Prato and Pistoia

Prato and Pistoia

Two of the major towns in Tuscany, Pistoia and Prato history is stricktly related to that of Florence and are rich with medieval and renaissance history. The cities still conserve old well kept centers rich in art, monuments, churches, castles and are known for typical products, mainly textile in production in the Prato area and some of the most delicious italian sweets.

PISTOIA


Only 30 km north west of Florence, it is one of the most beautiful and less known cities in Tuscany. It’s history richfully stretches from Etruscan times to modern times. The tour will include the main sights in the well-preserved and charming medieval city inside the old walls. The main square Piazza del Duomo, a unique jewel, were the famous Cathedral of San Zeno is lined with attractive original buildings as the Palazzo del Comune, the Palazzo del Podestà, the Palazzo dei Vescovi and the Baptistry. We will visit inside the outstanding Altar of St James, an exemplar of the silversmith’s craft a real treasure of Gothic and Renaissance art, with 628 figures, the total weighing nearly a ton. Nearby the Sala, site of the viceroy’s house during Lombard rule and in the Communal period became the center for free trade and commerce that it is today, were we will enjoy a market, mostly selling food products. Then why resist the ‘Birignoccoluti‘, in Pistoia dialect, otherwise known as comfits, which are famous in this region, the first record of them in Pistoia dates back to the Middle Ages.

PRATO


Third biggest city in central Italy, after Rome and Florence, it is home to art and culinary treasures. We will admire first the Filippo Lippi frescoes in the Cathedral of Santo Stefano, recently restored and the external pulpit by Donatello, among the most remarkable and beautiful Early Renaissance works of art. We will also stroll our way through the Palazzo Pretorio, built from the 13th century in red bricks and the notable Palazzo Datini, built from 1383 for the merchant Francesco Datini, which housed Pope Alexander V and Louis of Anjou. We will visit Santa Maria delle Carceri, the one Greek cross plan church, inspired to Brunelleschi’s Pazzi Chapel in Florence and commissioned by Lorenzo de’ Medici. We will enjoy, by the end, the visit of the Castello dell’Imperatore, the only castle built by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen in this part of Italy. Of course a must in Prato is the stop in a famous patisserie shop to taste the most typical cookies from Tuscany, the famous ‘cantuccini di Prato’…don’t wait for it!

Integrate your visit to Prato with a special guided visit of the Museo del Tessuto, housing a wide collection of historical fabrics and ethnic costumes. This is the best way to understand and see first hand the evolution of the industry over the centuries.

PARTICIPANTS
Up to 6 people party per small luxury van with pick up in Florence or near by. For bigger parties please inquire.
DURATION
4 hours to Prato or Pistoia. Full day for visit to both cities (approx 7 hours).
SCHEDULES
Daily, starts at 9,30am (inquire for other hours).
FEES
230 Euros flat for 4 hours guided visit.
350 Euros flat for full day guided visit.

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Cortona and Arezzo

Cortona and Arezzo

Cortona is a small town, beautifully set on a hill high above the Val di Chiana plain, famous as the base for some scenes in Roberto Benigni’s film Life is Beautiful and as the setting for the 2003 film Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane. Cortona was one of the 12 ancient Etruscan cities (the Dodecapolis), and it was also important during Roman times. Parts of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen today as the base of the present walls that surround the town.

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Lucca

Lucca

A UNIQUE CITY WITH RENAISSANCE WALLS
Lucca is protected by an amazing wall, small, intimate and full of marvels. An independent Republic that never gave up to the  Florentine domain, it flourished during the centuries mainly because of its banking and trade in silk. In a small squared area, you will discover and see an outstanding number of Palaces and marvels while learn about the historical facts of this old city.

HALF DAY WALKING TOUR


Discover the city surrounded by a 16th century wall that is perfectly conserved and accessible. Your local tour guide will meet at an established location and you will visit the splendid Cathedral of San Martino and walk through the ancient Fillungo Roman street all the way down to the old Amphitheater. The tour will continue with a walk on the Wall and panoramic views of the city and landscape surrounding it.

PARTICIPANTS
Up to 12 people. Please inquire for bigger parties.
DURATION
3 hours.
SCHEDULES
Daily, starts at 9,30am and 3pm (inquire for other hours).
FEE
160 Euros flat.

Transfer from Florence or other locations in Tuscany not included. When provided, you can also visit Pisa and/or Volterra. Please inquire.

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Pisa

Pisa & Leaning Tower

Pisa is a city with old traditions and a center of culture since the 10th century. The city was one of the first four maritime republics in the Italian peninsula: it became a unique and flourishing trade center and one of the major routes of commerce in the Mediterranean. After a long lasting rivalry with Lucca and later Florence, Pisa came under the influence of the Florentine Republic and later part of the Grand Dukedome established by Cosimo I of Medici.

HALF DAY WALKING TOUR
Spend the morning or afternoon in Piazza dei Miracoli and the amazing monuments and landmarks: the 11th century Cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Monumental Cemetery and San Matteo National Museum. End your half day with a walk along the Arno river that runs all the way through Tuscany.

PARTICIPANTS | Up to 12 people. Please inquire for bigger parties.
DURATION | 3 hours.
SCHEDULES | Daily.
FEE | From 210 Euros.

FULL DAY WALKING TOUR
Visit all the monuments and locations listed on the half day walking tour and Piazza dei Cavalieri with the prestigious University of Pisa (established by Napoleon), the enchanting small gothic Church of Santa Maria della Spina home to one of the most important relics of Christianity. End the tour along the Arno River.

PARTICIPANTS | Up to 12 people. Please inquire for bigger parties.
DURATION | 6-7 hours with lunch break.
SCHEDULES | Daily, starts around 9,30 am (inquire for other hours).
FEE | From 360 Euros.

Transfers from Florence to Pisa or Livorno to Pisa available on request.

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Siena

Siena

THE ESSENCE OF A TUSCAN TOWN.

Siena tours are intended to discover the hidden treasures of the beautiful medieval walled town: breath-taking views, less known churches and their works of art, charming little back streets and the unique atmosphere of traditional shops.

Our walking tours are focused on the stones of Siena and the old underground aqueduct, the green spots and orchards within the walls still surviving since the middle ages, the appalling relics of saints and the hospitality offered to pilgrims from all Europe, the Tower and Castellare home to the Medieval Sienese aristocracy. Siena offers a very large number of stunning museums: the Duomo, Palazzo Pubblico, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo where you can find all the major works of art spanning from the XIII° to the XVI° century together with the less known ones like the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Antico Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala, Museo delle Biccherne and the Museo Archeologico Etrusco.

HALF DAY WALKING TOUR
On this tour, your tour guide will introduce your to this amazing old town barricaded on 3 hills and surrounded by a breath taking view on the surrounding countryside. Siena is a city full of magic: Medieval art, twisted streets, unique views, hidden corners, majestic renaissance history, well kept traditions and stunning local products.


DETAILS
Start at an established meeting point that we will choose according to your necessities (we can help arrange for your transfer to Siena from Florence or other locations in Tuscany) and you will will lead by your tour guide through the old Medieval streets to visit the Duomo, Piazza del Campo with Palazzo Pubblica and Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Salimbeni and other important churches and palaces.


PARTICIPANTS
Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION
3 hours.
SCHEDULES
Daily, starts at 9,30am and 3,00pm (inquire for other hours).
FEE
165 Euros.

FULL DAY WALKING TOUR
Discover Siena in-depth and the surrounding countryside and towns. Integrate your full day tour with a visit to a local museum and a trip to San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza or Monteriggioni. Wine tasting and culinary experience available on request. A full day walking tour in Siena allows you also to visit the whole Medieval town and see most of it’s unique monuments like Piazza del Campo and Palazzo Pubblico with Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Salimbeni, the Duomo and other major churches (Santa Maria dei Servi, San Domenico, San Martino), the city Botanic Gardens, the Medicean Fortress …

Plus tour one or two of the following museums and monuments

  • Duomo and Museo dell’Opera
  • Palazzo Pubblico
  • Museo di Santa Maria della Scala

PARTICIPANTS
Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION
6 hours + 1 hour lunch break.
SCHEDULES
Daily, starts at 9,30am (inquire for other hours).
FEES
From 300 Euros.

Transfer and visits to other towns, wine tasting and other services not included. Please inquire.

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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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