Florence & Lucca

The two loveliest and best-know Renaissance cities in Tuscany. Also a shopper’s paradise.

 

A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
A little over 3 hours, not outrageous for Tuscany.


DETAILS

Lucca
Our itinerary in Lucca includes:

  • a panoramic drive around the ancient walls
  • the Romanesque church of San Frediano (monumental golden mosaic on the facade)
  • Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, site of the former Roman amphitheater
  • church of San Michele in Foro (intricately carved facade dating back to the 13th Century)
  • Piazza Napoleone
  • the cathedral of San Martino, featuring the sculpture of Ilaria del Carretto, deemed the most beautiful funerary monument in Italy and a work of art to compare with Michelangelo’s David, and the Volto Santo, a wooden crucifix dating back to the 8th century, the subject of much lore.
Lucca also features beautiful shops (major fashion brands as well as boutiques brimming with artisan creations), really good gelato and excellent cuisine.

If you have younger children, Lucca is a great kid-friendly place. The ancient wall is a perfect place to stroll and let kids run off some steam. You can also rent bikes for reasonable cost. There are lots of big shade trees so it is quite pleasant even in the heat of summer. You can climb Guinigi Tower and there is no minimum age requirement (as compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where kids have to be at least 8 to climb).

    Florence
    After about a 75 minute drive from Lucca we’ll be in Florence, where you’ll spend the balance of the day amidst the beauty and history that all started with the Medici family. Your driver-guide will give you basic information about nearby sights and the city’s past but you might want to consider a local guide if you like lots of detail or want to be accompanied on foot. Details at the end, following the Rate table.

    Highlights of Florence include:

    • Piazzale Michelangelo (photo stop for panoramic shots of the city)
    • Santa Croce (when possible)
    • Piazza del Duomo (cathedral, baptistery, bell tower)
    • Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio
    • Porcellino Market, Ponte Vecchio

    A note about galleries in Florence: Because time is limited in Florence it’s a bit of a squeeze to include the Accademia gallery. There really is not time for the Uffizi.

    DURATION: 9 hrs



    1-2 persons € 520

    3-4 persons € 560

    5-6 persons € 620

    7-8 persons € 660

    These rates apply if you pay in CASH IN EURO. That's 10% off our full rates!

    If paying by credit/debit CARD or through PAYPAL the full rates apply; please write to us for those.

    DISCOUNTED RATES
    For multi-booking, off-season, and family rates, please contact us.

    LAST-MINUTE BOOKINGS
    If you book with less than 72 hours of lead time a 50€ supplement applies.

    OTHER COSTS & NOTES
    The following rates for optional items that we book for you are valid if you pay in cash, and reflect 10% off the full rates that apply when paying by card or Paypal.
     

      FLORENCE OTHER COSTS

      Local Guides
    • Classic highlights of Florence, 3 hours, 195 Euro
    • Florence for Kids walking tour, 3 hours, 195 Euro
    • Florence for Kids walking tour, 4 hours (required if you want to go into the Accademia gallery with the guide), 260 Euro

    • Groups of 7 or more persons with a guide require headsets, 4 Euro per person

      Pre-booked Tickets
    • Accademia gallery (closed MONDAYS) 20 Euro per adult, 4 Euro for youths age 6-17, children under 6 free
    • Uffizi gallery (closed MONDAYS) 28 Euro per adult, 4 Euro for youths age 6-17, children under 6 free
    • All-inclusive tickets for cathedral/cupola climb/baptistery/belltower climb and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (closed the FIRST TUESDAY of every month), 22 Euro pp for those over the age of 11, 5 Euro for children age 6-11, children under 6 free

    • The price of pre-booked tickets is subject to change (due to increases implemented by the issuing organization and not having to do with us).

      Florence for Kids additional costs
    • Palazzo Davanzati, 6 Euro pp for adults, paid at the entrance
    • 10 Euro pp for pizza, a drink and gelato.


      CHURCH DRESS CODE
      Proper attire is required to enter churches (bare shoulders must be covered and shorts/skirts must come down to your knees).


     
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