- Round trip high-speed rail tickets from Rome
- Free time for local shopping, exploring and lunch
- Guided walking tour of historic Florence
- Guided visit to Michelengelo’s David with skip-the-line entry
An unforgettable day trip from Rome to the very heart of Tuscany by high speed train. Enjoy two guided tours to take in the “must sees” of Florence with a top-rated guide and still have time for exploring on your own!
Board the high-speed from Termini Station and in just one-and-a-half hours you’ll set foot in arguably the most beautiful city in Europe, the cradle of the Renaissance birthplace of artistic geniuses such as Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Galileo Galilei — to name just a few.
Enjoy a quick cappuccino in one of the Florentine piazzas as you make the short walk from Santa Maria Novella Station to the central meeting point for your first tour. Your local guide will unveil the great beauty this stunning city has to offer, from its Roman origins to its darker medieval era, and of course its role as the backdrop for the explosion of culture that was the Italian Renaissance. You’ll spend the morning in the footsteps of history’s greatest artists and thinkers as you stroll through magnificent Florence taking in Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo (from outside), the Baptistry with Ghiberti’s famous bronze doors, Santa Trinita’ and Orsanmichele Church, Ponte Vecchio covered bridge, the secret Vasari Corridor and much more.
Enjoy a short break for lunch before reconvening for your guided tour of the Accademia Gallery where you’ll marvel at one of the greatest sculptures known to humankind: Michelangelo’s David.
The massive sculpture of David is considered to be Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece, the symbol of Renaissance splendor in Florence. Your guide will ensure fast-track entry to the gallery and give you a full explanation of how at just 23, the young Michelangelo was already the greatest-known and highest-paid artist of his time when he sculpted this iconic representation of the biblical hero David just before he slays Goliath. The massive sculpture stands 5.17 meters tall (17 feet) and was carved from a single block of Carrara marble.
“no other artwork is equal to it in any respect, with such just proportion, beauty and excellence did Michelagnolo finish it” -Giorgio Vasari
As your guide will point out, the Accademia Gallery is also home to many other masterpieces by Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Sarto, and many others.
After bidding farewell to David, enjoy some time to explore this magnificent city on your own by strolling through the famous San Lorenzo market, the perfect place to shop for artisan leather goods, regional specialties, and traditional local items. Or perhaps you’d prefer to check out the Porcellino bronze wild boar statue in Mercato Nuovo, centuries-old botteghe and artisan shops scattered throughout the city, or some good old-fashioned people-watching while enjoying a gelato in one of Florence’s most beautiful piazzas. Have a look inside Santa Maria del Fiore, the Florence Duomo, and the heart of this Renaissance town.
As the afternoon winds down you’ll make your way back to the station in time to depart for Rome (with memories of Florence to last a lifetime)!