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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)

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Follow a morning of Renaissance art, sights and history with an afternoon in Chianti, spent sipping on fine wine and discovering Tuscan villages! After exploring Florence’s historical center, head inside the Accademia Gallery for a skip-the-line tour and see Michelangelo’s 'David' alongside other Renaissance art. Travel to the Tuscan wine region of Chianti region in the afternoon to tour a winery, sample fine red wine, and visit the villages of Greve in Chianti and Montefioralle. This exciting Florence Super Saver combines these two best-selling tours at a discounted price, allowing you to save ten percent!

Highlights

  • Combine two best-selling Florence tours for a discounted price
  • Enjoy a Renaissance-era walking tour plus a skip-the-line tour of the Accademia Gallery
  • Learn about top Florence attractions from the Renaissance including Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Statue of Giotto
  • Explore the Accademia Gallery and see Michelangelo’s David alongside other artistic treasures
  • Stop at Piazzale Michelangelo to soak up the views on the way to the Tuscan hills
  • Spend the afternoon visiting a Chianti winery and the towns of Greve in Chianti and Montefioralle

What You Can Expect

Florence Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Renaissance Walking Tour and Accademia Gallery plus Chianti Wine Tasting

Admire the beautiful Chianti region and enjoy its wine

Skip-the-Line Renaissance Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery (3 hours):
Meet your guide in Piazza Strozzi, central Florence and set off on your walking tour around the city’s historical center. Often called the ‘cradle of the Renaissance,’ Florence is home to some of the world’s finest architecture and artwork, and your guide will introduce you to some of its best examples.

While the city’s eye-catching bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, wasn’t built during the Renaissance era, the Vasari Corridor, which runs inside it, was created in the mid-16th century. Hear how the corridor acted as a secret walkway, and learn of the powerful Medici family who decorated it with expensive artwork. Continue to Piazza della Signoria to admire monuments such as the Statue of Giotto outside the Uffizi Gallery. Walk around the outside of Florence Duomo and gaze at Brunelleschi’s Dome as well as other landmarks including Giotto’s Bell Tower and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise.

After exploring Florence’s historical center, visit the world-famous Accademia Gallery with your skip-the-line ticket. Works by the Renaissance artist Michelangelo take center stage at the museum, and so your guide’s commentary focuses on his masterpieces. Pass Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures — San Matteo and Prigioni — and then gasp in wonder at the gallery’s centerpiece: David.

Your walking tour finishes inside the Accademia Gallery after viewing David, leaving you with 1.5 hours of free time. Perhaps stay inside the museum to browse the art independently, or use the time to enjoy lunch in town (own expense).

Chianti Wine-Tasting Tour from Florence (4 hours):
Meet back up with your guide at the prearranged time and travel to Piazzale Michelangelo on the city’s outskirts. The terraced vantage point offers incredible views over Florence, so have your camera ready to capture the beautiful urban vistas. From Piazzale Michelangelo, continue by minibus to the Tuscan hills that surround the city. The province is home to your destination of the afternoon: the famous Chianti winemaking region with its rolling green hills that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Stop in San Donato in Poggio to visit a popular local winery and try the wine. Explore the wine cellars with your guide, seeing where the wine is fermented and matured, and then sample a selection of the estate’s ruby-red and rich-bodied Chianti wine.

Leave the winery and travel along the picturesque backstreets to the market town of Greve in Chianti. Stretch your legs on a stroll around, visiting the 14th-century square and its traditional shops, and admire a pretty butcher shop with an original 15th-century façade.

Head onward to the fortified village of Montefioralle — a place though to be Chianti’s oldest village — to soak up the views and enjoy some free time. Then, return to the start point in central Florence where your tour finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Tour guide was great! Very informative. Loved Chianti and our tour guide Claudia. Very flexible with what we wanted to do. We spent more time at the first winery and didn't make it to the rest, but we had been going from one activity to the next, so it was nice to sit and relax!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent tour guide. Took us the the most important things we wanted to see great winery tour in beautiful Tuscany great time. Thank you to all who were a part of our trip

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