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Basilica di San Miniato al Monte: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Guided Electric Bike Tour with Gelato

1. Florence: Guided Electric Bike Tour with Gelato

Admire Florence and its magnificent hills using new e-bikes that allow you to see a lot with little effort. Anyone who knows how to ride a bike can embark on a wonderful adventure aided by the convenience of this new technology. Enrich your experience with a guided tour and gelato stop. Spend 2 hours riding along bike lanes and streets and enjoying the best of the city and the countryside around Florence, with its stunning scenery and breathtaking views that will allow you to capture exceptional photos. From the city center, you can reach Fiesole Hill with a short ride along ancient and peaceful hill roads. Admire Florence from the top and breathe in the fresh air. Then you can proceed along the route that leads to the famous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can stop to admire the unforgettable panorama that encompasses the entire city. Climbing once again, admire the magnificent Romanesque basilica of San Miniato al Monte, before descending into the heart of the city along a short scenic route that leads to the Lungarno riverside streets. Make your way to the historic center, passing through the streets and splendid piazzas where all the emblematic monuments of the city can be found. Add to your experience by selecting the lunch option and enjoy a traditional 3-course meal at the end of your tour.

Florence: Private Electric Bike 2-Hour Tour of the Hills

2. Florence: Private Electric Bike 2-Hour Tour of the Hills

Meet your local guide and start the experience aboard your electric bike. Admire the Tuscan hills through typical country roads in an eco-friendly way. As you ride, enjoy an amazing view of Florence and the surrounding countryside with its olive trees, cypresses, and Renaissance Villas. Make a stop at the famous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo. The view captures the heart of Florence from Forte Belvedere to Santa Croce. Spot the bridges crossing the Arno, including the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello and the octagonal bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina. Continue your adventure towards the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte. Once there, enjoy an impressive view of Florence even higher up than the beautiful Piazzale Michelangelo. Take in panoramic views of the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio and overview the last standing parts of the medieval walls that once surrounded Florence. Finally, taste a delicious homemade gelato at the historic center.

Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

3. Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

Enjoy a full-day private shore excursion of Pisa and Florence from Livorno Port and discover the cradle of the Renaissance, one of the most important periods for art and architecture in history. Sit back and relax as you drive through the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. As you approach Florence, drive up the Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most impressive views of the city. Follow an uphill road, bordered by ancient walls, to Forte Belvedere, built by the Grand-Duke Ferdinand to protect his Medici villas. Enter the city via the Porta Romana to Pitti Palace, home to the Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Coach Museum, and Silver and Porcelain Museums, as well as the magnificent Boboli Gardens. The next stop is the Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by historical literary cafés. Following the Via De'Calzaiuoli, admire masterpieces of Renaissance architecture around the Duomo. Your driver is completely at your disposal and will be happy to take you to Piazza Santa Croce to visit the Santa Croce Church to see where many famous Italians are buried. Cross the elegant Ponte Vecchio, still home to gold and jewelry vendors. For shopping hounds and hungry souls, explore the stores and trattorias of the city center, and sample a scrumptious plate of pasta or grab a smart new leather jacket. The most important street for shopping is Via De' Tornabuoni, with designer boutiques like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Cartier, and much more. You can also discover local crafts in small workshops in the Santa Croce or Santo Spirito neighborhoods. Or practice your bargaining skills at the San Lorenzo outdoor market. In the afternoon, you will drive to Pisa and explore the gentle town as it recalls the days of the Pisan Republic. See the astonishing Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), home to the medieval Duomo, Baptistery, and legendary Leaning Tower.

Florence: City Tour with Climb to Piazzale Michelangelo

4. Florence: City Tour with Climb to Piazzale Michelangelo

Enjoy a walking tour which starts from the Ponte Vecchio and goes high above the city to the Piazzale Michelangelo. Take an active stroll through the city as you meet your professional guide and get ready to climb the hill. Head for the Piazzale Michelangelo, built in the nineteenth century as a tribute to the sculptor. The square features reproductions of his most important works, including the famous David. Take a look up close at the replica, without the stress or crowds of seeing the original. Continue your tour with a visit to the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, and a stunning rooftop view of Florence. You'll also visit the Cemetery of the Holy Doors, a monumental graveyard.

Private E-Bike Tour: Piazzale Michelangelo & Florence hills

5. Private E-Bike Tour: Piazzale Michelangelo & Florence hills

Starting from the city center of Florence, reach first Piazzale Michelangelo and the picturesque hills of Fiesole, where the serenity of the Tuscan countryside meets some of the most spectacular views over the city! Riding an e-bike is as easy as riding a traditional bicycle: thanks to the powerful engine, we can ride uphill with just a little effort. From the heart of Florence, follow your guide to cross all the neighborhoods of the city, far from the historical center and the most popular areas of the downtown: thanks to the bike paths, getting to the hills is easy-going. Once outside the town, the electric engine will help to deal with the Tuscan hills. Immerse yourself into the sound, the good smells and the colours 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, we can admire some of the most beautiful panoramic views over Florence. After the amazing view from Piazzale Michelangelo, turn by turn, we’ll reach Fiesole, a small Etruscan town that, from above, dominates the North side of the hills: a perfect frame to see how a small village of the IV Century BC combines its history with some of the most exclusive private villas around Florence. Once back you will enjoy the taste of a delicious florentine "gelato". Please note: the order of the visits may change

Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo Private Walking Tour

6. Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo Private Walking Tour

The tour starts from Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge. From the so-called Rampe del Poggi in the Oltrarno, you will start climbing up a hill and then continue to Piazzale Michelangelo for the breathtaking view of Florence.  Piazzale Michelangelo is a monument to Michelangelo, the most important Italian sculptor, and built in the 19th century by architect Giuseppe Poggi. See a copy of the David and hear interesting stories. The tour will end with a visit to the astonishing Romanesque church San Miniato al Monte, one of the jewel churches on the hills of Florence, not to be missed.

Shore excursion from Livorno to Florence and Pisa by minivan

7. Shore excursion from Livorno to Florence and Pisa by minivan

**Embark on an Enchanting Tuscan Expedition: Florence and Pisa Delights Await!** Get ready to be whisked away on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Tuscany, where every moment is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered. Our exclusive tour guarantees not only comfort but also an immersive experience that will leave you captivated. Your adventure commences in the lap of luxury, as you're chauffeured in a private, air-conditioned minivan by our charming English-speaking driver. Departing from your cruise ship, the enchanting city of Florence beckons, promising a day of awe-inspiring sights and cultural marvels. First, we unveil the grandeur of Florence from a vantage point that's nothing short of breathtaking: Piazzale Michelangelo. Immerse yourself in panoramic vistas that stretch as far as the eye can behold, capturing the essence of this Renaissance gem. As we wind through the picturesque streets, a glimpse of the majestic Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, an exemplar of Romanesque splendor, graces our path. The heart of Florence awaits your arrival, guided by a knowledgeable local expert. Behold the iconic landmarks that have stood the test of time, each whispering tales of artistic genius and historical grandeur. But that's just the beginning; the true essence of Florence unfurls as we step into the mesmerizing embrace of the Duomo Complex. The intricate marvels of the Cathedral, the sacred Baptistery, and the graceful Giotto’s Belltower paint a vivid tapestry of devotion and architectural prowess. Our sojourn culminates in the lively embrace of Signoria Square, where the Palazzo Vecchio reigns supreme, a testament to the city's enduring vitality. While lunch is an opportunity to savor Tuscan flavors at your leisure (not included in the package), the anticipation of what lies ahead adds an extra zest to the meal. Next on this journey of wonders, we venture to Pisa, a city renowned for its luminous monuments. At its heart stands the 11th-century Cathedral, a jewel of spiritual and artistic significance. The Baptistery and, of course, the world-renowned Leaning Tower form a triumvirate of architectural marvels that define Pisa's allure. Wander through the charming streets, with free time to embrace the city's enchantment before our departure. As the sun begins to set on this remarkable day, our minivan awaits to carry you back to Livorno. Relish the memories of an expedition that transcended the ordinary, leaving you with a treasure trove of moments to cherish. Prepare to be enthralled. Prepare to fall in love with Tuscany anew. Book your journey today and let the magic unfold!

Florence Golf Cart Tour - Half Day - Guided Tour

8. Florence Golf Cart Tour - Half Day - Guided Tour

Explore Florence with Our Certified Tour Guide on a 4-Hour Golf Cart Tour: Unveil the Elegance of Art and History Welcome to Florence, a city steeped in art, culture, and unparalleled beauty! Hop aboard our comfortable golf cart and let a certified tour guide lead you on an exhilarating journey through the heart of the Renaissance in Italy. Unforgettable Itinerary: Piazza della Repubblica: We kick off our tour at the vibrant Piazza della Repubblica, the pulsating center of the city. Admire the elegant architecture, sparkling fountains, and immerse yourself in the energy of Florence. Ponte Vecchio: Crossing the Arno River, we head to the famous Ponte Vecchio. Witness the jeweler's workshops that adorn the bridge and listen to the intriguing stories behind this Florentine icon. Palazzo Strozzi: An architectural gem, Palazzo Strozzi welcomes us with its magnificence. Discover the history of this Renaissance palace and admire its imposing façade. Piazza della Signoria: is an open-air museum, showcasing sculptures and artworks that narrate the city's history. Our guide will share captivating stories behind each masterpiece. The majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, famous for Brunelleschi's dome, will leave you breathless. Marvel at the Gothic grandeur of this iconic cathedral. Explore the splendid Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, an extraordinary example of religious art. Admire its frescoes and expansive spaces. An enchanting royal residence, Palazzo Pitti welcomes you with its gardens and art collections. We'll unfold the tales of the Medici family and their connection to Florence. One of Florence's most charming squares, Piazza Santa Croce is home to the famous basilica and monuments dedicated to great Italian artists and writers. We reach the most scenic viewpoint in Florence, Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can admire the city from above and capture breathtaking photographs. The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte overlooks Florence from the hill. Explore its beauty and revel in the panoramic view it offers of the city. One of Florence's oldest churches, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, houses important artistic treasures. Our guide will unveil hidden secrets. Immerse yourself in Florence's culinary heart at the Mercato Centrale. Discover authentic flavors and local delights as you soak in the daily life of Florentines. Piazza San Firenze: A charming square that narrates Florence's history through its architecture and unique ambiance. We conclude our tour in the fascinating Piazza Santo Spirito, in the Oltrarno district. Here, you'll have the opportunity to visit artisan workshops and uncover the authentic side of the city. Book Your Golf Cart Tour Today! Experience Florence in style and comfort, accompanied by the expert knowledge of our certified tour guide. Prepare to be captivated by the history, culture, and beauty of this unparalleled city. Book your tour today and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in Florence.

From Florence: Private Pinocchio History Tour

9. From Florence: Private Pinocchio History Tour

The Cat and the Fox, the adorable Blue Fairy, the terrible Fish-dog, the thoughtful Geppetto, not to mention the Talking Cricket; meet all these characters on a journey that will make both the young and old dream. Live Pinocchio's adventure with the help of a multi-lingual tour guide who will take you to key places in Florence and Tuscany. The morning will be dedicated to the rediscovery of some corners of Florence that have marked important moments in the life of Carlo Lorenzini, known to most by the pseudonym of Collodi. Visit the plaque marking his birthplace on via Taddea and the bronze statue representing the famous puppet before finally reaching the family chapel in the monumental cemetery of Porte Sante, where Lorenzini rests. Then, traveling in a comfortable minivan, head to the Tuscan hills where you will reach the village of Collodi. Be amazed by the beautiful garden of Villa Garzoni, a garden that Carlo himself helped to take care of and make prosper. After a stop for lunch, the guide will accompany you in your exploration of the Pinocchio Park. Hear some passages from the novel while walking the paths from which all the characters of the story emerge.

Florence: Arcetri Urban Hike

10. Florence: Arcetri Urban Hike

In the morning or at sunset, a tour of great scenic and historical interest around the Florentine hills of the Oltrarno. We will visit scenic and prestigious places such as Pian de Giullari and the hills of Arcetri, admire the famous Villa of Poggio Imperiale, the basilica of San Miniato a Monte, San Leonardo in Arcetri, Forte Belvedere and Costa San Giorgio for a unique tour of the city. In the evening version we will walk through streets where history meets nature, magical places that will give us magnificent glimpses of a Florence illuminated by the evening lights. The route starts from Piazza di Santa Maria Sopr'Arno and continues slightly uphill to the Pian de Giullari area, through a scenery dotted with historic residences surrounded by Mediterranean gardens. A stop is planned at Piazzale Michelangelo, from which there is a splendid view of the historic center. It is Florence's most famous panoramic terrace, a must-see destination for tourists visiting the city. We will admire the Renaissance monuments from a different perspective, enjoying views ranging from Brunelleschi's Duomo and Giotto's Tower to Ponte Vecchio, from the Civic Tower to the Arno River. We will continue with an off-the-beaten-path itinerary through magnificent villas, churches and historic parks strolling the ancient medieval streets used since the Middle Ages by pilgrims and merchants to discover hidden corners that tell the story of Florence and those who lived it, such as the Medici and Galileo Galilei. Additional information Length: 3,5/4 hours ab. Difficulty level: tourist Elevation gain: the route has a development of about 7 km, with a total elevation gain of about 150 meters uphill Characteristics: panoramic walk with cultural and naturalistic interests Dogs allowed The guide reserves the right to make changes to the excursion to ensure the safety of the group, or to cancel the excursion in case of bad weather and / or alert. Flexibility for other dates and times, morning-afternoon-evening, please contact us.

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based on 21 reviews

The tour with Viktoria is highly recommended. Her extensive historical knowledge was impressive and gave us a deep insight into the history of the city. The scenery and the view over the city was fantastic.

You need to be good on foot as it is a slow uphill walk to Piazzale Michelangelo. But manageable despite the heat and lack of athleticism: worthwhile, as it is very interesting and has a great view!

The tour with Victoria was very nice, incredibly interesting and informative. The time flew by, we would book again and again.

I gave this guided tour to my parents who were thrilled with the tour and the very kind girl who accompanied them.

It was a lot of fun and a nice change from exploring the area around Florence by bike.