Arno South Bank Walking Tour, Florence (Self Guided)

Arno South Bank, also known as Oltrarno, what literally means "beyond the Arno", is a magical place, though not everyone knows about it. The many historical places located in this part of the city will amaze you. Take this tour to see some wonderful sites that you will never forget.
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Guide Name: Arno South Bank Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Florence (See other walking tours in Florence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: greghasleft
San Frediano in Cestello

1) San Frediano in Cestello

One of the lesser visited attractions in the city of Florence is the San Frediano in Cestello. This beautiful structure represents the late Baroque style of architecture.

The present church is built on the same site as the monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli that was founded in 1450. In the early seventeenth century, the church was occupied by the Cistercians, which is where the word, ‘cestello’ is derived from. By the end of the seventeenth century, the church was commissioned for renovation under architects Gherardo Silvani and Giulio Cerutti. Work on the new design started in 1680 and by 1689 the construction was abruptly stopped leaving the façade that faced the Arno River and the town unfinished. Like many other churches in Florence, the façade of the San Frediano also remains incomplete till this present day.

Although Florentine churches may not have much in terms of craft and design on the exterior, the interiors are sure to mesmerize you the minute you step in. This is also seen at the San Frediano. The interiors of the church showcase the late Baroque style and design. The dome of the church is embellished with ornate frescos that were contributed by some great artists like Anton Domenico Gabbiani, Matteo Bonechi, Alessandro Gherardini and Antonio Puglieschi.

Today, the San Frediano in Cestello is converted into an Archiepiscopal Seminary, which is still very active.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Santa Maria del Carmine

2) Santa Maria del Carmine

The Santa Maria del Carmine church serves as a shrine to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Built in the late 13th century, what one can see today on the exteriors is just the remains of the Romanesque- Gothic structure. In the 18th century, a fire nearly destroyed the entire structure and miraculously spared the Brancacci Chapel- the Renaissance Fresco, the church is most renowned for.

The Brancacci Chapel stands as a monument of the immergence of the Italian Renaissance. The fresco that adorns the wall of the Santa Maria del Carmine is among the most influential and an important turning point in the history of Italian Art. The making of the fresco in the Brancacci Chapel began in 1425, when Masolino da Panicale was commissioned to work on three walls of the chapel. Masolino called upon his associate, the 21 year old Masaccio to assist him throughout the project. His brief visit to Hungary left Masaccio in charge of the fresco, which led to a major influence of his style on the fresco which is seen as one of the best works of his life. However, Masaccio’s demise in 1428 left the fresco abandoned for 60 years till the arrival of Filippino Lippi, who also contributed immensely to the Chapel.

Corsini Chapel also makes part of the Santa Maria del Carmine church. The Corsini, probably the richest family in Florence during the 17th–18th centuries, had this chapel built in 1675, to hold the remains of St. Andrew Corsini (1301–1374), a member of the family who became a Carmelite friar and the Bishop of Fiesole, canonized in 1629. The architect Pier Francesco Silvani choose for it the Baroque style then popular in Rome. The small dome was frescoed by Luca Giordano in 1682. The elaborated Italian Rococo ceiling is from one of the most important 18th century artists in the city, Giovanni Domenico Ferretti.
La Specola

3) La Specola

Amidst the historical churches and architectural marvels surrounding Florence is the oldest science museums in Europe, The La Specola.

The Museum of Zoology and Natural History or better known as La Specola, was opened in 1775 by the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena. The Prince envisioned a museum which was open to public. This is why he purchased a block of building very close to the Pitti Palace and converted it into a museum. The museum was inaugurated in 1775 and was officially opened to the public and has been ever since. Up until the 19th century, La Specola was the only scientific museum in the world with open admission, opening hours, guided tours and museum curators.

Spread across 34 rooms, the La Specola boasts a vast collection of fossils, natural resources, minerals, animal specimens, exotic plants and rare books. Many exhibits in the museum date back to fourteenth and fifteenth century and the Medici family. The Medici family had a passion and tradition of collecting artefacts from all over the world which is displayed very proudly at the La Specola.

However, the prized possession of the museum was, and still remains, the collection of anatomical wax models, an art form introduced by Ludovico Cigoli. The wax models were made for teaching anatomy without having to cut open a cadaver.

Operation hours: October 1 to May 31: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; June 1 to September 31: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Chiesa di San Felice

4) Chiesa di San Felice

The Chiesa di San Felice or the Church of Saint Felix is in the Piazza San Felice, west of the Pitti Palace. Located on the south banks of the River Arno, the Chiesa di San Felice is arguably the oldest church after San Lorenzo. The first structure on the site traces back to the Roman times. However, a church on this site has been mentioned in documents only since the 1066. This church is said to have been built in 1400’s. However, the structure subsequently underwent a number of modifications and restorations. In 1926, the Church caught fire after which it underwent a major restoration.

The Chiesa di San Felice is constructed in accordance to the Gothic style of architecture. The façade done by Michelozzo, however, blends in a Renaissance essence in to the Church. The Church is also known for the large Crucifix adorned in the main chapel over the high altar which is the work of either Giotto or his school.

The Chiesa di San Felice also played an important role during the Second World War and German occupation. The Church not only stood as a pillar of resistance during that time but also played a vital role in protecting and giving refuge to prosecuted Jews.
Casa Guidi

5) Casa Guidi

Casa Guidi is the fifteenth-century patrician house in Piazza San Felice, 8, near the south end of the Pitti Palace in Florence, in which the piano nobile apartment was inhabited by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning between 1847 and Mrs Browning's death in 1861. After their son Pen's death in 1912, the apartment was bought by several Browning enthusiasts. By that time, Casa Guidi was in poor shape, and the apartment retained hardly any furniture or paintings. The Browning Society in New York restored it, before giving it to Eton College which undertook further work so that the building could be used as a study centre. Today, it is part of The Eton College Collections, but is administered by the Landmark Trust, who also look after the house in Rome where Keats died. When not being used by Eton boys, the property is available for holiday lets booked through the Landmark Trust.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Pitti

6) Palazzo Pitti (must see)

Luca Pitti, a famous banker of Florence, commissioned the construction of this palace for his residence in 1458. However, when he died, the construction had not been completed yet. Financial issues forced Pitti descendants to sell this building to Eleonora Medici, the wife of Cosimo de’Medici, who moved in later that year from Palazzo Vecchio, the Medicis' then residence. A private corridor was then built between the two buildings for the privacy of the house residents.

Ammanatti was commissioned by the family in 1558 and was assigned the task of making the Boboli Gardens. The Gardens have an amphitheatre where performances were held to entertain the Medici family. The palace was the residence for the House of Lorraine, after the end of the Medici dynasty. Napoleon, too, stayed here during his reign over Italy. Victor Emmanuel III, from the House of Savoy, gifted the palace to the nation of Italy in 1919, which was then opened to the public as five art galleries and the largest museum complex in Florence.

You can see over 500 Renaissance-style paintings in the Palatine Gallery, witness the lavish residence of the Medici family at the Royal Apartments, see the “Medici Treasury” containing priceless silver items from the 15th century, along with the Costumes Gallery and the Porcelain and Carriages Museums, when you visit here. Even with over five million annual visitors and being a part of public property, the Palazzo has the feel of a private royal collection.

Why You Should Visit:
Everything about this palace oozes class. Impressive motives and each room is in itself a marvel because of the huge range of painted ceilings and the wall and ground decorations.

You can buy a combined full ticket including the Gardens, Museums, and the Uffizi (a 3-day pass) or just the Pitti Museums & Gardens ticket valid for two days. It all depends on the time you have. You can easily spend 3hrs just walking the Gardens, and it would be well worth it especially if to enjoy the unbelievable views – just don't forget your hat and bottle of water.
One way to avoid the long line is to take a tour – yes, there is a cost, but tours include skipping the line, admission fees, and make good use of your Florence time because the guides can direct you to the highlights of the collections.

Tue-Sun: 8:15am-6:50pm (including the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments and the Gallery of Modern Art)
Giardino di Boboli

7) Giardino di Boboli (must see)

The Giardino di Boboli or the Boboli Garden is one of the most elegant gardens in Florence. Situated just behind the Pitti Palace, they are said to be the first few gardens that were built in the 16th century. The gardens were built for the wife of Cosimo I de' Medici, Eleonora di Toledo.

The Boboli Gardens have had many renowned art names of the 16th century working on it. Niccolo Tribolo worked on it till his death in 1550. The work was later taken over by Bartolomeo Ammanati and Bernardo Buontalenti. These artists were responsible for the emergence of the Mannerist style in art, which succeeded the Renaissance period of art in Florence. Hence, the Boboli Gardens are also looked at as one of the important places in Florence where such different styles can be appreciated.

Through the years the Boboli Gardens have undergone large-scale reconstructions as a result of which the present day garden covers an area of approximately 11 acres of land. This vast garden is also looked upon as a museum where one can encounter art, sculptures and antiques right from the Roman era to the 16th and 17th centuries. Filled with grottos, nymphea, mythical sculptures and garden temples, the Boboli Gardens is sure to enchant your senses.

Why You Should Visit:
Takes some stamina to get around as it is hilly and with lots of stairs, but has great views over the city and some things to discover (fountains, museum) if you walk up.

A full exploration will take about 2 hours; bring some snacks, water and good shoes.
Entry is included in the FirenzeCard and you do not need to queue if you have the card; go straight to the bookshop inside the Pitti Palace to gain access to the gardens.
Take the north exit to visit Fort Belvedere and the south-west exit to visit La Specola.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:15am-6:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Santo Spirito

8) Santo Spirito

The Santo Spirito or the Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito, is another building in Florence that is credited to the brilliant Renaissance architect - Filippo Brunelleschi. The Santo Spirito was built as a twin to the church of Saint Lorenzo which was also initially designed by Brunelleschi.

The Santo Spirito was constructed on the site where once stood a thirteenth century Augustanian convent that was destroyed in a fire. Although the church was designed by Brunelleschi, he did not live long enough to see his plan take form. However, his designs and plans were incorporated and influenced the construction of the building tremendously.

At first glance the Santo Spirito, with its plain exteriors, may not look like a very impressive building. However the true beauty and design can be appreciated in the interiors of the church. The interior of the church is termed as one the finest specimen that displays the grandeur and elegance of Renaissance architecture. One can see a lot of Baroque embellishes in the interiors, and a special mention to Baldachin over the high raised altar. The walls of the chapel are adorned with some of the finest works of Fillipino Lippi, Alessandro Allori, Fransesco Botticini, Cosimo Rosselli and other renowned renaissance artists.

However, sharing similar fate with its twin, the Santo Spirito too has a plain façade.
Chiesa di Santa Felicita

9) Chiesa di Santa Felicita

The chiesa di Santa Felicita (Church of St Felicity) is a church in Florence, probably the oldest in the city after San Lorenzo. In the 2nd century, Syrian Greek merchants settled in the area south of the Arno and are thought to have brought Christianity to the region. The first church on the site was probably built in the late 4th century or early 5th century and was dedicated to Saint Felicity of Rome. A new church was built in the 11th century and the current church largely dates from 1736–1739, under design by Ferdinando Ruggieri, who turned it into a one nave edifice. The monastery was suppressed under the Napoleonic occupation of 1808-1810. In the church there are also the Martyrdom of the Maccabees (1863) by Antonio Ciseri in the 3rd chapel on the right, the Meeting of St. Anne and St. Joachim, attributed to Michele Tosini, at the end of the right transept, the Assumption of the Virgin with Saints (1677), attributed to Baldassare Franceschini, at the end of the left transept.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ponte Vecchio Bridge

10) Ponte Vecchio Bridge (must see)

The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.

The bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times when the via Cassia crossed the river at this point. The Roman piers were of stone, the superstructure of wood. The bridge first appears in a document of 996. After being destroyed by a flood in 1117 it was reconstructed in stone but swept away again in 1333 save two of its central piers. It was then rebuilt in 1345.

It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated here: when a money-changer could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares (the "banco") was physically broken ("rotto") by soldiers, and this practice was called "bancorotto" (broken table; possibly it can come from "banca rotta" which means "broken bank"). Not having a table anymore, the merchant was not able to sell anything.

Why You Should Visit:
Only open to pedestrian traffic and the light along the river at sunset makes it a special venue to cross or watch from afar.

Frankly, going over the bridge itself isn't as great as seeing it from the side views, but if you do cross, be careful with your surroundings to avoid getting pickpocketed.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Forte di Belvedere

11) Forte di Belvedere

The Forte di Belvedere or Fortezza di Santa Maria in San Giorgio del Belvedere is a fortification in Florence. It was built by Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici during the period 1590–1595, with Bernardo Buontalenti as the designer, to protect the city and its rule by the Medici family. In particular, it was used to hold the Medici treasury. The design and construction of the Fort were entrusted to architect Bernardo Buontalenti, the chief architect for both Cosimo I and his son, Ferdinando. The Fort served many purposes: to protect the center of government in Florence, the Pitti Palace; to protect the south end of the city of Florence and the Oltrarno district; to demonstrate the power of the Medici family; and finally to provide a shelter for the Grand Duke if the city came under attack. The fort was connected to Palazzo Vecchio via the Vasari Corridor over Ponte Vecchio, passages in the Pitti Palace and paths through Boboli Gardens.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Piazzale Michelangelo

12) Piazzale Michelangelo (must see)

Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence and is a popular tourist destination in the Oltrarno district of the city. The famous view from this observation point overlooking the city has been reproduced on countless postcards and snapshots over the years.

It was built in 1869 and designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi on a hill just south of the historic center, during the redevelopment of the left bank of the Arno (the South side of the river). At that time, Florence was the capital of Italy and the whole city was involved in an urban renewal, the so-called "Risanamento" or the "Rebirth" of the city's middle class.

The square, dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, has copies of some of his works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. These copies are made of bronze, while the originals are all in white marble. The monument was brought up by nine pairs of oxen on 25 June 1873.

Why You Should Visit:
Most beautiful vantage point in Florence!
Well worth the walk up the hill and you can pause in the rose garden half way up.

Go early in the morning to avoid crowds or at sunset (still crowded but beautiful views!). For runners, it's a great run up the hill in the early hours.
The square on a sunny day will torture you with heat – bring your hat at the least.
Sight description based on wikipedia
San Miniato al Monte

13) San Miniato al Monte (must see)

San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain) is a basilica in Florence, standing atop one of the highest points in the city. It has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most beautiful churches in Italy. There is an adjoining Olivetan monastery, seen to the right of the basilica when ascending the stairs.

St. Miniato or Minas was an Armenian prince serving in the Roman army under Emperor Decius. He was denounced as a Christian after becoming a hermit and was brought before the Emperor who was camped outside the gates of Florence. The Emperor ordered him to be thrown to beasts in the Amphitheatre where a panther was called upon him but refused to devour him. Beheaded in the presence of the Emperor, he is alleged to have picked up his head, crossed the Arno and walked up the hill of Mons Fiorentinus to his hermitage. A shrine was later erected at this spot and there was a chapel there by the 8th century.

Construction of the present church was begun in 1013 by Bishop Alibrando and it was endowed by Emperor Henry II. The adjoining monastery began as a Benedictine community, then passed to the Cluniacs and then in 1373 to the Olivetans, who still run it. The monks make famous liqueurs, honey and tisanes, which they sell from a shop next to the church.

Why You Should Visit:
Though it's not easy to get to if you have limited mobility, it makes a very nice combination with Piazzale Michelangelo, and it's free.

At 5:30 pm, you can join or observe the mass which is in Latin & Italian with all the hymns sung by the priests. By 6:30 pm, the monks come out to chant to chant their vespers, too!
And, of course, make sure you go behind the church to view the city in all of its glory!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am-12:30 / 2-7pm; Sun: 8am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Florence, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

Creating your own self-guided walk in Florence is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Duomo Walking Tour

Duomo Walking Tour

Duomo quarter is located in the very heart of the Florence Historic Center. This area is deservedly considered the religious and the civic centre of the town. Most of the historic sites Florence is famous for are to be found here. Take this tour to explore all the masterpieces of the Duomo quarter.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo spent over 20 years of his life in Florence during which he created some of the most beautiful masterpieces this city had ever seen. The most famous of them, the David, is also located in Florence along with a few copies. Take this tour to discover the Florence side of Michelangelo's artistic mastership.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Florence Museums

Florence Museums

Over the centuries Florence gained a huge collection of art works. Almost half of them come from the world known artists that lived here and the other half comes from the private collection of the Medici family that have ruled the city for a long time. To show their pride, the city of Florence displayed all these magnificent works of art in numerous museums and palaces. Take this tour to get...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". This city has to offer a lot of wonderful places to admire. Take this tour to explore Indipendenza and Santa Maria Novella quarters, visit beautiful Dominican basilica of Santa Maria Novella, as well as Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Accademia di Belle Arti, Cappella dei Principi and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Duomo Souvenir Shopping

Duomo Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Florence without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Florence, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Historic Centre Nightlife

Historic Centre Nightlife

Well known for its beautiful historic architecture and for its huge contribution to the Renaissance movement in Italy, Florence remains a vibrant, thriving center of activity that hosts not only a large tourism trade, but also attracts a lot of international students studying abroad. As such, Florence possesses a hot nightlife scene where guests from around the world can hear some amazing music...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Florence for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Florence has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Florence's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Florence City Pass issued by Musement and the Florence City Pass by TicketBar.

A city pass combines all or multiple Florence's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Florence hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Strozzi Palace Hotel, Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Hotel Pierre.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Florence, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Florence typically costs from around US$25 up to US$90 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Florence from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the route.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Florence on a 2.5-hour bike tour to visit the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Enjoy a day of art and sightseeing in Florence at a great discount on the Florence Super Saver tour combining two best-selling guided tours for the price of one! Be guaranteed to skip the lines to the Accademia (hosting David) and Uffizi Galleries.

- Get yourself “under the skin” of Florence and explore the city's ghosts and curiosities at night. On this 2-hour night walk you will see the famous Florentine attractions in a different light and hear historical anecdotes and stories associated with them.

- Make the most of your time in Florence with a 3-hour guided walk to the most prominent sights of this magical city, e.g. Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo's David, also discovering some of its hidden gems!

- Unleash your appetite for Florentine delicacies on this 3-hour food tour replete with tasting stops throughout the city. Follow an expert guide to eat and drink like a local, treat yourself to some of the top gourmet delights this city has to offer, including rich Italian coffee and gelato, explore the San Lorenzo Market, and so much more!

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Florence, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Pisa and Lucca, Assisi and Cortona, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, or Chianti. For as little as US$50+ to US$100+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cortona and other towns of Tuscany, set your eyes on the small piece of paradise on Earth manifested in five little villages hanging on cliffs above the sea, learn about the life of St Francis of Assisi, enjoy the sight of a unique landscape and taste the food and wines of Italy. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Florence, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.