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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

2. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

3. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entrance Tickets

4. Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entrance Tickets

Make the most of your time in Florence with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery. Admire one of the world's most famous sculptures, Michelangelo's David, and see some of the sculptor's other works. Skip the long lines and enter the gallery via a separate entrance. Your reserved ticket allows you to skip the ticket office and avoid the worry of whether or not tickets will be available. Visit the main hall to see Michelangelo's statue of David and learn more about his thoughts and ideas. You can also see other Renaissance masterpieces by masters like Bartolini, Giambologna, Di Cione, di Buonaguida, and Monaco. Last but not least, admire the plaster of Lorenzo Bartolini before concluding your visit with paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other notable 16th-century artists.

Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

5. 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.

Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

6. Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Starting from the convenient meeting point in Piazza San Francesco, journey through the streets of the city center with your guide to experience five incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Neonian Baptistery, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Chapel of Saint Andrew. You will have the opportunity to visit: The Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy. When you enter the basilica, your gaze is captured by the high spaces, the wonderful mosaic decorations of the apse and the extraordinary representation of the imperial couple of Byzantium: Justinian and Theodora, with their procession. The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: originally used as a Palatine Church of Arianism, today it allows us to reconstruct the evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the age of Theodoric to that of Justinian. The Chapel of Saint Andrew: representing the glorification of Christ in an anti-Arian key, it is the only example of an early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact today. The Neonian Baptistery: one of the oldest monuments of the city, made of simple brick on the outside but rich in marble, stucco, and mosaics of clear Hellenistic-Roman influence inside. The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: it was built around the middle of the 5th century, at the behest of Galla Placidia, who ruled the Western Roman Empire. The innumerable stars of the dome have struck the imagination and sensitivity of visitors over the centuries, and of outstanding personalities such as the great poet Dante Alighieri, who drew inspiration from them for the writing of some verses of the Divine Comedy.

From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour by Minivan

7. From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour by Minivan

Brunello, considered the best wine in the world, has its ancestral roots in the passion of the inhabitants of Montalcino and in the ancient winemaking tradition, handed down from one generation to the next. The town of Montalcino, with its Sangiovese grapes the wine is produced from, stands on a charming hill that lets you relish its natural wholesomeness. The town, its ancient fortress, and some of the best wineries in the world are the focus of this specialized tour. The winemaking process which includes a long maturation in casks made from valuable wood, make Brunello the “Italian ambassador in the world of our winemaking reality.” Taste prestigious wines from some of the finest wineries in Montalcino and enjoy the wonderful surrounding area.

Florence: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

8. Florence: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

Get an insider's view of one of Florence's most notable museums on a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. See Michelangelo's iconic statue of David and skip the lines with your guide. Enter the Accademia through a separate entrance with your guide and begin your guided tour. Learn the rich history and culture of Florence. Pass by famous works of art until you reach the Accademia's most iconic treasure, Michelangelo's David.  As you marvel at the legendary works, listen to your guide will fill you in on interesting and lesser-known facts about the art. Learn why David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence and what it meant to the Republic of Florence when it was created.

Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

9. Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

Discover Tuscany on a guided day tour from Florence to the medieval cities of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. Enjoy views of rolling hills and vineyards, with a stop at a Chianti winery for a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. First arrive in San Gimignano, a tiny medieval town that has remained intact through the centuries. Sitting upon a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes, and other art treasures. Enjoy more free time to discover this fascinating city on your own. Next, visit the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, a medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Afterward, you will cross the Chianti rolling hills and then arrive at a small and typical winery. There, taste 4 wines, and sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced products. Your final stop is in Siena, where you will have free time to walk along the narrow medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces, the Cathedral, Libreria Piccolomini, and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo.

Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

10. Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Embark on a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and enter into the iconic Pisa Cathedral. Go inside the cathedral's baptistery and enjoy the option of climbing the Leaning Tower for unparalleled views of the city. Learn about the tower's history from your local guide. Start your tour by discovering all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square, which the Cathedral dominates. Follow your tour guide inside the Cathedral and admire its decorations and gaze at this example of Pisa Romanesque architecture. Also enter the baptistery, the biggest in the Catholic world and famous for its echo (replaced with the cemetery if inaccessible that day). Focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world, which you will have the opportunity to climb (if the option is selected).

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4.8 / 5

based on 50 reviews

We really enjoyed this excursion. Manolo was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable but also just good at keeping the group together and moving along on the itinerary. I enjoyed all of our stops, but I especially liked Siena where the local guide shared a lot of fun details about Siena’s history and their church was absolutely beautiful. We also really enjoyed the winery and lunch - it was worth paying the extra for this part in my opinion! It is a lot of walking, including to the pick up and drop off locations for the buses since they can only get so close to city centers, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes!

This was fantastic. Out of our two week trip in Italy this was up there in terms of our favorite activity for myself and my husband. Our tour leader was Alessandro, who was funny, personable, very informative and kept our large group together and moving seemingly with ease. And our bus driver Nando was fantastic as well! We loved all of the stops and the lunch and wine were delicious plus a very fun time to meet the other travelers. If you are considering booking this, definitely go for it, especially if this is your first time in the area, you’ll have a great time!

What an amazing trip this was. Special thanks go to Elizabetta (Amazing, Funny, Joyful, and a friendly Tour Guide) and Giancarlo (Super Driver) for making this a memorable trip. Although I experienced so many tours in so many countries, I never wrote a review. However, this is just something special and I confidently can say this is the best tour I’ve ever had. Yes, “ever”.

The cathedral is in many ways a "must", especially on the outside. The dome and the bell-tower are both worth the effort.

Visit excellent except for the one hour delay of the train at the end of a long day