Your tour starts at the Piazza del Popolo, in Rome. Here, you'll meet your English-speaking guide and travel to Florence in comfort by private air-conditioned coach. Along the way, your guide will fill you in on Florence's fascinating history. Once you arrive in this capital of culture, a local guide will bring you to the Accademia Gallery for your first highlight. With Skip-the-Line access, you will be whisked straight passed the crowds to marvel at the Hall of Prisoners, where Michelangelo’s unfinished figures appear to be pulling themselves into being. Topping it all is the original 17 ft statue of David, who looks exactly as he did when Michelangelo freed him from the marble, back in 1504.
After feasting your eyes on all these sculptures, you’ll start your walking tour of Florence. Your guide will lead you to the astounding Duomo Square, where you can gaze at the golden Baptistery Doors by Ghiberti. These are the doors that Michelangelo referred to as the “Gates of Paradise”. This is also the best place to view Brunelleschi’s dome. As you gaze at its impressive cupola your guide will give you a complete rundown on the building techniques that Brunelleschi used in creating his masterpiece. You will also learn what’s inside and how it came to dominate the skyline of Florence.
If you want to visit the interior of the Duomo later on you can, but for now, the tour will continue through the streets of Florence. Along the way, you will hear more about the fascinating history of the city. As you delve into the heart of Florence, you'll pass ancient statues, glorious fountains, and stunning buildings like the famous Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists and locals.
Next, you'll enjoy 3 hours of free time to relax with a gelato in one of the city's famous piazzas or choose to explore the winding streets of Florence. Your guide will be available to offer recommendations for things to do in this enchanting city. Foodies can visit the many restaurants to try a delicious local meal in what is one of the world’s most renowned destinations for food and wine. Shoppers can explore Florence’s fashionable boutiques and market stalls, famous for their handmade leather goods. Culture vultures can return to the Duomo to soak up the interior with their new-found knowledge.
Otherwise just take your time to wander and take in the beauty of the cradle of the Renaissance, before your return to Rome by bus.