Family of 2 visited Italy in December 2017

“Going to be in Florence for 4 days in the middle of December for my daughter's 26 birthday. The whole trip is a surprise for my daughter. My daughter is an artist, so I would like to show her David, and maybe go to Pisa or Cinque Terre. I'm open to really any and all ideas. Both of us are pretty active and open to almost anything.”

Giorgia Carraffa, a local specialist from Italy, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary.

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Christmas holiday in Florence

Day 1: Florence
Day 2: Florence and the Accademy Gallery
Day 3: Lucca and Pisa
Day 4: Florence
Day 5: Departure

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Thanks for this request! I will be more than glad to help you. I will do my best to make this surprise unforgettable. If your daughter is an artist, Florence is her place! 

If you have less than a week, I would suggest that you stay in Florence and have great, daily excursions from there. I think a guided tour of the gallery with the David and the Uffizi are a must. Then I would include a daily your to Lucca and Pisa and maybe Siena and San Gimignano so you can have an idea of the wonderful countryside even in December. If you like to cook, I would include a fun pizza cooking class or a market tour and cooking class with a local chef.  Do you have an idea of the dates? Which kind of hotels would you like?  I look forward to hearing from you!

I agree that a guided tour of the gallery with David with the Uffizi is a must and love the idea of Lucca and Pisa, as I loved the area of Lucca when I was there, and I have never been to Pisa. I am looking at 3-4 star hotels, I would really like something with charm and character - which I know isn't hard to do in that area! Thanks again so much for your help!!!

I've sent you two new proposals with different accommodations and I would love to hear your thoughts. December is high season in Florence so it would be great to book in advance because the hotels are getting lots of requests! I'm receiving positive answers from other lovely accommodations, so if you are still interested let me know and I will be able to send you new prices considering also other hotels!

Hi, there, I love, love the Balestri!!!! I'm so excited! I actually remember walking by this hotel when I was in Florence, I know my daughter will love it too!

Thanks for paying the deposit! Please when you have time, let me know your arrival and departure details so I can arrange the private transfer. 

When I make the arrangements, I'll let you know!!! Thanks so much for all your help!
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Traveler Review

This trip to Italy was amazing. Giorgia did a fabulous job arranging everything, responded to emails quickly and efficiently! We had some issues with our flights getting changed multiple times, and Giorgia was amazing, kept in contact with us and our driver and our driver was there to meet us when we finally got there. My daughter especially liked the guide (whose name I can't remember) for the city tour of Florence, she took us to several churches, told us about art (my daughter is a artist so was especially happy) and history and we just had the best day! Seeing David was really the best part of the day! The next day we went to Pisa and Lucca, Simone, our driver was fabulous. He was funny and interactive, and made the trip driving seem really short. The hotel was perfect, Hotel Basteri was perfectly located within easy walking distance of everything. All in all this was a perfect trip for my daughter - it was a surprise for her 26 birthday!