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Tour Description

  • 8 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

The renaissance city of Florence is home to some Italy’s most prominent works of art. With world famous galleries and some fantastic towns and cities in the vicinity it makes a great place to stay and explore the local area. 

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At a glance
  • Stay and explore the city of Florence 
  • Take part in guided tours around the city
  • Day trips to some of Tuscany's most popular towns and cities.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Florence

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Map of Day 1: UK - Florence

Set off on a Florentine adventure to discover the city, the surrounding areas and peruse galleries. 

Day 2: Florence

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Points of Interest

Map of Day 2: Florence

A city which embodies the Renaissance, Florence is a treasure trove of art and architecture. On your first day in this wonderful city take your time to wander your surroundings. The unmissable Duomo is situated in the centre of the city and makes a great starting point. Its huge scale and marble exterior create an impressive display and even to this day it has the largest brick dome in the world. Later in the week you’ll have the chance to go to the top of the Dome but even at ground level it’s a spectacular sight. 
Wandering through the streets you’ll discover markets amongst small cafes and restaurants. The leather market in Florence is particularly popular, selling genuine Italian leather and positioned next to the food market where you can discover all sorts of tasty treats.  

 

Day 3: Florence, San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti

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Map of Day 3: Florence

Today you’ll head out of the city and into the countryside to discover some of Tuscany’s towns and cities. You’ll begin in the medieval town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site characterised by narrow alley ways, beautiful piazzas and small shops. There is a particularly well known ice cream shop that was declared to have the best ice cream in the world in the Ice Cream World Championships.

After a tasty gelato you’ll continue to Chianti where you’ll be treated to a light lunch after viewing the cellars and vineyards, if you wish to sample some of the wine there is the opportunity to do so. The final stop on the tour is Siena, another medieval city famous for the Palio horse racing. Here you’ll get to see the Piazza del Campo with its impressive clock tower that soars over the main piazza, the heart of the city and connecting the narrow passages to the centre of the city.

Day 4: Florence, Uffizi Gallery

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Map of Day 4: Florence

One of the world’s finest galleries, The Uffizi Gallery is situated near the the Piazza della Signoria near to the town hall. You’ll be accompanied by a guide around the gallery who will discuss the history behind some of these incredible works of art. Some of the key artists featured including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Once the tour is over you can wander at your own leisure and re-visit any of the works you want to look at again. 

Day 5: Florence, Pisa and Lucca

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Map of Day 5: Florence

Today you’re heading out of Florence for a full day trip to Pisa and Lucca, two cities on the outskirts of Florence. Pisa’s iconic tower is of course a must see and you’ll get to learn about it on a short guided tour of the city. Many are happy to just admire the outside of the tower and snap the obligatory photo but if you wish to go inside this can be added at an extra cost. 
Lucca is another town associated with the renaissance, you’ll get a chance to explore on your own before taking part in a guided tour of the old town. You’ll stroll through beautiful piazzas and see the famous antique dealer’s street before returning to Florence. 

Day 6: Florence, Duomo Terraces

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Map of Day 6: Florence

By this point you probably will have passed the Florence Duomo a number of times but today you get the chance to have a guided tour and learn about its history. You’ll get to see Giotto’s campanile and learn the history behind the famous Dome and how it came to be built. The detailed dome interior is a feast for the eyes, beautifully decorated with great attention to detail. Finally there is the opportunity to climb up the dome for one of the best views in Florence.   
Once the tour is over you may wish to visit the Baptistery, sat opposite the cathedral its gold plated doors otherwise known as the gates of paradise.

Day 7: Florence, Accademia Tour

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Map of Day 7: Florence

For your final day in Florence you’ll enjoy a tour of the Accademia Gallery. Its impressive display of sculpture and painting dating back to the Renaissance period showcases the work of artists such as Pampaloni and Bartolini. The most famous work in this collection however has to be Michelangelo’s, David, this giant sculpture depicting the young shepherd boy David defeating the giant Goliath, a replica of the sculpture can be found outside the town hall. With a guide to show you around the gallery and talk you through different works of art you’ll gain an understanding of the collection. After the tour is over feel free to stay and wander at your own leisure. 

Day 8: Florence - UK

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Map of Day 8: Florence - UK

After a memorable stay in Florence its time to head home. 

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Flight Information

The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA), which is approximately 60 minutes from the centre of Florence. Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours. Flights into Florence airport are also available to book through our Travel Centre.