This 6-day tour is perfect for those wanting to relax on the peaceful shores of Lake Como while still tackling Italy's impressive history. You'll hike the villages of Cinque Terre and enjoy the ancient cities of Parma and Florence, where you'll discover endless monuments, art galleries, and museums, including the Accadmia Gallery to see the David. After reveling in the scenic vistas of Levanto on the Ligurian Sea, explore vibrant neighborhoods in Florence, where you'll eat late into the night in buzzy neighborhoods.
Spend a day exploring Florence and discovering its famous museums at your own pace. You’ll visit two incredible art galleries and immerse yourself in the history of the Italian Renaissance period. The Uffizi Gallery has a collection of masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Donatello, and others. On the other hand, the Accademia Galleria houses valuable works of art, and its spectacular architecture is impressive in its own right. Among other favorites, the gallery is home to one of the Renaissance's most iconic works of art, Michelangelo's David.The Uffizi Gallery:
- The Grand Duke of Tuscany commissioned the Uffizi's building in 1560 as offices for the Florentine magistrates (“Uffizi” in ancient Italian meant offices). Today, these former offices host some of the most important and famous masterpieces globally.
- Start your day early and give yourself at least 3-4 hours for your visit to the Uffizi. This expansive art gallery has so much to offer.
- After a visit to this expansive collection, head to the top floor of the Uffizi for a break at the gallery's cafeteria. Offering beautiful panoramic views of the Florence city center, this is a great place to pause, have a cappuccino, and recharge your batteries before continuing to your next stop.
- The Accademia dates back to 1784 when the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, reorganized the Academy of Design in Florence into the modern Academy of Fine Arts.
- The main masterpiece is the incredible 14-foot tall Renaissance sculpture, Michaelangelo's David, which depicts the Biblical hero. This sculpture was created between 1501 and 1504 and became a symbol of the Florentine Republic's strength during a time of massive political change. Much like David facing the mighty Goliath, the Republic was threatened at the time by stronger states, not to mention the Medici family regaining power.
- Give yourself at least an hour to explore and admire the great works of art inside this gallery.
Itineraries with Visit the Uffizi & Accademia Galleries in Florence
Explore the historical heritage of Italy combined with its natural splendor, starting with the scenic areas of Lake Como and Cinque Terre, where you'll cruise the shore by boat and hike from village to village. Stop in Parma to learn the secrets of world-famous prosciutto curing and discover the hidden side of Pisa beyond its leaning tower. End your trip in the ancient cities of Florence and Rome, where private tours will guide you to all the best monuments, museums, and art galleries, including the Accademia Gallery, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Forum.
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.
Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.