It takes roughly three and a half hours to get to Florence, but your visit to the city begins before you even arrive, with a photo stop. The view of the city from where we take you is like the one you get from a plane. The rest of the day you can spend taking in glorious Florence, “The cradle of the Renaissance, where, Italian art, with the assistance of Michelangelo, reached its apogee. First an Etruscan settlement, then a Roman city, Florence flourished in the Middle Ages as an independent city state, developing even further during the Renaissance. The wealth of monuments, churches and building such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its magnificent dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, shall enthral you. Just across a small piazza the bell tower designed in part by Giotto, as well as Baptistery, whose bronze doors were treated by Michelangelo as the “Gates of Paradise”. In the heart of the city are the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo della Signoria (also known as the Palazzo Vecchio) and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Enjoy a leisurely lunch (not included in the price) in a restaurant offering traditional Tuscan cuisine and then feel free to spend the afternoon strolling through the cobblestone streets of Florence at will.