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Heart of Florence: Dinner and Three Tenors Concert Ticket

1. Heart of Florence: Dinner and Three Tenors Concert Ticket

Spend an evening in genuine Italian style, devoted to discovering Tuscan cuisine and the most celebrated Italian opera arias and famous Neapolitan songs. Enjoy dinner in a typical Florentine restaurant in Piazza Signoria. At the restaurant, you will be accommodated in its characteristic internal rooms. The 3-course set menu includes a Tuscan appetizer with croutons, ravioli with butter and sage, Pennette dei golosi, dessert, and .5 liters of mineral water per person (vegetarian option available). A few steps from the restaurant, talented singers will be awaiting you after dinner in the intimate and old setting of the Santo Stefano al Ponte Church. Indulge in a performance of the most beautiful arias from the operas of Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, and other renowned Italian composers, in addition to world-famous Neapolitan songs. Choose between reserved front-row VIP or central seating options.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

2. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Cruise by iconic sights in Florence on an eco-friendly electric golf cart tour. Roll past sights like Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Listen to an audio guide as you go. Choose from 1-hour tour or a 1.5-hour tour that goes to Piazzale Michelangelo. Hop on an electronic golf cart head to Ponte Vecchio and cross the Ponte Santa Trinita Renaissance bridge over the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Marvel at the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi Dome. See one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance façade.  Arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions.

Florence: Evening Wine and Food Tour with Dinner

3. Florence: Evening Wine and Food Tour with Dinner

Meet your guide in the Oltrarno neighborhood and begin your crash course in Tuscan cuisine. Learn about regional cheese, bruschetta, focaccia, and Chianti Classico wine. Stop at one of Florence’s famous wine windows to sip on a glass of red or white wine. Continue to another beloved wine bar to try Tuscan cold cuts washed down with another glass of regional wine. Now you're ready for dinner. Sit down at a trattoria and savor the legendary bistecca alla fiorentina, or Florentine steak. Then, finish your tour on a sweet note at a local gelateria and enjoy a gelato of your choice, made with organic ingredients.

Florence: Guided Bike Tour

4. Florence: Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence with a guide a bike tour of the city highlights. See sights like the famed Dome of Brunelleschi, the Oltrarno district, and the Square of the Republic. Stay safe with the included helmet and hear your guide clearly with headphones. Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Ride at a leisurely pace to the Dome of Brunelleschi, built between the 12th and 14th century. Admire this architectural wonder which is the second largest dome in the world. Head to the Uffizi Gallery building, which is the primary museum in Florence. View the outside of this museum which is home to some of the world’s most impressive works of art by artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Stop at the Square of the Republic which created during the Risanamento period in the 19th century. Cruise to the Basilica of Santa Croce which is the largest Franciscan church in the world and the burial place of famous Italians like Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavell. Get a unique overview of the city as your guide will shares details of Florence's diverse and entertaining history. Visit the Oltrarno district for sweeping views of Florence. Have the chance to stop and purchase a Gelato or hot beverage during your tour.

Florence: Medici Tour with Michelangelo's David

5. Florence: Medici Tour with Michelangelo's David

Your qualified local guide will introduce you to the Accademia Gallery with an exclusive fast track entrance. After this quick detour, your guide will lead you to the Hall of the Colossus, where you can see works of art such as Giambologna’s “Rape of the Sabines”, Cassone Adimari and Domenico Ghirlandaio’s solemn “St. Stephen between St. James and St. Peter”. Afterwards, you will advance onto the main Hall of the Prisoners to learn more about the unfinished statues from Michelangelo's “Slaves”. After revealing the secrets of Michelangelo’s "David", your guide will walk you to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. From here you will go on to the square of San Lorenzo Church, Florence’s cathedral until the 8th century. From the early 15th century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way you will also discover the Medici Chapels, the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes. Here you can admire Michelangelo’s New Sacristy and his Medici Tombs, before continuing your visit across the city center to reach the Piazza Della Signoria, a monument of Cosimo I. Your tour continues along the Uffizi Courtyard towards the river Arno before crossing the river at Ponte Vecchio. You will then be in the Oltrarno district, where you will see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, last residence of the Medici family and one of the most important museums in Florence today. Here your art loving guide will tell you many more hidden stories of the world famous Medici family, as you walk through their land. At the conclusion of your tour, you can also enjoy an authentic italian Gelato.

Florence: Sunset Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

6. Florence: Sunset Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Visit the Oltrarno district of Florence on a 2-hour guided sunset walk. Admire the traditional architecture of the city that was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Soak up the atmosphere of the Oltrarno district, see centuries-old worshops, and enjoy the taste of fine Chianti wines, accompanied by crostoni prepared especially for you.  Cross the Arno River and visit Florence's most iconic landmarks, including the Piazza Signoria and Piazza Duomo.

Florence: E-Vespa Rental with Smartphone Tour and Tasting

7. Florence: E-Vespa Rental with Smartphone Tour and Tasting

Cruise through the hills of Florence in an eco-friendly way with this electric Vespa rental. Download the included app to your smartphone and set off on a self-guided adventure. Enjoy a wine and local products tasting experience at an authentic Tuscan establishment. Pick up your Vespa rental and put on the provided helmet to begin your tour. Make your way in style through the hills of Florence and cover more ground in less time. Use the provided app to uncover sights like Fiesole, which is known for its historical Roman Theatre, its natural paths, its medieval buildings, and its Villas. Take in spectacular views of Florence and the valley below. Reach Piazzale Michelangelo, a terrace overlooking the city that offers sweeping views of the city's roofs, monuments, and the winding Arno River. Finally, end your route by descending through the scenic Viale dei Colli. Savor local flavors at a food and wine bar in the heart of the charming Oltrarno district. Indulge in a glass of classic Tuscan wine paired with regional cold cuts and cheeses. Return the Vespa to the rental office at the end of your tour.

Florence: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

8. Florence: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence’s rustic charm by bike. Follow paths too far to reach on foot and too narrow to reach by bus. See iconic monuments and find hidden gems with a professional history guide. Start your tour at the agency. Your experienced guide will lead you through the beautiful streets of the old town and the Oltrarno. See Florence’s famous landmarks, such as the Artisan district, Palazzo Pitti, San Frediano, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi square, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, the Medieval district, the Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica. Pause throughout the tour to learn some history and fun facts about the city. You will learn where to find the best gelato, bistecca alla Fiorentina, and truffles. Your guide will also show you lesser-known spots, often unseen by tourists.

Florence: Vintage Sidecar Tour at Morning or Sunset

9. Florence: Vintage Sidecar Tour at Morning or Sunset

What's the best way to start a day in Florence? Try a two-hour ride through Florence's highlights in a vintage sidecar. Start with a breakfast in one of our selected Motocarrozzetta-styled bars where you'll have the chance to taste different kinds of coffee selected directly by the owner and bought from the producer. Take your smartphone or camera and simply sit in our sidecar, and you'll be driven around the heart of the city for a really impressive ride. You'll go along the river Arno, up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, down inside the historical city center, and through lesser known districts such as Oltrarno (one of the coolest districts in the world according to Lonely Planet), before heading up again to the Florentine hills to catch the best panoramic views of Florence. If the winery option is chosen, you'll then be taken for a 45 minute ride to a special winery for a delightful visit and tasting. You can stop at any moment if you want to take pictures, and you'll be introduced to the history (and secrets) of this wonderful city.

Florence Sunset Food Tour

10. Florence Sunset Food Tour

Set off as the sun dips over the horizon and be introduced to the very best restaurants and wine bars Florence has to offer. See the perfect cocktail being constructed then sip it down at aperitivo o’clock as you watch the world go by on the cobblestone Santo Spirito streets. Savor artisanal truffle cheese and cured local meats paired with the perfect local vino. After your interactive Negroni-making demo with some of the best views of Florence, move on to a wine tasting paired with a Tuscan Panzanella Salad and Melanzane alla Parmigiana. During the evening, your local guide will entertain you with stories, fascinating history, and a unique glimpse into the best part of Florentine life, the food.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,419 reviews

Great tour by Pietro. A member of our group is not able to walk long distances so it was great to see the whole city easily. He let us take some stops (gelato, free perfume museum) and have us lots of picture stops. Definitely go up to piazza san michanelgo. It’s an amazing view!

Amazing experience! Beautiful music! Ignore the negative reviews—they were super organized about seating—any seat is great, venue was gorgeous and well heated/cooled and it was a very joyous, uplifting beautiful musical evening.

Giacomo was fantastic. Not only did we learn about the area and special wines . But we were the first to reopen the wine door. Had a fantastic time. I wish he took us in all the tours.

Pam was excellent! We learned a lot. She gave us 200% of her time. It was great.

Absolutely great guide and wonderful tour around the city