Why you'll love this tour
Travel in style on this private driver Florence day trip from Rome
While we’re hopelessly devoted our beloved home town of Rome, there’s just something completely mesmerizing about Florence. Whether you are a dedicated history buff, a quality minded fashionista, curious food lover or an avid art enthusiast; we can guarantee that you will get your fill in this culturally diverse metropolis. To make sure you get the most out of your Florentine adventure, we'll pick you up from your hotel bright and early in the morning. During the 3-hour scenic drive through the Tuscan country side, your charming and knowledgeable driver's seat cicerone will give you a fascinating crash course on Florence's 2000-year long history – as well as get you acquainted with the local culture.
Upon arrival in the Tuscan capital, you will make a brief stop at Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy the picture-perfect postcard view of the cityscape below before you head down to the midst of it all. Though your driver won’t accompany you on your day in the city, he will provide you with invaluable insider advice and interesting tidbits of information so are well-prepared to explore this magnificent destination on your own. If you would like boost your experience with a private 3-hour “best of “ tour led by one of our expert “What a Life” guides, this option is readily available as an extra service at check out.
Explore the highlights in Florence’s historic center
Part of Florence’s irresistible charm is that it feels much more like a village than a sprawling city. With most of the main attractions located just a short walk from one another; the city is best explored on foot. While you are completely free to spend your time here as you wish, there are a few sights we wouldn’t want you to miss. One of these highlights is, of course, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers, the city’s most famous landmark. The huge tri-colored marble church is the very symbol of Florence and its massive dome is visible from almost every angle in this compact district. Admire the cathedral from the outside, or venture inside to have a look its dazzling 16th century frescoes.
Continue your walk to the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, the heart of Florence for over 800 years. Dominated by the city’s century-old town hall, Palazzo Vecchio, the square is also an outdoor sculpture gallery (including a replica of Michelangelo’s David!) buzzing with life around the clock. This is a great place to enjoy a typical Italian gelato, while watching the well-dressed Florentine natives go about their daily lives. Another must-see is, of course, the picturesque Ponte Vecchio – the oldest and most famous of Florence’s numerous bridges spanning the Arno River. Once occupied by butchers and skin tanners, this busy landmark is now home to goldsmiths and jewelers.
Wine, dine and shop alongside the locals
There’s nothing like a few hours of sightseeing to work up an appetite – which is a good thing, since Florence is an absolute dreamland for foodies! Nestled amongst vineyards and olive groves, the city has a rich culinary scene just waiting to be devoured by famished visitors. The local cuisine is simple and hearty, reflecting the Tuscan emphasis on bread, red Chianti wine, grilled-to-perfection meat and extra virgin olive oil. There are hundreds of eateries to choose from but your driver will recommend a few of our favorite authentic ‘trattorias’ where you’ll be able to feast on these goodies alongside the locals.
Michelangelo, Donatello, Dante and da Vinci – they’ve all made their illustrious mark on Florence. There really isn’t anywhere you can go in the city without running into an awe-inspiring artistic or architectural achievement! But Florence is also known for the luxurious goods and artisan products hand-crafted by its inhabitants – like genuine Italian leather goods, elegant jewelry and fine silks. With its multitude of marvelous shops and delightful outdoor markets to explore, the Florentine shopping scene stands out as one of the best in Italy. We wholeheartedly suggest that you spend a little time looking for that perfect souvenir to bring home with you as a memory from your Tuscan adventure before your driver escorts you back to the Eternal City.
What you'll experience
Piazzale Michelangelo's is by far the most famous square in Florence, boasting a stunning view of the city and its surrounding hills and mountains. The famous scene has been reproduced on countless postcards but there’s nothing like experiencing the spectacular vista firsthand. Your driver will escort you straight to the viewpoint – so you can savor the sight without enduring the treacherous uphill climb. Apart from the panorama, you can also feast your eyes on replicas of some of Michelangelo’s most famous status here, including a striking copy of his world-famous David.