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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: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

2. Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

Learn about Florence's history while exploring the Duomo. Meet your knowledgeable guide on this guided tour of one of Florence's most iconic sites. Explore the beautiful and historic Duomo, while hearing fascinating stories of Florence and the Cathedral from your licensed guide. Headsets are provided so you can admire the works at your own pace while enjoying your guides commentary. Go back in time to when Florence was ruled by the Medici Family, one of the most powerful and wealthiest in Italy's history. Enter the Cathedral, see the indoor decoration, and find out how the Cupola was created by Filippo Brunelleschi. Admire the incredible fresco by Giorgio Vasari, The Last Judgment. Experience the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, considered one of the most important in the world. See why the Duomo complex is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

3. Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

Discover the beauty of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral during an exclusive adventure. Admire the 13th-century gothic church, a pearl of Florentine architecture and which now is considered the 4th biggest church in Europe. Enjoy unforgettable views and incredible stories of the 2nd largest Duomo in Italy. Walk up the historic 463 steps and marvel at the beautiful city of Florence from an entirely different perspective. See famous frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. Walk around the Santa Reparata Crypt and learn about the cathedral's history in the Museum of the Duomo. Climb at your own pace to the very top of the largest dome in the world built by Brunelleschi. Rest at the top, and take in one of the most amazing views of Florence. In the interior, marvel at the 16th-century frescos painted by Vasari and Zuccari.

Florence: Cupola Climb Tour with Duomo Complex Entry Tickets

4. Florence: Cupola Climb Tour with Duomo Complex Entry Tickets

The exterior view of the Cupola is a showstopper, but the only way to see the inside of the dome up close and enjoy the extraordinary view of Florence is to climb its 463 steps. Discover how the Cupola was designed and built by Brunelleschi in 1418. Find out why the corridors are so narrow, and admire Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) on your way up. Look down and on the base, just above the drum, see the balcony started, but never finished, in 1507. Hear about the fascinating story of the balcony and the unfinished eighth side from your guide. Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, you will be enchanted by the panoramic view of the Florence city in front of your eyes. Add to your experience by selecting one of the options that includes a gelato tasting after your Cupola tour. Listen to the history and art of this Duomo Square and answer any of your questions regarding Duomo.

Florence Santa Croce Church Tour

5. 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: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

6. Florence: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

Enjoy your day in Florence discovering the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo, and choose to climb Brunelleschi's dome. Join a group tour or select the private tour option to tailor the tour to your needs. Take advantage of the Brunelleschi Pass, valid for 72 hours, and visit the Museum and the baptistery of the Duomo after your tour has ended. Enjoy speedy entry to the Accademia Gallery with pre-reserved tickets. Hear the story of Michaelangelo's David and its creator. Learn about the legacy of the ruling Medici family and how this collection was gifted to the people of Florence. Next, head to the famous Duomo. Discover priceless works of Gothic and Renaissance art and admire the building for its size and intricate marble decorations. See the Baptistry, famous for its Gates of Paradise. Enjoy pre-reserved and exclusive entry to Brunelleschi's Dome at the end of the tour (if that option is chosen). Climb the dome or Giotto's Tower on your own time and admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany.

Florence: Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome with Digital Booklet

7. Florence: Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome with Digital Booklet

Enjoy reserved entrance to Brunelleschi's Dome, part of Florence's Cathedral, with this ticket. Meet the local assistant at the meeting point, present your voucher, and receive your tickets to begin your experience. First, enter the Dome and climb 463 steps to reach the top. Please note that the way is narrow, there is no elevator, and the climb is not recommended for people suffering from heart problems, vertigo, or claustrophobia. Marvel at the egg-shaped architecture of the Dome, which was the largest such structure in the world in its time. On your visit to the Dome’s interior, you’ll have the opportunity to see the many frescoes and stained-glass windows. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment, and enjoy a beautiful panorama over Florence and its surroundings from the summit.

Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

8. Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

Join in on this exciting adventure discovering the Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral complex. Your expert local guide will share with you the stories, legends, and secrets behind this incredible architectural monument. The tour then culminates with an extraordinary view from atop one of the largest Domes in the world. As you climb up the famous 463 steps, enjoy stunning views of the Cathedral interior and 16th-century frescoes. The small group setting of 12 people or less allows for the guides to provide you with a more personalized tour that will allow you to better understand Florence. Learn more and get the most out of your experience in a small group. 

Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

9. Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Located in the heart of Florence, this stunning Cathedral is one of the most visited places in Europe and definitely a must-see during your stay in Florence. When you walk to the square, you'll find this monumental square with Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, and others, including the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. With this tour, you'll have the chance to enjoy a guided tour inside the cathedral. As you explore the inside of the cathedral, your guide will show the main artworks conserved within. The construction of the Cathedral began in the 13th Century thanks to Arnolfo di Cambio and was finished later with the magnificent Dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 1420s. It's a huge and massive construction. With this tour, you'll have the chance to enjoy a 1h guided tour of the Cathedral where our guide will show the main artworks still conserved inside.

Florence: Cathedral, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery Tour

10. Florence: Cathedral, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery Tour

Visit the key religious monuments at Duomo Square with pre-reserved tickets in Florence. Focus on the historical and cultural significance of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its complementary structures explained by an expert local guide. Start your tour at Duomo Square. Learn about the Cathedral and its construction through the centuries and how it came to be the center of Florence’s religious life. Benefit from your guide’s knowledge to understand its relationship with the rest of the magnificent buildings in the square. Visit the imposing Cathedral of Florence dominating the skyline. See it as an artistic wonder for its size and its amazing marble decorations. Enjoy the beauty of priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art. Get priority admission to the octagonal Baptistery of St. John, best known for its ceiling decorated with golden mosaics and its gleaming bronze doors, called the Gates of Paradise. Gaze at the relief work on the detailed panels. Learn how these are not the original bronze doors and that the authentic East Doors are currently on display in the museum. Continue to the Duomo Museum, where incredible masterpieces like the gates of the Baptistery, Donatello’s sculptures, and the original dome’s wooden scaffoldings are exhibited. You could spend hours wandering through the displays, but your guide will focus on highlights such as Michelangelo’s Pietà and other magnificent works of art. The last stop is Giotto's Bell Tower, which you can climb at your leisure.

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Thank you! The tour was easy to follow and the guide was knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend allotting more time than the tour if you want to do the climbing because it will take some time!

Great day out. Our host Angela was brilliant. Nando the driver was fantastic. We also had a great local guide in Siena called Donatella. Definitely recommend.

Unique experience that you can’t miss it Easy tickets to use Every information the platform give us were precise. Suggest it for sure !! You can’t miss it guys

Easy to get the tickets. Even brought our 7 month old daughter up to the Dome with us.

We had a great tour by Jayjay. Very informative. Thankyou