Florence - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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A bustling city with endless things to do and see, Florence boasts impressive art museums, including the Galleria dell'Accademia (home to the David), classic Italian piazzas, and renaissance churches. A multitude of popular day trips all leave from Florence making it a hub for tourists and locals alike. And if you need a break, it's the perfect city to sit with a espresso in a cafe, and just watch the world go by.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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The Best of Italy tour
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The Best of Italy

SmarTours
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9 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 4,319
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a tour to the Vatican which includes visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the spectacular Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum
  • Explore Imperial Rome
  • Visit the Colosseum
  • Walk under the Arch and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
  • See Michelangelo’s celebrated David
  • View the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano
Visits:
Colosseum, Rome, St. Peter's Basilica, Umbria, Italy
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The Italy - Tuscany Untour

7 days
$ 128 / day
$ 899
From : $ 1,389
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Siena
  • Discover Abbazia di San Galgano
  • Explore Pisa, Lucca and Florence
  • Visit San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Volterra and Cortona
Visits:
Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, Italy
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The Italy - Florence Untour

7 days
$ 148 / day
$ 1,039
From : $ 1,449
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the art and architecture in Florence city
  • Visit famous Museums and Cathedrals
  • Enjoy food markets and cafes
  • Delight in the charming neighbourhoods
Visits:
Bologna, Pisa, Siena, Italy
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Tuscany Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 883 / day
$ 5,295
From : $ 6,036
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy tasting of Tuscan reds
  • Explore vine-covered hills of Chianti
  • Explore Siena
  • Visit a private wine estate for a tasting
Visits:
Florence, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
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Italy's Great Cities Tour with 2 Days in Tuscany
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Italy's Great Cities Tour with 2 Days in Tuscany

STORY Land & Sea
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11 days
$ 507 / day
$ 5,579
From : $ 14,558
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Local Expert Italian Guides: Easy-to-understand, Friendly
  • Hosted by STORY Tour Captain throughout your journey
  • Experience Wine-Tasting story Exclusive Tuscan
  • Story's Handpicked Deluxe Heart-of-City Hotels
  • Story's Complimentary Laundry Service Mid-Tour to help you pack lighter
  • Magic Portage included beginning to end
  • Internet WiFi Access for Story Guests
  • Included Gondola with our own Italian Musician's Serenade
Visits:
Assisi, Colosseum, Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, Venice, Italy
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The Italy - Umbria Untour

7 days
$ 144 / day
$ 1,009
From : $ 1,362
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Perugia and Siena
  • Explore Assisi and Spoleto
  • Discover Rome, Orvieto and Florence
  • Visit Deruta, Gubbio and Spello
Visits:
Assisi, Florence, Perugia, Rome, Siena, Italy
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10 Day Jewels of Italy
Private Guided
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10 Day Jewels of Italy

STORY Land & Sea
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10 days
$ 336 / day
$ 3,359
From : $ 3,979
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome
  • Enjoy Imperial Rome with Admission to Colosseum & Forum
  • Admission to Vatican City & Sistine Chapel
  • Visit Museums and St. Peters
Visits:
Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy
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A time to remember
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A time to remember

10 days
$ 141 / day
$ 1,410
From : $ 3,416
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore centre of Paris, the area of the Louvre Museum.
  • Enjoy the evening transfer to “Quartier Latin
  • Visit a spectacular cruise on the river Seine
  • Opportunity to Boat ride along the Seine
  • Explore Zurich
  • Admire the fantastic landscapes, cable car included to Grildelwald
  • City tour in: Rome, Florence, Venice
  • Boat: Vaporetto in Venice, River Seine in Paris
Visits:
Alps, Bern, Eiffel Tower, Florence, Grindelwald, Lucerne, Paris, The Louvre, Vatican Museum, Venice, Verona, Zurich, France, Italy, Switzerland
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A touch of Europe
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A touch of Europe

10 days
$ 151 / day
$ 1,505
From : $ 2,032
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Italy
  • Florence, we head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city
  • City tour of Rome
  • See the he Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world
  • Visit and admission to the St Mark´s Basilica, admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass
  • See the Innsbruck, time to stroll in the historic centre
Visits:
Budapest, Florence, Frankfurt, Innsbruck, Kazan, Moscow, Moscow Red Square, Prague, Salzburg, St. Petersburg, Venice, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
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Artistic Mosaic
Group Tour
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Artistic Mosaic

22 days
$ 132 / day
$ 2,903
From : $ 9,750
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Madrid city tour, stroll through the Retiro Park. Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring
  • City tour of Barelona
  • City tour of Rome, we have a scenic tour of the city
  • Visit and admission to the St Mark´s Basilica, admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass
  • City tour of Budapest, cruise on the Danube river
  • Explore Prague and many other exciting attractions to cherish the moments
Visits:
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Madrid, Milan, Pisa, Prague, Rhone Rhine Canal, Rome, Salzburg, Venice, Vienna, Zurich, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland
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Around Europe
Group Tour
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Around Europe

16 days
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Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Picturesque typical village of Volendam
  • Visit to Amsterdam
  • Discover London
  • Explore Bern, the capital city of Switzerland
  • Boat ride along the Seine
Visits:
Amsterdam, Berlin, Berlin Wall, Buckingham Palace, Verona, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
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Paris, Tuscany and Rome
Private Guided
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Paris, Tuscany and Rome

14 days
$ 231 / day
$ 3,240
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the intriguing Hospices Museum
  • Explore Swiss Transport Museum, or relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades
  • Explore romantic city of Venice
  • Visit a glass-blowing workshop where highly skilled artisans craft anything from delicate figurines to grand chandeliers
Visits:
Accademia museum, Alps, Burgundy, Colosseum, Florence, Lucca, Lucerne, Milan, Pantheon, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Siena, Sistine Chapel, Tuscany, Vatican Museum, Venice, Verona, France, Italy
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Jewels of Spain and Italy

Indus Travels
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17 days
$ 194 / day
$ 3,099
From : $ 4,448
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Admire the third biggest mosque in the world: The Mosque of Cordoba
  • Enjoy the astonishing panoramic views of Sevilla
  • Discover La Alhambra and the history of Granada’s Arab past
  • Explore the historic city of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stroll along the elegant city of Venice and its canals
  • Wonder at St. Mark’s Basilica, Palazzo dei Dogi and the Bridge of Sighs
  • Tour the Vatican City and discover St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel 
Visits:
Barcelona, Florence, Granada, Madrid, Rome, Seville, Valencia, Italy, Spain
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Rome, Florence & Venice By Rail tour
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Rome, Florence & Venice By Rail

Indus Travels
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8 days
$ 106 / day
$ 1,599
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a guided tour in Rome and see Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
  • Explore the major highlights of Florence, the capital city of the region of Tuscany
  • Visit Piazza San Marco with its stunning Basilica, the Clock Tower and Palazzo Ducale in romantic Venice
Visits:
Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy
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A Taste of Tuscany Culinary Tour

7 days
$ 671 / day
$ 4,695
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Testing mouthwatering recipes in friendly cucinas
  • Strolling through vineyards and sampling their wares
  • Seeing premium olives pressed into oil
Visits:
Florence, Italy
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Top Florence Experiences and Attractions

Top Florence Experiences

Shopping along the Ponte Vecchio

Climbing to the top of Il Duomo

Enjoying a gelato in Piazza Del Duomo

Seeing the Medici Chapel

Admiring the gorgeous facade of the medeival Florence Cathedral. 

Taking a tour of the Palazzo Vecchio, a 13th century castle located in the center of the city. 

Exploring the hip neighborhood of Santo Spirito across the Arno River

Gazing at the Neptune Fountain in Piazza della Signoria

Wandering through the Accademia art museum and marveling at Michelangelo's David

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Florence Trip Reviews

1,540 Florence Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 1,093
Great 374
Average 48
Disappointing 16
Terrible 9
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

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the best of the best in Italy!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I didn’t know what to expect on a group trip, but this ended up being one of the best vacations we’ve ever been on! Being an intense planner, I had a hard time giving the reins away, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Annie truly found the best of the best in Italy! We felt like we were on a luxury, private vacation that was perfectly customized for us! The tours, the food, the accommodations, while booked for the group, truly felt personalized, making the experience absolutely magical and so much fun! Not to mention, it was a huge value! Being in finance, I 'ran the number'. For accommodations, daily transportation, daily meals, and excursions, I thought the cost made sense. What I didn't factor in was the intimate experience. We ate amazing meals in local's private homes! Our tours were limited to our group and we we're shuffled into tour buses but privately chartered luxury vans to travel between destinations. It's hard to vacation without these amenities these days, I hope The Table Less Traveled continues to offer a new tour yearly, or else my vacations will be limited. :)

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Operator The Table Less Traveled

Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.

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Operator Topdeck

I really enjoyed ancient Rome and the Paris evening excursion!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had the time of our lives. We would highly recommend Image Tours Inc. to our family and friends. I really enjoyed ancient Rome and the Paris evening excursion!

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Operator Image Tours

I had the time of my life!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

I booked the Amalfi Coast trip for my summer break. I had so much fun during the Amalfi Coast tour and our guides were fabulous! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is visiting Italy, especially for the first time!!

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Operator Italy on Budget Tours

We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! The tour through Venice, Florence, Cortona, and Rome exceeded our expectations. Absolutely everything was FIRST CLASS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We gave it 5 stars only because there aren’t 6. The published itinerary was delivered in spades with special additions, sometimes twice a day. We never touched luggage, as it was moved for us from location to location. We never had to deal with tickets for transportation or museums. The local, private guides were super. The included dinners and wine were superb. This is a no driving, hassle free tour. We are planning to take another Story Small Group tour.

AND, as a special treat, the owner of the company was our tour captain. We tried several things that may be included in future itineraries. In the course of 9 days nothing flustered him. Everything was taken in stride, dealt with and resolved quickly. Nothing interfered with his fantastic service to his guests. We were not customers in any sense of the word. There was never a hint that Story was trying to watch the budget.

For those of you reading this and trying to decide, there are some things you need to consider. (When you have questions, call. You'll find that the Story help line is very knowledgeable and helpful.)

Small group - There were 15 people on our tour (16 is maximum). The tour caption had the time to get to know all of us. We saw lots of groups that appeared to be 40-50 people! You get to decide which is best for you. The smaller group = higher cost. We thought that it was easily worth it.

Walking - There is a lot of walking on this tour. There is always the option to use a taxi to get from place to place (extra cost). Some of the people on the tour with us had apps to count steps. Most showed more than 10,000 at noon time! MANY of those steps are on stairs and rough/cobble stone streets. Many of the stairs are inside attractions - not between them – so they can’t be avoided. By the end of our nine days, some tour group members were opting out of some planned activities. Opinion: If you can't complete a three mile walk, over uneven terrain, at a three mph pace (that's faster than most people walk), comfortably; get in shape. You’ll never do a constant three mile walk, on the tour – but it’ll feel like it.

Weather - We had fantastic weather! Temperature in the mid/low 70's and two sprinkles in nine days. Mostly sunshine. A great time to go.

Crowds - On the other hand, it wasn't such a great time to go. The crowds of tourists were overwhelming, everywhere except Cortona. I.E.: Our private, skip-the-line guided tour of the Vatican was especially BAD. We waited in line for about an hour and then once inside, we were literally shoulder to shoulder for the remaining two - three hours. It was nearly impossible to enjoy/understand what we were seeing. We spent more time trying to keep in sync with the group than looking at the art. The Sistine Chapel was NOT worth the time it took to get there. This was not something that Story could control. If the Vatican is important to you, go some other time of the year! If you are there during the busy season, opt out. There are thousands of fantastic things to see in Rome that won't be busy.

Security - We had a tour guide point out a small group of gypsy/pick-pockets as we exited the Vatican and steered us around them. That was the only "issue" in nine days - not a big deal. But, we were reminded to be "vigilant" many times - especially around crowds.

Navigation - Venice, Florence and Rome are VERY difficult to get around. There are many streets/alleys that run in apparently random directions. The maps available through hotels/tourist agents are not in adequate detail. Consider a hand-held GPS navigation system MANDITORY. Our phone did not have cell connectivity, so we down loaded the Google map. It worked once. Be very careful that you have a navigation device that works! Download a local map and test, test, test in airplane mode (?) before you go.

Driving – If you are going to Italy and renting a car, during the busy season, Venice allows no cars, problem solved. Driving in Florence and ESPECIALLY Rome is crazy. You've been forewarned.

Hotels - As it says, the hotels are in the center of the city/attractions. For example: the hotel in Rome was 200 feet from the Pantheon! This means that some of the buildings are more than 1,500 years old. You'll get used to seeing corners that you'd think should be 90 degrees, but aren't. Be prepared to spend time learning how things work and how to find your room - it'll be different from hotel to hotel and what you are used to! WiFi worked good in each hotel, except Rome. (See review of Grand Hotel de Minirva on TripAdvisor)

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Having tested first-hand this package I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I participated in the trip organized in May 2017 and was very pleased at the level of effort the organizers put into organizing such a nice package. All the locations are beautiful, all the guides and chefs are very good and a lot of information is covered. Even I learned a few things! Having tested first-hand this package I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Florence Tours and Travel Guide

Florence Attractions & Landmarks Guide

A bustling city with endless things to do and see, Florence is a must stop on most Italy tours. Impressive art museums, including the Galleria dell'Accademia where the original David statue can be seen, classic Italian piazzas, and churches give no end of sightseeing possibilities.

A multitude of popular day trips all leave from Florence making it a hub for tourists and locals alike. Or if you're exhausted from tourist activities, it's the perfect city to grab a delicious gelato and sit in a cafe, just watching the world go by.

Walks With a View

Florence is an ideal city to explore by foot. As you walk across the Arno river and up the hill to Piazza Michelangelo, you will be rewarded with a spectacular vista of red-tiled rooftops. The Boboli Gardens is another great spot for views and picnicking. Northeast of Florence by a short bus ride, the Etruscan village of Fiesole will also take your breath away with its vantage point high above the city. 

Florence Churches 

Renaissance churches offer peace and tranquility, and a respite from the heat, depending on the season you visit Florence. Gaze in wonder at frescos, sculptures, and intricate tile work. The San Minato al Monte is one church in particular that will transport you back in time.

Located near the Piazza Michelangelo, the monks that live in the church have regularly scheduled hours of Gregorian chanting. The sound is beautiful and haunting (and maybe a little bit reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail...), and definitely work taking the time to go appreciate. 

While renaissance buildings and art is what Florence is primarily known for it, there is also a significant number of preserved medeival features in the city. Just one fo these is the Palazzo Vecchio. The 13th century palace's exterior is strikingly different from the whimsical and colorful fronts of renaissance churches, it is dark, sharp, and fortified -- clearly a medeival building. 

Another stunning example of medeival architecture is the Cappella dei Pazzi. Finished in 1446, this building serves the dual purpose of a tomb for the Pazzi family, and a chapterhouse for Franciscan monks. It is located in the Piazza Santa Croce, an extensive religious facility, well known for its grand church. To learn more about the compound's fascinating history, go on a historic sightseeing tour in Florence. 

Bustling Markets 

High-end shopping abounds in Florence, but you are likely to have a richer experience by visiting the numerous markets with vendors selling leather goods, souvenirs, household goods, fresh produce, and antiques. San Lorenzo Market is the most popular, but there are markets throughout the city, offering a great reason to explore. 

Gelato Your Heart Out 

It’s nearly impossible to visit Florence and not try gelato at least once (a day)! Popular shops are everywhere from Il Duomo to Santa Croce to Piazza Michelangelo. A few of the more traditional shops serve gelato only in cups with miniature shovel-esque spoons. 

Dine the Night Away

A perfect night in Florence might just be spent sitting in and outdoor cafe, sipping wine, eating a freshly tossed salad, homemade pasta, or a cracker-thin pizza. Linger and take in the sights and sounds of this historical, magical city.

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Things to Do in Florence

  1. See the Duomo. The symbol of Florence, this stunning renaissance church is not only known as one of the most impressive architectural feats ever built, but is also associated with Italy worldwide.
  2. Tour the Galleria dell’Accademia. Going a guided walk of this famous museum will put you face to face with art history’s biggest hunk, the David, among other famous works.
  3. Stroll through Piazza della Signoria. This square is essentially an open air museum filled with dozens of beautiful renaissance statues. Not only this, but it remains one of the few free attractions in Florence!
  4. Piazzale Michelangelo. This piazzale is a short hike up a string of stairs, making it one of the less accessible attractions in Florence, but the impressive views of the city, along with its beautiful flower gardens, make this square worth the trek.
  5. The Uffizi Museum. Another museum chock full of gorgeous art, this time focusing on painting and its hanging art. Inside, you will have a chance to see the iconic “Birth of Venus.”
  6. Mercato Centrale. If you want a taste of genuine Italian life, take a stroll through this open air market, and pick up a delicious, fresh lunch to go at one of the many stalls.
  7. Boboli Gardens. These beautiful, terraced gardens filled with extravagant fountains and statues. This garden used to belong to the ancient Medici family, and by walking through the quiet corners of the garden, it’s easy to imagine what their lives must have been like.

Florence Wine Tours

While not many wines are actually made within Florence, the city does lie in the center of some of the most prolific wine country in all of Italy.

Wine remains one of Italy’s main exports, and it is deeply interwoven in Italian culture and history. If you are interested in wine at all, or are interested in learning, then you should strongly consider going on a wine tour in Italy. A wine tour might take a couple of different forms.

It may just be a half-day activity to round out your Italian experience, or, depending on the length of your tour, maybe you will spend a couple of days in wine country with the chance to see how different wineries operate. On these tours, you will likely taste many different varietals from different producers, learn how to taste wine, and get an overview on the particular winery’s process and specialties.

If you are a true wine fanatic, then consider going on a wine tasting tour of Italy. On this kind of trip, you will gain a much more comprehensive understanding the winemaking process, and the intricacies of tasting wine, and probably a history lesson or two on each region’s contributions to winemaking. You will also, of course, get the opportunity to taste a lot of wine!

Private Guided Florence Tours

Florence, along with some of the other very popular Italian cities, is one of the few places that we strongly suggest getting a private tour. When you travel to Florence, you will immediately notice the number of tourists and the crowds. While these crowds are less in the spring and fall months, they can be overwhelming in the winter, and especially in the summertime.

The crowds are so intense that they can really make or break a trip to Florence, and it may be the last thing you need to get lost in a large group tour. For this reason, we highly recommend private guided Italy tours and small group escorted tours when traveling to Florence and Italy’s other main cities.

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