The birth of the Renaissance and home to some of the most significant buildings, paintings and sculptures in art history is just the beginning of what Florence has to offer. Enjoy true Tuscan cuisine and the diverse nightlife of the city. Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside hold some of Italy’s most iconic images. See the David, get lost in the famous San Lorenzo leather markets, and indulge yourself with gelato. Saturday, wander around the city on water--Venice!
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The trip departs Rome from the Roma Termini train station. Meeting point is in front of the Nike Store. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Florence is by private, luxury coach bus with A/C, and DVD.
Upon arrival into Florence, You will be able to check into our accommodation.
After breakfast, your trip leader will give you a walking tour of Florence. We will see the Duomo, the historic Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Signoria, and more! We will finish the tour in Piazza Signoria and your trip leader will direct you to some delicious lunch spots. Florence is known for its cuisine, and you will not be disappointed.
The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Florence. Your tour leader will meet you later on in the afternoon to take you to Piazza Michaelangelo, which overlooks the city, for a sunset view of Florence.
Friday night there will be an optional family-style dinner at our favorite restaurant Il Gatto e la Volpe. The dinner includes several courses of Tuscan specialties and pastas. Afterwards we will head to one of Florence’s best bars and show you the local nightlife.
The trip departs Florence from the Santa Maria Novella train station. The meeting point is in the International Ticketing Hall opposite tracks 8 and 9. Please meet your Trip Leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Venice is by private, luxury coach bus with A/C, DVD, and bathroom.
Once we arrive in Venice you are free to join in on the mask wearing and confetti throwing of the festival or explore the intricate arrangement of canals and buildings on stilts. From here, it is easy to access the glass-blowing island of Murano, the colorful houses on the island of Burano, or head directly to St. Mark’s Square by way of waterbus or on foot. Your trip leader will show those interested in going to Murano and Burano the way by waterbus. We recommend purchasing the full day pass for the water bus. This will allow you to explore all of Venice’s islands with ease.
You will have plenty of time to spend your day to enjoy the festival, visit Murano or the picturesque island of Burano, St. Mark’s Square, and the Famous Rialto Bridge. If you want to get on the canals, take a ride in a Gondola or opt for the inexpensive option of touring around by waterbus.
The bus will depart from Venice for Florence later on in the evening.
Check out is Sunday morning. You will have the whole day until our departure back to Rome to explore any sites that you have not yet taken in during the weekend!
You will have all day Sunday free to explore more of Florence’s endless beauty. Today you will be able to check out Florence’s great museums and galleries, like the Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia (home of the David), Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, and more. Or you may choose to head to Tuscany to visit the medieval city of Siena, push over the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or visit other beautiful cities in the region.Refer to your trip leader for recommendations and how to visit.
We will depart later on in ther afternoon for Rome.