Duration of tour: 2 – 3 hours
Walking through the historical centre of Florence you will learn about the facts and secrets of an ancient town, more that two thousands years old, from its foundation at the time of the Roman Empire to the most important events of the 15th century and later. You will be impressed at the sight of the monumental and spectacular architectural complex formed by the Duomo (Cathedral), the Baptistery with its Gates of Paradise and the Giotto bell tower. The Old Palace, symbol of the political power, the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air museum of sculpture, the Old Bridge with its seven centuries history, will all be a perfect introduction to the history of Florence and its treasures.
Michelangelo: in the footsteps of the Master
Duration of tour: 3 hours
Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, architect, painter and poet, in his lifetime was already called “The divine one”.
Florentine in his blood and republican in his beliefs, he left in his home town some unique sculptures and architectural wonders: the David, the Pietà, the Medici Chapels (New Sacristy) and many others. During this tour you will see masterpieces whose achievement was strictly connected with the political events of Florence and with the life of Michelangelo himself. We will visit the New Sacristy with the famous works of the Master, the Gallery of Academy, whose symbol is the huge David in marble, and walking through the city centre we will enter the church of Santa Croce, where the Master is buried.
The treasures of the Uffizi Gallery
Duration of tour: 2 – 4 hours
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous and ancient museums in the world. Walking through its rooms you will see the works of the greatest masters of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Tiziano, Caravaggio and many others. The ancient sculptures in the corridors of the gallery will disclose to your eyes the wonderful world of Greek mythology. And from the windows of the museum you will admire the unforgettable view of the Arno river with its many bridges.
The Medici in Florence
Duration of tour: 3 – 6 hours
“Medici”, this name owes most of its popularity to the movies and novels by Dumas, but few people know that the richness and splendour of the Florentine Museums depend on that dynasty, who ruled over Florence for almost 3 centuries.
Walking through the places linked with the history of this family (Medici Chapels, Medici-Riccardi Palace, Old Palace, Pitti Palace) you will learn about the difficult path of the Medici on their way to the absolute power and about there basic role in the development of art and science in Florence and Tuscany.
Chianti and San Gimignano (wine tour)
Duration of tour: 6 – 8 hours
Chianti – this short name is famous all over the world. The Etruscan and roman civilizations left their marks in this territory, and later on the land and towns of Chianti became a reason of dispute between Florence and the rival city of Siena. Nowadays this land is celebrated not only for its wine and olive oil, basic elements for the Tuscan food, but also for the marvelous castles, fortresses and medieval towns almost untouched.
Travelling through the picturesque hills with their rows of cypresses and olive trees, you will visit San Gimignano, dominating the landscape with its towers, where you will experience the real atmosphere of the middle ages. The Collegiata, the main church in town, whose walls are decorated by ancient frescoes still keeping their original beauty, the mysterious profile of the former church of the Templar Knights, the silent and quiet narrow streets, will make this tour an unforgettable experience to you.
Pisa and its treasures
Duration of tour: 2 – 3 hours
Pisa: The foundation of this ancient city is lost in the mists of time, its territory was already populated by the Etruscans nearly 3 thousand years ago and in the 11th century the Pisan galleys already sailed the Mediterranean Sea. The proud Pisan adorned their city of wonderful masterpieces such as the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Bell Tower and the Monumental Cemetery, four buildings that almost recreate the harmony of the cosmos on the Square of Miracles. The leaning tower of Pisa is deservedly considered one of the wonders of world, its age-old history is a charming novel in which the genius of Man collides with a whimsical giant who does not want to stand up straight! But the beauty of Pisa does not end with the Square of Miracles: Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knight’s Square), ancient churches, the riversides with their palaces, all these highlights are an integral part of the history and art of this unique city.
Siena and thermal springs
Siena, a town founded by the Etruscans, flourished during the Middle Ages, when due to the successful activity of its bankers and merchants, the city was enriched by numerous works of arts. Walking through the winding streets of the old city centre, surrounded by medieval walls, you will see palaces and fountains with their gothic arches, the Duomo (Cathedral) with its wonderful interior, and Piazza del Campo, where twice a year for more than 500 years has been taking place the world famous horse ride, the Palio di Siena. Upon request we can visit the Museum of Palazzo Pubblico, located in the medieval building of the municipality, where ancient frescoes will tell us about the history of the Siena Republic throughout the centuries. And in the Pinacoteca, where a unique collection of paintings by sienese masters of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is displayed, you will see with your own eyes that richness of colors and light that is considered a typical feature of the city.To complete your daily excursion, you will have the opportunity of visiting some thermal hot springs, so widely spread in the Siena district. Hot water coming from underground, rich with inorganic salts, was already well known to Etruscans and Romans for its healing properties. Bathing in a pool decorated by white travertine, with transparent hot water (38-39°), will give you an unforgettable sensation of spiritual and physical well-being. www.ilpalio.org
To complete your daily excursion, you will have the opportunity of visiting some thermal hot springs, so widely spread in the Siena district. Hot water coming from underground, rich with inorganic salts, was already well known to Etruscans and Romans for its healing properties. Bathing in a pool decorated by white travertine, with transparent hot water (38-39°), will give you an unforgettable sensation of spiritual and physical well-being.
The land of Siena: Montepulciano, Pienza (wine tour)
Montepulciano is famous not only for the many palaces dating back to the Renaissance Age and elegant churches, but also for its red wine aged in ancient cellars. For its rich inimitable taste this wine was given the special name “Noble of Montepulciano”. After the tour in the old town, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the elegant taste of the local wine during a degustation lunch in one of the wineries.Pienza is an architectural wonder of the Italian Renaissance in miniature . The town was built on the site of a medieval fortress on behest of Pope Pius II Piccolomini during the 2nd half of the 15th century. Walking through its narrow streets with amazingly romantic names, such as Kiss Street and Love Street, you will learn about the history of this small town and its surroundings.