Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this two-week highlights tour. Explore the floating city of Venice, the Renaissance jewel of Florence, and the Eternal City of Rome. Ride a Vespa through picturesque Tuscany and discover the stunning Amalfi Coast. Soak up the culture, food, and wine while you fall in love with Italy.
The first option starts with a Renaissance-themed walk through the historic city center, known as Medieval Florence. Next, your guide will give you an extensive introduction to Firenze and its piazzas and palazzi, which reveal the logic and philosophy of the Renaissance period. This tour includes stops at Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Strozzi, Brunelleschi's Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, Palazzo Vecchio, and many other important landmarks.
And as you walk, discuss the ideas of the Renaissance with your guide. You’ll explore the lives of many famous artists, the Medici family who showered Florence with countless masterpieces, and how life changed forever during this epic period of the history of Florence. At the end of the walk, you’ll arrive at the Accademia Gallery, home to Florence's most treasured work of art, Michelangelo's David. Enjoy an in-depth discussion of David and continue to admire another Michelangelo piece, Slaves.
The second option starts with visiting one of the most famous churches in Florence, Santa Croce. The church is a burial ground for many Italian greats, including Michelangelo. In the celebrated Medici Chapel, you’ll view some of his works within the church plus art by many others, such as Donatello, Giotto, and Della Robbia.
Next, you’ll head to the Uffizi Galleries, one of the most renowned art museums in the world. Enjoy an in-depth tour of numerous masterpieces, including The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of Pope Leo X with Two Cardinals by Raphael, and Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio.
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Itineraries with Florence Highlights Walking Tour
Experience La Dolce Vita on this packed 11-day itinerary of Italy's favorite cities. Start in Venice to see the Grand Canal, then head to Florence for a tour of the Uffizi Gallery and a day in Tuscany. Continue to the Amalfi Coast for rocky beaches and summer villas, then end in Rome where the Sistine Chapel, Galleria Borghese, and bohemian Trastevere await.
Discover the best of Italy's northern regions, starting in the medieval city of Florence, with guided walking tours and wine tastings in Tuscany. Make your way through San Marino and the coastal cities of Riccione and Ravena before heading into Emilia-Romagna for a culinary exploration through Bologna and Parma. Take a cooking class and learn how to identify wine with a sommelier, then enjoy exploring the extravagant shores of Lake Como and the fashion-focused streets of Milan.
Your trip to Rome and Florence starts with guided tours through Rome's historical core, Vatican City, and the Roman Forum, with walks through the Colosseum and to the top of Palatine Hill. Head to Florence to experience its historic squares, cathedrals, and museums, plus an Italian cooking class to learn how to make traditional pasta and dessert. End your trip in the Tuscan countryside with visits to Siena and San Gimignano, complete with walking tours and a wine tasting.
From the Sistine Chapel in Rome to Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence, this trip is perfect for travelers who want to see Italy's top sights at a relaxed pace, while getting a glimpse at a more off-the-beaten-path region as well. Start in Rome for trendy wine bars, nighttime foodie crawls, and a visit tour of Vatican City, end in Florence to explore the medieval cathedral and plazas. Nestled between the two big cities is the lesser-visited and equally stunning region of Umbria, where you'll stop to admire the landscapes to round out your trip.