If spending 9 days seeing top works of art and eating chocolate Foccacia sounds good, then this trip is perfect for you. Start in Florence to see Michelangelo's 'David', tour the Uffizi Gallery, and go shopping on the medieval Pontevecchio Bridge. See the Tuscan countryside from the top of Pisa's leaning tower, then see soaring cathedrals and ancient Piazzas in medieval Siena. Explore food and wine in the Val d’Orcia before ending in romantic Lucca, where quiet courtyards, 12th-century chapels, and the perfect cup of afternoon coffee await.
You’ll meet your guide in the late afternoon at the popular Piazza del Duomo and walk along the quieter streets of the Santa Croce neighborhood. Here is where Dante used to hang out and where Michelangelo both lived and was buried. Along the way, you’ll pass the Sant’Ambrogio Market, which is a definite must-see for foodies or those looking for an authentic cultural experience. You’ll also find some of the best reasonably-priced restaurants on this particular side of the river near the market.
Next, you’ll visit Piazza della Signoria, Florence’s most impressive outdoor sculpture gallery, and the old home of Michelangelo’s David. Eventually, he proved too beautiful to sit outside, but you can find a replica in its original position in front of Palazzo Vecchio. Finally, continue toward the river and cross the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge to the quiet and humble neighborhood of Oltrarno. Unfortunately, few visitors venture into the districts you’ll visit on this tour, and you’ll quickly learn that they’re missing out!
No Italian walk is complete without gelato. Enjoy a break to sample the city’s famous dessert and get some tips on how to tell a good gelateria from a bad one (hint, it’s all about the pistachios). Then, make a stop at the foreboding Pitti Palace as your guide shares recommendations for some of the most authentic restaurants and bars in the city (all with affordable prices). In particular, Piazza Santo Spirito is a great area for eating, so this is where your guide will leave you.
Throughout the evening, you’ll get to know Florence through a local's eyes. Then, for the rest of your stay in the city, use your newfound local tips to take advantage of this historic metropolis and track down the most authentic food from the very start!
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Itineraries with Florence Welcome Stroll & Gelato
This two-week trip through Italy takes you to it all. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence and meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge. Visit Rome and admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife before finishing off on the incomparable Amalfi Coast and Capri Island for some leisure and beach time to complete your trip.
Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance in all its splendor. Discover Rennaissance art in Florence, browse bustling markets for fresh produce and cured meats and stroll through narrow medieval streets to see the 1,000-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge. Head to the Tuscan countryside to visit Siena and see the medieval Monteriggioni fortress and learn the secrets behind a homemade Italian meal.