- Fiesole, a lush retreat for Florentines for six centuries, and Arno Valley lookout
- Your hotel in Tuscany, which is a former Renaissance monastery, is elegant and rustic
- The itinerary includes a tour of Florence with an expert guide, a culinary journey through San Lorenzo market and priority access to the Uffizi Gallery
- All of our usual additional services are included, such as fast-track check in at the airport and our local Concierge service
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Your hotel in Fiesole - A balcony overlooking Florence
Included in the itineraryA tour with a Florentine, who is both a guide and artist. Far from the usual tourist routes, your guide will take you to quiet courtyards, flowered terraces and artists' and craftsmen's workshops. Your guide will tailor your route according to what you want to see and do, as well and throwing in a few wildcard options that they think you'll enjoy. Tastes and cravings are also discussed during the guided culinary journey through the stalls of San Lorenzo market. This is not just any old market, it's a real meeting place for Florentines who love delicious local produce. It offers an extraordinary selection of regional specialities, allowing visitors to sample the best of Florentine cuisine: cheeses, meats, olive oil, schiacciata bread, cantucci biscuits... not forgetting the famous red wine produced just outside of Florence: Chianti Classico.
While in Florence, save time with priority pass tickets to the Uffizi Gallery, the most famous museum in Tuscany.
Florence in a nutshellThe red roofs and dome of Santa Maria del Fiore rise up between the banks of the Arno and Tuscan mountains. The city's splendour owes much to the reign of the Medici family, especially evident in its Renaissance palaces and churches. There's also a whole array of art galleries and museums to be explored, as well as over 150 antiques dealers. Food lovers shouldn't miss out on a 'bistecca alla fiorentina' (Florentine steak) or pasta with white truffle. It goes without saying that the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most stunning in the world. However, it's also worth seeing Pitti Palace, the Galleria dell'Academia, the Specola and its fantastic collection of wax anatomical models, the History of Science Museum, which has a section dedicated to Galileo and the Convent of San Marco with its paintings by Fra Angelico. Then, head over to see the royal villas dotted around the nearby countryside, such as Villa Medicea di Careggi, Villa di Castello and Villa di Pratolino-Demidoff. And if you're confused by the wealth of things to do and are unsure what to do next, use our local Concierge: they're at your service. Similarly, if you want to explore the Tuscan countryside, we can organise car hire for you.
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Private tour of the Etruscan, Roman and medieval parts of Fiesole
Fiesole became something of a refuge for Florentines in the 14th century. A little north-east of Florence and nestled in the hills, the town was, and still is today, airy and peaceful. It is where Fra Angelico lived. He left many of his paintings in the Convent of San Domenico - some have remained, such as the Deposition of Christ and Virgin and Child, while others have left, such as Crucifixion with Saint Dominic, which is now at the Louvre. The remains of an Etruscan temple have been unearthed. During the first century BC, under the dictatorship of Sylla, veterans of the legions were settled in Faesulae, which was then updated with theatres and baths, which people still visit today. Accompanied by a private guide, you'll explore the different layers of the town's history. During the first century BC, under the dictatorship of Sylla, veterans of the legions were settled in Faesulae, which was then updated with theatres and baths, which people still visit today. Option - half day at Ponte Vecchio
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