Florence is arguably the cultural capital of Europe and the showcase of Renaissance exuberance. Lovers of beauty, art, and history can extend their experience in Tuscany to embrace the treasures of this magnificent city.
Day 9: Depart Castellina / Arrive in Florence
Upon arriving in Florence, meet a local art historian guide and set out on a walking tour of the Florence historic center.
In Piazza della Repubblica, discover the city’s beginnings as a Roman settlement. Wander through narrow streets past the fortified houses and towers that marked the medieval town, and emerge onto the open Piazza della Signoria, the political center of the city since the Middle Ages. See the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, then cap off the morning with lunch at the local market.
Walk through the market and meet in a local botteghe, where families have been serving up food treasures for generations. Stop and taste different local specialties, such as the not-to-be-missed finocchiona salami or the Tuscan crostino, paired with a glass of fine Chianti. Then, enjoy a delightful, sweet break with an Italian cappuccino in an ancient coffee or an artisanal gelato.
In the afternoon, explore the hidden craft workshops that create artisanal jewels and leather products—flagships of Tuscan local production. And finally, set out on a private boat excursion on the river Arno. Sail underneath the Ponte Vecchio and delight in the views of the Uffizi Galleries and many palaces that are part of the history of Florence while sipping a glass of Prosecco.
Return to your hotel for the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Executive (L)
Day 10: Florence
Today join your guide and walk to the historic center to visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest churches in Florence, and a symbol of the city. With an octagonal plan, entirely covered with marble slabs and with a dome decorated by a precious Byzantine mosaic, it represents a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture.
Next, enjoy a tour of the Uffizi Gallery. Commissioned in 1560 by Cosimo I de’ Medici and designed by the great architect Giorgio Vasari, the Uffizi has drawn visitors to view masterpieces by important artists of the Renaissance, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli, Tiziano, and Michelangelo.
At the end of the tour, savor lunch and an afternoon at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.
Overnight: Hotel Executive (B)
Day 11: Florence / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to Florence's Peretola Airport for flights home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch
This post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.
It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, board a motor coach, and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance.
Stay in the heart of Florence with the Hotel Executive and relax in a noble residence dating back to the 18th century. Its romantic environment alongside helpful amenities are designed to enhance your experience.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, writing desk and chair, digital flatscreen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, alarm clock, phone, minibar, safe, iron and ironing board, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.
Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.
- 2 nights accommodations at the Hotel Executive (or similar), with breakfast each morning
- Guided art history and cultural tour, plus a panoramic walking tour of Florence's historical highlights
- Local market experience and tasting, featuring three courses and a glass of wine
- Visit to artisanal leather and jewelry workshops
- Private boat tour on the Arno River
- Admission to the Uffizi Gallery
- Luggage porterage
- Gratuities to local guide, drivers, and porters
- Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times