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Florence & San Gimignano private tours

Private Shore Excursions San Gimignano

This tour lasts approximately 9 hours.

Get the best of the Renaissance and the Medieval all in one day!

Florence (1 hour from Livorno)

Experience the beauty and history of Florence and feast your eyes on some of the most acclaimed works of Renaissance art in existence.  Highlights include:

  • A panoramic view of the city from up high in Piazzale Michelangelo
  • The Romanesque church of Santa Croce, burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Rossini
  • The massive, gorgeous cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • The baptistery, with its legendary bronze doors (and the great stories behind them)
  • Piazza della Signoria, featuring a copy of the statue of David and medieval Palazzo Vecchio
  • Ponte Vecchio, the famous 14th century bridge
  • Via Tornabuoni (for shoppers), where you'll find the biggest names in fashion as well as unique, local boutiques

San Gimignano: (1 hour from Florence)

To reach San Gimignano we will pass through the most wonderful Tuscan countryside — classic rolling hills, vineyards and silvery green olive groves, a living picture postcard! The spectacle of the terrain is a tour unto itself.

San Gimignano, often referred to as “the Manhattan of Tuscany” or “the Manhattan of the Middle Ages” is best known for its watchtowers, which were a display of power and prosperity in Medieval times. Although only 14 of San Gimignano’s original 76 towers remain, it’s still more than enough to charm us and make for wonderful photos.

Take your time strolling the narrow cobbled streets and open piazzas, and be prepared to step back in time. Art lovers may wish to step into the church of Sant’Agostino where they will find a substantial selection of works by some of Italy’s major Renaissance painters. San Gimignano is also home to award-winning gelato, look for it in the main piazza.

 

Main Museums and Churches in Florence

MUSEUMS Weekdays Holidays Closed Entrance
Medici Chapels 8.15/17.00 8.15/17.00 2nd,4th Sunday 1st,3rd,5th Monday € 6.00
Uffizi Museum 8.15/18.50 8.15/18.50 Monday € 10.50
Accademy Galleries 8.15/18.50 8.15/18.50 Monday € 10.50
Boboli Gardens 8.15/18.30 8.15/18.30   € 2.00
Bargello Museum 8.15/13.50 8.15/13.50 2nd,4th Monday 1st,3rd,5th Sunday € 4.00
Dome Opera Museum 9.00/19.30 9.00/13.40   € 6.00

 

CHURCES Weekdays Holidays Closed Entrance
Baptistery 12.00/19.00 8.30/14.00   € 3.00
Santa Croce 9.30/17.30 13.00/17.30   € 3.00
Cathedral (Dome) 10.00/17.00 13.30/16.45   free
Giotto Tower 8.30/19.30 8.30/19.30   € 6.00
Dome Chapel 8.30/19.00 8.30/19.00 Catholic holidays € 6.00
San Miniato al Monte 8.00/19.30 8.00/19.30   free

 

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Please note

All tours are private and customizable.

All driver-guides speak English.

Private local guides are available for additional cost.

Food, beverages, entrance fees and gratuities (10%-15% common) are not included.

To enter churches you should have knees and shoulders covered. Sturdy walking shoes are advised; surfaces of streets and sidewalks can be uneven.