Itinerary Highlights
    • Discover the treasure troves of art, wealth of culture and hidden gems in Florence, Tuscany’s iconic capital
    • Skip the queues with priority passes and tour the legendary Uffizi Gallery and Grande Museo del Duomo
    • Explore the Oltrarno – Florence’s trendy left bank neighbourhood – in the company of a local guide
    • Get tips from our local Concierge for the best spots to sample Florentine dishes and get a taste of Tuscan city life

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Cultural breaks don’t get much better than a stay in Florence, the Tuscan capital and all round culture connoisseur. The city’s cobbled streets are akin to an open-air museum, punctuated at every turn by grand palazzi (palaces), Renaissance-style buildings and fresco-decorated churches. Florence boasts its fair share of actual museums too, such as the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery and the Grande Museo del Duomo, both of which you’ll get to visit on a private guided tour (with priority passes). Your cultural trip will also include an exploration of Florence’s left bank neighbourhood, Oltrarno. Translating to ‘beyond the Arno’, the quirky quarter is separated from central Florence by the Arno River, yet still contains some of the city’s original historic centre.
With so many hidden gems throughout the city, it helps that our local Concierge can offer restaurant recommendations and insider tips.


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Your cultural break in Florence begins today with a flight from London to Pisa. Before you even set foot in the Tuscan capital, you’ll have the chance to explore its ‘second city’. From the airport, you will be privately transferred into the centre of Pisa for a tour of its main landmarks; the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery. Pisa is home to some of the finest examples of the Romanesque architectural style and all three monuments were built between the 11th and the 13th centuries. After exploring the city, you will be transferred to your hotel in Florence, where you can settle in and enjoy a traditional Florentine dinner of bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak), ribollita (vegetable soup) and pappardelle with ragù.



The real dose of culture begins today, as you discover Florence’s many excellent museums with a local guide (and get to skip the queues). First up is the Uffizi Gallery, a world-renowned museum known for the breadth and quality of its Italian art collections, which extend from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era. Showcasing works by Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo (among many others), it’s no surprise that waiting times for entry can get lengthy. Luckily, your priority pass will allow you to skip the queues, so your guide can take you through the many exhibits at a leisurely pace. You'll also have a priority pass for the Grande Museo del Duomo, which offers access to the various sites of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, including the church, bell tower, baptistery and Opera del Duomo museum. Marvel at Michelangelo's The Deposition, Donatello's striking Penitent Magdalene and the bronze panels of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. There's no better way to round off a morning of culture than by sampling some Tuscan wine, accompanied cheese and cold cuts.

The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please; Florence is home to numerous hidden gems worth visiting, such as the Torrigiani Garden, the San Marco Museum and Parco delle Cascine. Round off your culture-filled day with some more Tuscan fare at a restaurant recommended by our local Concierge.



Across the Arno River is Florence’s left bank, referred to as Oltrarno (meaning ‘beyond the Arno’). Accompanied by a private guide, you’ll get to explore this quirky neighbourhood and visit some of its bohemian botteghe (workshops), independent boutiques and authentic restaurants. Despite the gradual encroachment of gentrification, the area maintains its traditional yet trendy feel and this is the perfect place to experience daily Florentine life. The quarter contains part of Florence’s historic centre and during your tour, you’ll stop off at the Basilica di Santo Spirito, the opulent Palazzo Pitti, Piazzale Michelangelo and the Brancacci Chapel, with its impressively frescoed ceilings. Your guide will regale you with stories of Oltrarno’s past throughout the tour and there will, of course, be a gelato break along the way. For the final evening of your cultural break, you can either opt to head back to Florence, or try one of Oltrarno’s stellar food establishments – either way, we can guarantee that the food will be excellent.



Sadly, your cultural break in Florence comes to a close today. Before you leave, however, there’s time for one last stroll around the enchanting city centre and some delectable Florentine food. You’ll then be privately transferred from your hotel to Pisa Airport, where you’ll hop on your flight home.

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Cooking lessons at Riccardo Barthel's house

Designer Riccardo Barthel's house alone would be worth the trip, as it exemplifies quintessential Italian interior design. But, in addition to this, the chefs are there to introduce visitors to cooking Tuscan and Italian cuisine. With all the equipment they need on site, they take their time and go into detail, from the market to plating up; here aesthetics are very important. A total of five hours are spent going over the fundamentals of one of Europe's finest culinary traditions, with an interpreter.


Walk around the San Lorenzo Market

The main market is not only a place full of the very best of agriculture and handicrafts, but also a real architectural success thanks to Giuseppe Mengoni, who designed the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. And much of the produce is cooked on site for the local area. You'll explore the covered market with a guide who can talk to the traders and show you the best stalls. The two-hour tour includes a tasting of cold meats, cheese, wine, and truffle.


On return, we take care of returning the router, so that it can be recycled.


A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £1,290 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £1,520 per person.
  • Return flight to Florence with a scheduled airline

  • Airline taxes

  • Private transfers

  • Our app, loaded with your itinerary, hotel details and recommended places to visit

  • Three-night stay in Florence in a double room with breakfast

  • The Uffizi Gallery with a private guide

  • Oltrarno and the Giardino Torrigiani with a private guide

  • Priority pass to the Grande Museo del Duomo

  • Wine tasting

  • Our on-site Concierge service

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