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Thanks to our partnership with Florencetown we feature among the most interesting experiences, tours and sightseeings and uncovering the true unique spots of Italy. Fill your day with a wide variety of special activities. Here at Casavecchia there is an activity for everyone! Just enjoy it! Florencetown is a well-established tour operator located in the historical center of Florence. Florencetown’s quality and authenticity can be experienced simply by its tours. Their diversity from other companies lies in their distinct originality and top quality standard. Their tours maintain smaller groups and run only in English. Since all activities are designed by Florencetown, they are under constant evaluation and evolution. They provide a full range of products focusing on special interests, such as Vespa and bike tours, visits to exclusive art galleries, inaccessible sights, cooking classes, wine making and tasting experiences and classical Historical City tours, just to mention a few. The high specialization they offer allows them to create enchanting private events and exclusive activities.
BIKE IN FLORENCE
RIDE THROUGH THE NARROW STREETS OF FLORENCE
Florence is perfect for biking and this bike tour takes you where the bus tours can’t go, in pedestrian areas and little tiny streets. It will take you less time then any walking tours, showing you roads out of the usual tourist paths, too far to be reached by foot, too tiny for a bus! In 2 hours and a half you will visit all the major tourist attractions, under the experienced guidance of our entertaining and fun professional history guide. You will ride through the narrow streets of the main center and the Oltrarno district, reaching the most amazing monuments of Florence and unknown spots from where to admire the city: Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Strozzi, the Duomo, Santa Maria Novella, the artisans district, Palazzo Pitti, Pontevecchio, the Uffizi square, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Croce, etc. Along this pleasant stroll in Florence, you will stop at several locations for history explanations and fun facts about the city, and for photo opportunities. Relax, enjoy the tour and even taste a wonderful Gelato! (included) Our licensed guides will help you discover the most of the “cradle of the Renaissance” in less time and in the funniest way… simply perfect as an introduction as well as for veterans. Either way, we’re sure you’ll agree that biking is the best way to see the “cradle of the Renaissance”.
THE FIRST EVER, ORIGINAL AND MOST POPULAR COOKING CLASS IN FLORENCE!
Meet one of our famous and charismatic chefs and learn how to cook a nice Tuscan meal in the heart of Florence! First step: a little walk to the Central Market, grocery shopping! You will go shopping with the chefs at the central market, picking up the ingredients for your lunch. You will meet the butchers, the bakers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their gardens. You will learn how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients. After this fun experience, you will reach our fascinating home-like professional location, just a few steps from the central market, where you’ll enjoy a delicious tasting of typical products and you will start putting your hands on the ingredients to create your own meal, driven by the expert guidance of our Chefs. Your menu may slightly vary depending on the season and the fresh ingredients available, but will usually be made of bruschetta, different kinds of fresh home-made pasta from scratch (i.e. tagliatelle and ravioli), sauces for the pasta, and a dessert. And then you will obviously eat the meal you prepared yourself, accompanied by two glasses of a selection of Chianti wine. A booklet with recipes will let you cook for your friends once you get back home.
1 HOUR WITH DAVID
ACCADEMIA GALLERY TOUR
Enter the Accademia Gallery museum with a fast-track priority entrance ticket and discover the original Michelangelo’s masterpiece that has become the symbol of Renaissance splendor. The David. Admire it from every perspective, gaze in awe at David, that dominates the central gallery of the museum. The David was sculpted by a very young Michelangelo (in his twenties) entirely from a single block of local Carrara marble and it’s 5.17 meters tall (17 ft). It represents the biblical hero David that killed Goliath and when it was unveiled, in 1504, it soon came to symbolize the defense of the civil liberties embodied in the Florentine Republic. Admire also Michelangelo’s famously unfinished sculptures – Prigioni and San Matteo. The Accademia Gallery houses also many other masterpieces, both paintings and sculptures, from the Middle Ages to Renaissance, by the greatest artists, like Botticelli, Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Sarto and many more, which you will discover with your knowledgeable English-speaking guide.
DUOMO SKY WALK
THE INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE CITY FROM AN EXCLUSIVE AND BREATHTAKING POINT OF VIEW: THE DUOMO TERRACES
The incredible opportunity to discover Florence Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral with its Crypt of Santa Reparata and to see the city from an exclusive and breathtaking point of view: the Duomo terraces (that are normally not reachable) and Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome. Entering with a skip-the-line ticket, with our knowledgeable and passionate guide first focus on Florence Duomo: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is also often considered the symbol of the city. Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, the cathedral is the third-largest church in the world (after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London) and it was the largest church in Europe when it was completed in the 15th century. The numerous different styles that you’ll encounter in the building bear witness to changing tastes over the long period of time that elapsed between its foundation and its completion. Discover masterpieces such as Paolo Uccello’s clock, Vasari’s frescoes and Bandinelli’s marble choir. Enter the heart of the Cathedral where skilled restoration works revealed the testimony of the very first Christianity in Florence: the Crypt of Santa Reparata. Then, begin your ascent to Florence Heaven: the staircase climb, through narrow and open-air corridors that have been closed to the public for centuries, will be rewarded by an incomparable view of the city from the Duomo Terraces, on the cathedral rooftop. A skywalk that will feel like floating between the city landscape, with its ancient roofs and towers, and the imposing Dome standing just a few meters above your head. Take the most incredible pictures from this 32-meter-high (105 ft) panoramic point right in the middle of the old town. Learn how the massive self-standing cathedral dome was built and how it can still firmly dominate Florence skyline after 600 years, withstanding earthquakes and the passage of time.
TUSCANY BY VESPA
THE ORIGINAL VESPA TOUR IN TUSCANY
This is the original Vespa Tour in Tuscany, the first shared Vespa tour in Italy, with the experience and passion grown in more than 10 years and more than 25.000 happy clients that are now our best and most enthusiastic ambassadors! Join the Italian Vespa club and live the Dolce Vita! Drive along scenic and silent country roads through the hillside of Tuscany on a Vespa admiring the sights, smells and sounds of the Chianti region! Our comfortable minivan will take you to the countryside, and will be available in case of any need during all the tour. With a short ride, you will be taken just outside of the busy and bustling city center. First you will receive an orientation conducted by an English speaking trained professional, ensuring the safe operation of the Vespas before we head out for our engaging and enjoyable ride (see notes). A driving test in an enclosed space will be held to understand if everyone has enough confidence and safety on the Vespa to drive on open roads. The ride, along scenic country roads will offer splendid views of the rolling hillside, vineyards and olive groves, little medieval churches and ancient wineries. Some stops for photo opportunities will be made along the way. You will visit a famous winery, producing some of the most appreciated Chianti wines, and enjoy a guided tour of their cellars, where you will learn all the secrets of wine production. You will end the Vespa ride at a boutique winery, learning their approach on winemaking ending then your memorable experience with a typical Tuscan lunch (or dinner, depending on which departure you choose) that will be served with a wine and olive oil tasting.
HORSES AND VINEYARDS
HORSEBACK RIDING IN TUSCANY
Horses & Vineyards horseback riding tour in Tuscany will reveal the true beauty of the Tuscan countryside, giving you the opportunity to explore it in the most natural way! This is a semi-private tour (max 8 persons), providing a truly personal experience with the highest quality. You will comfortably be shuttled to the Florentine Chianti wine region (about 25 mins), where the world-famous wines are produced. Based in a truly picturesque environment you will be given a brief lesson to get acquainted with your horse, before a relaxed and easy hour horseback ride through a scenic landscape made of the typical Tuscan hillside, olive groves and vineyards. An approximately 1.5-hour horse experience that will immerse you in the true essence of the Tuscan countryside, like no other experience. After the beautiful horse ride you will then reach a fascinating ancient olive oil mill in a noble estate, and given a guided tour of their spectacular spaces in a unique mix of ancient and modern setting, learning about the processes involved in producing olive oil. A taste of their gourmet olive oil will reveal all the incredible flavors that their passion and work generate. Then reach a boutique winery, visiting its small ancient cellar, combined with the modern workspace where incredible wines are produced, Learn their peculiar approach to winemaking, that has granted them some of the most important wine awards worldwide. Enjoy a delicious typical Tuscan lunch in a restaurant, immersed in nature, tasting some of the incredible wines of the winery you just visited. You will then be taken back to Florence with a relaxed and scenic drive on one of our minivans.
TUSCANY WINE AND OLIVE OIL TRAIL
GET TO KNOW THE AREA OF THE GREAT WINES, GET TO KNOW TUSCANY
The Tuscany Wine and Olive Oil Trail was born to give travelers the opportunity to enjoy the great Wine area of Tuscany called “Chianti” and in particular the “Chianti Classico” one, with a selection of special wineries and the knowledge of a sommelier on board that will lead the way in the world of Chianti Wines and Olive Oil. Chianti Classico is one of the most known wines of the world with its unmistakable logo of the Black Rooster who guarantees the authentic taste of Tuscan wine; enjoy our small-group wine tour traveling in peace with our professional English speaking driver and comfortable Minivan car. The area explored is outstanding; with its olive groves, cypresses and vineyards that produce some of the best wines in the world with a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and different varieties of red grapes blended differently by the producers. During the day you will learn the different characteristics of wine, you will get to know how to distinguish the acidity, the taste, and flavor pairing with food. This glorious trail will give you the chance to get acquainted with the history of wine and the secret of how to keep long-lasting traditions alive. This experience includes the visit of an olive oil mill in an ancient noble estate, where you will enjoy a guided tour of their spaces in a unique mix of ancient and modern setting, learning about the processes involved in producing olive oil. A taste of their gourmet olive oil will reveal all the incredible flavors that their passion and work generate. After the olive oil experience you will discover two wineries and their cellars: a famous and glorious winery, with a spectacular cellar, and a fascinating small boutique winery. Both wineries boast international wine awards. The tour also includes the wine tastings at the wineries you will visit, a typical Tuscan meal (lunch or dinner depending if you choose the am or pm departure), many photo opportunities and the friendly feeling of a small and intimate group of wine lovers.
CINQUE TERRE DISCOVERY
VINEYARDS ESCAPES WITH SEAFOOD LUNCH
There is nothing better than the VIP Cinque Terre Discovery & Vineyards Escapes to explore a real Italian coastal paradise with the exclusivity of a small-group tour. This is the most complete experience and the only one-day tour to Cinque Terre that will allow you to discover the beauty of the villages while breathing the true relaxed essence of this paradise. A small-group adventure. The personalized attention of a knowledgeable guide. Exclusive escapes from the crowds that will reveal hidden, no touristy, gems. Relaxed savoring of two of the treasures of this region: its cuisine made of ancient traditional recipes and its local unique wines. During the day the guide will introduce guests to this spectacular corner of Italy, famous for its panorama, its wine, its food, beautiful sea and hiking opportunities. Our comprehensive exploration will include the visit of some of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of Cinque Terre National Park (a world-heritage protected by UNESCO since 1997) which are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, the villages clinging to a remote stretch of the Riviera coastline. You will enjoy the five-mile-long rocky coast lined by thousands of dry walls built on terraces cultivated with vineyards, and the small medieval fishing villages built on rock. Add to this the incredible color of the sea and the sky and you may understand what paradise the Cinque Terre really is. Enjoy the most astonishing views either from land and sea, as we stroll along the national park by boat, train, and walking/hiking on the fabulous trails on the cliff (including famous Via dell’Amore) in a perfect mix for a memorable experience. A delicious full lunch with wine in a typical restaurant on the sea is included, thus you will be able to enjoy incredibly fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by some great white wines typical of this region. An amazing boat ride (weather and sea conditions permitting) will be an additional memorable perspective on the Riviera, to take back home with you the most incredible pictures of this day. This experience is a unique opportunity to explore Cinque Terre in a day, also enjoying a few enchanting escapes from the crowds of the villages. You will have the chance to admire the astonishing coastal panorama from a high vantage point, with a very light hike on an almost leveled trail through seaside vineyards, with almost no-one else except your small group walking on it.
TUSCANY GRAND TOUR
BEST OF SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, CHIANTI AND PISA
Three hundred years ago, aristocratic and noble young men from Europe began taking a trek through Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilization. The Grand Tour. Similarly, today you will have the chance of discovering the best of Tuscany with the exclusivity of this small-group Grand tour. A full-day experience to discover Tuscany, with its different dimensions, landscapes, ancient towns, art masterpieces and food and wine traditions. A magnificent journey through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, exploring marvelous towns such as Siena and San Gimignano, gazing in awe at the world-renowned Pisa Leaning Tower, savoring typical Tuscan food on a delicious lunch and tasting some great Chianti wines at a prestigious boutique winery. A comfortable minivan with A/C will be your vessel through gorgeous Tuscan landscapes throughout the day. Gentle Chianti hills framed by cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves, little hilltop ancient villages, wine estates, the fertile plain reaching Pisa, will all fill your eyes with beauty during the transfers. The small-group and the personalized attention of our professional tour leader will provide a high-quality experience like no other. In ancient times, there was only one city in Tuscany that competed against Florence for power, wealth and artistic beauties: Siena. Starting from Florence, you will be taken to Siena by an English speaking driver and tour leader. Here you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the ancient town that will let you discover also Piazza del Campo, the main central square where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year, as well as exploring quieter backstreets and learning everything about the Contrade, the 17 medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio. During the visit to Siena you will also have the opportunity to have a surprise tasting of a typical product. The journey continues to San Gimignano, renowned for its “medieval skyscrapers”, high walls and narrow streets that typify most people’s image of a Tuscan hill town. San Gimignano is unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls, form an unforgettable skyline. After some free time in San Gimignano, you will reach a prestigious Chianti boutique winery. This will be the ideal setting for a relaxing break during the day, letting you savor a delicious Tuscan lunch and taste some great Chianti wines, while learning about wine production and visiting their cellars. A stop in the square of the medieval town of Impruneta will let you discover the ancient art of terracotta, being this the capital of this material and its multiple uses, both in art and in construction, nowadays like centuries ago. Relax with beautiful views from the window while you reach Pisa and explore its famous Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square), a magnificent space with the incredible cathedral and baptistery, all dominated by the world-renowned Leaning Tower and its unique and dramatic elegance.
WHY NOT EXPERIENCE TUSCANY IN A MORE ADVENTUROUS AND UNIQUE WAY?
An exciting ride on a four-wheeler through the most beautiful vineyards hidden corners of the Chianti wine region. A professional driver at the wheel will take you off the beaten path to places you never imagined. Explore the beautiful Tuscany hilltop villages, winding roads, medieval alleys, rolling hills studded with cypress trees, streets and picturesque forgotten properties all in a radical off-road style without losing time. Stop at the best photo spots at the right time to take pictures. Have a break and enjoy a nice and relaxing break at a local vineyard where you can breathe in the spectacular nature surrounding you and admire the stunning scenery above the horizon. Embrace the scents and touch the soft grape leaves while walking down the grapevine aisles. Finely taste the wine itself paired with an authentic Tuscan lunch surrounded by the beauty of the Tuscan countryside.