The first day in Florence will include a visit to one of the richest churches of works of art (Giotto, Masaccio, Ghirlandaio), the most beautiful streets and squares, the Medieval Quarter and the internal visit to a palace of those times.
S. Maria Novella – Also mentioned by Boccaccio in his “Decamerone”, it belonged to the Dominican order that wanted to have it rebuilt on a previous church in 1242. The facade is an innovative idea of the architect Leon Battista Alberti and inside in addition to the famous Trinità di Masaccio and the crucifix by Giotto, you will know about the “gnomonic hole” practiced in the main rosette of the church and that which allows the passage of solar rays in 3 particular moments of the year: the equinoxes and the winter solstice. We will mention this secret that few know, how it works and who was the science man of 1575 who conceived it.
The tour will wind through the most beautiful street of Florence Via Tornabuoni, a street of great charm and elegance, which in addition to the shops that display large Firme in attractive shop windows, boasts historic buildings that represent architectural lines of the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries .
Palazzo Davanzati – In a short time we will reach this rare example of an ancient palace furnished with period objects. PalazzoDavanzati is an interesting testimony of passage from the medieval tower-house to the Renaissance residence. The rooms we will see are furnished with Florentine manufacture furniture from the 14th century onwards. Lively decorative frescoes on the walls as well as some valuable works by artists of the time.
You get to the medieval quarter to see some tower-houses and remember the kind of evolution that Florence had reached in the Middle-Ages. It is worth mentioning the definition of Professor Paolucci: “The Manhattan of the Middle Ages” in fact Florence was teeming with people and tower-houses in 1345 and was the most populous and richest city in Europe and perhaps in the world.
A guided tour ends at Palazzo Bargello. Nearby you will find Piazza Signoria with all its historical treasures: the Palazzo Vecchio, the Fountain of Neptune and the Loggia della Signoria, where famous sculptures find shelter.
Duration of the guided tour: 2.30 hours
The guided tour can be done in English. French Spanish.
Admission £ 2-Open from Monday to Sunday 8.15am – 1.30pm. – closed 2nd and 4th Sunday and 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month, New Year, 1st May, Christmas.
Admission S. Maria Novella £ 7.50 – Reduced £ 5.00 (minors 11 to 18 years) – Free (under 11s and all other cases)
2nd day – Classical Venice
This is a complete tour for two nights, but shorten according to your needs.
Besides the information on the itineraries, the local guide of Venice will show you the history of the Serenissima from its foundation in the ninth century through the time it was up to dominate the eastern Mediterranean and its influence far beyond our seas. you will visit the famous basilica of s. Marco, a very significant example of Byzantine architecture in Western Europe.
The Palazzo Ducale, the chamber of the Maggior Consiglio that counted almost 2500 participants. Renaissance: Paul Veronese, Tintoretto, Titian and others.
In 2 hours the history of Venice 1000 years is verified.
Wonderful Panoramic Lagoon Tour of the Islands, the most beautiful in Venice, are really something special!
Artists at work in the Glass and Houses painted like boxes of chocolates.
Duration of the tour: am and pm 4.15 hr.
3rd day Venice – Hidden Venice and Gondola ride
You will see the square and the most hidden buildings along the canal. Sub-areas and coves surrounding Piazza S. Marco. From the top of the Bovolo, the beautiful view of the city.
Duration of the tour: 2 hours
Now that you have returned to your hotel you have the evening to use if you want, with the information that the local guide will give you.
Depending on the season and your needs, we recommend booking for: The Local Guide, the Palazzo Ducale and the Gondola.