A thrilling private tour to discover the city, wrapped by the magical Christmas atmosphere, that leads you through the religious and secular heart of the city, where Florence's history, art and religious beliefs come together in a incredible harmony.
Sitting in a comfortable luxury vehicle, driving along Viale dei Colli, you will reach Piazzale Michelangelo, on the top of which you can admire one of the most scenic churches in Italy: the majestic Basilica di San Miniato al Monte. One of the finest example of Romanesque structure in Tuscany, was begun in 1013. The façade is extremely refined covered with white and green marbles and crowned by a majestic bronze eagle. Inside the Basilica you have the chance to admire the beautiful freestanding Cappella del Crocifisso, designed by Michelozzo, the awesome Mosaic of Christ between the Virgin and San Miniato, the crypt and its vaults with frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi, the presbytery with magnificent Romanesque pulpit and the Cappella del Cardinale del Portogallo, one of the most beautiful funerary monuments of the Italian Renaissance. Adjacent to the church you can find the finest cloister and enclosed by the walls you can admire the monumental cemeterary. Before leaving, enjoy the enchanting view of the city’s wonders, and keep it as a nice remembrance!
Back in town, be impressed by the magnificence and elegance of the various monuments located in the heart of the city, made even more beautiful thanks to the shining Christmas lights and decorations!
The walk starts from the Duomo Square, with its majestic illuminated Christmas tree and the traditional nativity with terracotta life-size statues, to proceed toward Piazza della Repubblica, an elegant square surrounded by imponent palaces lighten up with warm and bright lights.
You will move then to the renowned Via del Corso, in the heart of the medieval district, where to have a pleasant stop at a historical Florentine Café to have a little rest and enjoy a delicious Espresso (or Tea or Hot Chocolate or Cappuccino).
You will breathe the magical atmosphere of Piazza della Signoria with the illuminated Loggia de’ Lanzi and the regal Palazzo Vecchio. Be captured by the charm of the world famous Ponte Vecchio, which surface is used at Christmas time to host a spectacular music and lights show.
Finally don’t miss a stop to the Straw Market to visit the statue of the "Piglet": put a coin into the boar’s gaping jaws and if it falls through the underlying grating , you will be granted good luck for the New Year!
This tour includes: Pick-up at the hotel if centrally located, Private transportation with de-luxe chauffeured vehicle as per the itinerary (from 1 to 3 pax: private car- from 4 to 7 pax : private van), Private professional local guide at disposal for 3 hours, Delicious Espresso, Cappuccino , Tea or Hot Chocolate served in a historical cafè (