4 DAYS TOUR
If you have four days to spend in Florence you could use them to explore the historical center and the surrounding areas. You can make use of your first three days to take a cultural tour in order to discover Florence main monuments, including the museums, squares and churches of the historical center. On the fourth and last day you can explore the Chianti region and its characteristic villages, among nature walks and wine and dine routes.
- Florence’s Duomo, akso known as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Duomo’s cupola made by Brunelleschi, Giotto’s campanile (bell tower), the Baptistery of St. John and Porta Paradiso.
- Uffizi Gallery with its Renaissance works and paintings.
- Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) with its traditional goldsmith shops.
- the Museums of Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens.
In the palace you will find the Fashion and Costume Museum, the Argenti Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Porcelain Museum, the Galleria Palatina.
- The church of Santo Spirito realized by Brunelleschi.
- The Medici Chapels Museum, inside San Lorenzo’s church, that preserves Michelangelo’s sculptures and the burials of the Medici family also.
- Santa Maria Novella’s square and its church of polychrome marbles made by Leon Battista Alberti and frescoed by Domenico Ghirlandaio.
- Piazza Santa Croce and its cathedral, where Galileo and Michelangelo were buried.
- Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses the original copy of Michelangelo’s David.
- Piazzale Michelangelo, a vast square and one of the most panoramic areas of Florence.
- San Marco’s Museum, with its Renaissance paintings such as the Crucifixion and Saints, the Three Marys at the Tomb, the Annunciation, the underground cells and its rare collection of bells.
- Parks and gardens in town and on the surroundings: Parco delle Cascine, Rose Garden, Villa Bardini Garden, Villa Peyron Garden, Villa Petraia, Villa Demidoff with the medicean park of Pratolino and Villa di Castello.
Spend the fourth day discovering the Chianti’s region and it’s northern area, the Chianti Fiorentino. Florence is connected to Chianti by the State Highway SS222, recently renamed SR 222 (Strada Regionale 222) and also known as Via Chiantigiana, due to the fact that cross the entire Chianti region running directly south from Florence to Sienna.
We recommend these steps:
- Greve in Chianti (in the picture) is the “gate” of Chianti. Do not miss Matteotti’s square and the church of Santa Croce, a place that houses the works of Andrea della Robbia, and the Museum of Wine, with over one hundred types of wines where you will be able to enjoy a full wine-tasting menù.
- Montefioralle, one of the oldest villages of Chianti region.
- Panzano in Chianti, an evocative village with a beautiful view of the hills, it has an ancient castle and is also well known for the long-standing Cecchini butchery, famous for its butcher who prepares the Fiorentina (Tuscany’s iconic T-bone steak) while recites the Divine Comedy.
- Castellina in Chianti is situated to the north of the Chianti Fiorentino and marks the border from the Siena area. Among the places that worth a visit there is the impressive Rocca (Fortress), the medieval passageway Via delle Le Volte and the Archaeological Museum of Sienese Chianti. It doesn’t matter the place or the town you happen to pass by, we suggest you to take a break and enter in some inn or wine cellar to taste its wine and the delicacies of the area.