No trip to Italy can be considered complete without a visit to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance.
Starting from your hotel in Rome, we will head north along the Autostrada del Sole, crossing the green Tiber Valley and the olive groves and vineyards at the foot of the Apennine hills, through the famous Chianti wine region, before finally arriving at Florence.
Of Etruscan-Roman origin, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free commune. Refined by Renaissance art and enriched by the Medicean Signoria, Florence is the cradle of the Italian language.
Once in Florence, our first stop will be the highest point of the city, Piazzale Michelangelo. From this terrace you can enjoy a breathtaking view. Nearby you can also see the church of San Miniato (with its Romanesque structure of the eleventh century, the oldest church in Florence). After this stage, the driver will take you to the heart of the city, a true open-air museum, whose treasures you can visit on foot. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Cathedral, consecrated in 1436, has an enormous dome and a red, white and green marble façade. The crypt with the tomb of Brunelleschi, the famous architect, is located near the entrance. Adjacent to the Cathedral is Giotto's Bell Tower, the jewel tower of Florentine Gothic architecture. The Baptistery with its famous Paradise Gate is also here.
From here, you can walk around Piazza della Signoria where you can find Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall, and the Torre dei Lanzi. Cellini's Perseus and David's copy are in the latter.
Then you can visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important Italian museums, founded in 1581 by Francesco I de Medici, which houses numerous works by Italian and foreign painters such as Cimabue, Giotto, Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya and many others.
Continue to the Galleria dell'Accademia, where you can find the original David by Michelangelo, as well as his third Pietà and his Prisons.
In Piazza Santa Croce you can visit the Church of Santa Croce, rich in fourteenth-century frescoes, in which are preserved the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli. Here there are also specialized shops, including those of the old school of leather processing.
Florence is also famous for shopping: there are designer boutiques such as Prada, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Valentino, Damiani, Trussardi, Coveri, Versace and Zegna, as well as small shops of local artisans. Characteristic is the market of San Lorenzo, which leads to the famous Ponte Vecchio with its precious jewelers. In this area you can also taste the delicious Florentine cuisine that uses the local products offered generously from the Tuscan territory, as well as its excellent wines, famous all over the world.