Art and History Tour of Florence and Tuscany
Travelers rarely have the opportunity to truly experience the art treasures of Florence and Tuscany. The “Birthplace of the Renaissance” rightfully deserves a more in-depth study. In response to many requests from continuing education students in Asheville, NC we have created this special tour.
These tours of Florence are designed to provide our guests with an easily paced experience with the art and history of Florence – some known and some rarely visited – with opportunities to enjoy meals on their one in any of Florence’s exceptional restaurants or trattorias. A private guide is with the group each day in the city and provides unique insights for our guests. For everyone who loves Italy, art lover or no, this is a unique opportunity to experience a relaxing and easily paced visit to the open air museum that is Florence.
Our guests will also experience two days away from the city, one day in Siena and one day in Lucca.
Accommodations for our tours of Florence
Our lovely and secluded luxury hotel is located steps from the city center of Florence. Guest accommodations include full breakfast buffet, wireless internet computer in lobby and library for guest use, wireless access in every room, individual climate control in each room and exceptional support by on site Private Italy Tours staff as well as front desk staff.
The hotel’s excellent location offers guests easy walks to the Piazzas Repubblica and Duomo, as well as all of the historic sites in the city center. Florence is a city to be explored at all hours of the day and night; from sunrises above the city at Piazzale Michelangelo to sunsets reflecting on the Ponte Vecchio from the Ponte Santa Trinita, the texture and gold-infused light of the city adds greater dimension to our client’s experiences in this cradle of western art and history; bella Firenze.
Late afternoons on most days are open for guests to explore and shop in the city on their own. Recommendations for places to visit and/or places to find the best values in the city are available from Mark Gordon Smith, who will accompany this group of guests, as well as other Private Italy Tours Ltd staff.
- Meet and Greet/Departure private transfers.
- Round trip bus transportation for Asheville area residents to/from the Charlotte airport on their departure day and return to Asheville at the conclusion of the tour. (Flights will be on Lufthansa German Airlines.)
- Private hotel double accommodations at centrally located luxury hotel in city center of Florence. Single travelers will be accommodated in either Single rooms or Double rooms for single use depending upon availability.
- Meet and greet upon arrival at the Florence airport. If possible, an escort will meet the arriving flight in Munich to assist with transiting passengers to their Florence flight.
- Private dedicated guide for each day during the tour.
- Private dedicated transportation throughout the tour with our group.
- Bilingual staff.
- All museum and site entrance tickets.
- Custom bound itineraries created by Private Italy Tour’s staff for each client which feature details of each day’s activities, sites visited and services provided.
Please note this itinerary indicates a typical tour with us. Some dates and destinations are subject to change to support the highest quality tour possible.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Day One: Depart Asheville via Bus
(Guests joining us in Florence depart from their home cities)
Depart Charlotte on Lufthansa, via Munich, to Florence
For those who live in the Asheville area, a private bus will transport our guests from Asheville to the Charlotte airport with sufficient time to check in for their evening departure to Munich and on to Florence.
A representative of Private Italy Tours will be with the group from the time they leave Asheville to their clearance of the security area in Charlotte before departure to handle any last minute questions or concerns.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Day Two: Upon arrival in Munich this morning, clients will have time to walk to passport control, clear that station and then proceed directly to their departure gate for Florence. If possible, a representative of Lufthansa will be meeting the arriving flight from Charlotte to assist our guests in transit at the Munich airport. The airport was recently voted the Number One airport for easy connections in Europe.
Upon arrival at the Florence airport, our guests will be transported directly to their city center hotel for registration. Remainder of day is open for rest and relaxation on their own.
Thursday, March 8, 2018, Day Three: Walking tour of city center – highlighting the most important buildings and galleries. Included in today’s tour is a visit the David by Michelangelo at the Accademia.
Our group will enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. We select the second evening to allow guests to somewhat overcome jet lag after their long journey.
Friday, March 9, 2018, Day Four: Tour of Uffizi Gallery. In the afternoon, the group will visit the Boboli Gardens and the Gardens of the villa Bardini.
Early evening private performance, The Medici Dynasty, at Il Fuligno, a 14th century convent located steps from our hotel.
Saturday, March 10, 2018, Day Five: “Arch Enemies in all but Art.” Siena: Day visit with Private Guide. Pinacoteca Nazionale, Duomo, Campo, and other key historically important sights will be visited. Private van transportation provided.
Sunday, March 11, 2018, Day Six: Our group will explore the Monastery of San Marco and the Medici family Basilica of San Lorenzo during the morning. Following lunch on your own, the group will reconvene at San Marco and will walk to the Ospedale degli Innocenti for a tour of a remarkable little-known part of Florentine Renaissance life.
For those who select our additional excursion to Cremona, you will be departing Florence late this afternoon and transfer by train to the city of Cremona for a hotel overnight before your tour on Wednesday.
Monday, March 12, 2018, Day Seven: Today is set aside for additional excursions for our guests. These will be selected before departure for Florence. The excursions available will be: Day guided tour of Bologna, Villa I Tatti: Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, A private family winery for visit and dinner, olive oil Laboratorio and dinner, cooking class – afternoon/evening, or an excursion to the Badia a Coltibuono for a wine tour/tasting and lunch.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Day Eight: Day trip to Lucca. Duomo and many of the historic locations of the city will be shared with our guests in the company of an expert local guide.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Day Nine: Today, the group will depart the hotel by private van and transfer to the village of Poggio a Caiano where our guides will lead the group on an exploration of one of the Medici family’s most historic and beautiful country homes. Following the tour at the villa, the group will walk a short distance to a local restaurant for lunch, and then return to Florence after lunch.
Thursday, March 15, 20178 Day Ten: Our group will experience a visit to the art restorations workshops of the Uffizi galleries. This is a very rare opportunity to experience and understand how the treasures of the Uffizi are restored.
Afternoon at leisure.
Friday, March 16, 2018, Day Eleven: “The Last Suppers” Many visitors do not know of the many “Last Suppers” across Florence. Today’s guide will share those highlights with guests.
Farwell dinner this evening in Florence.
Saturday, March 17, 2018, Day Twelve: Clients will be transferred to the Florence Peretola airport for check in for their return flights, via Munich, to Charlotte.