Shopping Day

Shopping Day

Florence is a unique city for shopping.
Contrary to other big cities in Europe, Florence has a relatively small historical center where all major brands and  exclusive artisans are located. The city has the trendiest fashion shops and the most exclusive artisans that produce the highest quality fashion items, jewelry, ceramics, culinary products and much more…

SHOPPING DAY
Start your day by meeting your personal shopping assistant and tour guide. You get to visit and shop at major stores in central Florence where you can find exclusive products…

  • Clothing, shoes and leather goods.
  • Jewelry and precious stones.
  • Ceramics, mosaics and terracotta.
  • Unique perfumes and beauty products.
  • Wine and special culinary products.
  • Prints, accessories and desk items.
  • Antiquities and art.
  • Souvenirs and unique items.

DETAILS
Details will be illustrated and agreed upon through continuous contacts and agreements. Shopping tour can either be done walking or by car. Your purchases will be delivered to your hotel or residence if required. Shipping to your country is also available if requested.

PARTICIPANTS
Private tour, ideally up to 8 persons.
DURATION
3 to 7 Hours with 1 hour lunch break.
SCHEDULES
Daily. Most shops and artisans close at 7.30 pm and on Sunday & Monday morning. Inquire for detailed information and private visits to shops.
FEES
240 Euro flat for 3 hours shopping tour.
450 Euro flat for 7 hours shopping tour with 1 hour break.

For car with driver supplement, please inquire.
International shipping or delivery to your hotel or residence available on request. Non EU citizen can request V.A.T. tax refund on location.

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Fashion in Florence

Fashion in Florence

Before Milan, it is was all in Florence.

It all started in Florence on February 25th 1951, when Conte Giorgini organized the first fashion show for an international audience at the Torrigiani Gardens. From then on, Italian fashion has conquered the world, and Florence is still, with Milan and Rome, one of Italy’s fashion hubs.

FASHION DAY

It is not just about shopping or artisans workshops, it is about the history of Florentine textile industry and fashion, from the times of the Guilds (Silk and Wool), seven centuries ago, to our present time. Florence made its fortune from trading, mainly in fabrics, and the city was an major center for merchants from all over the world. Close to Florence, the city of Prato is still a major production hub, specialized in high quality fabrics and garments.

Florence is currently the headquarter and design & production center for many designers and ateliers: Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci and many others. Also, many designers, such as Valentino, had their international debuts in Florence, where their shows at Pitti Palace drew huge international success.

Florence is the place where a major fashion trade event is held each year: The Pitti Event, divided into Pitti Uomo (men), Pitti Bimbo (kids) and Pitti Filati (fabrics).

TOUR DETAILS
Meet your fashion expert and plan the day ahead. Learn about the historical fact and the evolution of the textile production in Florence and the birth of the fashion industry.
The tour includes visits to:

  • Visit to the Antico Setificio Fiorentino for an in depth view on fabrics.
  • Visit to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, the legendary shoe designer.
  • Visit to the Pucci Foundation, renowned for prints and colorful fabrics.
  • Visit to the Museo del Tessuto di Prato (by car), the most important textile museum in central Italy.
  • A special meeting with a designer in his atelier.

Tour can vary from half day, 4 hours tour, to full day tour, where you can visit most of the places listed above and experience the Florentine fashion scene fully.

PARTICIPANTS
Private tour for small groups.
DURATION
4 to 8 Hours with 1 hour lunch break.
SCHEDULES
Week days.
FEES
Please inquire.

Fashion students coming to Florence can inquire for special group visits.
During Pitti events, we can arrange for special tours of the different
sections of the Expo.

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Fiesole

Fiesole

… Where you admire the most amazing panorama of Florence.

Fiesole is one the oldest villages of the Etruscan confederacy that prospered in central Italy between the 9th and 3rd century BC. Conquered by the Romans in 283 BC, the small town is strategically located on the hills north of Florence and is famous for an extraordinary panoramic view on the Florentine area and amazing landscape. It is also known for a well conserved Roman theater, baths and a museum with ancient artifacts.

HALF DAY VISIT
On this half day, you will to get immerse yourself in the Tuscan countryside without having to get far away from Florence and its historical center. In few hours, you will get to discover one of the most beautiful Italian small town and its history and stop for many photo shoots on your way.

DETAILS
Meet in Florence and head to Fiesole by bus or van with driver. Stop at central square, historical presentation and facts about the town. Visit to the cathedral of Fiesole and access to the archeological museum and Roman theater. Walk up to the monastery of S. Francesco with a panoramic view of Florence and promenade in the gardens.

PARTICIPANTS
Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION
3 Hours.
SCHEDULES
Daily, starts at 9,30 am and 2,00 pm (inquire for other hours).
FEES
180 Euro flat for visit by bus (15 minutes from central Florence).
280 Euro flat for visit by small luxury van with driver (up to 6 people).

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Villas and Castles

Villas and Castles

VISIT UNIQUE CASTLES, VILLAS AND GARDENS IN THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE.
Spend a full day touring the Medici’s Villas and Castles built between the 13th century up to late 17th century. All Villas are surrounded by breathtaking gardens immersed in a unique landscape between vineyards and olive trees.

FULL DAY VILLAS AND GARDENS TOUR | 7 HOURS
Visit with your tour guide and driver the castles and Villas of powerful families and feuds that controlled the territory of Tuscany in past centuries. Learn about the architecture  behind each construction and its function. Visit the interior spaces and learn about daily life in old times.

DETAILS
Pick up by sedan car of small luxury van at your hotel or an established location. Visit to two of the Medicis’ Villas surrounding Florence and detailed explanation. Lunch break at a historical location near a Villa. Spend the afternoon exploring old medieval  castles in the Tuscan region and visit the surrounding properties. You also get to meet the owners of some Villas and castles and hear about the family’s history and legacy.

List of Medici Villas, visit up to two of them from the following list:

  • Villa medicea di Poggio a Caiano (1470 – 1738).
  • Villa medicea La Petraia (mid 16th century secolo – 1738).
  • Villa medicea di Cerreto Guidi (1555 – 1738).
  • Villa medicea di Pratolino.
  • Villa medicea di Artimino (1596 – 1738).

List of Tuscan Castles, visit up to two of them from the following list:

  • Forte di Monteriggioni (13th century) in Chianti.
  • Castello di Brolio (13th century) in Gaiole in Chianti.
  • Castello dell’Imperatore (11th century) in Prato.
  • Castello di Nipozzano (13th century) near Florence.
  • Castello del Trebbio (12th century) near Florence.

This is a highly personalized tour, please inquire to discuss details and a customized itinerary.


PARTICIPANTS | Up to 4 people by car. Up to 7 people by small luxury van.
DURATION | 7 hours approx. plus 1 hour lunch break.
SCHEDULES | Daily, starts at 9,30 am or 10,00 am.
FEES | Please inquire to discuss details and fees.

Wine tasting with small snack or Tuscan lunch can be arranged at location.

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Chianti Tours

Chianti Tours

Visit the Chianti Classico region between Florence and Siena with an expert tour guide and discover it’s unique beauty, history and amazing landscape. Famous for its’ Sangiovese grapes and red wines, the Chianti region is a must visit while in Tuscany and is easily accessible both from Florence and Siena.

Full Day Chianti Tour
Your tour guide and driver will take you a journey to discover the countryside surrounding Florence and drive through the old roads in the middle of vineyards, olives and farms. Stop for a break and short visit at various small Tuscan town and old castles. Discover the specialties of the region: wine, culinary products, art, ceramics ecc …

Details
Pick up by sedan car of small luxury van at your hotel or an established location. Drive through Piazzale Michelangelo for a short stop and panoramic view of Florence. Drive through the old Chianti road to Siena and visit the major Chianti towns with a long stop in Greve in Chianti or Verrazzano Castle (the famous Italian navigator that discovered the Hudson bay). Lunch and wine tasting break at an established location.

In the afternoon, your driver and tour guide will follow a planned itinerary, as agreed on previously, or suggest to visit castles and towns in the area (Panzano, Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Volpaia ecc…) or head straight toward Siena and San Gimignano.

During the tour, you can shop for wine, olive oil and other typical products.


Participants | Up to 4 people in a sedan car or 7 persons in a small luxury van.

Duration | 7 hours approx. plus 1 hour lunch break or snack and wine tasting (not included in fee).
Schedules | Daily all year, starts at 9,30am or 10,00am.
Fee | From 450 Euros.

Wine tasting with small snack or lunch from 20 Euros per person.

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Florence by Night

Florence by Night

UNIQUE TOUR FOR UNIQUE MOMENTS…

Discover the beauty of Florence during the evening and night hours. Gaze at an amazing sunset from the Ponte Vecchio and admire the reflection of the architectural monuments on the river Arno. Let your tour guide show you unique corners of the city, far from crowds, and share a wine tasting, dining and after dinner experience with you. Whether you are seeking a romantic promenade or a special tour while skipping museums and big crowds, Florence by Night is a new way of discovering the city.

DETAILS
Your guide will meet you at your hotel to show you central Florence from the Duomo to Piazza della Signoria. Head to Ponte Vecchio to watch the sunset and capture the scene in photos. You’ll explore the small streets in the Otrarno neighborhood and enjoy a wine tasting. After an authentic Tuscan dinner at one of Florence’s great restaurants, the Florentine night scene and some of the trendiest cocktail bars in the city await you for a night out …

PARTICIPANTS
Couples or small groups.
DURATION
3 to 5 Hours.
SCHEDULES
Daily starting between 6,00 pm and 7,30 pm depending on the month of the year.
FEE
Fee based on hours requested, wine tasting and dining. Please inquire.

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The Bargello

The Bargello

A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF SCULPTURES
The Bargello is to sculptures what the Uffizi Gallery is for paintings: one of Italy’s most important marble, bronze and ceramics collection, a must visit while in Florence.

This fortified 13th century building, a prison and headquarters of the feared «Captain of Justice« is now a place where you find works by great Florentine masters: Donatello, Michelangelo, the Della Robbia workshop, Giambologna, Cellini and many others.

Also here you find a large of collection of ceramics (majolica), fabrics, ivory, silver, armors and old coins in different styles and from different collections.

THE BARGELLO | 2 hours to 4 hours
On this, you will be experiencing a fine and unique collections of sculptures by different artists and coming from different locations in Florence. The courtyard itself a unique place to explore, rich in details and decorated with engravings from centuries ago.


DETAILS
Pick up by your tour guide at your location or meeting in our central office, walk to the Bargello, just few steps from Piazza della Signoria. In-depth explanation of the history and the role of the building and view of the courtyard. Visit to ground collection with focus on one of Michelangelo‘s early works: The Bacchus and Brutus. Visit to first floor collection and encounter with Donatello‘s masterpiece: The David. View and discussion of the Sacrifice of Isaac bronze panels by Ghiberti and Brunelleschi (Baptistery door competition, 1401) Follow up with Della Robbia collection special with focus on their legacy in the ceramics and porcelain production in Florence. End tour with visits to different smaller rooms with various collections of smaller items and metal casting works.


PARTICIPANTS | Up to 8 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION |2 to 4 hours.
SCHEDULES | Daily, available all hours.
FEES | from 160 Euros flat.

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Santa Croce Grand Tour

Santa Croce Grand Tour

A FLORENTINE AUTHENTIC NEIGHBORHOOD.

Piazza Santa Croce and it’s neighborhood are a magical place. Colorful, joyful and dynamic, the neighborhood is Florence’ playground. In it’s huge square, the locals and the visitors come to relax, play and visit unique markets.

The Basilica, the largest Franciscan church in the world, is one of the masterpieces of the Italian Gothic architecture and is the «Pantheon« of the great Florentines and Tuscans: here are buried Alberti, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo and many others.

Here also, in summer, you can participate in the “Calcio Storico Fiorentino” events, a mix of soccer and rugby: the sport that has inspired modern time football.

PIAZZA SANTA CROCE | 2 to 4 HOURS.
Set in one location, this tour will give you a full Florentine experience. Within two minutes walk, you will be visiting an incredible square, a unique church and many small and hidden locations within the neighborhood. Inside the church, you will admire centuries old Frescoes and visit the tombs and monuments of great Tuscan artists buried inside the church.

DETAILS
Pick up by your tour guide at your location or meeting in our central office, walk toSanta Croce with an extended stop in the square for a historical introduction and in-depth explanation. Follow with an entry to Santa Croce Church, with focus on architecture and the spatial design from the foundations by Arnolfo di Cambio to the 19th century facade. Follow up by visiting the Chapels with in-depth view on the Frescoes and paintings within. Continue the interior’s visit with close encounter with artists buried inside. Exit the Church and visit the unique Pazzi Chapel and the main courtyard. After a short break, visit the famous School of Leather and experience one of Florence best trades. End the tour with a wine tasting of Chianti and Tuscan wines and other local specialties.


PARTICIPANTS
Up to 8 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION
2 to 4 hours.
SCHEDULES
Daily, available all hours.
FEES
Please inquire.

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The Florentine Genius

The Florentine Genius

Meet the Masters That Changed The Arts.
The Florentine Genius is a SPECIAL AND UNIQUE TOURING EXPERIENCE with a specialized tour guide and art/architecture historian to learn about the great artists and masters: Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo …

MICHELANGELO | FULL DAY EXPERIENCE

This unique tour is a tribute to the life and art of Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the greatest creators of all times. As the supreme master of the Renaissance, Michelangelo is one of the greatest talents Florence has offered to the world. He grew up in Florence, the city that contributed most to and benefited profoundly from his prolific artistic genius!

During this comprehensive look at the Master’s life and art, especially those found in the center of Florence, special attention will be given to his sculptures and architecture. You will also be introduced to his writings, drawings and paintings. It is a process that will open your senses and give you the tools to understand and live the art of the “Divine One” like you never did before.


Details
The tour starts at 9 am at our offices with a short walking tour and an introduction to Michelangelo’s life, art and legacy. It is followed by a tour dedicated to introducing and analyzing his sculptures with visits to:

  • Bargello Museum.
  • Opera del Duomo Museum.
  • Accademia Gallery (the David and the Slaves).

At 1.30 pm, we plan a lunch break and discussion.

The afternoon program is dedicated to architecture, paintings and multimedia presentation as follow:

  • Visit to the Medici Chapels and Biblioteca Laurenziana in San Lorenzo complex.
  • Casa Buonarroti.
  • Multimedia presentation at a historical palace.

Special multimedia presentation of the Tondo Doni painting in Uffizi Gallery is planned for late afternoon. A separate visit to the Uffizi can be planned by request.

At 7.00 pm, we sojourn for an aperitif where we welcome open discussions and feedback of the day discoveries.
Each participant will be presented with a special gift at the end of the tour.


Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration | 7 to 9 hours approx.
Sschedules | Daily, starts at 9.00am by appointment. Tour can be split in two half day tours.
Fee | Please inquire.

LEONARDO DA VINCI | FULL DAY

Leonardo is the universal man by excellence, the supreme genius of art and science. He is the sublime expression of a unique moment in human history, a man who elevated art and knowledge to a level never known or seen before. Leonardo’s roots and ties to his birthplace, the town of Vinci near Florence and its surroundings and his immense talent are the proof of the special moment the city of Florence lived through the 15th and 16th century. This perfect background was a treasure to Leonardo’s talent, which exploded in Florence and spread to other great cities in Italy and beyond.

This Itinerary is a magical journey into the art, science, ideas and life of the Genius, with highlights on his Florentine youth and accomplishments during his life in Florence.

Details
The tour starts at 9 am with pick up by Van or luxury Sedan and drive to Vinci, Leonardo’s birth place 10 miles out of Florence, and an introduction to his life, art and works.

  • Visit to Leonardo’s Museum and home.

At 1.00 pm, we plan a lunch break and discussion. The afternoon program is dedicated to, paintings, sketches, machines and multimedia presentation. It starts with a dedicated tour and analysis of his artistic training and his paintings and visits as follow:

  • Uffizi Gallery.
  • Palazzo Vecchio and the lost Fresco.
  • The Inventions and Machines Museum.
  • The sketches and drawings.
  • Multimedia presentation.

At 7.00 pm, we plan an aperitif drink with open discussion and feedback. Each participant will be presented with a special gift at the end of the tour.

Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration | 7 to 9 hours approx.
Schedules | Daily, starts at 9.00am by appointment. Tour can be split in two half day tours.
Fee | Please inquire.

FILIPPO BRUNELLESCHI | FULL DAY

At the beginning of the 15th century, Filippo Brunelleschi visited Rome with his friend Donatello to study and sketch Roman antique architecture and monuments. That experience simply changed the world. On his return to Florence, Brunelleschi proposed a new style of architecture and that was the beginning of Renaissance in architecture and in art in general. A stubborn and hard person to deal with, he lead the way, along with Donatello and Masaccio, into this new form of artistic expression based on classical values and the search of universal truth (he is the father of geometric perspective). Last but not least, he is the architect of the magnificent Dome of Florence.

TOUR DETAILS
Meet your Renaissance architecture expert and tour guide around 9.00 am for a tour briefing and presentation. Follow up with visits and tours of Brunelleschi’s architecture in Florence historical center:

  • Visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) and climb up the Dome.
  • Visit to San Lorenzo Church and Old Sacristy.

At 1.00 pm, we plan a lunch break and discussion The afternoon program is as follow:

  • Tour of Piazza S. S. Annunziata and exterior of the Ospedale degli Innocenti.
  • Tour of Santo Spirito Church complex.
  • Visit to the Pazzi Chapel inside the Santa Croce religious complex.

This walking tour will let your discover Florence by spending a full day walking its streets and squares, without visits to museums.
At 6.00 pm, we plan an aperitif drink with open discussion and feedback. Each participant will be presented with a special gift at the end of the tour.

Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration | 7 to 9 hours approx.
Schedules | Daily, starts at 9.00am by appointment. Tour can be split in two half day tours.
Fee | Please inquire.

DONATELLO | FULL DAY

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi is for sculpture what Brunelleschi is for architecture: a man who revolutionized the style and principles of sculptures. Donatello metal bas-reliefs are amazing examples of his sense of perspective and his desire to apply depth in his work. His marble statues went from being under scaled human figures to fully scaled ones, preparing the way to Michelangelo’s “Gigantismo”.


TOUR DETAILS
Meet your tour guide and plan day ahead. The tour starts with an introduction about the life of Donatello and his background and training. The morning is as follow

  • Short visit to Orsanmichele and St. Mark statue.
  • Tour of Duomo Square and visit to Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

At 1.00 pm, we plan a lunch break and discussion The afternoon program is as follow

  • Bargello museum in-depth visit.
  • Visit to historical marble workshop.

At 5.30 pm, we plan an aperitif drink with open discussion and feedback. Each participant will be presented with a special gift at the end of the tour.


Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration | 7 to 9 hours approx.
Sschedules | Daily, starts at 9.00am by appointment. Tour can be split in two half day tours.
Fee | Please inquire.

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Chianti Wine Tour

Chianti Wine Tour

The Chianti region between Florence and Siena is where some of the best Italian and international wines are produced. Immerse yourself in an amazing landscape filled with vineyards, olives and Mediterranean nature. On your way to wine tasting, you will drive through all this amazing landscape and learn about the history, the castles, the villas and the small towns spread all over this unique territory.

HALF DAY CHIANTI WINE TOUR

Your tour guide and driver will take you on a journey to discover the countryside surrounding Florence and drive through the old roads in the middle of vineyards, olives and farms. Stop for a break and short visit at various small Tuscan town and old castles. Discover the specialties of the region: wine, culinary products, art, ceramics and much more.

DETAILS
Pick up by sedan car of small luxury van at your hotel or an established location. Drive through Piazzale Michelangelo for a  short stop and panoramic view of Florence. Drive through the Strada in Chianti and visit the major Chianti towns. Arrival at Castello di Monsanto in Barberino Val d’Elsa for winery full visit and wine tasting with the producer’s wine expert. Drive back to Florence through a different road.

PARTICIPANTS
Up to 4 people by sedan car. Up to 7 people by small luxury van.
DURATION
4 hours approx. including 2 hours vineyard visit and wine tasting.
SCHEDULES
Monday to Friday. Please inquire for weekends.
FEES*
230 Euros flat for tour +
– 18 Euros per person for wine tasting (3 glasses)
– 25 Euros per person for wine tasting (3 glasses) with ham and cheese.

* Pick up is from Florence or nearby location. Please inquire for other locations.

FULL DAY CHIANTI WINE TOUR

Discover the Chianti and visit many towns on the way between Florence and Siena with in-depth explanation of the region’s history and local traditions.

DETAILS
Pick up by sedan car of small luxury van at your hotel or an established location. Drive through Piazzale Michelangelo for a  short stop and panoramic view of Florence. Drive through the Strada in Chianti and visit the major Chianti towns with an extended stop in Greve in Chianti. Arrival at Castello di Bossi in Castelnuovo Berardenga for winery full visit and wine tasting with the producer’s wine expert. Short Visit to Siena and stop in Montereggioni on the way back to Florence..

PARTICIPANTS
Up to 4 people by sedan car. Up to 7 people by small luxury van.
DURATION
7 hours approx. including 2 hours vineyard visit and wine tasting.
SCHEDULES
Daily, starts at requested hour. Please inquire.
FEES *
450 Euros flat for tour +
– 18 Euros per person for wine tasting (3 glasses).
– 25 Euros per person for wine tasting (3 glasses) with ham and cheese.

Visits to wine producers and castles such as Antinori, Frescobaldi and Ricasoli available on request. Please contact us for wine experiences in other locations in Tuscany such as Greve in Chianti, Radda, Gaiole, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Bolgheri region.

* Pick up is from Florence or Siena or nearby location. Please inquire for other locations.

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