Built in a valley on the banks of the river Arno and surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, Florence is one of the most known and best preserved cities in the world. An exceptional artistic patrimony testifies its secular civilization: Giotto and Cimabue, the fathers of Italian Painting, lived here, along with Brunelleschi and Donatello, founders of the Renaissance.
Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo also lived and worked in Florence. The old part of the city is contained in a small area and can be visited walking through Renaissance Palaces and medieval streets where you can find either elegant boutiques and famous leather and jewelry craftmen’s workshops. As you are walking you will visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, The Baptistry and Giotto’s Belfry. Once in Piazza della Signoria you can admire Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s Town Hall, and the Loggia dei Lanzi with the Perseus by Cellini. We will be glad to book a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s David, or the Uffizi Gallery which contains superb paintings from Giotto, Botticelli, Raffaello.
Another interesting visit in the region of Tuscany can be made to Pisa, the home of the famous Leaning Tower. This bell tower is located in the breathtaking Campo dei Miracoli, along with the Cathedral and the Baptistery, unique masterpieces of Romanesque art. Pisa was the third largest Maritime Republic and one of the most developed Italian cultural centres. Its glorious past and artistic richness appear as you are walking through narrow streets, charming little squares, multi-colored markets and noble palaces.