Florence City and Art Historical Tours
(we can add a visit to the Accademia musuem at the end of the tour with a focus on Michelangelo's masterpiece David - which makes the tour about 3 - 4 hours, advanced reservations recommended).
In Santa Maria Novella discover the frescoes in the main Tornabuoni chapel by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Stroll down the famous Via Tornabuoni with its monumental 15th century homes such as Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Antinori and Palazzo Bartolini-Salimbeni. Visit the church of Santa Trinità with Sassetti chapel also frescoed by this master.
Religious center of Florence in-depth
Visit this special museum one of the oldest public buildings in Florence and now the state sculpture museum. Collections from Medieval times to the Renaissance with masterpieces by Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, and Giambologna. Compare and contrast works of the mythological Bacchus and afterwards contemplate things over a glass of vino.
Falling in love with another Florence- the Oltrarno
3 hours - Meander through the backstreets of Florence. Discover the Oltrarno area of town, full of artisans’ studios, antique stores, bars, and small restaurants. Walk down medieval alleyways, engage in tower talk, pass by Medici’s monumental home and learn some of their family secrets. Enter into the world of Renaissance palaces and hidden churches. Tour includes an artisan studio or a wine tasting, depending on personal interests.
Mondays in Florence: Morning visit to a professional Painting Restoration Studio.
2 hours. In a traditional “bottega” atmosphere learn about how Renaissance paintings were made. Find out why Florentines have become worldwide restoration leaders. Learn about traditional restoration techniques using fish and rabbit glue to modern relining techniques using a hot table.
A taste of Florence
A visit the 19th century San Lorenzo food market can be an added treat to any tour in the mornings. Enjoy a private extensive tasting in a famous 3rd generation specality stand. Taste the best culinary products of Tuscany and Italy- chicken liver patè, pecorino and parmeggiano cheese, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and of course vino! tour approx 1 hour
Beyond the gates of FlorenceA walk in the footsteps of Leonardo
(North of Florence)4 hours
Walks off the beaten path to explore the nearby hills in Fiesole and Settignano where famous Renaissance artists lived and worked. Possible visit with lunch in a private home.
Medicean Villas, on the outskirts of Florence
Michelangelo and his Masterpieces 3 hr