Itinerary Highlights
  • 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

Contact one of our Italy specialists 020 3958 6120

Your hotel in Florence

Your hotel is located right in the historic centre in Piazza Santa Maria Novella where, in the 13th century, you would have met Dante as he left the Dominican church. The interior has a French colonial vibe, with vivid colours throughout. Think antique furniture, velvet, silk and beautiful parquet flooring. And the rooms follow suit, with their impeccable bedding, a Carrara marble bathroom and products from the oldest active European apothecary: the Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria Novella, which dates back to 1612. Finally, the rooftop terrace is perfect for long evenings in the gentle breeze with a cocktail in hand.

Included in the itinerary

The Uffizi Gallery with a private guide.
This world-renowned museum is known for the breadth and quality of its Italian art collections, which extend from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era. There are works by Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Bellini and Titian. Naturally, there's a long queue to get in. This is where your guide and priority pass come in handy. You'll also have a priority pass for the Grande Museo del Duomo. It offers access to the various sites of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, including the church, bell tower, baptistery and Opera del Duomo museum. Marvel at Michelangelo's The Deposition, Donatello's striking Penitent Magdalene and the bronze panels of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. There's no better way to round off a morning of culture than by sampling some Tuscan wine , with cheese and cold cuts.

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 Florence

The 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.

A la carte

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.
Option

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.
Option

On return, we take care of returning the router, so that it can be recycled.
Option

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is £2,000 to £2,400 per person. This trip is tailor-made to your exact specifications so prices will fluctuate. The cost varies according to several factors, including the level of service, duration of the trip and how far in advance you book. The final cost will vary depending on several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised itinerary. The average price for this trip is £2200 per person.
  • Return flight to Florence with a scheduled airline
  • Airline taxes
  • Private transfers
  • Our app, loaded with your itinerary, hotel details and recommended places to visit
  • Three-night stay in Florence in a double room with breakfast
  • The Uffizi Gallery with a private guide
  • Oltrarno and the Giardino Torrigiani with a private guide
  • Priority pass to the Grande Museo del Duomo
  • Wine tasting
  • Our on-site Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
    Get in touch
    Our experts have the inside track on the destinations they sell and will tailor-make a holiday to your unique requirements.
    Contact one of our Italy specialists