SAN GIMIGNANO & PITTI PALACE

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Minivan car service with pick-up and departure for San Gimignano: the excursion takes you through Chianti, land of the world renowned wine Chianti Classico. This spectacular wine route, known as the ”Chiantigiana”, offers a view of rolling hills with vineyards and olive groves. It touches on quaint, hilltop towns like Greve in Chianti, famous for holding the oldest market (XII sec.) in the area, and for giving birth to Giovanni Da Verrazzano, the famous explorer who discovered America.
For lunch an organic farmhouse, famous for its homemade products, awaits us: here it will be possible to savor the famous balsamic vinegar, a unique product of Chiantishire. Next, after enjoying the lovely landscape dotted with little villages, we will visit a typical farmhouse for the wine tasting of some of Chianti’s best. Our excursion leads us to the town of San Gimignano, famous for its many towers, where we will walk through the historical center and enjoy some free time to ourselves. Back in Florence, we join a guided tour: “An invitation to Court” at Pitti Palace. The tour focuses on the power of the Medici family. The itinerary recreates the cultural climate at court during the reign of the Medici. The Galleria Palatina, a private collection of paintings owned by the grand duke, is displayed in the official staterooms on the first floor of Pitti Palace. The extraordinary decoration of the Planetary Rooms, designed by the great Baroque painter Pietro da Cortona, creates an overwhelming effect of frescoes and stucco. It forms the background for the superb exhibition of paintings from the Medici collections, including masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Rubens, and Van Dyck.
When: Saturdays
Time: 9 am
Length: approx. 9 hours.
Meeting point: pick up at hotel (no drop off) 30 minutes before the start of the tour.
Fee: € 154. Free for children under 2 years old.
Price includes: Private vehicle, English speaking driver/guide, tolls, parking, luggage handling, bottled-water on board, light lunch and wine tasting; guided tour (join a group) of Pitti Palace, pre-booking and entrance fee for the Galleria Palatina at Pitti Palace.
Price does not include: everything not expressly mentioned as “prices includes”.
Available languages: English (other languages upon request).

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