Begins with Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), the Cathedral of Florence, which was founded in 1296 by Arnolfo di Cambio. Beside the cathedral stands Giotto’s famous “Bell Tower”, in front of the baptistery of San Giovanni. Moving on to Orsanmichele, once the granary of Florence until its transformation into a church, one enters Piazza della Signoria, the political centre of the city. Finally, visit of the monumental quarters of Palazzo Vecchio, today seat of Florence town hall. Originally built in 1299 by Arnolfo di Cambio, it was subsequently enlarged and decorated to become the house of the Medici family and seat of the City government. Its magnificent rooms were frescoed by Ghirlandaio, Bronzino and Vasari.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the greatest museums in the world. It was founded in 1581 by Francesco I de’ Medici, who collected numerous art-works in the building designed by Vasari. Today the Uffizi contains masterpieces by Italian and foreign artists from 13th to 18th century such as Cimabue, Giotto, Masaccio, Beato Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Piero Della Francesca, Raffaello, Caravaggio, along with Rubens Rembrandt, Durer, Goya and many others.
Visit some of the most outstanding pieces of art of Michelangelo in Florence. Visit to the Museum of the Opera del Duomo, which hosts works of art from the Florence Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore such as the Pietà by Michelangelo. Visit to the Prince’s Chapel and Sagrestia Nuova of the San Lorenzo Basilica where it is possible to admire one of the main Michelangelesque sculptural cycles.
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FLORENTINE HILLS - FIESOLE AND PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO
Visit the Duomo or Church of San Romolo, very ancient church with an unusual bell tower. Visit the Roman theatre, which was built during the first Imperial period and later, enlarged by Septimius Severus.Drive to Piazzale Michelangelo, from where there is a wonderful view of Florence in all its beauty with the Duomo, Santa Croce, the towers and bell towers peeking out from the reddish roofs, the gardens and the Arno river that winds its way across the city. Here one can admire the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte. This church is one of the most famous examples of the Florentine Romanesque style.
SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO
Drive through the Chianti region to the medieval town of Siena (tour of the Cathedral, Town Hall, Piazza del Campo). On the way back visit S. Gimignano, a charming little town with narrow streets paved with red bricks, which has remained almost intact since the Middle Ages.
THE CHIANTI AREA
This is internationally renowned as one of the finest wine producing areas of the world recognized as such since the16th century. Drive through the sloping hills covered by vineyards and stop for wine-tasting or lunch in Tuscan wine producing farms, like The Castello di Vicchiomaggio, built between the 9th and 15th century. On the way, the Monastero della Certosa (the Florence Chapter house) built in 1341 and then donated to the Carthusian monks, and the church of San Leolino.
Florence is in the centre of Italy and is connected by speed train (Freccia Rossa, Freccia Argento) to the most important Italian cities. It is possible to organize daily visits or short tours. And many other art treasures are within 2 hrs...