Six Experiences That Show Florence at Its Finest
Take in the incredible view of the cityscape and the dome of the Cathedral of Florence | © JaCZhou 2015 / Getty Images
Florence is popular for a reason, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the herd. These handpicked tours and experiences take you away from the crowds and show you a different side to the city.
With Renaissance sculptures practically peering around every corner, Florence is a beautiful city, but it gets busy very quickly in the peak months, and that beauty can be harder to find among the masses of tourists. If you want to get straight to the heart of Florence, here are six experiences that will keep you far from the crowds.
ActivitiesLearn to Sculpt or Paint in a Private Florence Art Studio
In the heart of Florence, one of the greatest artistic centers of all time, discover the secrets behind painting or sculpting. Your instructor will welcome you into their inspiring, sun-filled private studio for this unique art experience in Florence. Under the tutelage of an expert artist, beginners and experts alike may discover the techniques to skillfully paint in oil or sculpt in clay. Over three hours in a prestigious small group, work on your very own creation, with all materials supplied for this elite art class in Florence.
Please inform us of your preference for either painting or sculpting at the moment of booking.
ToursSelf-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Wine Experience
You have dreamed of a romantic Italian getaway. Be ready to make that dream a reality with this 4+ hour Fiat 500 tour from Florence with a wine tasting experience. Your guide will lead the convoy on the adventure of a lifetime as you drive your own Fiat 500 through the countryside. The breathtaking view of the Tuscan hills, historic Tuscan Villas, cypress lined roads, endless vineyards and captivating olive groves are visuals you will never forget.
ActivitiesHow to make handmade Tuscan Ceramic: a course with a master potter in Montelupo
Hi, my name is Matteo and thank you for being here!
In my family business we make Tuscan pottery since generations, and after achieving the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor we decided to open our knowledge to everyone that is curious to discover that very ancient tradition and wants to learn its secrets.
In a full immersive two/three hours class we will experience together all the process in ceramic making.
Our shop in town is like our house, it is open since twenty years and it will be a pleasure to share our passion with you.
The factory is a bit outside the city (in case I will bring you there with my car) and is where we make the magic, and you will see how many hands handle one single ceramic from a piece of clay to a decorated majolica.
Then I won't say more, it's a full-immersive experience that you have to feel with your eyes, your hands and your heart.
ToursFlorence Sunset Wine Tour
Relaxing aperitivo wine tour during sunset in Florence while enjoying typical Tuscan Chianti wine with special crostini snacks. Tour discovering Ponte Vecchio, Oltrarno, Santo Spirito, San Frediano districts and the historic center of Florence.
Tours"Palazzo Vecchio" Private Tour
Your private guide will accompany you on this visit to the Palazzo Della Signoria built at the end of 1200, became the seat of the Florentine Republic. In 1500 following the political rise of the Medici family, the Palazzo became the residence of Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici. Finally in 1800 following the unity of Italy and in the period of Florence the capital, it also became the seat of Parliament. Inside you can visit the Government Halls and the Granducale family's private rooms renovated and embellished by Giorgio Vasari, as well as the Salone dei 500 (the most important attraction of the building), the halls and apartments of the Grand Duchess Eleonora of Toledo, also entirely frescoed by Vasari. At the end of the visit you can enjoy one of the best views of the city on the terrace located at the back of the building. The Palace is also the seat of the Municipality of Florence and from a century to today it is known as Palazzo Vecchio due to its past.
ActivitiesA Night At The Opera Saint Marks Florence
In the beautiful and intimate setting of St Mark’s Church in Via Maggio 18, Florence, you will see complete operas dramatically unfold only a few metres away from the performers, in scene and original costumes, accompanied by one of our virtuoso pianists, adapted slightly to suit the intimate surroundings. The Operas last about 2 hours, are sung in Italian, every act is explained in English.In the heart of Florence, only three minutes away from Ponte Vecchio, St Mark’s Church is located in a 15th century Medici Palace, once owned by Niccolo Macchiavelli, with perfect acoustics.