Florence was the Medici family’s gift to Italy. Left barely untouched, wondering the streets is an artistic treat, with Brunelleschi’s Dome being the crown jewel. Then there is the art, the finest collection of Renassiance works in the world. This is where it all started, after all. Watching the sun go down over the river Arno with a beautiful glass of Tuscan red, is in itself second to a divine experience. And then there is fabled Tuscany. Fields of rolling hills, abundant with olive groves, vineyards and hilltop fortress towns. It is impossible not to fall under the spell of the pristine Tuscany countryside as Leonardo di Vinci, Pope Pius II and Michelangelo all have.
A Renassiance tour in Florence is a must with a local art historian, taking advantage of our skip-the-line tickets to enjoy the legendary collections in peace. For families, we work with a fantastic child friendly guide who specialises in bringing alive the city’s past for young ears with ghosts and legends. Tuscany’s capital has a long tradition of fine artisan crafts from leather to hand dyed marbled paper, so a visit to the workshops for some shopping is a real treat. There is also the bold Florentine cooking of which at the centre is the mighty bistecca, to be enjoyed in one of the wonderful old school trattoria in the historical centre.