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Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

1. Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

After meeting your guide and boarding the coach, drive to the Chianti region. On the way to the first winery, your guide will share interesting facts and curiosities about landmarks along the route. Arrive at the first “cantina” of the day, where you will be welcomed by the winemakers. After listening to a brief introduction about the winery’s history and the types of wine made there, join a guided tour of the facilities and nearby vineyards. Learn all about the winemaking process, the materials used to make the barrels, and what it takes to be classified as a “Chianti Classico”. Then, begin your first tasting session of 4 different wines. You will hear an explanation of each of the wines that you sample, as well as some tips on how to savor the wine and understand its qualities. The wines will be accompanied by local snacks produced in the region, such as cheese, bread, olive oil, and salumi. Board the bus and continue to the second winery. On the way, make a stop at a scenic lookout to observe a stunning panorama of the Chianti Hills. At the second winery, learn about their production methods, what is unique about their vines, and how weather can affect the grapes. Explore the facilities during a short guided tour, and walk through the vineyards. Then, sample another round of up to 3 wines, as the local charismatic wine producer tells you about the peculiarities of each. After some free time, head back to Florence.

From Florence: Tuscan Countryside Tour on a Vintage Vespa

2. From Florence: Tuscan Countryside Tour on a Vintage Vespa

Meet at the centrally located garage for your introduction to one of the perfectly restored Vintage Vespas. Your tour leader will fit you with a helmet and give some basic instructions and safety information before setting off for this exhilarating ride through the countryside. Leave Florence in a small swarm of Vespas and head for the freedom of the hills, following the tour leader along the riverside and a tree-lined avenue to a famous viewpoint. After posing for photos with your Vespa and the amazing skyline of Florence, enjoy a bit of culture with a quick visit inside one of Florence's oldest churches. Feeling more confident now with your Vespa, it's time for some more challenging roads as you leave the crowds and traffic behind and take to the narrow lanes between castles and villas, through ancient olive groves and vineyards. There are plenty of stops for photos and if two people are sharing a Vespa, there's plenty of chance to take turns. When it's time for a break, enjoy a magnificent view from a private terrace and sample some of Tuscany's best prosciutto and cheese with a glass of Chianti. Then be prepared to turn some heads as you ride expertly back into the city as you and your Vintage Vespa become one of the tourist sights of Florence.

Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

3. Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes, and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court. The Grotta del Buontalenti is an artificial cave filled with false stalactites and stalagmites, with statues of sheep, shepherds, and Romans goddesses. The cave is located close to the entrance of the Boboli Garden and at the end of the Vasari Corridor. 

Balloon Flight Over Tuscany: Florence

4. Balloon Flight Over Tuscany: Florence

Experience the magical feeling of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight from Florence. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, which is dependent on weather conditions and will be provided to you the day before your flight. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters). Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling scenery below. Each flight offers a different experience, as the balloons are directed by the breeze. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne and a breakfast with local products before the transfer shuttle back to your take-off site.

Segway E-Scooter: Panoramic Sunset Tour of Florence

5. Segway E-Scooter: Panoramic Sunset Tour of Florence

Watch the sunset over the beautiful city of Florence on this 2.5-hour Segway electric scooter tour. Led by a local professional guide, you’ll coast past the architectural gems of the Renaissance as daylight dims and the city lights up. Cruise along the river, see the iconic Ponte Vecchio, the magnificent Santa Croce and some of the hidden gems of the Oltrarno. - A local guide will bring the history of the city to life - A cup of wine looking over the most incredible view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo - Cruise past the crowds without breaking a sweat - Magical photo opportunities in the golden hour of sunset

Florence Night Tour by Electric Bike

6. Florence Night Tour by Electric Bike

See the Renaissance monuments of Florence from a different perspective on a night tour by electric bike. Reach landmark attractions with ease and enjoy the pleasant summer evening breeze. Cross historical bridges in silence to reach one of the most celebrated scenic spots. Admire the astonishing beauty of Florence from the high vantage point of Piazzale Michelangelo. Get bird's eye views of all the Gothic and Renaissance monuments and typical Lungarni streets that wind along the banks of the River Arno. Admire the celebrated street lamps romantically reflecting light on the water. Cross back to the old town to explore the medieval alleys with the help of your guide. See Brunelleschi's impressive dome on Piazza del Duomo, and visit the world's most celebrated Franciscan church at the Basilica di Santa Croce. Discover an open-air museum of statues on Piazza della Signoria.

Boboli Garden: Guided Tour

7. Boboli Garden: Guided Tour

Visit the green oasis in the center of Florence, a marvelous design by Niccolò Tribolo and later featured by Giorgio Vasari, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Bernardo Buontalenti in 16th-century. Your tour guide will meet you in the Piazza Pitti or the Pitti Square right in front of the Central Gate, before unveiling the history of the Boboli Gardens and how it was designed. The tour starts from the central Gate of Palazzo Pitti, and the guide will give an explanation of the Palazzo Pitti while walking you towards the gardens. You can only get to know these details from a professional and local guide who is has a profound knowledge of all the small details. You can take a relaxing walk through this amazing open-air museum, full of fountains, temples, beautiful caves and sculptures (Michelangelo, Giambologna) and many more. Walk with your guide and admire its masterpieces like the Grotta Grande, the Amphitheater, the Viottolone and the Isolotto, the Knights Garden and the Kaffehaus and enjoy a spectacular view of Florence. Before the tour ends, don't forget to ask your guide for any additional questions you may have and at the end of the tour you may stay some time in the garden at your leisure, making it more memorable.

From Siena: Chianti Electric Bike Tour

8. From Siena: Chianti Electric Bike Tour

There is no better way than biking to discover the beauty and richness of this part of Italy, enjoying a wonderful blend of cycling, art, food, and wine. The tour takes place in Tuscany, more specifically, the magnificent landscapes surrounding Siena. They are, in fact, the most beautiful areas and also the most suitable for a cycling trip through Tuscany. Discover more about Tuscan life with its natural balance of art, culture, and nature from the seat of your electric bike. Tuscany is paradise for a cycling tourist with its gently rolling hills embellished with winding dirt roads, curving pathways, vineyards, and shaded country roads. All of these splendors are framed by a surprisingly varied landscape where you will be able to discover abbeys, rural churches and castles. The landscape is characterized by the deep red earth, and alternates between sunflower fields and vineyards, and punctuated by ancient castles and medieval hamlets. Many panoramic views allow you to see all the way to San Gamignano, overlooking forests of beautiful Italian oak and corbezzoli. The tour is crowned with a visit to splendid medieval Monteriggioni.

Siena: Half-day Guided Hike to Monteriggioni

9. Siena: Half-day Guided Hike to Monteriggioni

Give your mind a rest from the noise of the crowded towns, follow your expert guide on a pleasant walk along the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim route for the first time plotted down by the Arcbishop ‘Sigeric the serious’ of Cantebury on his return from Rome in the 9th century and considered the main artery to Rome throughout the middle ages. This route, that has for centuries been a highway of men and emotions, a spiritual pilgrimage and a wealthy trade route, has been forgotten and almost entirely relegated to history by the modern paved car roads. Only recently the route has been brought back from the grip of modernity and is today enjoyed by many pilgrims and hikers alike. Experience the beauty of the mixture between the Tuscan countryside and the glory of its medieval past, still present in it's wonderfully preserved castles, villages and ruins.  See the Tuscany you would never want to miss before returning home, pass through forests and fields, vineyards and olive groves from Siena to the imposing fortress of Monteriggioni. A medieval walled town located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in the thirteenth century as a bastion of defense in their wars against Florence.  Once in Monteriggioni, enjoy a guided tasting of local organic wines before saying goodbye to your guide for the end of the tour. Feel free to explore the village and the surrounding area at your own pace. You will be given a bus ticket to return to Siena.

Lucca Sightseeing Bike Tour

10. Lucca Sightseeing Bike Tour

Take the chance to explore Lucca by bike with an expert tour guide, the best way to visit the town center. The city walls protect the center from the traffic of motor vehicles and offer a fascinating trail around. After a ride on top of the walls, you can see the most important attractions. An expert tour guide will show you Piazza Cittadella where you will find Giacomo Puccini's statue, Piazza San Michele and San Michele Church, the ancient roman forum, center of the old and new, San Frediano Church, medieval Basilica dominated by a mosaic on the front. Then the tour continues in Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre Guinigi, symbols of the town that you can't miss. Piazza Anfiteatro is an elliptical open space, built on the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheater during the 2nd century. Today the square is host to many shops, bars and restaurants. Torre Guinigi is another simbol of Lucca. The tower was built of stones and bricks, known for the five ancient holm oak on top, where you can admire the whole city. After this two important stops, the tour is not finish yet. You will pass through the street of antique shops, Via del Battistero for reaching Cattedrale San Martino, the main square Piazza Napoleone and Piazza del Giglio.

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What people are saying about Tuscany

This park / forest that is part of the Palazzo Piti is beautiful. It's worth a visit, but don't be in a hurry. There's a lot to be seen. Light shoes and water.

Beautiful place with great town view, but recommend to visit when there is no rain (and there was no rain certainly)

The money spent to see art, which takes us back to indelible historical moments, is the best money spent

Really enjoyable and experience and well organised. Would recommend

Splendid view of Florence in an idyllic setting not to be missed!