Florence capital of Tuscany, cradle of Renaissance art, one of the most important art cities in the world…
Our guided tour in Florence starts with a visit to Piazza Santa Maria Novella and its beautiful church. On a leisurely walk through the historic town center, we visit Piazza della Repubblica, the vivid Porcellino market and Ponte Vecchio, constructed in 1325. Walking along the banks of the river Arno we reach the famous Uffizi art gallery and the nearby Piazza della Signoria, the heart of the political Florence. Here Savonarola lit his bonfire of vanities. It is hard to leave the amazing beauties in white marble, such as Giambologna’s “Sabinas’ Abduction” or Michelangelos “David”. But who would not like to see the highlight of this walking tour, Brunelleschi’s majestic Cathedral with Giotto’s Campanile or the famous bronze doors of the adjacent Baptistery!
We’ll pay a visit to the famous Mercato Centrale, Florence’s bustling historic market. You’ll enjoy the colours of mediterranean herbs and vegetables, discover the magic scent of fresh olive oil and enjoy tastings of Florentine salami, Pecorino cheese from Pienza or a piece of bread baked in the wood burning oven, followed by a lunch with delicious local food in a charming restaurant, preferred by local foodies.
Rising behind the Pitti Palace, last residence of the Medici family, the Boboli Gardens are today one of the best examples of the Italian Garden which later inspired those of many European courts.
Presenting the various parts of the Boboli gardens as the Amphitheatre, the Grotta di Buontalenti, the Neptune fountain, the giardino del Cavaliere with its magnificent Banksiae roses, the ‘Viottolone’, an alley formed by two rows of majestic Cypress trees and the ‘Isoletto’, an artificial island adorned with lemon trees and sculpture. Our guided tour illustrates the complex design of the Boboli Gardens, characterized by sculptures, architecture, waterworks and plants as an expression of the intellectual principles of the Renaissance.
A walk in the masterfully restored Bardini Garden offers the visitor not only a journey through the history of Florentine gardens but also breathtaking views of the city.
After a brief introduction to the history of the garden we go to the ‘dragon channel’ with its magnificent collection of azaleas. From there we can easily reach the upper part of the garden, planted with holm oaks (quercus ilex), and the adjacent Camellia Garden. After a coffee break at the Belvedere during which you will enjoy a magnificent view of Florence we show you the wisteria pergola and a collection of beautiful hydrangeas. The orchard, amazing noisette roses, the monumental baroque staircase and the flower garden are highlights of the second part of our tour in the Bardini garden.