Your Tuscany Tour is a fully licensed driving guide and excursion company based in Florence with chauffeured cars and vans for hire. We create personalized itineraries so that you can relax and enjoy while discovering Italy. Whether a half-day, full-day, or multiple day tour, whether tu must-see sights or off-the-beaten path destinations, we will make your trip memorable. Our services include shore excursions, transfers to/from airports and train stations.
Tuscany offers a lot, but there’s more to explore in Italy... the spectacular Amalfi Coast, the ruins at Pompei, the King’s Palace in Caserta, the Northern Italian lake area, Modena and balsamic vinegar tastings, a visit to the famed Ferrari factory, Perugia and Assisi, ... the list is endless.
We take pride in our Italian culture and look forward to sharing it with you in all its colorful, tasty, and artistic splendor.
Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, is the city with the highest concentration of art in the world. Not only are its museums and monuments “must-see” sights, but the city itself emanates incomparable beauty that has made Florence one of the most elegant cities in the world. A drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo gives you an incredible panorama of the whole city. Since the historical center is off-limits to cars, the best way to absorb its beauty is to leisurely stroll the ancient cobblestone streets shopping or tasting the various Florentine delicacies. We can accompany you to the various sights or we can arrange for a sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Some of our favorite highlights are Piazza del Duomo with Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery, and walking up Giotto’s Bell Tower for a view over the city, Piazza Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello museum, the churches Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce, the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens for a little respite, with a look at the gold shops on the Ponte Vecchio along the way.
The originality of its monuments makes Pisa one of the most attractive highlights of Tuscany. In the Piazza dei Miracoli one can visit not only the magnificent Leaning Tower (even climb to the top, with reserved tickets) but also the Baptistery and the Cathedral, which began in 1063 when Pisa was a powerful thriving port city. These are beautiful examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture with black and white striped marble and blind arcades, which was highly influenced by the art of the Mediterranean area, which, at time, had a strong influence all over Tuscany.
Lucca is only 30 minutes from Pisa and has well-preserved medieval walls that completely surround the historical center covered with lawns and trees giving the ramparts a soft park-like effect. It’s actually a beautiful walk or bike ride around its perimeter. Lucca, also, was a powerful medieval town and its glorious past is evident as you visit Piazza San Michele, the Cathedral, and the Roman amphitheater. A walk along the main street “Via Fillungo” is a must to visit the beautiful shops, enjoy a nice lunch, or taste “gelato”.
Chianti is the geographical area between Florence and Siena, famous for its rolling hillsides covered with vineyards and rows of Mediterranean cypress, dotted with medieval towns, castles , and farmhouses which blend harmoniously making its landscape unique in the world. Seemingly painted by an artist, this region is a treat to visit and has a lot of options with its numerous small villages like Greve in the heart of Chianti, the castle-village of Monte Fioralle, the thousand yr.old castle and monastery at Badia a Passignano with its well-known wine cellar. It is possible to do a wine tasting at historical wine cellars as well as search out the small boutique wine maker. At some cellars it is possible to have a light lunch with the tasting otherwise we accompany you to a farmhouse trattoria where you’ll have a variety of typical Tuscan food to choose from.
An alternative to the Chianti area, a little farther south, is the geographical location of the famous Brunello, and the town of Montalcino is definitely worth the visit to taste this special wine. This tour includes a stop in Pienza, famous for its sheep cheese, and Montepulciano, famous for its “Nobile”, a rich red wine.
How can one not visit the “city on water” where past and present are deeply entwined? If you are short on time it is possible to do a day trip from Florence leaving early morning and returning in the evening. At the car terminal we assist you in choosing your transportation (public ferry or private speedboat) that will get you to San Marco Square, which is the heart of the city. There you can visit the Basilica with the Byzantine gold mosaics, the Palace of Doge, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Rialto Bridge nearby. If you get tired of the crowded streets or piazzas just turn a corner or cross a bridge and you can loose yourself in the quiet of the lapping water, go for a gondola ride through the back channels, enjoy a nice lunch at a trattoria, have a look at the beautiful boutiques and hand-blown glass shops, or just sit and people watch.
There are many reasons to visit this beach town, known as the “Pearl of the Versilian Coast”. In fact, Forte dei Marmi has excellent shopping for fine Italian fashion, and elegant restaurants and nightclubs. The town’s name means “Marble Fortress” which is the fortified port that was built in 1778 by the Grand Duke of Florence Pietro Leopoldo, to protect the precious white marble that was quarried, and still is, just in the Apuane mountain range behind it. In the 20 century it became one of the most exclusive resort towns because of its beautiful sandy beaches, its elegant beach clubs and its lively nightlife. Nowadays, its delightful gardens, historical villas and geographical position at the base of the Apuane Alps, make it one of the most desiderable places to visit on the coast.Pietrasanta, nestled in the hills above Forte dei Marmi, is an artist's haven: here Michelangelo lived for a short time while choosing and cutting his marbles blocks personally from quarries.The fine sculpting traditiona has been preserved by the various workshops that continue to work marble and host visiting artists that come from all over the world to study and create here. You can enjoy admiring these artisan shops or we can take you for a tour of marble quarry. Pietrasanta, nestled in the hills above Forte dei Marmi, is an artists’ haven. Here Michelangelo lived for a short time while choosing and cutting his marble blocks personally from the quarries. The fine sculpting tradition has been preserved by the various workshops that continue to work marble and host visiting artists that come from all over the world to study and create here.You can enjoy admiring these artisan shops or we can take you for a tour of marble quarry.
About 2 hours from Florence , along the Ligurian coast where the mountains plunge into the sea, the 5 Terre (Five Towns) hang onto the terraced cliffsides creating a spectacular and unique landscape. These fishing port villages remained isolated for centuries as they could only be reached by sea, and so preserved their particular architectural structure. Reaching the first 2 villages by road, you will then be escorted to the port or the train , depending on the weather, so you can arrive at the 4 town, Vernazza. There you can stroll pleasantly through the narrow streets visiting the artisan shops or sit on a Caffè terrace sipping the local white wine while admiring the breathtaking view of the sea and the steep, terraced vineyard slopes.