Tuscany For first-time visitors

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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.

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

2. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

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.

Accademia Gallery: Tour

6. Accademia Gallery: Tour

Join a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery and discover the most amazing artwork of the Renaissance, including the magnificent statue of David by Michelangelo. After skipping the long ticket lines, you’ll enter the gallery and begin your experience with a visit to the Medici family’s collection of musical instruments. Admire the most expensive Stradivarius in the world, as well as other unique instruments. Continue to see the Prisoners and San Matteo by Michelangelo, then marvel at the artist’s most iconic sculpture, David. Learn about this statue’s creation and the complex history of the piece of marble that Michelangelo used to sculpt his masterpiece. Finally, see the plasters of Lorenzo Bartolini before ending your tour by taking in the beautiful collection of paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other noteworthy artists from the 16th century. During your tour, you'll also discover lesser-known parts of this world-famous museum. 

Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

7. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

Step inside Florence's Pitti Palace and explore the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art with your priority ticket. Marvel at historic collections, such as the Treasury of the Grand Dukes and the Medici Collection. The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Today, the lavish Renaissance palace hosts an extraordinary collection of art.  Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens.  Explore some of the most important museums in Florence on your visit to the Pitti Palace. Visit the Palatine Gallery on the first floor and discover a broad collection of 16th and 17th-century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. Then, head to the second floor to see the Gallery of Modern Art and admire the fine collection of paintings and sculptures, mostly Italian, dating from the late 18th century to World War I. The elegant rooms, which were inhabited by the Lorraine grand dukes, are decorated with works of the neo-classical and romantic periods.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

8. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

Palazzo Vecchio is the heart of Florence. Built in 1299 to house the leaders of the medieval city it is the symbol of the city’s history. The golden age of Palazzo Vecchio began when the Medici family decided to turn it into a real palace, making it the family residence. During your visit, you’ll be able to admire the architecture of the palazzo, and its sculptures and paintings, and learn about its rich and complex history over the centuries. Your visit to the Palazzo Vecchio will be enhanced with a multimedia guide in the form of a 7-inch tablet that provides fascinating audio-video narration with images in high definition and spectacular 3D re-creations. Upgrade your experience to include Arnolfo's Tower, and enjoy the fantastic views from the tower's summit. Visit the tower first, then head to the museum 1 hour later.

Florence: Museo Galileo Entry Ticket

9. Florence: Museo Galileo Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to Museo Galileo in Florence to experience one of the world's major collections of scientific instruments, a testament of the importance that the Medici and Lorraine Grand Dukes attached to scientific and artistic research. To get started, simply show your confirmation voucher at the museum the day of your visit. Come prepared to immediately start exploring the extraordinary figure of Galileo Galilei and the museum’s collections. Across its 18 thematic rooms, admire the scientific instruments from the Medici Collections which were first displayed in the Stanzino delle Matematiche (Mathematics Room) in the Uffizi Gallery. Visit the 11 rooms located on the first floor that are dedicated to the Medici Collections: quadrants, astrolabes, meridians, dials, compasses, armillary spheres, and real works of art made by famous Tuscan and European artists. Marvel at the museum’s exhibits of Galileo’s original instruments, including thermometers, microscopes, and meteorological instruments. Head to the second floor, with its 10 rooms and displays of beautiful instruments, mostly belonging to the Lorraine family, used for mechanical, electrostatic, and pneumatic applications. Other sections are dedicated to mechanical clocks, sextants, octans, pharmaceutical and chemical apparatus, weights, and measures.

Accademia Gallery: Ticket with Host

10. Accademia Gallery: Ticket with Host

Discover the genius of one of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo, through his numerous sculptures at the unmissable Accademia Gallery. Make the most of your visit to Florence with a skip-the-line ticket to the gallery. Enter the museum quickly and painlessly, and enjoy more time to appreciate the art. Inside, admire Michelangelo's David and see how his expression changes as you walk across the room. Marvel at the detail of this famous sculpture, chiseled from a single piece of marble. Find out for yourself why David has captivated generations the world over. David represents a biblical hero winning against Goliath, symbolizing the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city in the Medieval and Renaissance Period. In addition, experience other sculptures carved by Michelangelo such as "I Prigioni" (the Prisoners). These contorted bodies were meant for the tomb of Pope Julius II, but the tomb was never completed. Explore the museum further and see statues and paintings by other Renaissance artists such as Andrea Orcagna, Taddeo Gaddi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, and Sandro Botticelli. Make sure not to miss the hall dedicated to the collection of old musical instruments, home to a violin designed by Antonio Stradivarius.

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What people are saying about Tuscany

Our guides Chris & Ado were absolutely amazing! They were kind, knowledgeable and on top of everything! They kept track of each one of us and gave us great info and tips for each town we visited. You can tell these two have fun working together and are truly good people. Cinque Terre was beautiful. We opted out of the hike so we could have more time on the beach. The towns are colorful, picturesque and easy to explore. Lastly during the bus ride home our guides made the effort to talk to each of us to answer any questions we may have had. It was truly the best experience I’ve ever had with guides. I highly recommend this excursion.

The first winery was no i out t so good. Even if it is small then the place could be cleaner and neater. The second one Casa Emma is wonderful. Scenery is what we wanted to see and it’s there. The wines are good and cold cuts satisfying. The crown of the tour is the third one Poggio Torselli. The gardens is beautiful and small castle is restored wonderfully.

Awesome, highly recommend! The tour guides were both so amazing and generous, as well as very clear with instructions. Got to see all 5 towns and had enough time at each.

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

Great experience. Everything was good, easy to buy tickets, get inside quickly, skip the line