Tailor-made Trips to Florence

The glory of Florence is rooted in its past. The political dynasty Medici commanded the city's fortunes for centuries, and encouraged the city’s Renaissance. Florence is rich with formidable galleries, treasure-crammed churches, sculptures, paintings and architecture, all of which attest to its artistic and cultural past.

The Medicis also sponsored philosophers and artists such as Botticelli, da Vinci and Michelangelo, making this compact city an ideal choice for school trips, especially for groups wanting to explore some of the great art treasures of the world.

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Guided Tour of Florence

A sightseeing tour of Florence on foot will offer the opportunity to see all its main attractions including the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. An experienced guide will give information on the history of the city and will be able to answer any questions you have on the city and its buildings.

Day Trip to San Gimignano & Siena

Take a trip to discover Tuscany’s medieval past. San Gimignano, is a small walled village famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and 14 towers that rise above all the other buildings offering an impressive views of the city and surrounding valley. Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city. Built around the Piazza del Campo, it was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape.

The Uffizi

The gallery's wonderful collection is arranged to illustrate the evolving story of Florentine art. Some of the most famous pieces are in rooms 7-18; they include Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Titian's Venus of Urbino, Michelangelo's Holy Family and Piero della Francesca's Duke & Duchess of Urbino.

Duomo

The remarkable Duomo, of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its pink, white and green marble façade and characteristic dome, dominates the city's skyline. The building took almost two centuries to build (and even then the façade wasn't completed until the 19th century), and is the fourth-largest cathedral in the world. It also houses the crypt of Santa Reparata.

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio, a monument of exceptional artistic and historic importance, has been the city’s political center over the centuries. The building was erected as the seat of the Priors of the Guilds, probably according to the plans of Arnolfo di Cambio (XIII-XIV centuries).

Boboli Gardens

When the Medici bought the Palazzo Pitti in 1549 they also acquired large pieces of land behind the Palace, some of it previously owned by the Bogoli family. Tribolo designed the garden in 1549, containing antique and Renaissance statues, fountains and other Mannerist embellishments.

Day Trip to Venice

Take a sightseeing tour around this fabulous city. Occupying 117 islands in the azure waters of the Adriatic, this lagoon city is a watery maze of grand canals, 177 smaller canals, over 400 bridges and the world's most famous sandbar, the Lido. Though thoroughly walkable, getting around Venice is a mesmerizing experience aboard the city's variety of public transport boats, the vaporetti or smaller (and more expensive) motoscafi.

Santa Maria Novella Church

Dominican monastery that serves as a distinguished monument to the religious and artistic history of Florence, which features valuable examples of Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries. Situated on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, with its original five-sided shape, is one of the largest squares in the old city centre of Florence.

Santa Croce Church

The walls are lined with tombs, and 276 tombstones pave the floor. The church's most famous inhabitants are Michelangelo, Macchiavelli, Galileo and Bardi. Its various chapels feature works of art by Giotto and della Robbia, and the serene cloisters were designed by Brunelleschi.

Day Trip to Assisi

Known primarily as the birthplace of St. Francis (1182-1226 AD), Assisi has been a sacred town since long before the Franciscan era. Visitors can enjoy stunning architecture, well know artistic works and medieval and Renaissance culture.

Orsanmichele

This gothic looking church was built in 1337. The extraordinary structure testifies to the historic evolution of the city, which once served as a granary in the gardens of the Sisters of San Michele during Florence's mercantile period.

Grotta del Vento

Situated in the centre of the Apuan Alps' Natural Park, this is one of the most complete European caves. Following illuminated and easy-going trails, you can admire the many wonders of the underground world: from shining stalactites and stalagmites to polychrome flowstone, alabaster draperies, crystal-brimmed lakes, underground water-courses and bizarre forms of erosion.

San Marco Museum

Opened to the public in 1869, this museum houses the largest collection of sacred art in Florence including a sweeping fresco by Giovanni Antonio Sogliani and a superb collection of works by Mariotto Albertinelli.

Day Trip to Volterra

The “magic and mysterious” city of Volterra has its roots in three thousand years of history. It is possible to find evidence and traces from every historical period, which gives the artistic city a unique aspect. Explore the 12th century city walls, narrow streets, palaces, tower houses and churches.

Galleria Ferrari Museum

Situated only a short distance from the Ferrari plant and the Fiorano circuit, the Galleria, though it remains the property of the Comune of Maranello, has been run directly by Ferrari since 1995. Today, more than ever, it has become the place where Ferrari’s past, present and future are preserved, giving the visitor a fascinating insight into the history of the Prancing Horse.

Vineyard

A visit to a Chianti vineyard offers a full immersion in the wine's wold. You'll begin in the vineyards and receive an explanation of the terroir- the combination of local climate, soils and grape varietals that are the components that make wines so unique from region to region. You can taste best Tuscan wines if you wish.

Galleria dell’ Accademia

The Accademia di Belle Arti was Europe's first school of drawing. The Academy Gallery houses works of Italian sculptors like Michelangelo (main gallery), including the original David.

The Palatine Gallery

An impressive collection of compromising works by Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Rubens, Pietro da Cortona and other Italian and European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Day Trip to Lucca & Pisa

Pisa is best known for its leaning tower and is a real must see for any trip to Tuscany, but the city also has Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches, Renaissance piazzas and a lively street life making it the ideal stop. Nearby Lucca with its famous walls shields one of Italy's finest mediaeval treasures, an unspoilt site sprinkled with palazzi, towers and countless splendid churches. The surrounding hills produce some excellent wines and arguably, the finest olive oil in the entire world.

Cappelle Medici

Cappelle Medici is a dome of coloured marble. Marble tombs of the Medici family anchored high on the hexagonal dome walls carry the Medici coat of arms. Decorative inlaid semiprecious stones are cut to such precision that seams are nearly invisible to the naked eye.

Pagani Factory Tours

Take a guided tour through the production facility of this supercar producer.

Palazzo Pitti Modern Art Museum

Situated on the top floor of the Pitti Palace , the museum consists of 30 rooms which were once royal apartments. The varied collection, comprises works which were donated by private collectors, once belonged to grand dukes and also paintings brought by the state, has everything from neo-classical to early 20th century art.

Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

The museum was established in 1995 and located in Palazzo Ferroni. Together with famous fabrics collections and drawings, it is possible to see a collection of 10,000 pairs of shoes designed by this famous Italian stylist from 1920- 1960.

Panini Motor Museum

The collection of 19 vintage Maserati cars can be seen and enjoyed at the Museum known as CUP (Umberto Panini Collection).

 

Olive Oil Museum (Torgiano)

The museum is located in a small nucleus of medieval houses within the Torgiano town walls. The museum covers ten rooms and opens with information provided by the National Research Council on the botanic characteristics of olive trees, and the traditional and avant-garde techniques for cultivating and extracting the oil.

Piazza della Signoria

The civic heart of Florence. Home to the Palazzo Vecchio, and the location of the original David by Michelangelo, a copy can now be found here. Statues, fountains, cafés and gelaterias can now be found in on the Piazza. During the 14th Century – Florence's golden age – crowds collected here. It is where Savonarola preached hell-fire against the decadence of the city and held his Bonfire of the Vanities, only to be burned at the stake in the same spot exactly one year later.

Ducati Museum & Factory

Located at the Ducati factory headquarters in Bologna, the 1,000 square metre Ducati Museum highlights 50 years of racetrack heritage. The Ducati Museum opened on June 12, 1998, during the first annual WDW (World Ducati Week), and was officially inaugurated on October 16th later that year. The Museum has preserved over half a century of Ducati racing history and also the history of the company (before it produced motorcycles) founded by the Ducati brothers in 1926.

Parmesan Factory (Modena)

Modena is one of the few official areas sanctioned to produce authentic Parmesan cheese. Enjoy an introduction to one of Italy’s most well-known cheeses with a visit to a Parmesan factory. See how the process takes place using milk specifically from pedigreed red Reggiana cows.

Galleria dell’ Accademia

The Accademia di Belle Arti was Europe's first school of drawing. The Academy Gallery houses works of Italian sculptors like Michelangelo (main gallery), including the original David.

Ponte Vecchio

The most famous bridge in Florence and also the oldest, this structure with three stone arches replaced a wooden bridge which had crossed the Arno River at this spot since Roman times. The upper side of the bridge, known as the Vasariano corridor, was designed by Vasari to link the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace; today it is an art gallery. The bridge is inhabited. Originally the sides held food shops but by the end of the 15th century the shops were assigned to goldsmiths and silversmiths. An opening midway across the bridge offers views of the river and shore.