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Pisa

No city is as closely associated with one single monument as Pisa is with her tower. It is a wondrous site but so are the cathedral and baptistery. Both owe much to the influence of Islamic architecture, which Pisan merchants and scholars experienced through trading with Moorish Spain and North Africa. Once a thriving Roman port, Pisa’s harbour silted up in the 15th century, and it is now marooned on the Arno river, six miles (10 km) from the coast. Great medieval sea bat¬tles were fought off these shores, with the city-state of Pisa becoming first an ally then a rival of other Tuscan states, includ¬ing Lucca and Florence, along with the maritime powers of Genoa and Venice. Wonderful though the Leaning Tower is, many visitors fail to notice the treasures outside the Campo dei Miracoli. It’s certainly worth exploring Pisa’s other `miracles,’ from the riverbanks to the lively town.

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Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence

Make like a real Tuscan cook on this 4.5-hour evening cooking class in a Florence cooking school. Working in a modern kitchen in the old building, learn how to create a quintessential Tuscan 4-course dinner of staples such as Hunter’s Chicken (chicken stew), fresh pasta and ‘tiramisu’ (cocoa, espresso and mascarpone pudding). Gain valuable insider tips from an expert local chef, and then enjoy your dishes during a convivial dinner, complete with well-matched Tuscan wine. Receive personalized attention on a small-group class limited to no more than 16 people.

from 80,33 US Dollar

Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery plus free time inside the museum to continue your visit when the guide has finished. Since the tour starts very early in the morning when the museum is less crowded, you will not be annoyed by the throngs of tourists. The itinerary has been rigorously selected with the help of certified guides in order to show you more than just the great masterpieces everyone knows. You are guaranteed a professional and, of course, an enjoyable experience. Your guide will be monolingual so you will not have to listen to everything being repeated in other languages.

from 79,15 US Dollar

Wine Tasting and Dinner at a Private Tuscan Villa from Florence

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and get a taste for the Tuscan countryside on this 3.5-hour wine tasting and dining experience at a 17th-century villa. Nestled within the Florentine hills, between endless vineyards and olive groves, this charming villa is the perfect setting for a rustic, romantic Tuscan evening. Discover the secret of winemaking on a tour of the grounds and sample four limited-edition types of wine in the cellar, before rounding off the evening with a 4-course feast of tantalizing local cuisine in the picturesque gardens.

from 118,13 US Dollar

Italian Opera Concert in Santa Monaca Church

Embark on a wonderful evening of the most famous Italian opera arias. The program features arias from 'La Traviata,' 'La Bohème,' 'Tosca,' 'Madame Butterfly,' 'The Marriage of Figaro,' and 'The Barber of Seville,' all performed by professional singers. The evening is set in the heart of Florence in the beautiful 15h-century Church of St. Monaca.

from 29,53 US Dollar
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