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Heart of Florence: Dinner and Three Tenors Concert Ticket

1. Heart of Florence: Dinner and Three Tenors Concert Ticket

Spend an evening in genuine Italian style, devoted to discovering Tuscan cuisine and the most celebrated Italian opera arias and famous Neapolitan songs. Enjoy dinner in a typical Florentine restaurant in Piazza Signoria. At the restaurant, you will be accommodated in its characteristic internal rooms. The 3-course set menu includes a Tuscan appetizer with croutons, ravioli with butter and sage, Pennette dei golosi, dessert, and .5 liters of mineral water per person (vegetarian option available). A few steps from the restaurant, talented singers will be awaiting you after dinner in the intimate and old setting of the Santo Stefano al Ponte Church. Indulge in a performance of the most beautiful arias from the operas of Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, and other renowned Italian composers, in addition to world-famous Neapolitan songs. Choose between reserved front-row VIP or central seating options.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

2. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Cruise by iconic sights in Florence on an eco-friendly electric golf cart tour. Roll past sights like Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Listen to an audio guide as you go. Choose from 1-hour tour or a 1.5-hour tour that goes to Piazzale Michelangelo. Hop on an electronic golf cart head to Ponte Vecchio and cross the Ponte Santa Trinita Renaissance bridge over the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Marvel at the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi Dome. See one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance façade.  Arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions.

Florence: Evening Wine and Food Tour with Dinner

3. Florence: Evening Wine and Food Tour with Dinner

Begin the tour in the atmospheric but little-visited Oltrarno neighborhood, where you'll meet your guide who is a local foodie passionate about Tuscan produce. Now it's time to get acquainted with the building blocks and key ingredients of Tuscan cuisine. Start at a family-run wine bar with a medieval cellar boasting an impressive 15,000 bottles, and sample a few of them alongside homemade olive oil and local truffle products. As you eat, your guide will explain regional subtleties and what you should be looking for in your food - both here and at home. After this warm up, it's on to the Piazza Santo Spirito, central Florence's most authentic piazza, where locals come every evening to eat in the shade of their beautiful church. You'll stop at another local favorite wine bar for an aperitivo of local wines and Tuscan cold cuts. Now you're ready for dinner. Sit down at a Florentine restaurant to try one of Tuscany's famous soups and a main course that will showcase Florentines' famous love of meat. Since you're in the birthplace of gelato it is a must-do when you are in the city. Take a quick stroll to one of the city's famous gelaterias for a cup or a cone of Italy's most beloved frozen treats. As you explore Florence's delis, restaurants, and eateries, your local guide will tell you the story of Florentine food and how it evolved from humble beginnings as cucina povera, or "poor food," into one of the world's most beloved cuisines.

Florence: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

4. Florence: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence’s rustic charm by bike. Follow paths too far to reach on foot and too narrow to reach by bus. See iconic monuments and find hidden gems with a professional history guide. Start your tour at the agency. Your experienced guide will lead you through the beautiful streets of the old town and the Oltrarno. See Florence’s famous landmarks, such as the Artisan district, Palazzo Pitti, San Frediano, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi square, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, the Medieval district, the Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica. Pause throughout the tour to learn some history and fun facts about the city. You will learn where to find the best gelato, bistecca alla Fiorentina, and truffles. Your guide will also show you lesser-known spots, often unseen by tourists.

Florence Sunset Food Tour

5. Florence Sunset Food Tour

Set off as the sun dips over the horizon and be introduced to the very best restaurants and wine bars Florence has to offer. See the perfect cocktail being constructed then sip it down at aperitivo o’clock as you watch the world go by on the cobblestone Santo Spirito streets. Savor artisanal truffle cheese and cured local meats paired with the perfect local vino. After your interactive Negroni-making demo with some of the best views of Florence, move on to a wine tasting paired with a Tuscan Panzanella Salad and Melanzane alla Parmigiana. During the evening, your local guide will entertain you with stories, fascinating history, and a unique glimpse into the best part of Florentine life, the food.

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

6. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

Florence: Vintage Sidecar Tour at Morning or Sunset

7. Florence: Vintage Sidecar Tour at Morning or Sunset

What's the best way to start a day in Florence? Try a two-hour ride through Florence's highlights in a vintage sidecar. Start with a breakfast in one of our selected Motocarrozzetta-styled bars where you'll have the chance to taste different kinds of coffee selected directly by the owner and bought from the producer. Take your smartphone or camera and simply sit in our sidecar, and you'll be driven around the heart of the city for a really impressive ride. You'll go along the river Arno, up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, down inside the historical city center, and through lesser known districts such as Oltrarno (one of the coolest districts in the world according to Lonely Planet), before heading up again to the Florentine hills to catch the best panoramic views of Florence. If the winery option is chosen, you'll then be taken for a 45 minute ride to a special winery for a delightful visit and tasting. You can stop at any moment if you want to take pictures, and you'll be introduced to the history (and secrets) of this wonderful city.

Florence: Sunset Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

8. Florence: Sunset Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Visit the Oltrarno district of Florence on a 2-hour guided sunset walk. Admire the traditional architecture of the city that was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Soak up the atmosphere of the Oltrarno district, see centuries-old worshops, and enjoy the taste of fine Chianti wines, accompanied by crostoni prepared especially for you.  Cross the Arno River and visit Florence's most iconic landmarks, including the Piazza Signoria and Piazza Duomo.

Florence: E-Vespa Rental with Smartphone Tour and Tasting

9. Florence: E-Vespa Rental with Smartphone Tour and Tasting

Cruise through the hills of Florence in an eco-friendly way with this electric Vespa rental. Download the included app to your smartphone and set off on a self-guided adventure. Enjoy a wine and local products tasting experience at an authentic Tuscan establishment. Pickup your Vespa rental and put the provided helmet to begin your tour. Make your way in style through the hills of Florence and cover more ground in less time. Use the provided app to uncover sights like Fiesole, which is known for its historical Roman Theatre, its natural paths, its medieval buildings, and its Villas. Take in spectacular views of Florence and the valley below. Reach Piazzale Michelangelo, a terrace overlooking the city that offers sweeping views of the city's roofs, monuments, and the winding Arno River. Finally, end your route by descending through the scenic Viale dei Colli. Savor local flavors at food and wine bar in the heart of the charming Oltrarno district. Indulge in a glass of classic Tuscan wine paired with regional cold cuts and chesses. Return the Vespa to the rental office at the end of your tour.

Florence: Medici-Themed Bike Tour

10. Florence: Medici-Themed Bike Tour

Discover the most famous dynasty in Florence with this Medici-themed guided bike tour. Glide through the historical center of Florence. Select a group or private option. Choose to ride with a regular bike or do less peddling with an e-bike. Uncover what still remains of the most remarkable members of the Medici family like Cosimo the Elder, Lorenzo the Magnificent, and Cosimo I. Admire river-front views on the Arno river. Stop by Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, which has a secret passage connecting the Palazzo Vecchio (government palace) to Palazzo Pitti (a Medici residence). Dive into the magical atmosphere of Oltrarno. Pass by the most authentic neighborhoods in Florence like Santa Rosa and Santo Spirito. Find traditional food and local artisan shops which still create ancient crafts.

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What people are saying about Oltrarno

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,240 reviews

Tommy was a great tour guide. The tour of the town was very informative. He knew the city very well. He took us to non touristy spot and gave us a different perspective of Florence. He took us to his favorite lunch spot. I would highly recommend his tour company. I would go to his company again when I go to Florence.

Great experience with a small group. Tasted several salamis and cheeses with wine, then strolling through the streets with history while tasting supplì, then a traditional trattoria and finally gelato for dessert. Wonderful and relaxing evening. You will not leave hungry!

This was the best tour we experienced. Also was amazing, gave us so many history lessons. Showed us little hidden gems of the city and told us where to eat and what to eat. If I could I would give him 20 stars!!

Luca had a great easily understood recording at each stop and explained every thing we asked about. Great guide

Lots of fun and getting oriented to the city and delicious food.