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Florence: Uffizi, Pitti Palace, & Boboli Garden Combo Ticket

1. Florence: Uffizi, Pitti Palace, & Boboli Garden Combo Ticket

With this cumulative ticket, you will get a reserved entrance to 5 museums, including the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, two of the most famous and important museums in Florence. Meet our assistant in front of the Uffizi, and they will give you your reserved entrance ticket. After the visit, you will have five days to visit the rest. Start your day with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, home to some of the most important paintings ranging from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, like Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” Caravaggio's "Medusa" and the only painting made on wood by Michelangelo. Marvel at the invaluable collection of statues that adorns the corridors which consist of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures. Discover Pitti Palace, built in the second half of the 15th century, where you can explore the Palatine Gallery to admire some masterpieces of famous painters including Caravaggio, Botticelli, Rubens, and Titians. Then, visit the Royal Apartments, where the Medici Family, The Grand Dukes of Tuscany, and the Italian Royal Family lived.  And enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and opulence of the Boboli Gardens and get a sense of the privilege and power enjoyed by the Medici family in centuries past.

Florence: Pizza and Gelato Preparation Class

2. Florence: Pizza and Gelato Preparation Class

Learn how to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians in a late afternoon class. Your chef will introduce you to the history of the most delicious Italian creations. You will bake a pizza called pizzaiolo with your professional chef. You can acquire the skill of how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, as well as the trick for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. After pizza, you will try your hands at gelato. Your chef will explain why gelato remains Italy's favorite dessert while giving an insight into the gelato culture that continues to grow. Know about the raw ingredients used for bases and principles for selecting the best products available. Then, enjoy a presentation and tasting of many of the flavors used in gelato making. You will also discover the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques, and their effects on different ingredients. Uncover the secrets of the world's most-loved dessert and Italian culture. Enjoy an easy and fun experience that will last forever in your memory.

Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

3. Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes, and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court. The Grotta del Buontalenti is an artificial cave filled with false stalactites and stalagmites, with statues of sheep, shepherds, and Romans goddesses. The cave is located close to the entrance of the Boboli Garden and at the end of the Vasari Corridor. 

Florence: Balloon Flight Over Tuscany

4. 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.

Skip the line with Elvis: Love the David Guided Experience

5. Skip the line with Elvis: Love the David Guided Experience

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Italy, as told by its mesmerizing art. Embark on a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery in Florence and learn all about the artists behind each piece. Enjoy priority access and take in Michelangelo's world-famous David. Meet your guide and pay for your admission tickets, then step right into the Accademia Gallery without waiting in line. Begin your insightful stroll through the incredible collection, discovering majestic paintings by Filippino Lippi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and more. Hear secret stories about the artworks and artists featured in the gallery, as well as ancient tales of the powerful Medici family. Understand why the Renaissance was born in Florence and why this family was so important to Michelangelo. And, of course, come up close to the giant David.

Florence: Leonardo Interactive Museum Entry Ticket

6. Florence: Leonardo Interactive Museum Entry Ticket

Make your way to the Leonardo Interactive Museum in the heart of Florence, just steps from the Accademia Gallery, and discover a family-friendly exhibition guaranteed to stimulate your curiosity. Marvel at machines built to scale and according to Da Vinci's original designs. Learn about some of Leonardo’s major studies of anatomy and see high-resolution backlit replicas of his main paintings to explore his medical and artistic achievements. Organized into 4 sections - earth, water, air, and fire - the museum provides descriptions in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian for your convenience. Benefit from multimedia displays about the artist and inventor's extraordinary life and works.

Florence: Medici Family History Tour

7. Florence: Medici Family History Tour

Relive the story of the family that managed to become the symbol of a city, facing countless obstacles, betrayals and victories. Explore the most symbolic places of the Medici family in Florence, the most famous city of the Renaissance period. See where many of the scenes from the tv series “The Medici” took place, and uncover the true essence of the main characters of the Medici Family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Cosimo the Elder or Piero the Unfortunate. You can also explore the amazing palaces of enemy families like the Strozzi, Albizi, and Pazzi. Together, you will visit the Palazzo Medici, a famous architectural work of the fifteenth century and the beautiful Chapel of the Magi, which was painted by Benozzo Gozzoli. You will also visit a secret place where the genius Michelangelo learned to sculpt, under the shadow of one of Donatello’s pupils, the Bertoldo.

Florence: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

8. Florence: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know Florence at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Florence’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. Start your tour at the imposing Church of Santa Maria Novella. Visit the Basilica of Saint Mark with its mesmerizing facade. Photograph the San Lorenzo church which is more than a church and admire Florence's Cathedral with its unique architecture. The Piazza della Signoria will amaze you, it is one of the characteristic symbols of Florence. Arrive at Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Galileo are buried. Pass by the famous Galleria degli Uffizi. Admire the Ponte Vecchio, the picturesque medieval arch bridge. See the Ponte Santa Trinita, and finish up at the Piazza della Repubblica, a spot that is always busy and enchanting.

Florence: Pontevecchio Bridge and City Sights Rafting Cruise

9. Florence: Pontevecchio Bridge and City Sights Rafting Cruise

Admire Florence's iconic historical sites from a different perspective: on a raft on the Arno River. Listen to your guide tell you stories of each location as you easily glide over the river's peaceful waters. Kick up your adrenaline with a quick descent down the San Niccolò water slide and see the marvellous Pontevecchio Bridge from beneath it. Follow the Arno River through the city, passing under its four main historical bridges. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the river, seeing Florence's city center and its incredible architecture from a unique and relaxing perspective. Glide past sights such as the National Library, Uffizi Gallery, Pontevecchio, Santa Trinita bridge with Ammannati's sculptures, and much more. Enjoy a thrilling descent down the dam of San Niccolò before arriving under the picturesque arches of the Pontevecchio Bridge. Take your time to admire the famed Vasari Corridor and the goldsmiths' workshops from below.

Florence: Inside Banksy Unauthorized Exhibition Entry Ticket

10. Florence: Inside Banksy Unauthorized Exhibition Entry Ticket

Secure your ticket to Inside Banksy at Florence’s Cattedrale dell’Immagine to join a unique event created by Crossmedia with the curatorial contribution of Gianni Mercurio. See the creative journey of Banksy comes alive via a true narrative that unravels through a mix of images, sounds, and music. Introductory Hall (Standard and VIP tickets): The exhibition opens with an introductory section. Thanks to the use of sophisticated and accurate staging, see the suburban setting in which Banksy created his murals recreated. Inside Banksy VR Experience (Standard and VIP tickets): Penetrate the artistic vision of Banksy thanks to an app developed specifically for virtual reality viewers. The concept of immersive ushers in new paradigms of visibility on a 5-minute adventure to discover the iconic works of the writer. The Immersive Room (Standard and VIP tickets):  Enjoy the most evocative part of the multimedia sensorial event. See the floor and walls flooded with an unprecedented narrative of about 35 minutes, showcasing the works of Banksy through sensory, emotional, and immersive images and music. Interactive Spray Canister Experience (VIP tickets only): The canister installation is a simulation that allows you to virtually spray on a canvas. Experience the impression of painting with an actual canister: a beam of IR light that can be traced on the digital screen will be emitted.

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Elvis met us promptly and proceeded to walk us through 2,000 years of art history in two hours. Just awesome. Engaging, super knowledgeable, able to take complex works from the masters of the world and tie them together thematically in a lyrical and easy to digest fashion. He not only enthralled my wife and I, but also our 14 year old. We felt like this was a once in a lifetime experience and Elvis facilitated this. I highly recommend this tour, for both first time visitors and repeat visitors to Florence. Don’t hesitate - book with Elvis.

Best guided tour we have had in Italy! Elvis is articulate, witty, personable, funny, and incredible storyteller who has a deep knowledge and understanding of the history and the art of all Italy. My only regret is that we didn’t find out about him sooner as we would have used him for every tour in Florence. We typically don’t leave reviews, but his presentation really changed the way we looked at Florence and it would be a shame if people didn’t know about him and book any tour he offers!!

Boboli Gardens overlooks Florence from a hill overlooking the river and the Ponte Vechia. It is very peaceful and quite varied. We would highly recommend a visit there. I would say that early morning is a good time to go.

Expert scientific explanation for this unique museum. Thanks Martina from Florence Tours.

It is such a great thing to do if you have some extra time!