Florence & Tuscany
By Viator, January 2015
So much can be said for Rome and the surrounding south of Italy. But those who would sing the praises of its cobbled alleyways, ancient aqueducts, and bustling air of Italian joie-de-vivre, can only help but fall in love with its sister, Florence, for she is like Rome, only somehow more beautiful.
Day 1: Get Oriented
The cultural and historical impact of Florence is overwhelming. Cradle of the Renaissance and home of Machiavelli, Michelangelo and the Medici, the city seems unfairly over-blessed with art, culture and history. It is understandable then, that the labyrinthine alleyways get confusing. Orient yourself with a tour, either by bike, Segway, or the Hop-on Hop-off tour. In the evening, be sure to try some of the delicious local Italian fare in the grand Piazza della Repubblica.
Day 2: Art and Culture of Florence
The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries are world famous for their prisons (yes, prisons) and for housing numerous famous Michelangelos and masters of the 14th and 15th century Florentines, so consider starting your day off there. From here, a walk into behind-the-scenes Florence, where a tour of the Vasari Corridor will lead you on to Piazza Santa Maria Novella and its magnificent Dominican church. Here you’ll see Brunellechi's famous crucifix and Masaccio's Trinity, Palazzo Davanzati, Ponte Vecchio and Dante's house. Wrap up your evening with some leisurely shopping, before falling asleep under the Italian stars.
Day 3: Day Trips from Florence
Florence has many wonders to behold, but one of those wonders is the legendary Italian Countryside. Easily accessible from Florence, the town of Pisa lies a scenic 102 kilometers west, and half of a day is all you’ll need to see its famous Leaning Tower. In the afternoon, it would be a shame to miss out on the region’s superb Chianti. After all, “when in Rome…”
Tours & Tickets
With limited time in Florence, avoid the crowds and take a walking tour through the Uffizi Gallery before gaining exclusive private access to a collection of ... Read more
Duration: Standard Tour: 3 hours
Upgrade Tour: 4 hours
Spend an unforgettable day discovering the breathtaking Cinque Terre region on this must-do tour from Florence, with transport between villages included. ... Read more
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)