Private: THE BEST OF FLORENCE IN A DAY (lunch included)
Want to take in as much of the city as possible but have a limited time to do so? This is the tour for you! Our Best of Florence in a Day tour has packed all of her main treasures into a one-day itinerary
This part-walking, part-driving tour includes breathtaking panoramic views of the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, strolls down her enchanting cobbled streets, stops at her most famous piazzas, fountains and monuments and includes visits to your choice of two of the following museums (according to availability).
The Uffizi Gallery: With its numerous breathtaking works by Botticelli, Lippi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo de Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt—just to name a few—it’s not hard to see why the Uffizi Gallery is one of Florence’s most popular museums. Yet it’s sheer scale and long lines can leave visitors frustrated and overwhelmed. With our tour you’ll skip the lines, as our guide leads you to all of the gallery’s must-see pieces.
The Accademia Gallery: No trip to Florence is complete without a stop at the Accademia Gallery. In addition to offering its visitors a view of works by Florentine greats like Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Andrea del Sarto, the “Academy” is home to one of Florence’s (and the world’s, for that matter) greatest treasures, Michelangelo’s magnificent statue of David.
Basilica Santa Croce: This striking Gothic-Renaissance church with gorgeous interior works by Giotto and Donatello is the largest Franciscan church in the world, though it is better known for the many talented people buried here, and for whom it has been given the nickname the “Temple of the Glories”. Galileo, Machiavelli and Michelangelo are among its eternal residents.
Medici chapels: These stunning structures, originally built as extensions to the Basilica San Lorenzo, the official church of the Medici, served as the burial place for this powerful, influential family. As grand as the family for whom they were built, with its sumptuous interior of marble, precious stonework, and exquisite frescoes, we’ll explore every corner, including the works by Pietro Benvenuti, and of course, Michelangelo.
Pitti Palace: This immense palace, originally designed by Brunelleschi for the Pitti family (a once-rival family to the Medici) has housed several famous rulers from the Medici to the Savoy royals of the early, unified Italy. Today it houses five separate museums along with the Florence’s celebrated Boboli gardens.
Palazzo del Bargello: Used as early as the mid-13th century as a police station, prison, and place of torture, today the Palazzo del Bargello boasts the largest, and arguably most magnificent, collection of Tuscan Renaissance sculpture in Italy. A veritable diamond in the rough, The Bargello may be lesser known than the Uffizi or the Academy, but that only means you won’t have to fight the crowds to enjoy her treasures.
We’ll end the the tour with a chance for you to relax while doing a bit a shopping. Of all the goods sold in Florence, the city is best known for its fine leather. We will take you to one of the city’s oldest and most famous leather shops, Peruzzi (named for Florence’s premiere banking family before the rise of the Medici who still own the store today). Here, in addition to fine leather, you will also find jewelry, watches, and more.
Availability: Year round
Days of operation: Daily
Duration: Approx. 7 hours
pick-up at hotel: 9:15 am
Exclusive Private Tour Prices: 6 people maximum
1 person € 650.00 2 people € 750.00 total 3 people € 810.00 total 4 people € 870.00 total 5 people € 930.00 total 6 people € 990.00 total.
Included: Guide, driver, tickets to two of the above mentioned Florentine museums (subject to availability), and lunch from a fixed menu at one of our favorite Florentine restaurants.
Not included: Gratuity for guide, driver and waiters is not included, though it is customary to offer a gratuity if you are pleased with your service. Food and drinks ordered outside of the fixed menu are also not included in the tour price.