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City Guided Tours

Florence

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Florence Overture

Arno_River_and_Ponte_Vecchio,_FlorenceThis tour covers some of the most important sites in the historical centre such as the cathedral and town square, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the renaissance palaces, local churches for the art and the medieval architecture. This is good for all ages, for all levels of knowledge, for first timers to the city and for the repeat visitors.

A half day tour is 3 or 4 hours in length. A full day tour is 5 or 6 hours in length with a break for lunch in the middle. We will make lunch reservations for the clients if they like. Guides do not eat with the clients.

A major church (Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo) can be added to this half day tour, or, a museum (palazzo Vecchio, Medici chapels, Accademia gallery, Bargello museum, the museum of the cathedral, etc.).

The Uffizi gallery requires minimum 2 hours and the Pitti Palace requires 1.5hours.

Florence Overture for families

This half day tour is geared towards involving as much as possible the younger people in the group in the history and art of the city with the hunting of family coat of arms and symbols on the architecture and in the local churches. It covers the historical centre as outlined above and we often like to include the Palazzo Davanzati (the best example of a wealthy merchant’s house in Italy) in the tour itinerary when possible.
We also often use a booklet to accompany the tour so as to involve children & young teens as much as possible.

The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi gallery houses renaissance paintings. The names of the most important painters who are featured here are: Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio.
On our Uffizi gallery tour we visit the above painters and more. They are all some of the most important painters from the medieval period through to the Baroque period.
The Uffizi gallery can be made into a 4 hour tour with adding some of the historical centre.
It can be a perfect after lunch tour if the clients would like to do a 3 hour tour in the morning visiting the historical centre.

NOTES:The gallery requires MINIMUM 2 HOURS to visit however, our standard tour is 2.5hours. It can be organized for longer also. The gallery is very large and there is no short cut route to take to see just a few paintings, therefore we believe this tour is not suitable for kids under the age of 12.
We make ticket reservations for the clients to avoid the long unreserved queue but there can be waits in the reservation line as well and there is security to pass through which slows the people flow in entering the building. It is recommended to visit the gallery at 9am or before or, from 4pm in the afternoon to avoid the crowd.
There is limited seating in the gallery.

The Uffizi for families

A family tour for the Uffizi gallery geared more to the discovery of the paintings and enjoyment for the younger people in the group. It is also enjoyed by the adults however. We have a little booklet for each child to use during the tour that they take home with them afterwards. It is an interactive tour which involves the children finding paintings in each room and questions regarding them and the hunting of symbols.

Follow Michelangelo

'David'_by_Michelangelo_JBU14A three hour tour focusing on the great Florentine artist of the 1500s Michelangelo covers some of the historical city center as well as the Accademia gallery and the Medici chapels.
A four hour tour concentrating on Michelangelo covers the above along with the Santa Croce church (tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo).
Other places with sculpture by Michelangelo which can substitute the above sites if the tour doesn’t work with museum opening times are: the museum of the cathedral and the Bargello national sculpture museum.

The medici family

The Medici FamilyThe four hour tour concentrating on the most important family of the Florentine renaissance, the Medici, will cover some of the historical centre as well as San Marco monastery, the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and the Palazzo Vecchio.
A full day tour, 6 hours, concentrating on the Medici will visit the above as well as the Pitti Palace (Palatina gallery). There is a break for lunch in the middle.
The Medici chapels, Santa Croce church and the San Lorenzo church can substitute any of the above sites if museum openings do not coincide with the tour date and time.
The history, art and culture of the renaissance will be covered with the Medici theme as they were the patrons of some of the most important renaissance artists and scholars over a 300 year period (Donatello, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Galileo, etc.).

Florence for foodies

Food at Mercato CentraleA three hour tour dedicated to food with tastings. If in the morning, a walk through the market will be included.
The tour covers explanation of the local culinary customs along with broader discussion about Italian food traditions.
It is possible to extend the tour to 4 hours.
The guides for the food tours are professionals in this sector, some are sommeliers others are chefs, etc.

 

Siena

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Cor Magis Tibi Siena Pandit – Siena opens its heart to you

Private guided walking tour of Siena, one of the richest artistic center in all Italy, a mystical, gentle and passionate city where the medieval spirit still burns bright. Start your walk from the medieval Piazza Del Campo, and visit the Town Hall which includes the artistic treasures by the painters Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Continue your tour and experience something unique: a special visit of one of the seventeen Contradas (neighborhoods) and its museum, usually not open to the public, and learn all the anecdotes and secrets of the frenzied Medieval Horse Race held in Siena twice a year.
After a short lunch break (meal not included), visit the Cathedral and marvel at the richness of the interiors, the works of art made in the pavements, and the black and white marble columns. Continue to explore its crypt and the Piccolomini Library. Finish your day enjoying the Archives of the State featuring a collection of unique painted book covers, the Tavolette di Biccherna, one of the hidden gems of Siena.

NOTE: according to your preferences or interests, the above itinerary might be changed for other important city sites. Possible alternatives are: Opera Del Duomo Museum, housing works of art and architectural fragments that were formerly in the Duomo of Siena; and Santa Maria della Scala, one of Europe’s oldest hospitals, now one of the richest art exhibitions in Siena.

Good art, good food, good times!

If you enjoy food and love art, this is the perfect tour for you!
Start your experience by stepping in a typical city bakery to get familiar with how the locals make the most famous dessert in Siena: the Panforte, a dense cake made with dried fruit, nuts and spices. You will have the chance to savor a tasting of it with an espresso or cappuccino! After enjoying food for your stomach, now it’s time for food for your brain. Proceed to explore the crypt of the Cathedral whose archaeological treasures date back over 1000 years and the frescos are some of the oldest in Siena. Delight yourself with another stop for your palate tasting some of the best local cured meats in one of the oldest Salumeria in town. Pay a special visit to one of the seventeen Contrada museums, usually not open to the public, to learn all anecdotes and secrets of the frenzied Medieval Horse Race held in Siena twice a year.
Conclude the tour sitting at one of the most typical and popular deli in Siena’s main street where, pleasantly lost in a labyrinth of flavors, you will taste a great variety of Tuscan specialties.

This 3-hour tour includes entrance fees, tastings and light lunch (beverages extra).

Rome

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When in rome – Eternal City for a day

Piazza_Navona_Rome_resPrivate guided walking tour of Rome while basking yourself in its sensual atmosphere, feeling the passion and the power of its religious art and glimpse the ancient glory that still lives through its majestic ruins.
Start the day with the visit to the Colosseum, where gladiators performed public shows, simulated sea battles, and executions. A walk along the Imperial Forums, considered to have been the hub of Ancient Rome’s political activities, before climbing up to the Capitoline Hill to reach the Renaissance Capitoline Square, designed by Michelangelo. Continue to the Pantheon to admire its fascinating architecture that today still impresses architects for its mathematical genius and simple geometry. Proceed to Piazza Navona and its highlight, the Four Rivers Fountain, designed by Bernini in 1651.
Short lunch break (meal not included) before taking a taxi (to be paid locally, approx. 15 Euros per car) that will take you to the Vatican.
Going through the Vatican Museums you will marvel that works of such beauty and power could have been created by mortals. Admire the Sistine Chapel, frescoed by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Perugino, and Ghirlandaio. Enter inside Saint Peter’s Basilica, and finish the tour at Saint Peter’s Square.

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