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Florence Santa Croce Church Tour

1. Florence Santa Croce Church Tour

Start the tour in the main square, where the famous soccer game played in medieval costumes, the Calcio Storico Florentino, takes place here every year in June. Your guide will describe in detail of all the immense artistic wealth in Santa Croce; frescoes (1380) by Gaddi in the Cappella Maggiore tell the story of "Santa Croce", and beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the Bardi and Peruzzi Chapels show scenes from the life of St. Francis and St. John the Evangelist. On your way to the left of the entrance, see the memorial of the 19th-century playwright Giovanni Battista Niccolini built as an inspiration for the Statue of Liberty. As you walk through the hallowed walls, learn about the art of Donatello and his crucifix, one of the jewels of the Renaissance, as well as the art of Brunelleschi and the perfect architectural harmony of his Chapel of Fools. See the monumental cemetery and damaged paintings and that was destroyed in the tragic flood of 1966 and have been subsequently restored. After visiting the interior, learn about the exterior which is covered with a polychrome marble façade. Finally, the guide will tour you around the Bell Tower, Crypt and the 16 chapels. The tour takes about an hour, and you will have the opportunity to return to anything you might want to see again after the tour ends.

Florence: Volterra & San Gimignano Wine Tour with Lunch

2. Florence: Volterra & San Gimignano Wine Tour with Lunch

Spend one day accross the rolling hills of Chianti, visiting Volterra and San Gimignano with a private driver, tasting a typical tuscan lunch, with the best wines of our Region. A wonderful Experience between art, wine and local food to discover pre-roman population (Etruscans), vineyards, medieval hilltop towns, towers and typical farms. Itinerary 1 Stop At: Volterra The driver-escort will pick you up to your hotel or another chosen location: (B&B or private flat) and will take you to discover the Tuscan countryside. The driver will bring you through the tuscan hills looking at an incredible panorama, among olive trees, vineyards, sunflowers and medieval towers.The first stop will be at Volterra. Volterra is a beautiful walled city, built on the top of a hill. The town was built over one of the Twelve Cities of the ancient Etruscan civilisation capitals and has some of the original gates from that era still standing along with a dedicated museum packed with Etruscan and Roman relics. The most interesting things to visit are the ancient Roman theater, the Baptistery and the “Palazzo dei Priori” in the main square. Duration: 2 hours 2 Stop At: Lunch in a typical Tuscany winery farm For lunch we will move to a typical tuscan farm. This farm promotes the Italian wine & food culture all over the world. A beautiful Italian experience to learn the best combinations beetween wine & food, the glass etiquette, the secrets of Italian cuisine, Tuscan wine-making techniques and more. 3 course lunch, with homemade pasta, Bruschettas, cold cuts, Pecorino cheese, prosciutto, salame and more… Wine tastings with: Chianti, Chianti Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese, Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia and Super Tuscan. Duration: 2 hour Pass By: Chianti Road After the visit to the farm, the tour continues through the famous “Chianti wine road” and the sweet Siena hills, amidst olive-groves, cypress trees and vineyards up to the Medieval town of San Gimignano. 3 Stop At: San Gimignano In the afternoon last stop at San Gimignano: The visit of the town and its magnificent towers will take about an hour. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town not far from Siena. Known as the “Town of Fine Towers”, during the Middle Ages there were more than 70 towers in the city. Now it is a real open-air museum, where it seems to walk in the medieval period. The town also is known for saffron, the Golden Ham, and its white wine: Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area. In the main square don’t forget to taste the best ice cream in the world (Gelateria Dondoli), and in the streets of the village you can admire the extraordinary work of expert craftsmen. You can also climb the tower-museum (Torre Rognosa) to see an incredible panorama and hear the legend of the Devil’s Tower. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes The return is scheduled at 4.00 PM

Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Walking Tour

3. Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Walking Tour

Get the most out of your visit to the Duomo Cathedral of Florence on this expertly guided walking tour. Discover the beauty of the church with in-depth explanations. Begin your exploration by meeting your tour assistant at the meeting point. After a rapid check-in, enter the church and meet your guide. In 45 minutes, get to know the historical facts and information about the church and its frescoes while getting access to parts of the building which are restricted to other visitors.

Ravenna: Walking Tour with Stunning Byzantine Mosaics

4. Ravenna: Walking Tour with Stunning Byzantine Mosaics

Discover Ravenna, one of Italy's most spectacular cities, with this fantastic walking tour. After meeting your guide, start from the church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, dating from the 6th century. Then find out all about the infamous poet Dante in the area named the "zone of silence", dedicated to the cult and memory of Dante Alighieri. Beside the poet's tomb you will find the Dante museum and the Franciscan cloisters with the statues of San Francesco and Santa Chiara. Continuing your tour, head towards the Neonian baptistery with its perfectly preserved architectural structure and interior decoration, consisting of stuccos and the magnificent mosaic of the baptism of Christ. Make your way to the Palazzo Rasponi to reach the Piazza del Popolo, the main square of the city. The tour concludes with the wonderful Basilica of San Vitale dating from the 6th century, and testimony to the Roman-Byzantine empire. With an octagonal central plan, the church still preserves the splendid scenes of the Old Testament and the famous panels of the imperial couple Justinian and Theodora of the Eastern Roman Empire. Next to the basilica, visit the Mausoleum of the Roman Empress Galla Placidiay, rich in unique mosaic decorations.

Florence: Bargello Museum Tour

5. Florence: Bargello Museum Tour

The guide will start off with a little history about the Bargello Museum, which used to be the headquarters of the Capitano Del Popolo and later of the Podesta (the lord of the city). They will tell you how the palace became the residence of the head of the police and how it was later used as a prison. The guide will escort you through the museum for you to enjoy the very important works of art kept in Bargello. The ground floor rooms display the Tuscan works of the 16th Century. Your guide will particularly focus on four masterpieces by Michelangelo. Along with the local and expert guide you will then discover works by Bartolomeo Ammannati, Benvenuto Cellini, Giambologna, and many other treasures. You will discover precious ivories and bronzes that include several Roman and Byzantine examples. Then, you will immerse yourself in the early Renaissance, as your guide will explain the masterpieces made by Donatello and Verrocchio. Later, the guide will escort you to the second floor, which is solely dedicated to the glazed terracotta done by Andrea and Giovanni Della Robbia. The tour takes about two hours - the perfect amount of time to see this famous art collection, without feeling overwhelmed. You can also return to anything you might want to see again after the tour ends.

Cortona: Private 2-hour Guided Tour

6. Cortona: Private 2-hour Guided Tour

Cortona is a town which is certainly easy to love for everyone. This is mainly because of its atmosphere, its Etruscan past, its lovely medieval city center, and its fantastic views. Your experience begins as your professional local guide takes you on a private walking of the historical center of Cortona which will take you back in time. The tour features Piazza della Repubblica - the main square dating back to the Roman age, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo - the residence of Cardinal Passerini during the 16th century, and the Palazzo Comunale - which dates back to the 12th century. Traveling further, encounter Palazzo Casali and Teatro Signorelli, which is a typical theater in a Neoclassical style still in use for the local theater season. The town’s cathedral will be also be a part of your walking tour, complete with its charming views.

Guided Tour in Ravenna, Roman and Bizantine Mosaics

7. Guided Tour in Ravenna, Roman and Bizantine Mosaics

Explore the former capital of the Western Roman Empire and discover early Christian and Byzantine mosaics from the 5th and 6th centuries on a guided walking tour of Ravenna. Stroll the fascinating streets of the old city center, and stop to watch a practical demonstration of mosaic-making techniques along the way. Visit the Church of S. Vitale, commissioned by the Emperor Justinian of Byzantium with masterful mosaics depicting his wife Theodora. See the powerful Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, created to honor the resilient and colorful Empress of the Western Roman Empire. Admire the mosaics of the Neoniano Baptistery near to the ancient cathedral, and discover the tomb of the exiled poet Dante. Visit the private chapel of the Ostrogoth King Theoderic at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and more.

Volterra: Piazza dei Priori & Cathedral Private Walking Tour

8. Volterra: Piazza dei Priori & Cathedral Private Walking Tour

See the historical beauty of Volterra, whose origins are rooted in the history of pre-Roman Italy. Discover the most important and historical sites of Volterra on this tour. Stroll through the elegant Piazza dei Priori, a medieval salon, and fall in love with the imposing royalty of the halls of the Palazzo dei Priori, with its elegant decorations and its frescoes. Take a leap back in time visiting the ancient octagonal Baptistery, dating back to the thirteenth century, and admire the late Renaissance decorations kept inside the Cathedral of Volterra. Explore the land of legends and ancient stories, where Volterra appears suspended in a timeless space. Get away from it all and enjoy this unique tour of a fascinating and historical place.

Ferrara: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

9. Ferrara: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

This classical half-day tour of the old town will take you from the exterior of the imposing Castello Estense to the interior of a majestic Romanesque Cathedral, and from the Jewish Ghetto to the streets of the Medieval and Renaissance historical city center. Your 2.5-hour guided tour of Ferrara starts with Castello Estense, which dominates the city center. Surrounded by a moat filled with water, this castle was built in 1385 as a stronghold of political and military control of the city. Continuous renovations, at least until the 16th century, give the castle the shape that we still admire today. Next, visit the Romanesque Cathedral, built in the 12th century opposite the Town Hall. Construction on the Bell Tower began in the 15th century, but never ended, designed by the famous artist Leon Battista Alberti. In the 17th century, because of a terrible fire, the interior of the Cathedral was rebuilt in Baroque style. Today, visiting the interior is an experience that takes you through many eras of Italian history.

Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

Lucca, is a small jewel just north-west of Florence, which rises from the green of its neighboring valley as an almost intact testimony of the succession of centuries and domination. Its history is told above all by its form, by monuments, by streets and structures of every age that coexist in harmony. This classic itinerary was designed for those who come to visit the city of Lucca for the first time, or those who do not wish to dwell only on a historical period, but rather to have a global vision of the history of the city. Your tour includes a visit to the most significant monuments through which your guide will retrace all the historical and artistic phases. Among many other sites, you will visit the Church of St. Michael, a Roman-Catholic basilica with sublime details, built in 795.

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We met up with our guide, Anna - she was an amazing stortteller, and gave us a great tour around the center of Lucca. We had a 4 year Old girl with us, and she was totally focused. The idea with the notebook is really good, but it could have been even better if there also was notebooks for the ‘grown ups’.

Great tour of the Cathedral with a very knowledgeable guide as part of our visit to the beautiful city of Florence - a must . Would definitely recommend including the Dome, Baptistry and Tower if you have the chance as well they are unmissable to be honest and deserve a visit.

Highly recommend! Our kids (8 and 5) were absolutely engaged the whole time. Our guide Lucia, who was born in Lucca had little activities for them to do before each sight along the way and present the tour to interest and engage the children. They LOVED it!

Our tour guide Giuseppe was one of the most informative we have ever experienced. His knowledge of art, history and culture made Cortona come alive for us and he was so funny and engaging that the time flew by! We highly recommend this experience.

Roberta was out-standing and went out of her way to make sure that I had a comprehensive tour of the mosaics. I would recommend her to anyone.