Tour Itinerary

6:15 pm

DEPARTURE

Your private driver will pick you up at your accommodation if located downtown. Otherwise the meeting point is in front of Hard Rock Caf, near Piazza...


SAN MINIATO AL MONTE

We will move to the close San Miniato al Monte where you will have a better view of Florence. Here the monks at 6:30pm start to sing their Gregorian c...


PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO

In Piazzale Michelangelo we will stop the car. You can take pictures of the view and have a glass of Prosecco wine.

7:45 pm

BACK DOWNTOWN

Your personal driver/guide will drop you off at your accomodation or restaurant if located downtown, otherwise drop-off is in front of Hard Rock Caf

Highlights

DEPARTURE FROM FLORENCE

Your private driver/guide will pick you up at your accomodation if located downtown, otherwise the meeting point is in front of Hard Rock Caf, via Brunelleschi 1, near Piazza della Repubblica. From the meeting point we will drive to the magnificent Ponte alla Carraia which links the two souls of Florence: the romantic and historical centre to the bohemian and funky Oltrarno. A quick stop for a picture of the famous parrocchia of San Frediano in Cestello.

Then, we proceed to the Porta Romana square. A rare chance to see at the center of a roundabout a large marble statue by the contemporary artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, called "Dietrofront". It depicts a woman who goes to the south, while the head rests on a long and extremely heavy burden that indicates the opposite direction, toward the interior of the city.

THE SAN MINIATO CHURCH
Every evening, at 6:30 pm, the monks sing their Gregorian chants. St. Miniato was an Armenian prince, serving in the Roman army under the emperor Decius. He was denounced as a Christian after becoming a hermit and was brought before the Emperor who was camped outside the gates of Florence. The emperor ordered him to be feed to the beasts in the amphitheatre where a panther called upon him refused to devour him. Beheaded in the presence of the emperor, he is alleged to have picked up his head, crossed the Arno and walked up the hill of mons Florentinus to his hermitage. A shrine was later erected on this spot. A chapel is reported to be there by the 8th century.

The construction of the present church began in 1013 by the initiative of the bishop of Florence Alibrando and it was endowed by the emperor Henry II. The adjoining monastery began as a Benedictine community, then passed to the Cluniacs and then in 1373 to the Olivetans, who still run it. The monks make famous liqueurs, honey and tisanes, which they sell in a shop next to the church.

PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO
In the Piazzale Michelangelo we will stop the car. You can take pictures of the magnificent view and also drink the bottle of complimentary Prosecco wine. Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) has a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, and is a popular tourist destination in the Oltrarno district of the city. The famous view from this observation point overlooking the city has been reproduced on countless postcards and snapshots over the years.

The panorama embraces the heart of Florence from Forte Belvedere to Santa Croce, across the lungarni (Arno riversides) and the bridges crossing the Arno, including the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello and the octagonal bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina. Beyond the view of the city itself are the hills of Settignano and Fiesole.

What's included


Free WiFi on-board


Private tour ensures personal service


Transportation in air-conditioned Mercedes coach


All taxes - fuel surcharges - parking fees and tolls - service fees


A local English speaking driver/escort in suit with an excellent knowledge of the local area


Bottled water


Bottle of Prosecco wine - which is always a good start especially if you don't have to drive :)


Mini Ipad with Wi-Fi and mobile data connection so that you can use it in the car and outside as you walk around the city


10% VAT


Access to restricted traffic areas in all the towns


Price is for all of you