know it, the Duomo (cathedral). This cathedral was the first of its kind in terms of dimension and structure, and is also a symbol of the Renaissance in Florence. Lead by your guide, you will learn some of the history and interesting facts about the cathedral. At the conclusion of your tour, you can relax and savor a typical lunch at San Lorenzo's market, where you can also walk around the folkloristic market stalls.

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Florence: Private Electric Bike Tour of Florence & the Hills

4. Florence: Private Electric Bike Tour of Florence & the Hills

Visit Florence and its wonderful hills, Fiesole and Piazzale Michelangelo, with an eco-friendly means of transportation. With little effort, aboard your electric bike. Follow your private tour leader and admire breathtaking views of Florence and its countryside. Stop at scenic spots to capture wonderful photos. Start from Via della Mosca and head to Fiesole, the town that rises on the hill immediately behind Florence. Make a stop at a farmhouse that produces organic products. Visit the farm, soak in the rural landscape and the Renaissance cloister. Savor a snack (not included) in the characteristic shop selling local products. Next, bike your way to Piazzale Michelangelo. Enjoy a wonderful view of Florence and the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte overlooking Piazzale Michelangelo. Descend into the center of Florence passing through the Lungarno. Hop off your bike to enter a wine bar with typical Chianti wines (tasting not included). As you navigate through the narrow streets and characteristic squares of Florence, admire monuments like Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Piazza della Signoria, the Cathedral with the Brunelleschi Dome, Giotto’s Campanile, the Baptistery with the Porta del Paradiso, the Basilica di Santa Croce and more. At the end of the tour, cool off with a delicious homemade Gelato at an ice cream shop in the center of Florence.

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What people are saying about Piazza di Santa Croce

Excellent experience! Our guide Guilia was passionate and engaging. She kept us all interested- the children of 7 and thirteen years old; the parents and the granny!

Great Guide! Exceptional with Children!

Kids loved the treasure hunt concept! The boys were particularly pleased that they won, against the adults! Gelato during the walk was a fantastic idea! Bravo!

giula was great making the morning a competition between our 3 girls (10,9,6) and us their parents. giula loves her job and that definitely shows in her tour.

had an excellent time. great knowledgeable guide and driver antonio is very professional. hotel and food at delfino-mestre should be improved.

Great way to see the historic centre of Florence, our guide, Giulia was really lovely with our kids