About Skip the Line Best of Florence with Accademia and Duomo from Rome
Staying in Rome and dont have enough time to spend a night in Florence See all the highlights in a single day on our Best of Florence tour without the hassle of working out the train schedules and finding a hotel. You wont miss a thing! After a comfortable ride in a state-of-the-art air-conditioned bus well start the day off right with a gorgeous view over the Arno river where our guided tour begins. Well take in the Piazzale degli Uffizi the perfect Florentine street on our way to the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge. Gaze through the medieval windows of jewelers and soak up Florences historic atmosphere before heading into town to rub il Porcellinos the little pigs nose for good luck. Our next stop is a hectic slice of modern Florence - delight the senses at Mercato Nuovo the New Market where Florences famous leather goods are sold. Tearing ourselves away well head to Piazza della Repubblica the beating heart of Florence. Once the citys ghetto this vast square has since become a meeting place for artists and writers. And speaking of changing functions well have just enough time to take in Orsanmichele the grain market that became a church before we head to Florences showstopper - il Duomo. No time for queuing on all tour days except Sunday well skip the line to get into il Duomo for a rare tour of the beautiful Basilica and its crowning glory Brunelleschis famous cupola. After gazing at its splendor and listening to the work that went into creating it the entire engineering processes had to be invented youll understand why the dome was worth waiting almost 200 years for. With heads full of ancient splendor well take a break for lunch and youll have free time to wander the city following your nose to the shops or to more points of interest that our guides will be happy to recommend. Weve saved the best for last the star of the show is about to make his appearance. Before your trip to the Accademia Gallery your guide will show you the weathered replica that stands where David once stood and pass on all their knowledge on Michelangelos masterpiece so you are prepared to visit the Accademia gallery on your own. Laughing past the long queues youll pass Michelangelos unfinished Slaves and walk into a light-filled dome to see David in all his marble glory. Take some time to admire the craftsmanship and vision that went into creating this iconic sculpture without the rush of a tour group around you. Once youve caught your breath youll meet your group back outside to finish your tour with beautiful views of Florence and a sad farewell in Piazzale Michelangelo. After a long day of walking and sightseeing well climb back on the bus for a welcome break and a comfortable trip back to Rome. Challenging as this tour is its worth every ache to be able to say that youve seen the best of Florence in one day. Itinerary - The Arno - Piazzale degli Uffizi - Ponte Vecchio - Il Porcellino - Mercato Nuovo - Piazza Repubblica - Orsanmichele - The Baptistery of the Duomo from outside and its famous doors - Duomo - Skip the Line entrance Except Sundays exterior visit only - Chiesa San Lorenzo - Accademia Museum with "The David" and "The Slaves" by Michelangelo - Piazzale Michelangelo Lunch Menu - Antipasti crostini misti a bread and mixed topping combo. - Choice of roast chicken lasagna ribollita Tuscan stew or rice or ravioli with various sauces. - Still or sparkling water Includes - Roundtrip transportation in an air conditioned coach - Skip the Line Access and Entrance Ticket to the Accademia Gallery - Skip the Line Access to the Duomo* - Guided tour in Florence - Lunch Excludes - Personal expenses - Tips and gratuities - Optional activity costs Please Note - * Visiting the Duomo is not possible on Sundays. On Sundays an explanation will be given from outside - Children 3 and under travel for free but require a reservation. - Please advise of any food allergies or intolerances when booking. - This tour involves a fair amount of walking comfortable shoes are recommended. We cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers on this tour. - Entrance into churches requires appropriate dress. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Entry may be refused due to improper dress. - No photography is permitted during the Accademia Gallery portion of the tour. - It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points. - This tour operates with a maximum of 25 guests. - Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.