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
Friday, October 8, 2021
Upon arriving in Florence, enjoy an enlightening guided walking tour around the city to explore Florentine life, taste traditional dishes, and converse with the locals. Visit a variety of colorful markets and shops, and sample a delicious assortment of breads, cheeses, salumi, crostini, olive oils, sweets, and seasonal specialties paired with a glass of Chianti wine.
This evening, enjoy leisure time at the hotel or stroll the bustling cobble streets to discover lively shops and bistros.
Overnight: Hotel Santa Maria Novella (L)
Day 10: Florence
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Today, embark upon a guided panoramic walking tour to admire the sculptures that surround Piazza della Signoria—the heart of Florence’s historic and political square. Stop by Palazzo Vecchio—the town hall—and Ponte Vecchio, the oldest and most famous bridge in Florence. Pass by Dante's house, San Lorenzo Market, the famous Duomo, and Brunelleschi’s Cathedral and its baptistry renowned for its three bronze doors and relief sculptures. Also this morning, view Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery.
Overnight: Hotel Santa Maria Novella (B)
Day 11: Florence / Depart for U.S.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
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.
Hotel Santa Maria Novella
October 8 - October 9
Spend two lovely evenings amidst one of the most beautiful squares of the Tuscan capital. Located in an ancient palace, Hotel Santa Maria Novella exudes charm and refinement. Each luxurious guest room features its own colorful décor with modern amenities.
During leisure time, visit the rooftop terrace overlooking the Santa Maria Novella Basilica, retreat to the sauna, or reenergize in the well-equipped fitness room.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, Egyptian cotton bedding, LCD satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, minibar, bathrobes and slippers, safe, and marble en suite bathroom with premium 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 Hotel Santa Maria Novella (or similar), with breakfast each morning
- Guided artisanal and cultural tour
- Guided panoramic walking tour of Florence's historical highlights
- Admission to Accademia Gallery for a viewing of Michelangelo’s David
- Luggage porterage
- Gratuities to local guide, drivers, and porters
- Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times