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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: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

2. 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.

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.

Uffizi Gallery: Ticket with Host

4. 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

5. 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.

Uffizi Gallery: Tour

6. 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

7. 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. 

From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and taste Chianti wines on a full-day trip from Florence. Visit Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena, and savor a traditional Tuscan lunch.  First, head to Pisa to marvel at the Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Cathedral, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue to a wine villa in the Chianti countryside. Enjoy a tour of the estate and learn about its history in the medieval chapel before your first tasting of Chianti Classico on the panoramic terrace. Next, relish a typical lunch accompanied by two of the estate's products, a "Riserva" and an IGP wine. After lunch, relax a while in the villa's luscious gardens before going to the medieval town of San Gimignano.  Then, follow the scenic roads to Siena for a tour of the city's monuments and piazzas. Visit Piazza del Campo — the site of the Palio di Siena horse race — and admire the cathedral's exterior in Piazza del Duomo. After some free time, return to Florence.

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.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entry Ticket

10. 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.

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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 .

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.

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.

English speaking guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic