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Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Cruise by iconic sights in Florence on an eco-friendly electric golf cart tour. Roll past sights like Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Listen to an audio guide as you go. Choose from 1-hour tour or a 1.5-hour tour that goes to Piazzale Michelangelo. Hop on an electronic golf cart head to Ponte Vecchio and cross the Ponte Santa Trinita Renaissance bridge over the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Marvel at the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi Dome. See one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance façade.  Arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions.

From Florence: Tuscan Countryside Tour on a Vespa

From Florence: Tuscan Countryside Tour on a Vespa

Explore the beautiful countryside of Tuscany on a vintage Vespa tour from Florence. Pass through the narrow streets to admire the pretty castles, villas, olive groves, and more. Take photos at the stops before tasting the region’s best prosciutto ad cheese accompanied by a glass of Chianti. Meet at the centrally located garage for your introduction to one of the perfectly restored Vintage Vespas. Your tour leader will fit you with a helmet and give you some basic instructions and safety information before setting off for this exhilarating ride through the countryside. Leave Florence in a small swarm of Vespas and head for the freedom of the hills, following the tour leader along the riverside and a tree-lined avenue to a famous viewpoint. After posing for photos with your Vespa and the amazing skyline of Florence, enjoy a bit of culture with a quick visit to one of Florence's oldest churches. Feeling more confident now with your Vespa, it's time for some more challenging roads as you leave the crowds and traffic behind and take to the narrow lanes between castles and villas, through ancient olive groves and vineyards. There are plenty of stops for photos and if two people are sharing a Vespa, there's plenty of chance to take turns. When it's time for a break, enjoy a magnificent view from a private terrace and sample some of Tuscany's best prosciutto and cheese with a glass of Chianti. Then be prepared to turn some heads as you ride expertly back into the city as you and your Vintage Vespa become one of the tourist sights of Florence.

Florence and Surroundings Vintage Fiat 500 Tour

Florence and Surroundings Vintage Fiat 500 Tour

Meet your beautifully restored vintage Fiat 500 at its home in a Florence garage, once the stables and coach house of a Florentine Palazzo. You will also meet your tour leader who will introduce you to the secrets of driving a car from the 1960's. Once you are confident with your Fiat 500, the tour begins. Following the tour leader, and in constant radio contact, you'll drive through the streets of Florence and in a short time, leave the city streets behind. You will take the cypress tree-lined avenue to climb high above the city for some amazing views. The first stop is at one of the oldest churches in Florence. There's time for a quick visit inside and a chance to take some great photos with you and your Fiat 500 with the wonderful backdrop of Florence. Then you'll set off for a panoramic drive into the hills with a radio commentary, along narrow stone walled lanes, past historic villas and fields of olive trees, making short stops to take photos of the wonderful landscape. If you have been riding shotgun, now is your chance to swap places with the driver and have your turn at the wheel. Next, you'll have the chance to sit on a private terrace with stunning long views across the Tuscan hills, dotted with villas and castles. You can soak up the scenery and sample some excellent Tuscan cheeses and ham, with a taste of Chianti wine. After more photo opportunities, it's time to start back to Florence, taking the most scenic route back to the city.

Florence: San Gimignano & Volterra Day Trip with Food & Wine

Florence: San Gimignano & Volterra Day Trip with Food & Wine

Meet your guide in Florence and hop on a comfortable minivan to reach Volterra to enjoy a guided walking tour and a mouth watering lunch in a typical restaurant. Visit local monuments and iconic attractions. Have the chance to see a Tuscan jewelry store and an Etruscan museum. Head next to San Gimignano to get a brief introduction to the city's history and its many beautiful towers. Stop at a popular gelato shop, winner of the world gelato championship, and order some for yourself from this master ice cream maker. After a guided walking tour, enjoy some free time to shop around the boutiques of the city center. On your way back to Florence, stop at a winery to enjoy the sunset over another wine tasting.

From Florence: Horse Ride and Wine Tour at Estate with Lunch

From Florence: Horse Ride and Wine Tour at Estate with Lunch

Meet your guide in Florence city center then be escorted by car to the riding center in the Southern Chianti hills, which is a 30-minute drive. During the drive, some details about the Tuscany landscape and the local wine and food economy will be explained by the guide. You are free to ask for more information about what you see along the road. Upon arrival at the horse court, you will be invited to sign the insurance forms or leave ydour personal data for insurance purposes. Helmets and possibly chaps and gloves will be lent to you. Then get on the saddle of an experienced, quiet, and reliable horse.  The ride outward will be preceded by the adjustment of the stirrups, straps, and reins and a short basic horseback riding lesson in the outdoor or indoor arena. One or two guides will escort you on a sweetly hilly country trail among vineyards and olive groves. Along the path, your horse companion will allow you to take unforgettable pictures of the breathtaking landscape that you will ride through.  Upon returning to the riding center, you will be escorted by car to a historic and scenic Tuscan estate for the wine tour. This includes a guided visit of the estate, its ancient cellars, and the vinsantaia. You will be served a light lunch with three award-winning wines and a typical Florence pasta dish. 

From Florence: Chianti Guided Tour with Tuscan Wine Tasting

From Florence: Chianti Guided Tour with Tuscan Wine Tasting

Visit 1 historical winery and 1 local family-run ones to learn about winemaking processes, from the cellar to the bottle. Taste their wines, paired with traditional Tuscan appetizers and extra-virgin olive oil. The rolling hills around and narrow streets create a magical atmosphere in this region. Continue to Greve in Chianti and admire its unique square. This is the capital of the Chianti Classico wine area. Visit the historical butcher shop to be overwhelmed by flavors while sampling their products. *Please note that during high season months the tour capacity might reach 16 people divided in 2 minivans.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

Travel to one of the most picturesque places in Italy and discover the scenic vistas and quaint villages along the Mediterranean coast. Hit the road from Florence in a comfortable car and explore the magical path with an English-speaking driver and guide. Be impressed by the uniqueness and variety of colors of Cinque Terre. Admire the perfectly preserved architecture and the stunning coastal and mountain trails of The Italian Riviera. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Admire the staggering beauty of the pretty little town and take in glorious panoramic views with your camera. Next, take a boat to Vernazza and be blown away by the magical atmosphere and breathtaking views. The prettiest of the Cinque Terre villages, Vernazza is also called the Cinque Terre jewel. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets and marvel at the closely packed, pastel-colored houses rising over the cobalt-blue sea. Enjoy the delicious traditional meal such as pasta al pesto and tastes of local fish at one of the local restaurants. Move on towards Monterosso, another charismatic attraction of Cinque Terre. Know about the history of the place from your experienced guide and enjoy some free time to explore the relaxing beaches, and local shops of the village. Head down to one of the many stunning beaches for a refreshing swim or stroll through the streets for a unique shopping experience in the typical “botteghe” of the village.

Tuscany: Leonardo da Vinci – Oil and Wine Discovery Tour

Tuscany: Leonardo da Vinci – Oil and Wine Discovery Tour

Embark on a journey that's a time travel with a sprinkle of da Vinci flair! We'll kick things off at the birthplace of the man himself, Leonardo da Vinci, and his museum of mind-boggling projects in Vinci. Get ready to dive into the world of organic olive oil with an exclusive tasting at a winery that's practically an Italian dream. Wait, there's more! A tasty lunch and a visit in the historic wine cellars that are as epic as da Vinci's sketches. Brace yourself for a wine-tasting bonanza featuring grapes that are practically Leonardo's offspring. Get ready for a blast from the past and a sprinkle of da Vinci magic! Quick tips: Dress comfy and weather-ready. Heels? Nah, leave them behind. We've got vineyards, cobblestones, and a bit of walking in store!

Florence: 2.5 hour Audio Guided Bike Tour led by Tour Leader

Florence: 2.5 hour Audio Guided Bike Tour led by Tour Leader

Focus on Florence – A photographic tour of Florence by bike Take a guided trip through the historical center of Florence to learn about this city of art and history and see and photograph some of its most compelling views on a 2-hour tour of more than 20 of its top attractions. Traveling by bicycle allows you to cover more of the city on this odyssey through Florence, visiting both well-known sites and hidden gems, and stopping at the best vantage points to take the perfect picture. The entire center of the city is a Unesco World Heritage Site and this eco-friendly tour departs from Piazza Santissima Annunziata, home of the National Archaeological Museum and Spedale degli Innocenti. Continue through aristocratic streets and stop at the Synagogue and the historic Flea Market. Pause for a photo in front of Santa Croce Church, a symbol of Florence, known for its stunning 14th-century frescoes. Leaving the Santa Croce district, you will pass the home of Michelangelo and cross over the Arno River via the famous Ponte Vecchio. Visit Porta San Niccolò, Pitti Palace, and the Santo Spirito Church, containing a crucifix carved by Michelangelo, before cycling back over the Arno to Piazza Signoria. Stop to catch your breath and snap a photo at the Neptune Fountain and the magnificent Medici Palazzo Vecchio. No trip to Florence is complete without seeing Piazza Repubblica and the extraordinary Duomo, the last stops of the 2.5-hour tour.

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The Vespa tour was THE highlight of our Florence trip. Chris was an amazing guide and we all had so much fun with him!! The garage the bus drops you off at is full of retro cars and classic Vespa’s. The Vespa’s itself ran perfectly and rode amazingly along the Tuscany country roads!! If you were not comfortable on the Vespa they accommodate you and allow you to ride in the guides old school retro fiat. This Vespa trip is highly recommended to those looking for a fun day in the country of Florence

Our Guide was friendly and knowledgeable with lots of interested facts he gave us a good feeling about the city. places we definitely wanted to visit and shared history of the walls and the characters that made Florence the city it is today! thank you - it was a lovely way to spend our first afternoon in Florence!

Our guide Olga was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional and gave us a lot of information on the history of Venice and the Medici and Pitti families. We stopped and went inside the church were Botocelli has his tomb . it is a beautiful church inside. The took approx 1.45 mins. We were happy with our tour.

Fabio was entertaining, knowledgeable and passionate. This was the highlight of our Florence trip. We are so glad we did this, it really accentuated our Italian experience.

It was pouring down rain but still a cool tour! Our guide even dropped us off at our air b and b which was not included!