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Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

1. Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

After meeting your guide and boarding the coach, drive to the Chianti region. On the way to the first winery, your guide will share interesting facts and curiosities about landmarks along the route. Arrive at the first “cantina” of the day, where you will be welcomed by the winemakers. After listening to a brief introduction about the winery’s history and the types of wine made there, join a guided tour of the facilities and nearby vineyards. Learn all about the winemaking process, the materials used to make the barrels, and what it takes to be classified as a “Chianti Classico”. Then, begin your first tasting session of 4 different wines. You will hear an explanation of each of the wines that you sample, as well as some tips on how to savor the wine and understand its qualities. The wines will be accompanied by local snacks produced in the region, such as cheese, bread, olive oil, and salumi. Board the bus and continue to the second winery. On the way, make a stop at a scenic lookout to observe a stunning panorama of the Chianti Hills. At the second winery, learn about their production methods, what is unique about their vines, and how weather can affect the grapes. Explore the facilities during a short guided tour, and walk through the vineyards. Then, sample another round of up to 3 wines, as the local charismatic wine producer tells you about the peculiarities of each. After some free time, head back to Florence.

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

2. 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: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

3. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

Florence: Skip-The-Line Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

4. Florence: Skip-The-Line Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

Discover masterpieces of art at one of Italy's (and the world’s) greatest art museums, and enjoy skip-the-line entrance at the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Marvel at Italian Renaissance art by some of the greatest artists of all times. See paintings by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio, and others. Go to the gallery’s most renowned room to see the stunning collection by Botticelli. Admire his “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” and reflect upon his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. Escape the hassle and hurry of organized group tours, and explore at your own pace. You are free to stay inside the museum for as long as you like. To see more stunning art, add skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens to your tour by selecting the option. After visiting the Uffizi, visit the palace and gardens in any order within the next 5 days.

Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

5. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

6. Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

See notable features of the Duomo of Siena with the OPA SI fast-track entry pass. In addition to discovering the Cathedral of Siena, visit the Baptistery, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera, Oratory, and Facciatone viewpoint with one convenient ticket. Enter the Duomo and be amazed by its grand scale as you stroll along its stunning mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo, amongst many artworks which are dotted around the cathedral. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni within the Duomo to marvel at the splendid Baptismal Font. From here, head down into the Crypt, the underground quarters that remained hidden for more than seven centuries. Then, stroll through the Piccolomini Library and gaze up at the vibrant and colorful frescoes which adorn its walls. Admire the stunning work by Pinturicchio, which depicts ten episodes from the life of Pope Pius II. Access the Museo dell'Opera which houses a selection of archaeological fragments and artwork once part of the cathedral. See a variety of Gothic sculptures by Giovanni Pisano and paintings by Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Head into the Oratory of San Bernardino to admire the collection of the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, with its core at the upper oratory chapel. Discover a variety of Siennese paintings from between the 13th to the 18th century. Finish up your visit to the complex with a climb up to the Facciatone viewpoint. Be enchanted by the unforgettable view over the city of Siena and the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.                                                                                                                                        

Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entrance Tickets

7. Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entrance Tickets

Make the most of your time in Florence with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery. Admire one of the world's most famous sculptures, Michelangelo's David, and see some of the sculptor's other works. Skip the long lines and enter the gallery via a separate entrance. Your reserved ticket allows you to skip the ticket office and avoid the worry of whether or not tickets will be available. Visit the main hall to see Michelangelo's statue of David and learn more about his thoughts and ideas. You can also see other Renaissance masterpieces by masters like Bartolini, Giambologna, Di Cione, di Buonaguida, and Monaco. Last but not least, admire the plaster of Lorenzo Bartolini before concluding your visit with paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other notable 16th-century artists.

Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

8. Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire the stunning artwork and architecture of its interior. Walk along its ornate marble mosaic floor and visit the Piccolomini Library known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the Cathedral and admire one of the foremost masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Gaze at elaborate altarpieces, a sculpture by Michelangelo, and all manner of ornate decorations scattered throughout its vast interior. Enter the Piccolomini Library, which contains a sprawling series of 10 frescoes by Pinturicchio chronicling the life of Pope Pius II. Gaze upwards at the domed ceiling, masterfully adorned with complex patterns and further scenes from the pope’s life.

Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

9. Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

After meeting your guide at the Tourist Information Center in the city center of Lucca, discover the city and its main sights and monuments. With your professional licensed guide, explore the downtown area for 2 hours.   Among other sites, visit the Church of San Michele, an incredibly detailed Roman Catholic basilica that was built as early as 795. Admire its 4 meter-tall statue of the Archangel Michael, the church’s patron saint. Enter the church free of charge and view its simpler, but still imposing interior architecture. You’ll also take a stroll on the city’s 16th century walls, a lovely place to walk among the greenery of the edge of the old town.     The tour ends at Lucca Cathedral, a splendid Roman Catholic church with a beautiful façade. If you’d like to continue on the tour with your guide, simply pay the small entrance fee and your guide will show you the interior and continue to share their knowledge. If not, your tour is finished and you can relax in a café with a drink at your leisure or continue to explore the city.

From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

10. From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

On this guided tour, spend the day visiting the famous marble caves of Carrara. Marvel at some of the world's finest marble, from which Michelangelo once chose in order to sculpt his masterpieces. Get a taste of the cavers' traditional diet with a visit to a lard factory. Begin your tour by hopping into a stylish off-road vehicle to reach the marble caves. Your guide will drive you up to quarries up to 1,000 meters above sea level. There, learn about marble extraction techniques and how they have evolved since the Roman era. After seeing the quarry that Michelangelo selected for his marble sculptures and discovering the history of this renowned area, enjoy the unique taste of the cavers' cuisine with a visit to a lard factory. The renowned Lardo di Colonnata will round out your tour.

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Paola was extremely knowledgeable and kind throughout our tour and was pleasant and put us both at ease. We learned so much about Lucca and even that our apartment is located in the ancient amphitheater which I found really incredible. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Lucca and be sure to ask for Paola! Margo Brody and Deborah Adams

The trip was loads of fun. Yenna was a great guide and very personable. The two winery we went to were stunning in their own ways. I felt very accommodated as a vegetarian. I only wish there was vegan options available. Made some lovely friends. Was a great addition to our honeymoon trip.

Excellent English speaking guide who valued the ancient history of the newly founded (7 years) winery De’ Ricci. The wine was fantastic and served “ gluten free” ( only for me) antipasto

Great tour guide and helper ! Equipment was fun and easy to get The hang of. Florence is busy but the path they take isn’t hard. A very enjoyable event !

The cathedral is in many ways a "must", especially on the outside. The dome and the bell-tower are both worth the effort.