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Piazza IV Novembre - for city life

  • Piazza IV Novembre - for city life

    Henry James called Perugia the “little city of infinite views” and this feels true of Piazza 1V Novembre, Perugia’s theatrical main square. This was where Roman and Etruscan civilisations once came together. Today, it’s a meeting-place made for café life and cocktails, catch ups over ice-creams and street entertainment. Overlooking the square, Caffe del Banco (officially on 5 Corso Vannucci) works at any time of day. Come for coffee, cocktails on for coffee or a local draft beer, Birra Perugia.

    The square spouts the splendid Fontana Maggiore, a Romanesque masterpiece created by the Pisan father-and-son team, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, between 1275 and 1278. This pink-and-white marble fountain displays bold decorative flourishes, from the signs of the zodiac to a griffin, the city symbol. On the far side of the fountain rise the steps to the austere Gothic cathedral, where people and pigeons gather to preen and flirt. Inside, the mystic Deposition, painted by Barocci while under the influence of poison proffered by a rival, inspired the Rubens masterpiece known as The Antwerp Descent. Sweeping down from the piazza is the bustling Corso Vannucci. On the right bristle the Gothic crenellations of the Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall), one of the grandest public palaces in Italy. Fan-shaped steps lead to the Sala dei Notari, the lawyers’ meeting hall, painted at the end of the 13th century.

    Address: Tourism in Perugia: Piazza Matteotti, 18 Loggia dei Lanari, 06100 Perugia
    Web: www.turismo.comune.perugia.it

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Tuscan countryside by bike and saffron tasting

Enjoy a 15 kilometer bike tour around the Tuscan countryside and discover the saffron's secrets, just a few kilometres from Florence and into Mugello, a little slice of heaven.
After a short walk into the small village of Vicchio and around its beautiful lake, begin your ride into the countryside, away from traffic. Along the way you’ll meet a Romanesque Church, a Villa from the Medicean era, and see the home of Giotto, always surrounded by nature and the typical Tuscan landscape.
Halfway through the ride, you’ll stop at a saffron farm. Meet the local farm animals, see the bee hives and vineyard, and taste some delicious saffron-flavored products (honey, cheese, biscuits, herbal tea), while the owners show you how to grow saffron.

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Livorno Private Shore Excursion of Pietrasanta and the Michelangelo Carrara Marble Quarries with a Vermentino Wine Tasting

Customised shore excursion from the port of Livorno exploring the Carrara marble quarries, the sculpture town of Pietrasanta and a Colli di Luni Vermentino wine tasting for the discerning traveller seeking an authentic Italian experience on a small group tour with only the very best of English speaking driver guides. Discover Italy 'close up' in a Mercedes minivan of up to 7 - 8 people that takes you into the very heart of this incredible artistic area. Get the most of your time ashore to explore the chic resort of Pietrasanta and follow in the footsteps of great artists such as Michelangelo.

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PRIVATE FASHION SHOPPING TOUR

The famous Florentine craftsmen open the doors of their shops and are ready to satisfy your curiosity: discover how some extraordinary products of choice are made, get to understand how they are priced and why. Are you a fashionista, an enthusiast of clothing, leather, textiles, jewellery, wooden objects, precious frames, artefacts in bronze, brass or silver? Then this tour is definitely for you, this experience in fact reveals the cultural and commercial uniqueness of the famous Florentine artisans.
• Private tour for small groups
• Visit of 2 or more artisans
• Customizable tour
• Return to agreed meeting point
• Languages: Italian, English 

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Say hello to David with your Guide & Drink Chianti Wine in Tuscany - Wine Tour

Say hello to David with your Guide & Drink Chianti Wine in Tuscany - Wine Tour
• Informative Florence walking tour inside the Academy and see the David (1 hr)
• Local Professional Guide
• After see the David we drive you in the famous Chianti Wine region
WINE TOUR IN THE FAMOUS CHIANTI WINE REGION
• Visit a Boutique winery in Chianti Wine Region
• Tasting the famous Chianti Wines 
• Farm-to-table Italian ingredients
• Delicious Tuscan Pasta, prosciutto and pecorino cheese and much more explained
• Visit the underground wine cellars
• Time to see San Gimignano and climb the tower and taste the famous Gelato world Champion
Kind note: according the availability of the Academy (David) we visit in the morning or in the afternoon

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