Traveling in Europe Alone-Highlights of Classic Florence Italy: This is the trip for you if you love art and architecture. It can also be for you if you like to taste local dishes and wines. Lastly, you will love this tour if you are thrilled with a walk through history.
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FLORENCE: A TRIP BACK IN TIME
Florence: The heart of the Italian Renaissance. It is filled with classic architecture, countless paintings and sculptures. You will be in the birthplace of the Renaissance. As a result, Florence has about one-third of all of the world’s UNESCO treasures that exist now.
Stroll through Florence’s medieval streets; soak up the atmosphere from a street-side café; marvel at Renaissance art; cross the iconic Ponte Vecchio; stand at the Gates of Heaven; experience Italian cuisine at its finest: these are just some of the some of the experiences included in this once-in-a-lifetime trip!
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Free day options: the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia, with David.
The Uffizi has the top collection in the world for art of the Italian Renaissance. Exhibits range from Michelangelo and Raphael to Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto.
The Accademia (the Galleria dell’ Accademia) focuses on beginnings of Renaissance religious art and sculpture.
The Vasari Corridor
See “secret” Florence. It is not well known. However, between the Palazzo Vecchio and the the Palazzo Pitti lay a route between the two. This is the “Vasari Corridor”. It covers almost a kilometer filled with self portraits from the 15th century. It stretches from the Uffizi Gallery to the Ponte Vecchio. You can see the Vasari Corridor as part of a private group tour.
Half-Day Tour of the Palazzo Vecchio
You will reach back in time as you stroll the Palazzo Vecchio. This palace is also a complex combining town hall and museum. Look for hidden works of Michelangelo when you are there!
You will start with the Salone dei Cinquecento or Room of Five Hundred. It was built in the late 15th century for meetings of the assembly. Both Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were approached for paintings, but none were included there.
Leave the Piazza della Signoria to see medieval Florence as it is still there now. Start with Dante’s House or the Casa di Dante. This is not actually his true home but just the area where he lived. In the 19th century, there was a celebration of his birth 600 years before. This house became a three story Dante museum. It shows three key times of his life. They range from his birth and youth to his exile.
Next you will explore Dante’s favorite church, also the Piazza del Duomo and the Badia Fiorentina.
Florence’s Top Architecture
Highlights that follow:
6th/7th century Baptistery with Old and New Testament mosaics and the 10th century Gates to Paradise.
Florence Leisure Day
Alternative optional tour: San Gimignano, Siena or Pisa along the way.
Finish the day with a 3 course meal at a local restaurant.
Tour’s end and flight home!
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