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Florence: Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Florence: Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line 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: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

2. 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: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

3. Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 10 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 11 Libertà Stop 12 Donatello Stop 13 Beccaria Stop 14 Santa Croce Stop 15 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Ferrucci Stop 2 Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Porta San Frediano Stop 8 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 9 Piazza Indipendenza Line B (currently suspended) Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

4. Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

Learn how to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians! In this late afternoon class, your chef will introduce you to the history of these most delicious of Italian creations. With a professional pizza chef, you will bake a pizza called pizzaiolo. Learn 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. Even if you bake pizza in your own oven, these techniques are universal and using them really makes a difference. Make your very own pizza - stretch it, sauce it, bake it, slice it. This will be the best pizza you ever tasted, and you made it yourself! After pizza, it’s time for gelato. Your chef will explain why gelato remains Italy's favorite dessert while giving an insight into the gelato culture that continues to grow. Learn about the raw ingredients used for bases and about principles for selecting the best products available. Then, enjoy a presentation and tasting of many of the flavors used in gelato making. You will learn about the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques and their effects on different ingredients. Discover the secrets of the world's most-loved dessert! This activity is strongly recommended for families that wish to teach their children about Italian culture. This easy and fun experience will last forever in your child's memory.

Balloon Flight Over Tuscany: Florence

5. Balloon Flight Over Tuscany: Florence

Experience the magical feeling of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour 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: Family Cooking Experience

6. Florence: Family Cooking Experience

Join a family-friendly cooking class with an expert chef in Florence. Parents and children will learn how to prepare pizza, fresh pasta, and a traditional dessert before enjoying their dishes for dinner. Enter a fully equipped, professional kitchen and start your cooking lesson with the instruction of an expert chef. Children will have a great time putting their hands in the dough and mixing ingredients as you work to prepare your dishes. After your cooking lesson, sit down and enjoy the dishes you prepared. Adults can enjoy their meal along with a glass of Tuscan wine while children can enjoy a soft drink. Leave your experience with new cooking skills and recipes you and your children can share with friends and family.

Florence: Pontevecchio Bridge and City Sights Rafting Cruise

7. 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.

From Florence: Horseback Ride and Olive Oil Tour with Lunch

8. From Florence: Horseback Ride and Olive Oil Tour with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the nature of the Florentine hills on this unique tour. Enjoy a transfer from Florence city center to an equestrian center on the Chianti hills, where you will be paired with the best equine companion for you. After a quick riding demonstration, head out on a 1-hour ride across the Tuscan countryside, among vineyards and olive groves. Afterwards, drive to one of Tuscany's most celebrated and historic olive oil estates. Learn more about ancient and modern olive oil production techniques and how the estate combines both tradition and innovation to create the best possible extra virgin olive oil.  Learn how to sort out quality olive oil through a guided discovery tasting: sample the cold-pressed, organic-certified extra-virgin oil and appreciate its intense perfume. At the end of the tour, savor a typical Tuscan lunch with fresh local products, cheeses, bruschettas, and coldcuts, all accompanied by Chianti wine. Enjoy your meal in the rooms of the estate or outside on the terrace while immersed in the Tuscany countryside.

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

9. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

Florence: Cooking with Kids 3-Hour Experience

10. Florence: Cooking with Kids 3-Hour Experience

Enjoy a cooking class with the whole family, and learn how to make traditional Italian pizza and gelato (Italian ice cream). Kids can get involved in a fun and educational game and, along with adults, they’ll learn how to cook the dishes that represent the heart of Italian cooking. Led by a passionate chef, during this 3-hour experience you can express your creativity and culinary skills. Bake a pizza in a real wood oven, made with easily available ingredients. With this simple recipe you’ll be able to reproduce authentic Italian pizza in your own oven at home. Using the same pizza dough you’ll also learn how to make savory croissants of various shapes, suitable as appetizers or to accompany aperitifs. After this, prepare three mouthwatering flavors of homemade Italian gelato from refreshing and tasty recipes. Enjoy everything that you have prepared together, rounding off an unforgettable experience for the whole family. At the end of the class kids will receive a Little Chef certificate.

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What people are saying about Florence

It was really remarkable to see so many of Leonardo Davinci's ideas actually built and functioning in front of you. It was a lot of fun to make these inventions move and work. The museum was not too small and yet not too big that there was too much to get to. In my opinion, it was just the right size. It was a little crowded, but it was a little crowded but it was July so that was to be expected. And even so, we were still able to look at and touch everything we wanted to.

It was interesting to see the models that represented all of the ideas that brought to life. What an incredible mind and contribution to the advancement of civilization.

Its a great and fun place to take you kids, you can play with all of Leonardo’s inventions (which were many). Adults find it fun too.

We rode the speed train from Rome to Florence. There was a location immediately outside of the station very convenient.

Ambra was a great guide! We had a very good time visiting each winery, montelcino and the home made dinner.