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Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

1. Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

Learn how to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians! In this late afternoon class, your chef will introduce you to the history of these most delicious of Italian creations. With a professional pizza chef, you will bake a pizza called pizzaiolo. Learn how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, as well as the trick for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. Even if you bake pizza in your own oven, these techniques are universal and using them really makes a difference. Make your very own pizza - stretch it, sauce it, bake it, slice it. This will be the best pizza you ever tasted, and you made it yourself! After pizza, it’s time for gelato. Your chef will explain why gelato remains Italy's favorite dessert while giving an insight into the gelato culture that continues to grow. Learn about the raw ingredients used for bases and about principles for selecting the best products available. Then, enjoy a presentation and tasting of many of the flavors used in gelato making. You will learn about the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques and their effects on different ingredients. Discover the secrets of the world's most-loved dessert! This activity is strongly recommended for families that wish to teach their children about Italian culture. This easy and fun experience will last forever in your child's memory.

Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

2. Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 10 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 11 Libertà Stop 12 Donatello Stop 13 Beccaria Stop 14 Santa Croce Stop 15 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Ferrucci Stop 2 Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Porta San Frediano Stop 8 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 9 Piazza Indipendenza Line B (currently suspended) Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

3. Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes, and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court. The Grotta del Buontalenti is an artificial cave filled with false stalactites and stalagmites, with statues of sheep, shepherds, and Romans goddesses. The cave is located close to the entrance of the Boboli Garden and at the end of the Vasari Corridor. 

Florence: Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Florence: Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make your way to the Leonardo Interactive Museum in the heart of Florence, just steps from the Accademia Gallery, and discover a family-friendly exhibition guaranteed to stimulate your curiosity. Marvel at machines built to scale and according to Da Vinci's original designs. Learn about some of Leonardo’s major studies of anatomy and see high-resolution backlit replicas of his main paintings to explore his medical and artistic achievements. Organized into 4 sections - earth, water, air, and fire - the museum provides descriptions in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian for your convenience. Benefit from multimedia displays about the artist and inventor's extraordinary life and works.

Balloon Flight Over Tuscany: Florence

5. Balloon Flight Over Tuscany: Florence

Experience the magical feeling of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight from Florence. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, which is dependent on weather conditions and will be provided to you the day before your flight. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters). Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling scenery below. Each flight offers a different experience, as the balloons are directed by the breeze. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne and a breakfast with local products before the transfer shuttle back to your take-off site.

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

6. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

Livorno: Aquarium Entrance Ticket

7. Livorno: Aquarium Entrance Ticket

Spend the day exploring the Aquarium of Livorno which is located in a building with a strong historical, artistic and architectural value in the city and enjoys a splendid location, located on the seafront of Livorno within the Terrazza Mascagni.  On the ground floor, explore 33 different display tanks, an observation tunnel and a tactile pool. On the first floor, come into contact with a world of insects, amphibians and reptiles and admire the fascinating leaf-cutter ants. See the newly-arrived zebra sharks, the wonderful green tortoises, Napoleon fish, friendly little seahorses as well as a family of jellyfish.

Montecatini Terme: Thermal Pool Entrance Ticket

8. Montecatini Terme: Thermal Pool Entrance Ticket

Release the stress of traveling and relax in the waters of one of Italy's most renowned thermal water springs at the Montecatini Terme Thermal Pool. Enjoy access to an indoor thermal pool, fed by 33°C thermal water from the Leopoldina spring, where you can swim in the 100-meter lanes or enjoy a hydromassage from the hydrojets. Reap a range of health and wellness benefits, from skin improvement to increased muscle recovery.

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

9. 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 your 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. 

Lucca: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

10. Lucca: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

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If you like the works of Da Vinci this place is highly recommended. The interactivity helps a lot to understand how the inventions worked in reality. Almost all has a written description also in italian and english as well. It can take up to one and a half our to read and try everything,if you do, you get your money's worth. If you are not really interested you can run through it in 10 minutes which would make the 8 euro ticket price too expensive, so just think it through before you go in.

It was so much fun and very informative! I thought it was a bit small but reflective of the prive. A very cool activity if you are interested in inventions and history.

Very interesting! What an incredible and inquiring mind this man had. So many inventions and much of it is in everyday use now in some form.

Enza was a perfect host... friendly, funny, and passionate about sharing knowledge of Italian cooking

Everything well explained and in sections suited to each.