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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.

Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

2. Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

Experience the tastes and aromas of Tuscany on this guided walking tour in Florence. Uncover curiosities and hidden corners that only Florentines know while trying a variety of food and drinks. Stroll through a local market and enjoy skip-the-line access to the All’Antico Vinaio sandwich shop. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and begin your tour from the heart of the city. Begin your gastronomic journey the Italian way, with a “caffè al bancone” (coffee at the counter) and a sweet local pastry.  Listen to historical anecdotes on the way to the Renaissance Loggia del Pesce fish market. Walk through the vibrant Sant’Ambrogio district and stop at an ancient market. Follow your guide through the market and watch as locals buy fresh meat, fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Try a variety of mouth-watering Tuscan food and Chianti wine. After leaving the Market, continue to a wine shop to try two Tuscan wines. Pass through narrow, charming streets on your way to where Michelangelo lived. Head to the Piazza Santa Croce square. Have the unique opportunity to taste the most renowned Schiacciata sandwich in the world, with skip-the-line entry to the famous sandwich shop All’Antico Vinaio. Make your way to Piazza Signoria with its magnificent statues with a stop for more Chianti before returning to your starting point. Finish your tour with a sweet surprise.

Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local

3. 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!

Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

4. 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.

Florence: Private E-Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

5. Florence: Private E-Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

Visit the hills surrounding Florence and Fiesole with an eco-friendly means of transportation. With little effort, aboard your electric bike and with your private tour guide, you can admire breathtaking views of Florence and its countryside and find particular glimpses for wonderful photos. From the heart of Florence, follow your guide through the neighborhoods of the city, far from the historical center and the most famous areas of downtown. With the bike paths, getting to the hills is easy-going. Once outside the city, the electric engine will help to deal with the Tuscan hills. Immerse yourself in the sounds, smells, and colors of the countryside, with secular cypresses, olive groves, and small vineyards hidden in the middle of the hills where Leonardo da Vinci used to come for his studies. From here, admire some of the most beautiful panoramic views over Florence. Turn by turn, reach Fiesole, a small Etruscan town that, from above, dominates the northside of the hills: a perfect frame to see how a small village combines its history with some of the most exclusive private villas around Florence. Before heading back to the starting point, visit a traditional osteria. Enjoy some local wine, accompanied by a small taste of typical Florentine food.

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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