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Our most recommended Emilia-Romagna Castle & Palace Tours

Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

1. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Your tour starts from Piazza del Nettuno. You'll discover the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica of San Petronio and the Meridian. Next visit the oldest library in the world and Piazza Santo Stefano, where you'll see the wonderful Basilica that overlooks the square. Then visit the Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, before you explore the historical market Quadrilatero to admire the historical shops and take in the scents of local food. Finally, visit Palazzo Re Enzo which overlooks the square and is the palace seat of the municipality.

Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Tuscan Castle

2. Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Tuscan Castle

Join a wine-tasting experience and enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in the setting of a medieval Castle in Montalcino. Walk in the vineyard with an expert sommelier and take in the views as you learn about traditional wine-making. Taste 3 different local wines before sitting down for a 3-course lunch. Meet your sommelier and stroll together in the vineyard during which you hear the history of the castle and its family. Admire the beautiful Tuscan landscape and learn more about traditional high-quality wine production methods and techniques. Enjoy your exclusive guided wine tasting of 3 local wines with some Tuscan snacks. During the wine tasting, you will taste three of the most important and world-famous Tuscan wines, such as Sangiovese IGT or Brunello di Montalcino. The professional sommelier will provide in-depth explanations about what you taste and the uniqueness of these Italian wines. After, sit down to eat a typical Tuscan 3-course lunch. The lunch menu is composed of a selection of cold cuts & cheeses, hand-made pasta with sauces, and dessert with coffee. A vegetarian option is available, please advise at the time of booking if desired.

Florence: The Medici Experience Tour

3. Florence: The Medici Experience Tour

If you love the television series 'The Medici', are fascinated by Florence, or passionate about art and history, then the Medici experience tour is a truly unmissable opportunity. After meeting your expert local guide, take a trip back in time as you enter the magnificent Palazzo Medici, home of the infamous family.  Feel like a member of the Medici family as you wander through the rooms of their stunning palace. Discover family secrets, conspiracies, and stories of love and hate as you hear all about Lorenzo The Magnificent and other family members from your guide. Learn more about how the Medici came to power in Florence and who their most powerful enemies were. As you explore the Palazzo Medici, visit the Chapel of the Magi and admire its incredible frescoes depicting some of the most famous family members. After your visit to the palace, you will have the opportunity to stroll around Florence and retrace the footsteps of some of the city's most beloved, and hated, historical figures of all time. 

Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

4. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes you through the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

From Siena: Chianti and Castles Tour with Wine Tastings

5. From Siena: Chianti and Castles Tour with Wine Tastings

Immerse yourself in picturesque Tuscan scenery on a sightseeing day trip from Siena to the region of Chianti. Visit the Castellina in Chianti before partaking in a wine tasting experience at a wine estate.   Board a spacious and climate controlled van in a centrally-located meeting point in Siena. Admire the Italian countryside on the ride as you pass thorugh pristine landscapes that have been cradling the Chianti vineyards for centuries. Discover a harmony of colors that can only be found in the hills of this region. Delight your senses as you dive into the sounds, scents, and flavors of this land will capture your senses through this unique experience.  Visit ancient churches, medieval castles, and small villages where the rhythm of life remains unaltered over time. Continues to a charming wine estate.  Indulge in a wine tasting paired with typical Tuscan food. View the beautiful ruby-red color and the characteristic bouquet with scents of violet are the special to Chianti wine. Savor this blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Later, move on to another winery in the middle of the Chianti Classico area, where you’ll have a second optional wine tasting alongside an extra virgin olive oil tasting. The tour will end with a return to Siena.

Montalcino: Castle and Vineyards Tour with Tasting

6. Montalcino: Castle and Vineyards Tour with Tasting

Visit a famous estate in the Brunello region and learn how wine is produced. Discover 600 years of history in the castle with its courtyards surrounded by Brunello vineyards. Enjoy a 1-hour tour of the castle, cellars, and vineyards, ending with a tasting of Brunello in the historical courtyard. Starting at the main entrance, stroll through the entire walls of the castle and reach the Baldassare Peruzzi bridge, which was built in the early 16th century, and the Chapel of the Virgin of the Veil, which still contains a fragment of the veil of Virgin Mary. Along the way, visit noble vineyards and ancient medieval cellars. Finish your tour with a tasting of 3 selected wines paired with delicious local snacks.

Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

7. Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

Start in the early morning and visit the grandiose courtyard of the Pitti Palace with your expert English-speaking guide. Then, you'll reach the "noble floor" (first floor) to discover the magic of the Palatina Gallery and its amazing collection of paintings, Renaissance and Neo-classic pieces of furniture with superb tops made with semi-precious stones, which gave fame to the Medici family all over Europe. Stuccoworks and frescoes on the ceilings, splendid paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Raffaello, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Caravaggio in unimaginably beautiful gilded frames will linger on in your memory. Never too crowded and so enjoyable even in the heat of the summertime, visit the Boboli Gardens in the early morning. One by one all the Grand Dukes of the Medici family will be stepping into the scene in a fabulous scenario. Continue exploring the oldest part of the Boboli Gardens and its enchanted Amphitheater, as well as its green spaces which have inspired major landscape architects of the world.

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

8. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

9. From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino & Wine Tasting

The first part of your full-day tour begins with a visit to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, the City of Fine Towers. Armed with helpful information from your tour escort you’ll have free time to explore the town’s historical center and browse its artisan shops. San Gimignano is also the birthplace of Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in the area. The wine is noted for its high quality and for being the first Italian DOCG wine. The tour continues on to Monteriggioni, the ancient crown-shaped fortress that appeared on Italy’s old 100-Lire currency. The 13th-century walls feature 14 towers that Dante likened to the giants in his Inferno. Afterwards, you’ll stop at a winery for a lunch of salami, cheese, and other local products, accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wines. Visit Val d’Orcia, another Tuscan jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Montalcino, perched on a hill overlooking 1,500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed to the area’s international reputation. The final stop of the day will be a local wine cellar, where you’ll have a chance to taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, rated among the finest Italian DOCG wines. Sample other typical local products as well.

Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

10. Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

Meet your expert guide at Roadhouse Restaurant in Parma, on Viale delle Esposizioni. Begin the culinary tour at an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano, discovering how the "King of all Cheeses" has been made in the same way since the Benedectine monks invented it centuries ago. Finish the tour with a tasting of this exquisite cheese. Continue to the medieval village of Torrechiara for a photo opportunity by its romantic castle. Then, travel to one of Parma's family-run ham factories producing the famous Prosciutto di Parma. There, you can enjoy a lunch based on the typical products of the region at a farm-to-table restaurant. Enjoy Parmigiano, prosciutto, local cold cuts, a typical filled pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), and homemade cakes. Pair your lunch with delicious local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia.

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based on 22 reviews

El mejor tour que tuvimos en Florencia. La guía extremadamente conocedora de cada detalle y la historia Medici, además de muy simpática, divertida, alegre y con manejo perfecto del español

We had a wonderful guide - Stefania. She was informative but also entertaining. We learnt a little about the secrets of the city as well as its wonderful history.

We had a great day. Great driver, great wine tasting and gorgeous villages and scenery, definitely recommend.

Great tour. Very informative on the history of Florence and the Medici family.

It was an excellent tour with an excellent guide Martina