Florence Hidden gems

Our most recommended Florence Hidden gems

Florence Cathedral and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour with Brunelleschi's Dome

1. Florence Cathedral and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour with Brunelleschi's Dome

Begin your tour in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, in the religious heart of Florence. Learn about the Baptistery of Saint John, as you see it from the outside, with its famous "Gates of Paradise". Head inside the cathedral to admire the mosaic decorations and see the Crypt of Santa Reparata. Visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, home to spectacular works of art including the original Gates of Paradise, Donatello's Maria Maddalena, and Michelangelo's Pieta. After the guided portion of the tour, climb 463 steps to Brunelleschi's Dome, to enjoy the best views over the city of Florence.

Florence: Dark History Walking Tour with Bar Stops

2. Florence: Dark History Walking Tour with Bar Stops

Acquire a new perspective of Florence by exploring its most famous sites at night. Embark on a thrilling dark history tour around the city, with stops at popular bars along the way. Start off your night with a mysterious experience and get the party started with a group of like-minded travelers. Take part in a unique adventure to discover Florence's nightlife as you stroll through the streets where popes, kings, and other famous characters once roamed. Visit at least two vibrant bars and sip on some drinks to set the mood for the rest of your night out. Allow your guide to uncover tales of the city's dark and scandalous history while you take in the marvelous views of historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and ancient bridges. End the tour on Via dei Benci, the most famous party street in Florence, and continue the night with your new friends.

Florence: Balloon Flight Over Tuscany

3. Florence: Balloon Flight Over Tuscany

Experience the magical feeling of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a hot air balloon flight from Florence. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, which is dependent on weather conditions and will be provided to you the day before your flight. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters). Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling scenery below. Each flight offers a different experience, as the balloons are directed by the breeze. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne and a breakfast with local products before the transfer shuttle back to your take-off site.

Florence: Pizza and Gelato Class at a Tuscan Farmhouse

4. Florence: Pizza and Gelato Class at a Tuscan Farmhouse

Eat and make a delicious pizza in this cooking class with a professional chef. Travel outside Florence to a beautiful estate, learn how to make creamy gelato, and enjoy a delightful glass of wine or beer. Meet in Florence and head out of the city to an idyllic farmhouse estate. After arriving, roll up your sleeves and get ready to cook with a professional Italian chef. Make and knead the dough and choose your perfect toppings, picked from the estate's garden. Once the delicious pizza comes out of the wood oven, relax and enjoy your handiwork with a glass of Chianti wine or a cold beer. Once you've finished your pizza, join your chef for a lesson on the special techniques used to make creamy gelato.  Dig into your gelato to finish your night with a sweet treat.

Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

5. 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: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

6. Florence: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

Learn how to make authentic Italian pasta and tiramisu at a friendly local host's home. Find out how to roll fresh pasta dough by hand, make two traditional pasta shapes, and prepare the perfect melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu. Sip an aperitivo as you learn the tricks and trades of authentic Italian cooking and hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

Ferrari Full-Day Tour

7. Ferrari Full-Day Tour

Spend a full day discovering the world of Ferrari. The tour includes visits to several museums and lunch at a farm. Begin the tour with a pickup at your hotel. Then, depart for Maranello, where you will go to visit the Ferrari Museum. Afterwards, have a guided tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track before enjoying lunch at a Farmhouse near Maranello. Visit the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and then return back.

From Florence: Sunset Wine Tasting Tour in Vintage Car

8. From Florence: Sunset Wine Tasting Tour in Vintage Car

You have dreamed of a romantic Italian getaway, get ready to make that dream a reality with our vintage Fiat 500 Sunset Drive and unique Wine Tasting experience. Your adventure is shaped from the start with the fantastic and compelling narrative of the Fiat 500 history, its relevance in Italian history. After you have become familiarized with your car and understand its personality, our guide will lead the convoy on the adventure of a lifetime. The gentle hum of the engine, the feel of the meandering roads opens us to the breathtaking view of the tuscan hills and as we drive into the past, we are exposed to the historicTuscan Villas, cypress lined roads endless vineyards and captivating olive groves. At our stop you will enjoy a Spritz cocktail followed by a wine tasting and sampling of the best local Tuscan cheeses and meats. This adventure will warm your heart with memories that will last a lifetime.

Chianti: Quad Safari with Lunch

9. Chianti: Quad Safari with Lunch

Discover hard-to-reach areas of Tuscany and the Chianti countryside differently aboard a quad bike. Take back unforgettable memories and photos of traditional hamlets, medieval castles, lush vineyards, and more. Tuck into a delicious light lunch surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery. After meeting your guide, settle into an ultra-modern Polaris 6-seater quad bike as your guide takes the wheel, and start your tour of the Chianti Hills. Feel the adrenaline rush of an off-road adventure as you explore areas of Tuscany that can't be reached by other modes of transport. Take in ancient farmhouses, medieval castles, and lovely hamlets. Watch out for wildlife in the forest, then stop for a picnic at lunchtime, completely immersed in nature. Marvel at crystal-clear streams full of fish and drive along windy paths through the Chianti vineyards.

Florence: Val d'Orcia Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting

10. Florence: Val d'Orcia Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting

The tour departs from Florence and heads into the luscious surrounds of Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site since 2004. As you travel to the first destination of the day, feel immersed in the region’s breathtaking landscapes, which were a source of inspiration for many Renaissance painters. Arrive at Montalcino, a locally owned family-run winery with an immensely welcoming atmosphere. Settle into the winery as if you were at home and learn everything there is to know about Brunello di Montalcino wine, vineyard techniques, the wine making process, wine aging, and how to appreciate wine properly. Enjoy a tasting session of the winery’s wines and try to pick up the flavors that are unique to this region. After the wine tasting, head to the nearby Papal village of Pienza, famous for its delicious Pecorino cheese. Here, enjoy a gourmet 3-course lunch in the colorful gardens of a former convent that dates back to the 15th century. Following lunch, spend some free time exploring the town, wander around its historic center, and visit the famous cheese shops to pick up a tasty souvenir. Continue onto Montepulciano next, the final stop of the tour. Famous worldwide for its Vino Nobile wine, Montepulciano is a quintessential medieval Tuscan village with vast green landscapes marked by rolling hills and castle walls. Follow your guide for a tour of the village’s historical cellar, known locally as the ‘underground city’ and then enjoy another wine tasting session along with a sampling of delicious olive oils and other food specialties. At the end of the tasting there’s enough time to visit the main square to take some photos of the breathtaking landscape before returning to Florence.

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What people are saying about Florence

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4.6 / 5

based on 374 reviews

Really awesome to read and try some interesting inventions from L. da Vinci. Highly recommended for everyone who is interested to the things behind any mechanics or has a curious mindset. Definitely not just for children!

Everything was perfect. The guide Eduardo was excellent. We learned a lot of interesting things.

Such a beautiful museum and the gardens are wonderful. The stairs are a lot but worth the views.

I have learned a lot from the class. It was fun and knowledgeable. I highly recommend it!

Nice staff and fun interactivity for both adults and 10 year old!