- Florence is iconic, with treasure troves of art, which you'll discover as you stroll through Oltrarno.
- You'll stay in a beautiful hotel in the middle of the old town, the perfect example of Florentine elegance
- The itinerary includes a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery and Oltrarno, priority passes for the Grande Museo del Duomo and a Tuscan food tasting experience
- All of our usual additional services are included, such as fast-track airport services and our local Concierge service
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Included in the itineraryThe Uffizi Gallery with a private guide.
Oltrarno. Across the Arno river is the left bank. The area maintains its industrial feel although gentrification is on the horizon, but the many local workshops are resisting it as best they can. And, of course, there's the Pitti Palace and tower houses there, which shows that gentrification has been on the scene for quite some time now. Accompanied by a private guide, you'll explore iconic neighbourhoods and buildings, such as the Santo Spirito, which features the architectural work of Brunelleschi. Just like the Brancacci chapel, in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine, whose frescoes are amazing, you'll see, for example, the famous Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Masaccio. Like the Giardino Torrigiani, 42 acres of luscious plants and trees give a Renaissance feel to a 19th-century development.
Iconic FlorenceThe red roofs and dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence rise up between the banks of the Arno and Tuscan mountains. The city's splendour owes much to the reign of the Medici family, especially evident in its Renaissance palaces and churches. There's also a whole array of art galleries and museums to be explored, as well as over 150 antiques dealers. Food lovers shouldn't miss out on a 'bistecca alla fiorentina' (Florentine steak) or pasta with white truffle. It goes without saying that the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most stunning in the world. However, it's also worth seeing Pitti Palace, the Galleria dell'Academia, the Specola and its fantastic collection of wax anatomical models, the History of Science Museum, which has a section dedicated to Galileo and the Convent of San Marco with its paintings by Fra Angelico. Then, head over to see the royal villas dotted around the nearby countryside, such as Villa Medicea di Careggi, Villa di Castello and Villa di Pratolino-Demidoff. And if you're confused by the wealth of things to do and are unsure what to do next, use our local Concierge is at your service.
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Cooking lessons at Riccardo Barthel's house
Designer Riccardo Barthel's house alone would be worth the trip, as it exemplifies quintessential Italian interior design. But, in addition to this, the chefs are there to introduce visitors to cooking Tuscan and Italian cuisine. With all the equipment they need on site, they take their time and go into detail, from the market to plating up; here aesthetics are very important. A total of five hours are spent going over the fundamentals of one of Europe's finest culinary traditions, with an interpreter.
Walk around the San Lorenzo Market
The main market is not only a place full of the very best of agriculture and handicrafts, but also a real architectural success thanks to Giuseppe Mengoni, who designed the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. And much of the produce is cooked on site for the local area. You'll explore the covered market with a guide who can talk to the traders and show you the best stalls. The two-hour tour includes a tasting of cold meats, cheese, wine, and truffle.
On return, we take care of returning the router, so that it can be recycled.
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