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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

2. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

Florence: Skip-The-Line Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

3. Florence: Skip-The-Line Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

Discover masterpieces of art at one of Italy's (and the world’s) greatest art museums, and enjoy skip-the-line entrance at the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Marvel at Italian Renaissance art by some of the greatest artists of all times. See paintings by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio, and others. Go to the gallery’s most renowned room to see the stunning collection by Botticelli. Admire his “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” and reflect upon his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. Escape the hassle and hurry of organized group tours, and explore at your own pace. You are free to stay inside the museum for as long as you like. To see more stunning art, add skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens to your tour by selecting the option. After visiting the Uffizi, visit the palace and gardens in any order within the next 5 days.

Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

4. Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

Discover world-famous paintings, sculptures, and tapestries with this timed entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery in Florence. See iconic pieces by Michelangelo like 'the Prisoners', 'St. Matthew' and the statue of David. View works by other famous masters like Bartolini.  Admire the 5.17-meter marble statue representing the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in Florentine art. The statue soon came to symbolize the defence of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family.    In the adjacent rooms, which were part of two former convents, important works of art are collected here from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents.  Recently the Gallery has been further enriched by the important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Department of Musical Instruments.

Uffizi Gallery: Tour

5. Uffizi Gallery: Tour

Enjoy skip-the-line entry and meet your guide for a tour of the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. Immerse yourself in the artistic heritage of Florence in a building constructed between 1560 and 1580 and designed by Giorgio Vasari.    Visit one of the most beautiful museums in the world with your expert guide. Hear the stories behind the main masterpieces in the gallery. Learn about the development of Italian art throughout the centuries. Marvel at well-known paintings by masters like Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and many others. Discover the secrets of the greatest paintings spanning from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Admire Botticelli's “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” reflecting on his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. After your tour, enjoy taking the time to explore the museum at your own pace.

Uffizi Gallery: Ticket with Host

6. Uffizi Gallery: Ticket with Host

Avoid the long wait on your visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with this skip-the-line ticket. Explore the expansive museum and its collection of up to 1,500 works of art. See famous Renaissance paintings such as Michelangelo’s "Doni Tondo" and Botticelli’s "Birth of Venus." Meet a staff member of the local partner to receive your fast-track entrance ticket and make your way through the mandatory security check. Enjoy the convenience of skipping both the ticket-buyers line and the ticket-pickup line. Then, explore one of Europe’s oldest museums. Take a journey through the history of art, from the Middle Ages through to the Italian Renaissance. Marvel at masterpieces such as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venice,” Caravaggio's "Medusa", and the only painting made on wood by Michelangelo. The gallery also boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorn the corridors. You'll also discover works of other protagonists of the Renaissance, such as Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, and many others.

Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

7. Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

Discover the beauty of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral during an exclusive adventure. Admire the 13th-century gothic church, a pearl of Florentine architecture and which now is considered the 4th biggest church in Europe. Enjoy unforgettable views and incredible stories of the 2nd largest Duomo in Italy. Walk up the historic 463 steps and marvel at the beautiful city of Florence from an entirely different perspective. See famous frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. Walk around the Santa Reparata Crypt and learn about the cathedral's history in the Museum of the Duomo. Climb at your own pace to the very top of the largest dome in the world built by Brunelleschi. Rest at the top, and take in one of the most amazing views of Florence. In the interior, marvel at the 16th-century frescos painted by Vasari and Zuccari.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entry Ticket

8. Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entry Ticket

Make the most of your time in Florence with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery. Admire one of the world's most famous sculptures, Michelangelo's David, and see some of the sculptor's other works. Skip the long lines and enter the gallery via a separate entrance. Your reserved ticket allows you to skip the ticket office and avoid the worry of whether or not tickets will be available. Visit the main hall to see Michelangelo's statue of David and learn more about his thoughts and ideas. You can also see other Renaissance masterpieces by masters like Bartolini, Giambologna, Di Cione, di Buonaguida, and Monaco. Last but not least, admire the plaster of Lorenzo Bartolini before concluding your visit with paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other notable 16th-century artists.

From Florence: Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

9. From Florence: Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

See 3 of the most important attractions in Florence on a guided tour of the Florence Cathedral, the Giotto bell-tower, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Skip the ticket line and marvel at the panoramic views of the city. Meet your guide and save precious time as you walk past the long line to enter the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Discover the golden age of Florence as you explore the city's most important landmark and the fourth-largest church in the world. Explore the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the remains of the old cathedral located beneath Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, learn about the work of some of the most remarkable gothic and renaissance masters that helped create the Florence Cathedral. Learn about the oldest and most venerated building in Florence, the Baptistery of St. John. Marvel at the stunning golden mosaics covering the internal dome and apses of the Baptistery. Finally, take the opportunity to climb to the highest point in Florence, walking up the 463 steps that lead to the very top of Brunelleschi's Dome. Pass between the double dome while admiring the finest architectural masterpiece built in the 15th century. Your effort will be rewarded when you reach the lantern of the dome, where you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Florence.

Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

10. Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

See notable features of the Duomo of Siena with the OPA SI fast-track entry pass. In addition to discovering the Cathedral of Siena, visit the Baptistery, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera, Oratory, and Facciatone viewpoint with one convenient ticket. Enter the Duomo and be amazed by its grand scale as you stroll along its stunning mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo, amongst many artworks which are dotted around the cathedral. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni within the Duomo to marvel at the splendid Baptismal Font. From here, head down into the Crypt, the underground quarters that remained hidden for more than seven centuries. Then, stroll through the Piccolomini Library and gaze up at the vibrant and colorful frescoes which adorn its walls. Admire the stunning work by Pinturicchio, which depicts ten episodes from the life of Pope Pius II. Access the Museo dell'Opera which houses a selection of archaeological fragments and artwork once part of the cathedral. See a variety of Gothic sculptures by Giovanni Pisano and paintings by Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Head into the Oratory of San Bernardino to admire the collection of the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, with its core at the upper oratory chapel. Discover a variety of Siennese paintings from between the 13th to the 18th century. Finish up your visit to the complex with a climb up to the Facciatone viewpoint. Be enchanted by the unforgettable view over the city of Siena and the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.                                                                                                                                        

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Increíble experience, our guide was very smart and knew a lot , she was making sure at all times that we were understanding and learning, she was passionate about teaching what she knows , a local that was very fluent in Spanish with all the terms it was truly impressive, I am bad at names so I can’t remember her name . I recommend to do this early in the morning as it gets very packed with people later on . I did climed all the way to the top of the Dome , for this make sure you eat and drink water you must be physically fit and be able to be in close up area with humidity and not much air , it was incredible to be up there but I am glad my mom didn’t go because ones you get in there is no way back you will have people behind you , I must say it was a hard climb .

This was a great excursion! Given the time we had, we were as able to site see on our own and have a nice lunch! The guide was friendly and helpful with precise information on how to get to the points of interest, and even gave us phone # should we need it. It was nice to visit Pisa. Bus ride was comfortable

Great tour guide very informative and engaging, would definitely recommend a guide to navigate the museum.

This was a great tour and it was a great way to see Siena!

English speaking guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic