This tour will start in Rome for you at the Piazza del Popolo. Your English-speaking guide will welcome you on board your private air-conditioned coach for your relaxing journey through the Tuscan countryside. As you make your way to Florence you can gaze out the window as your guide paints a picture of the city and its fascinating history. As soon as you arrive in Florence, you will be met by a local guide who is an expert on all things Firenze. You’ll be brought to the Accademia Gallery which you can enter swiftly using our trademark Skip-the-Line access. Your tour will be able to jump ahead of the crowds to see Michelangelo’s world-famous sculptures which are waiting inside. Stroll through the Hall of Prisoners and check out the genius of Michelangelo through his work. His figures look like they are trying to struggle free of the blocks of marble where they are encased. These unfinished pieces will act as a good starter before you move on to the main course of the magnificent 17ft David which is considered the highpoint of sculpture in Western Civilisation.
Once you have soaked up the muscular realism of these world-famous sculptures it is time to take to the enchanting streets of Florence on your walking tour. In the center of the city, you'll find the impressive Duomo Square waiting for you. This is where you will get to see the amazing Baptistry Doors designed by Ghiberti. These made such an impression on Michelangelo that he nicknamed them the 'Gates of Paradise'. Above you is the recognizable dome of Brunelleschi which makes the skyline of Florence so iconic. This impressive building was so ahead of its time that the builders had to come up with new building methods for it. Imagine that they were never really sure if it would work. It still stands and your guide will fill you in on all the impressive features which have been added to its interior over the years.
It will be possible to visit the stunning interior of the Duomo after you finish your walking tour of the city. For the time being, follow your guide further into the center as they unpack the history and the secrets of the cobbled streets.
Once your guide has shown you around you will have your own free time to explore Florence the way you want to. With three hours of personal time to play with you can choose to take on board the suggestions of your local guide. As Florence is renowned for its food as well as its culture you can follow your taste-buds to one of the many restaurants and sample a local specialty. Or you can make your way back to the Duomo to gaze at its stunning interior. Those who want to indulge in a bit of light shopping can browse fashionable spots like the Pointe Vecchio and snap up a bargain in the leather good stalls.
Whatever you choose you will have plenty of time to explore and take in the beauty of this beguiling city before you board your bus and make your way back to Rome.