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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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 Tuscan wonderful landscape. 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 the Winery for a 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*
320 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 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 Winery for winery full visit and wine tasting. Short Visit to Siena and stop in Monteriggioni on the way back to Florence with an optional visit to a second Winery.

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 *
520 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 Montalcino (Brunello Wine), Montepulciano and Bolgheri region.

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

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Spumante vs Champagne

Spumante vs Champagne

Professional sommelier Filippo Pastorini special event is dedicated to the lovers of bubbles seeking to understand the similarities and the differences between our Italian Spumante and the classical French Champagne. The tasting game will be tough, and we promise to stay neutral. So again, it is Italy versus France.

DETAILS

Meet your tour guide and wine expert for a short walk in the center of Florence and pre-introduction about Spumante and Champagne and the tasting ahead. Stop by Ponte Vecchio for a photo shooting before heading to the Enoteca and start this unique experience.

Tasting included 3 bottles of Champagne and 3 bottles of Spumante.

Champagne labels can vary as follow:

  • Legras (Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay).
  • Gobillard (Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay).
  • Jacquesson Cuvée 734 (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay).
  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir).
  • Philipponnat Pure Cuvée (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay).

Spumante as follow:

  • Uberti Satèn (Chardonnay).
  • Faccoli Extra Brut (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc).
  • Ferrari Perlé (Chardonnay).
  • Trento Altemasi Graal (Chardonnay).
  • Blanc de Morgeux et de la Salle (Prié Blanc).

In rare cases, some bottles can be replaced by equivalent ones. Small snack included.

PARTICIPANTS

Small groups, up to 8 people.
DURATION
2.5 hours.
LOCATION
Florence, near Ponte Vecchio.
SCHEDULES
On request, usually in the afternoon.
FEE
240 Euro flat as start fee (bottles cost) +

  • 35 Euro per person for a party of up to 3 persons.
  • 25 Euro per person for a party between 3 and 6 persons.
  • 20 Euro per person for a party between 6 and 8 persons.

Simulation: for a party of 6 people, each spend 65 Euro.

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Florence Wine Tasting

Florence Wine Tasting

Wine tasting sessions are dedicated to all wine lovers and range from red wines, to white and dessert wines coming from Tuscany and many other regions of Italy and Europe. The tasting sessions are similar to professional sommelier ones, therefore you get a wide selection of wine and in-depth explanation.

Chin Chin with professional sommelier Filippo Pastorini!

OPTION 1 – TUSCAN WINE TASTING

DETAILS
2 glasses of white wine | 2 glasses of red wine | 1 glass of dessert wine.

Wine label can vary as follow

White Wines

  • Vernaccia Giovanni Panizzi (Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG)
  • Vermentino Bolgheri-Antinori (Vermentino)
  • Grattamacco Collemassari (Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Bugia Bibi Graetz (Ansonica)
  • Batàr Querciabella (Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay)

Red Wines

  • Chianti Classico Castellare 2006 (Sangiovese)
  • Chianti Classico Fontodi 2006 (Sangiovese)
  • Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Volpaia 2005 (Sangiovese)
  • Chianti Classico Riserva Renzo Marinai 2005 (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Nobile di Montepulciano Boscarelli 2005 (Sangiovese)
  • Brunello di Montalcino La Poderina 2004 (Sangiovese Grosso)
  • Syrah Giuseppe Brancatelli 2005 (Syrah)

Dessert Wines

  • Vin Santo Le Torri 1996 (Trebbiano, Malvasia)
  • Aleatico Brancatelli 2003 (Aleatico)

In rare cases, some bottles can be replaced by equivalent ones. Small snack included.

PARTICIPANTS
Small groups, up to 10 people.
DURATION
2.5 hours.
LOCATION
Florence, near Ponte Vecchio.
SCHEDULES
On request, usually in the afternoon.
FEE
110 Euros flat as start fee (bottles cost) +

  • 30 Euros per person for a party of up to 3 persons.
  • 25 Euros per person for a party between 3 and 6 persons.
  • 20 Euros per person for a party between 6 and 10 persons.

Simulation: for a party of 6 people, each spend 43 Euro (110 Euro divided per 6=18 Euro + 25 Euro).
Our fee is based on the fact that the wine tasting is a full experience and a complete session where you get excellent wine bottles. Satisfaction guaranteed for all connoisseurs.

OPTION 2 – ITALIAN AND EUROPEAN WINE TASTINGDETAILS
3 glasses of white wine & Spumante | 3 glasses of red wine and | 2 glass of dessert wine.

Wine label can vary as follow

White Wines and Spumante

  • Vernaccia Giovanni Panizzi (Tuscany – Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG)
  • Greco di Tufo Cutizzi Feudi di San Gregorio (Campagna – Greco di Tufo)
  • Manna Franz Haas 2006 (Alto Adige – Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer)
  • Sauvignon Winkl 2008 (Alto Adige – Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Kados Duca di Salaparuta 2007 (Sicily – Grillo)
  • Riesling Trocken Fritz Haag 2007 (Germany – Riesling)
  • Vouvray Aigle Blanc Prince Poniatowski 1996 (France – Chenin Blanc)

Red Wines

  • Chianti Classico Castellare 2006 (Tuscany – Sangiovese)
  • Nobile di Montepulciano Boscarelli 2005 (Tuscany – Sangiovese)
  • Brunello di Montalcino La Poderina 2004 (Tuscany – Sangiovese Grosso)
  • Franz Haas (Alto Adige – Merlot)
  • Passopisciaro (Sicily – Nerello Mascalese)
  • La Bernardine (France – Granache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan)
  • Bourgogna Haute Cotes de Nuits (France – Pinot Noir)

Dessert Wines

  • Vin Santo Le Torri 1996 (Tuscany – Trebbiano, Malvasia)
  • Sangrantino di Montefalco (Umbria – Passito)
  • Disznoko (Hungary – Tokaji Aszu 4 Puttonyos)

In rare cases, some bottles can be replaced by equivalent ones. Small snack included.

PARTICIPANTS
Small groups, up to 10 people.
DURATION
2.5 hours.
LOCATION
Florence, near Ponte Vecchio.
SCHEDULES
On request, usually in the afternoon.
FEE
132 Euro flat as start fee (bottles cost) +

  • 30 Euros per person for a party of up to 3 persons.
  • 25 Euros per person for a party between 3 and 6 persons.
  • 20 Euros per person for a party between 6 and 10 persons.

Simulation: for a party of 6 people, each spend 47 Euro (132 Euro divided per 6=22 Euro + 25 Euro).
Our fee is based on the fact that the wine tasting is a full experience and professional session where you get the best of wine. Satisfaction guaranteed for all connoisseurs.

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Florentine Eat Parade

Florentine Eat Parade

Tuscan cuisine is as good as it gets. “Mangiare bene” or eating well is what you would hear often in the streets of Florence: the locals are very demanding and expect to eat the best food ever. This tour is an eating parade of everything typically Tuscan found in small little food shops and unique restaurants around the city.

Florentine Eat Parade
Discover, taste and enjoy all local specialties: hams and cheese, little snacks and tastings, fresh vegetables and fruits, grandma’s Florentine soups such as the famous Ribollita and Pappa al Pomodoro and why not: the legendary Florentine Steak.

Follow your guide and discover hidden corners of the cities where the locals eat. Mix with them and exchange points of view on everything you want. Follow up with a dining experience at a typical restaurant, where you can choose traditional Tuscan cuisine or contemporary one.

Pair your food with Tuscan wines for a perfect culinary parade: the Florentine Eat Parade.

DETAILS
Meet your tour guide/food expect at your location or our central office and discuss the day ahead. Visit to small typical groceries shops and familiarize your self with local fresh products and specialties. Continue tour with food and wine tasting and on request, follow up with a full meal, paired with local wines, at some of Florence best and typical restaurants and eateries. This is also an art/city tour on which you will learn about Florence under many aspects and hear about eating habits from old times until present time.

Tour highly customizable, just tell us how much you can eat and how much time you got!

PARTICIPANTS
Up to 9 people. Please inquire about larger groups.

DURATION
2 to 5 hours approx including walking tour.

SCHEDULES
Daily around lunch or dinner time.

FEES
Please inquire.

Vegetarians and vegans, no worries, Tuscan cuisine satisfies all tastes!

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