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Florence: Evening Food Tour

1. Florence: Evening Food Tour

You will meet your guide in the heart of the city and then quietly walk out of the crowd to step into the real Florentine atmosphere! Before crossing the river and discover the “Oltrarno” you will have the first food stop for a mouth-watering sample of cured meat and cheese. Continue walking across the bridge leading into the intimate atmosphere of Santo Spirito for the first beer sample at one of the best Italian craft beer locations in town, but please do not worry if you are not a beer lover, Italian wine or craft sodas will be available at each stop.  During your next food tasting stop you will visit the cutest local bakery shop for a “Cecina” sample: a delicious savory chickpea flour pan cake typical of the Tuscan culinary tradition. After the Cecina tasting you will have the opportunity to taste a very peculiar type of Pizza with its dough prepared without yeast, by using only sourdough that has been carefully prepared by the master pizzaiolo. This wonderful preparation goes perfectly with another Belgian style, but purely Italian-made, beer sample. Carry on and be prepared to stop at the most traditional Florentine Trattoria. This kind of restaurant is family run and serves homemade food on their menu. Your guide will select the day’s special for you and tell you a bit about Florentine food traditions and culture. Also, be ready to share the table with other clients as Italians do in trattorias. This afternoon tour will finish with a unique food and drink pairing: a chocolate cake paring with a stout style beer. Don’t wrinkle your nose if it’s your first time trying this combination: you will be surprised by this amazing experience! 

The Best of Florence: A Family-Friendly Private Tour

2. The Best of Florence: A Family-Friendly Private Tour

Florence is a city full of highlights and hidden gems, everywhere you walk has a story and a famous mastermind behind it. While this might sound interesting to you, what if you are traveling with your whole family? This family-friendly tour is the perfect solution. A friendly local guide is ready to take you and your family to see the best their city has to offer and they know the perfect ways to keep everyone entertained, especially your kids.  Start off at the perfect place to see the mix of highlights and hidden gems, the center and heart of Florence, Piazza della Repubblica. The place where everything started and where you’ll get an introduction into how Florence became the powerful center of the Renaissance. Then discover the pride of Florence, its beautiful cathedral with its dome that rises high, dominating the view of the city. Climb up the cathedral and enjoy a picture perfect view of Florence or wander through the museum inside, your friendly local can arrange everything you wish to visit and see.  Here’s the kid’s favorite part: a gelato stop. Try the best gelato in town while you immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere and conversation. Once their sweet tooth is satisfied, go on a fun paper decorating demonstration and get crafty. Afterwards, learn how a market got turned into a church and visit the Fontana del Porcellino. Then, head to Piazza della Signora, a hotspot for political events in Florence for centuries. For the last stop of the tour, head to Ponte Vecchio.

Florence: Electric Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

3. Florence: Electric Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

Cruise comfortably and effortlessly by electric bicycle, admiring the glorious juxtaposition of the rural Tuscan landscape with Florence's urban vibrancy. Cross the region's gorgeous hillside eventually arriving in the picturesque town of Fiesole for an insight into the relaxed, country lifestyle. Continue along peaceful archaic roads to a charming organic farm. Admire the harmonious scenery, Renaissance-era cloister, and even sample some of the produce (not included). Before heading back to where the tour started, a small Osteria will delight you with some wine, accompanied by a taste of Florentine food.

Florence: Family Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

4. Florence: Family Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

Explore the history of one of the most elite families of the area, the Medici family. Learn how the incredible cultural movement of the Renaissance transformed not only Florence but eventually the rest of Europe. Use this information and useful tips to solve riddles.  Visit the Piazza Della Republica, the main square of Florence, which marks the center of the City. After a little talk about the history and the changes of the Piazza Republica, walk straight to the Piazza Della Duomo, which is a showstopper of Filippo Brunelleschi, Giotto, Arnolfo, and Francesco Talenti. Walk through old buildings and historical landmarks of Florence to Palazzo Vecchio, where the David’s’ sculpture by Michelangelo is placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. The original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia.  Afterward, walk past the Palazzo Vecchio and your guide will talk you through the Uffizi Gallery. This is one of the greatest museums in the world. Next, reach the most famous old bridge in Florence, known as Ponte Vecchio. Continue to Palazzo Pitti, the enormous palace with Florence's largest architectural monument of Filippo Brunelleschi. This was the former household of the Pitti Family and later of the Medici's. As you walk through the narrow roads of this ancient city, your guide will point out hidden treasures and tell you the curious secrets of the city. Finally, your guide will talk you through the artists, architects, thinkers, and political figures who led to the Renaissance. Make your final stop to La Strega Nocciola for a delicious gelato.

Florence: History Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Florence: History Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore Florence, an open-air museum that conserving about a third of the planet's art and home to the finest wine traditions. With a stroll around the Historical Center and a trip to a wine cellar, combine history and wine in one tour to discover the real flavors of the city. Uncover the fascinating stories behind legendary artworks like David by Michelangelo and Perseus by Cellini. Learn about the story of success, the rise and fall of the Medici Family. Follow the traces of the dynasty members through the labors of Renaissance masters like Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, among others. Hear about the history of monuments such as Palazzo Medici, the first Renaissance building in the world. Pass through Duomo Square which conserves the 4th biggest church in Europe, Santa Maria del Fiore with the world's largest dome. Enjoy the public artworks at Signoria Square with original sculptures dating back to the 1500s. Get a glimpse of Florentine Renaissance and keep your cameras ready. After a pleasant stroll around town, pop in one of the hidden treasures of Florence. Follow your guide to one of the finest wine cellars located in the very heart of Florence. Taste the flavors of the millennial wine traditions. Pair it with typical appetizers for a complete sensorial experience.

From Rome: Day Trip to Florence with Lunch

6. From Rome: Day Trip to Florence with Lunch

Depart Rome and relax on the journey to Florence. Upon arrival, explore the sights at your own pace, and see magnificent monuments from the Renaissance, such as Brunelleschi's majestic dome on top of the Duomo. Walk to Piazza della Signoria to look at the Renaissance sculptures in the popular square. Admire a copy of Michelangelo's “David” in the courtyards of Palazzo della Signoria, and get up close to the marble facades of the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile in Piazza del Duomo. Stroll along the banks of the River Arno and cross the covered Ponte Vecchio for some of the best views of Florence. Discover superb shopping at leather markets and stores selling Italian and international goods.

Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local

7. 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: Food Tour with Local Wine & Florentine Steak

8. Florence: Food Tour with Local Wine & Florentine Steak

Experience the Florentine food scene on an evening tour through the city's eateries. Begin your adventure at the famous Piazza Della Signoria. Marvel at the surrounding Renaissance sculptures, artworks, and outdoor galleries. Then it's time to follow your guide and dive into the Florentine food scene. First, visit a traditional food and wine bar, Via dei Neri, where you'll see plenty of panini shops lined up along with cheese and cured meats. Pick up a few bites of ribollita and bruschetta before dinner. Then head over to the colorful bridge by the Arno River. Formerly a market to sell local fish and meat, it is mainly occupied with jewelers nowadays. Stroll past the area until you reach the popular Oltrarno area. Stop by an old winery and sip some of their delicious wines paired with truffles, olive oil, and cheese. This is a great opportunity to buy a bottle to share with friends and family. Move to the next spot where you'll enjoy a mouth-watering dinner with a plate of spaghetti alla carrettiera as a first course. Save some space for the second course, the famous Bistecca all Fiorentina, which is considered the best steak in the world. Finish your evening with a delicious biscotti dipped in dessert wine and receive recommendations from your tour guide to discover more delicious eateries.

Dine around Florence: An Evening Food and Wine Experience

9. Dine around Florence: An Evening Food and Wine Experience

Start your tour on the iconic Ponte Vecchio as you cross into the artisanal mecca of the Oltrarno neighborhood. Stopping at some favorite local haunts, sample Tuscan charcuterie, cheeses, and fresh-baked bread along with regional olive oils and balsamic vinegars. As you eat, your guide will explain why Florence has become recognized as one of the world capitals of good eating, even within Italy and how the region of Tuscany is able to produce such quality foods. Next you’ll cross the bustling plaza of Santo Spirito and head into an enoteca, or wine bar, where you’ll be able to sample three local wines, including one of the famous Super Tuscans, along with three types of crostini. In between the the artisans’ workshops that line Via Santo Spirito, pop into one of the famous bakeries in Florence for a snack, before sitting down at a local trattoria for the main event. Next you'll have the highlight of the evening. After two authentic starters tuck into the steak that is the culinary pride of every Florentine, the bistecca Fiorentina, a thick hunk of red meat that is every carnivore's dream. But the night isn’t quite over. First enjoy a glass of dessert wine with cookies (cantuccio), then pop over to a traditional gelateria in Florence to grab a cup of your favorite gelato, invented right here in Florence. Finally, all that’s left is a stroll back to the other side of the city to help all the food settle.

Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

10. Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

Begin your immersion into Florence with a small group walking and tasting tour. Admire the iconic sights of Florence and learn the historical and cultural significance from your guide. Work up an appetite and taste sweet pastries, wander the food market, and discover a famous local hotspot. Meet your guide at the Santa Maria Novella square and admire the homonymous Basilica, a true Renaissance masterpiece. Learn the history and the characters of Florence as you stroll through city alleys. Reach the Cathedral, a symbol of the city, and learn how Brunelleschi managed to build the big dome. Visit Signoria Square, surrounded by sculptures and artworks by Donatello, Cellini, Giambologna, and Michelangelo. Get ready for the first tasting at a local bakery, savor delightful parties ad Tuscan sweets that are impossible to find on your own. Walk towards the Arno river and contemplate the noble palaces and Ponte Vecchio. Next, explore the medieval district and Santa Croce church, which hosts the most important characters of Florence inside and an annual ancient history tournament. Pass through to the east side of the city and take in the bustling atmosphere as you browse the daily food market. Try different tastes of Florentine delicatessens and breathe the fresh aromas of local products. Stop last at a curious food shop, famous even to the locals. Chill out with a tasty glass of wine and a selection of Tuscan crostini or a treat of the day. Cin cin!

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What people are saying about Ponte Vecchio

We really enjoyed our small group tour and highly recommend it! Our guide Cristiano was amazing. We met him right outside the Accademia and walked right in. Cristiano did an awesome job providing background on Michelangelo, his life and his work. Many interesting details provided on David and also the other sculptures displayed at the Galleria dell'Accademia.

This was an excellent way to see the whole city in just a few hours and get an overall history lesson of the major things that happened there. Greta was a great guide; we were able to learn a lot. Great intro to the beautiful city.

Martina was such a pleasure to spend the morning with! The kids loved her and we had so much fun!

Laura very good and very nice, thank you for guiding us in the beautiful Florence

Annette was so nice and informative. We had a wonderful tour.