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Montepulciano is effortlessly civilised and makes a beguiling base should you have a villa nearby. Its appeal lies in the mellow mix of Renaissance palaces and moody wine bars made for sipping Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Like all quintessential Tuscan towns, it is built on a human scale so designed for strolling and relaxing on a Renaissance stage set, with set-pieces around every corner. Architecturally, Montepulciano is “the Pearl of the Cinquecento” so shaped by the Renaissance. The town is Antonio da Sangallo’s masterpiece, just as Pienza belongs to Rossellino. While Pienza was perfectly planned, Montepulciano developed more freely so has an asymmetry and spiritedness that Pienza lacks. Even so, there is a loftiness about Montepulciano that makes itself felt in the noble palaces and equally noble wine. Even the citizens consider themselves superior, somehow above the fray. But ultimately Montepulciano is a smooth operator, delivering the true Tuscan lifestyle.

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Small-Group Skip the Line Best of Florence Walking Tour with David and the Duomo

Florence is packed full of world-famous sites and this Best of Florence Tour is designed to let you see them all (and learn the stories behind them) in just a few hours. During a guided walking tour of the city, you’ll see Florence’s most iconic sites like the Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Skip the line into the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David and the unfinished Slaves. Visit Florence’s world-famous cathedral; the Duomo di Firenze, designed by Brunelleschi, and stop by the Baptistry for a peek at Ghiberti’s golden ‘Gates of Paradise’.

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Florence wonderful tour: CUPOLA GALLERY AND DUOMO MUSEUM

Consisting of two interconnected ogival shells, the cathedral's octagonal dome was erected between 1418 and 1434 to a design which Filippo Brunelleschi entered in a competition in 1418 but which was only accepted, after much controversy, in 1420. A masterpiece capable of withstanding lightning, earthquakes and the passage of time, it continues to enchant all those who observe it from afar. The dome has a diameter of 45.5 metres, the equivalent of the baptistry in its entirety. The competition that the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore ran in 1418 was won by Brunelleschi, but work did not get under way until two years later and was not completed until 1434. The cathedral of Florence was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV on 25 March 1436.

Brunelleschi's astonishingly innovative approach involved vaulting the dome space without any scaffolding by using a double shell with a space in between.

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Private Pisa Transfer Airport to Hotel

Enjoy a hassle-free arrival or departure in Pisa with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Pisa Airport, and be peacefully transferred to your hotel in the centre of Pisa. These private vehicles can accommodate up to 8 passengers.

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Small group Tuscan cooking class in a castle with optional transfer from Florence

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable 4 hour culinary experience at the historic Villa Pandolfini estate, on the hills over Florence. The accredited cooking school was the first of its kind and the best in the region. This is the perfect introduction to Tuscan cuisine for the aspiring foodie. Work alongside professional chefs and gain hands-on experience as you learn the secrets of Tuscan cooking, preparing a tantalising 4 course meal. Time permitting for all guests, enjoy a free guided tour of the 14th century villa and wine cellars.

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