Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, the home of Michelangelo, the city of art, Italian literature, science… Surely Florence would deserve more than just a day trip from Rome, but if you’re in Rome and you have one day, let’s do it! We meet you in the morning and drive to Florence (Firenze in Italian) via the motorway A1. The trip takes less than 3 hours and the scenery along the motorway is absolutely beautiful. We drive through north Lazio, Umbria and finally Tuscany. This is some of the most spectacular countryside in the world and you’ll not just see it through the car’s windows, but the most interesting facts about the areas we’ll pass through will be commented and the most interesting towns will be pointed out to you. Arriving in Florence we’ll make our first stop at Piazzale Michelangelo where we can enjoy the spectacular view of the whole city and then continue to the city center to visit the Accademia Museum where the famous statue of David by Michelangelo is kept. We could then stop for a quick lunch and continue to explore the city in the afternoon including in our tour the church of Santa Croce, where people like Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Dante are buried and where the famous leather school of Florence was started by the Franciscans and we can see the artisans and their disciples at work. We could then continue to Piazza della Signoria, the main square of Florence, and the Ponte Vecchio and the gold craftsmen at work. Obviously you’ll also be taken to the Duomo, the cathedral of Florence. For those who would like a more thorough visit of the museums and the churches a driving guide from Rome can provide, can arrange for a local guide to meet us and take you on a 3-hour tour which will include a guided visit to the sites as per your specific interest. The supplementary cost for this guide tour is presently 200 Euros. We might even be able to squeeze in some time for shopping. At the end of the tour you’ll be driven back to your hotel in Rome.
You can choose to travel to Florence by train for a lower price, but not much lower for groups from 4 up, but please consider the following:
• The train takes 1.5 hours but considering the time needed to transfer to the train station and the fact that you need to be there 15 min. before train’s departure the trip will take the same time the car takes: 2.5/3 hours.
• As you’re travelling in a train there’s no one there to tell you anything about what you’re seeing and you only see the scenery from one side of the train.
• Once in Florence you’ll have to find your way to the places and this will take time and the consequence will be that you’ll not be able to see half of what we can show you.