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Piazza del Duomo – marvel at the monumental centre

  • Piazza del Duomo – marvel at the monumental centre

    Holding up to 20,000 people, the enormous Duomo (Cathedral) only serves to emphasise the smallness of the surrounding square and the narrowness of the adjoining streets. Now fully pedestrianised, the square is yours to wander freely, possibly even in a horse-drawn carriage, which can be picked up in the piazza. The Duomo is by far the biggest building for miles around and it is still Brunelleschi’s dome that defines Florence, over 500 years after it was built. Out of respect for Brunelleschi’s achievement, the city forbade the construction of any building taller than the Duomo. The Renaissance architect’s stroke of genius was to devise a cunning system of an inner shell and outer dome to distribute the weight of the cupola, with thick walls negating the need for further buttressing. If you have a head for heights, ascend to the gallery of the dome. Next-door, Giotto’s multicoloured Campanile (Belltower) soars above a low-slung skyline. The climb to the top is worth the effort for the panoramic views. The third star on the square is the Battistero (Baptistry), the oldest building in the city, rebuilt in the 11th century and used as the cathedral of Florence until 1228. Visit the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum) to see the original sculpture and statuary that was once displayed in the cathedral. Highlights include Michelangelo’s Pietà, sculpted for his own tomb, and the Gates of Paradise, the original doors created for the Baptistry. The revamped museum now gives a truer sense of the majesty of the works in their rightful setting.

    Address: Piazza del Duomo, Florence
    Web: www.ilgrandemuseodelduomo.it

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Florence Food Walking Tour

What better way to experience Florence's history and art than by combining it with food and wine!

Discover a secret Florence as you taste and drink your way through this incredible historical city whilst learning about the food culture, how Florentines ate in the middle ages, the renaissance and most importantly how they eat today!

Highlights

  • Freshly ground Italian coffee
  • Truffle sandwich tasting with either prosecco or tomato juice
  • Local street food at San Lorenzo's colourful Mercato Centrale
  • Two types of fresh organic pasta with traditional florentine sauces
  • Wine tasting in a local specialist wine shop
  • Cheese and cured meat tasting
  • Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting
  • Artisan gelato

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Private Full-Day Tour to San Gimignano and Volterra from Siena

Discover two of the most evocative towns of Tuscany, San Gimignano and Volterra.  Stop in Colle di Val d'Elsa, considered the capital of Italian crystal. Savor a traditional lunch at a local farm in San Gimignano. Explore the famous 13th century walled city of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Volterra, known as the jewel of Etruscan, Roman and Medieval art.

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Gastronomic & Wine Experience in Tuscany (Chianti)

This is the Program

09.30 am Meet your driver directly at your address.

10.30 am Visit San Gimignano (the town of the medieval towers – time to climb the Great Tower. Gelato stop at the famous Gelateria di Piazza (Gelato World Champion since 2006). Meet the Gelato World Champion Maker

12.00 am Visit the first Vineyard in Chianti (enjoy the wine tour, wine tasting, olive oli oil tasting and tuscany authentic lunch). Meet The Wine & Olive Oil Makers

03.00 pm Visit the Second Vineyard in Chianti with second wine tasting and olive oil tasting. Wine Tour (see the cellars). Meet The Wine & Olive Oil Makers

4.30 pm On the way back to Florence time to stop at the Leather Factory. Meet The Leather Authentic Makers

5.30 pmPanoramic stop at Michelangelo square (stunning view on Florence). Return to your address.

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Small-Group Walking Food Tour of Florence Market with Tuscan Tastings

The best experience for foodies in Florence!
more than 20 amazing tastings for discovering the authentic tuscan food tradition 

  • 4 cheeses
  • 3 Salami
  • 3 Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Balsamic Vineagre (Aged, Traditionals, Truffle)
  • Cantucci (Traditional Tuscan Biscotti)
  • Schiacciata (Flat Tuscan Bread)
  • 3 Street Food Tasting (Menu can change: Lampredotto, Stew, Meatball....)
  • Truffle Sandwich 
  • Water 
Explore the culinary delights of Florence on this small-group walking tour. You’ll taste cheeses, cured meats, and olive oils alongside locals buying the week's groceries at the monumental central market.
Ending up at one of the oldest and most beautiful, historical food boutique in Florence

from 91,25 US Dollar
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