When you think of Tuscany, you can already imagine the green hills and practically taste the lingering pleasures of Chianti wine. Your custom tailored Tuscany tour of Medieval cities shows you the celebrated Italian province by taking you deeper into the cities you already know, and into the countryside towns protected from the toils of time like a secret. Let your private guide lead you to Renaissance artwork and down preserved streets of medieval villages holding close to heritage and tradition....
Florence – Familiar Florence
The city of Florence is at once newly exciting and wholly familiar. When your private transfer greets you at the airport, you can feel your heart racing, eager to set your eyes on a city known for art, architecture, and legendary leaders. The old city walls layer various districts of the city, culminating with the 13th-century walls that continue to encircle the historic center. In the heart of the city, you can see the towering red brick dome of the Florence Cathedral, the largest brick dome in the world, set behind the pink and white marble façade. Renaissance and medieval palaces continue to line the streets, now filled with boutique shops and apartment complexes. The city’s officials fill the halls and rooms of the Old Palace located in Piazza della Signoria. Statues vibrant with detail decorate the large plaza, each telling a story of its Renaissance designer and ancient content.
After your settle into your centrally located hotel, your guide meets you in the lobby, enthusiastic to lead you on a private tour of Florence’s luxurious sites. The scent of freshly made gelato drifts out of elegant gelaterias. You can see the influence of the Medici’s in much of the city, including inside the family’s church, the Basilica of San Lorenzo. The church was erected in the 15th-century and has maintained a graceful interior. The polished marble floors lead to the high altar, flanked by tall-pillared archways. The design is unique and fits the elaborate tales of the historic wealth and exuberance of the family that helped shape much of Tuscany.
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