FLORENCE Tour Summary
Type: Antiquities, Historic Buildings, Scenic Drive
Length: 10 hours from 8.00/8.30 to 18.00/18.30
FLORENCE Tour enjoys stops at the major sites in Florence. Your knowledgeable driver will meet you just at your hotel in Rome. Florence, a Renaissance city in the heart of Tuscany, has some of Italy’s best museums, beautiful cathedrals and churches, and interesting streets and squares with elegant buildings and shops.
Your first stop will be Florence’s Duomo (cathedral), the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. The huge Gothic duomo with exterior made of green, pink, and white marble, has several elaborate doors and interesting statues. Inside, Brunelleschi’s Dome is a masterpiece of construction. The Campanile, bell tower was designed by Giotto and it is commonly called Giotto’s Campanile. The next stop will be Piazza della Signoria, the heart of the historic center and a free open-air sculpture exhibit. The Loggia della Signoria holds some important statues including a copy of Michelangelo’s David. Then you will admire the Baptistery of John the Baptist, from the 11th century, one of Florence’s oldest buildings. Its exterior is made of green and white marble and has three sets of amazing bronze doors. Inside, are mosaics and a marble pavement of the zodiac. The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), built in 1345, was Florence’s first bridge across the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge from Florence’s medieval days (others were destroyed in World War II). You will find shops selling gold and silver jewelry. From the bridge, you’ll have a great view along the Arno River and beyond.