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.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Depart Asheville via Bus (Guests from other North Carolina cities will be reimbursed for long term parking at the Charlotte Airport if not leaving from Asheville). Guests joining the tour from across the United States depart from their home cities.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Morning arrival and change of planes in Munich. Arrive Florence
Meet and greet at Florence airport by Private Italy Tours staff. Check in to hotel. Remainder of day is open for rest and relaxation. Informal welcome dinner early this evening.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Walking tour of city center. Visits to San Marco Monastery, the Accademia (Michelangelo’s David), Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and many others. Group lunch with open afternoon.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Tour of Uffizi Gallery. In the afternoon, the group will visit the Museum of the Works of the Duomo.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Our group will explore the Museum of the Bargello followed by a visit to the Ospedale degli Innocenti. Open afternoon. We conclude our day with a visit to the Basilica of San Miniato, above Florence, where we will visit the basilica and experience evening vespers at 5:30PM, sung in Gregorian chant.
Monday, March 12, 2018
“Arch Enemies in all but Art”. Siena Excursion
Private guided tour of the Duomo Complex and Campo. Transfer to the walled medieval village of San Gimignano for lunch and open time. Return to Florence by 7:00PM.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Today is set aside for our guests to select and enjoy any of many offered optional excursions; cooking classes, Bologna, Rome or Venice day excursions, Chianti winery visit with tasting and dinner and others. These will be offered to guests prior to departure for selection and confirmation.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Our group will experience an exclusive and private visit to the art restorations workshops of the Uffizi galleries. This is a very rare opportunity to view restoration of priceless art treasures.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Libertas! Private guided excursion to this historic and beautiful Tuscan city.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Private guided visit to Poggio a Caiano, one of the Medici family country villas. Following the tour, there will be a group lunch at an excellent trattoria before returning to Florence. PENDING: Exclusive evening private performance for our group of The Medici Show in Il Fuligno, a beautiful Baroque church in the city center. Farewell dinner following the performance.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Clients will be transferred to the Florence Peretola airport for check in and return flights to Charlotte.