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Free museum entrance on Feb. 14th – March 8th – April 14th-22nd, 2012 – FLORENCE

- Next 14th of February 2012 on the occasion of St. Valentine’s day 2 visitors will be able to enter the Florentine State Museums by paying only 1 ticket.  It will be possible to reserve the entrance to Uffizi and Academy galleries by paying a reservation fee.

- Next 8th of March 2012 on the occasion of Women’s day all women will have free entrance to all Florentine State Museums.  It will be possible to reserve the entrance to Uffizi and Academy galleries by paying a reservation fee.

- Next April 14th-22nd 2012 on the occasion of the Week of Culture in Italy entrance to all Florentine State Museums will be free. It is advisable to book in advance as there will be lines to get in considering the high season period just after Easter. For booking of state museums a fee will apply.

 

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May 13th-19th 2012 Tuscany Trip

2012 PACKAGE TRIP TO TUSCANY, ITALY

“PEARLS OF TUSCANY”
Art, food & relax
MAY 13TH TO 19 TH 2012
PISA, LUCCA, FLORENCE, SIENA, CHIANTI, PIENZA

DAY 1 – SUNDAY, MAY 13 TH Tuscan countryside
Arrival in Pisa airport. Private transfer by 16 seat minivan or 8-seat minivan with English speaking local escort to the hotel/B&B located among the olive groves in Florence outskirts. Check into your reserved room. Time at leisure to settle down and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside. Welcome cocktail and dinner at an antic restyled lemon greenhouse once belonging to the noble Gerini family. Overnight.

DAY 2 – MONDAY, MAY 14 TH siena & SAN GIMIGNANO
Breakfast. At 9:00am meet your local escort and private driver to leave towards Siena, the Gothic dream. Perennial enemy of Florence and cradle of the Ghibelline party, the two cities have seen 300 years of wars, battles with its share of intrigues and betrayals. Discover Siena’s treasures walking through its medieval alleys with a local English speaking licensed guide, native of the Sienese Shewolf “contrada” (district).
Siena’s cathedral, with its outstanding black and white marble facade and the Baptistery represent the greatness of the city as well as its religious vocation. The town hall, unique as well is located on the main square Campo, a 12th Century shell shaped square. This is where the famous Palio, the medieval horse race, takes place every summer in July and August. No rule is the only rule during this mad bare back horse race where 10 out of the 17 districts (contrade) of Siena are represented. In the middle of the square crowned by austere palaces and tall prestigious towers, as the crowds sheers, the horse men and the city’s nobles parade dressed in medieval costumes. Find out its secrets and savours with your local experienced guide of Siena. Lunch at leisure in downtown before heading to the amazing medieval village of San Gimignano driving by the quaint 12th century fortress of Monteriggioni, a perfectly preserved stronghold of Siena with its original 14 watch towers.
San Gimignano was already a powerful community in the 1100: it became famous for its daring towers built to symbolize the wealth of the town and of its merchants. Situated along the busy French road (Via Francigena) that connected the north part of Europe to Rome and the Adriatic sea, the village of San Gimignano profited economically from the constant flow of goods, textile, wine and safron, that travelled along that medieval “freeway”. Return to your hotel/B&B in the afternoon. Dinner at leisure, overnight.
DAY 3 – Tuesday, MAY 15 TH florence
Breakfast. Private transfer to Florence to enjoy art, shopping and less known corners of Firenze, the “Cradle of the Renaissance”!
The Renaissance marked the end of medieval Europe and the beginning of a time of learning, questioning and development. From its epicenter in Florence, the Renaissance spread to all corners of Europe. Florence in particular was the home for many of the greatest thinkers and artists of the time, such as Brunelleschi, Donatello, Ghiberti, Leonardo and Michelangelo Buonarroti. Enjoy a guided orientation walking tour of the city highlights, such as Piazza della Signoria, Florence cathedral and the Ponte Vecchio. Not to miss: the perfumes produced in the oldest pharmacy of Europe, the daily fresh food markets an excellent ice-cream maker and the glittering workshops of Florentine goldsmiths! Lunch at leisure in one of the local wine bars or fine restaurants in downtown. Afternoon free for individual activities or shopping. (Upon request we can book reservation to the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia Gallery). Private transfer by minivan from Florence to the hotel/B&B in the afternoon
Farewell dinner tonight is at an amazing historic house (“Antica Villa di Comotto”) nestled among vines and olive trees. Your host is Costanza, discendent of an antic Tuscan noble family who still owns its 15th century old residence and 10 acres of land. Guided visit to the orchards, vines, kitchen garden and family museum sipping their best rewarded red wines. Dinner to follow in the large dining room decorated by 18th century original paintings and old cuisine books. Overnight.

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 TH chianti
Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Meet your local guide/escort for a full day tour to the Chianti Classico region by private 16 seat minivan. Visit the medieval village of Montefioralle, hometown of Vespucci family and the welcoming town of Greve in Chianti with its covered archways and quaint botteghe (artcraft shops). You will have a chance to enter the famous butcher shop Falorni, renowned for finocchiona (fennel salami), hams and sheep cheeses stored in a traditional underground little cellar. At lunch time stop at a local goat cheese producer. Michele, the owner, will accompany you to taste their fresh high quality products in an authentic rustic farmhouse in the middle of the vineyards. Not to miss…a good glass of red Chianti wine! In the late afternoon check into your reserved rooms in Bagno Vignoni. Evening free for individual exploration of the area. Dinner at leisure in the village. Overnight.

DAY 5 – THURSDAY, MAY 17 TH PIENZA –
BAGNO VIGNONI – ORCIA VALLEY
Buongiorno Orcia Valley!! Time for a rich breakfast with Eliana’s fresh homemade cakes and goodies! Depart with your driver and escort to explore Pienza and its quaint views upon the valley, considered one of the most enchanted areas of Tuscany.
Pienza was rebuilt from a village called Corsignano, which was the birthplace (1405) of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Italian: Enea Silvio Piccolomini), a Renaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town. Intended as a retreat from Rome, it represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts, creating an impetus for planning that was adopted in other Italian towns and cities and eventually spread to other European centers. The rebuilding was done by Florentine architect Bernardo Gambarelli (known as Bernardo Rossellino) who may have worked with the humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti, though there are no documents to prove it for sure. Alberti was in the employ of the Papal Curia at the time and served as an advisor to Pius. Construction started about 1459. Pope Pius II consecrated the Duomo on August 29, 1462, during his long summer visit. His included a detailed description of the structures in his Commentaries, written during the last two years of his life. You can visit the main sights as the DUOMO, PALAZZO PICCOLOMINI, PALAZZO COMUNALE. Pienza is also the place where they produce a very good cheese (PECORINO). In one of the local botteghe meet Silvana to taste her yummy pecorino (sheep) cheeses pared with a good glass of red wine! Lunch at leisure. Afternoon at disposal for individual activities.
Time at leisure either to stroll in Bagno Vignoni or to relax at the natural spring waters (10 minutes walking distance), enjoy a sauna and a steam bath: massages and customized treatments available upon request. Farewell dinner prepared by your host Eliana, an expert and passionate chef (beverages not included). Overnight.

DAY 6 – FRIDAY, MAY 18 TH LUCCA – PISA
Breakfast and check out. Full day tour by minibus and your tour escort to Lucca and Pisa.
The tour starts with a visit of the quaint town of Lucca, a real treasure in Tuscany that bears a truly French influence. Upon your arrival the first thing you will notice are the stunning ramparts, also unlike anything elsewhere in Tuscany. Enjoy your guided visit from the ramparts to Piazza Napoleone, site of the beautiful Palazzo Ducale. Everywhere you look, you will notice the heritage of Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister, who ruled Lucca in the 19th century. Then it’s off to a most exquisite cathedral, San Martino, a multicolored marble beauty that hosts the Volto Santo, Lucca’s great crucifix. Legend has it that this face of Christ was sculpted by Nicodemus, who is mentioned in the Gospels as having witnessed the resurrection and ascension of Christ and was thus able to recreate the sight.

Before leaving town we’ll also pay a visit to the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini.
Lunch at leisure in downtown.
Early in the afternoon short half hour drive to Pisa and head straight for Piazza dei Miracoli where we’ll see the cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower. Check into your reserved room at the hotel in Pisa. Dinner at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 7 – SATURDAY, MAY 19 TH pisa
Breakfast and check out. Transportation to Pisa Airport. Airport assistance for your flight with local tour escort.
End of our services.

PRICE PER PERSON:
EURO 1333,00 IN TWIN OCCUPANCY
AT HOTEL LIMONAIA 4* + COUNTRYSIDE RESORT ORCIA 4*
Extra charge in double room for single use Euro 300,00

The Tour Includes:
- 3 night STAY IN FLORENCE OUTSKIRTS (4*HTL ACCOMMODATION)
- 2 night STAY IN VAL D’ORCIA (4*FARMHOUSE ACCOMMODATION)
- 1 night IN PISA (4*HTL ACCOMMODATION)

- private English speaking tour escort for the daily transfers/tours (day 1,2,3,4,5,6)
- private transfer on day 1 by 16 seat minivan from Pisa airport to the hotel (DAY1) – alternatively 8-seat van
- aperitif and welcome meeting with local tour escort on day 1
- welcome dinner at a local charming restaurant on Day 1 (wine not included)
- full day tour to Siena and Gimignano by 16 seat minivan with local tour escort (day 2)
- guided walking tour with licensed English speaking guide of Siena (day 2)
- private guided walking tour in Florence with licensed English speaking guide (day 3)
- private roundtrip transfers from the b&b/htl to Florence downtown by minivan (day 3)
- visit and farewell dinner at a noble 15th century Villa (beverages included)
- full day tour in Chianti by 16 seat minivan with local tour escort (day 4)
- visit to a goat cheese farmhouse with cheese, Chianti wine, olive oil tasting (day 4)
- half day tour to Pienza by 16 seat minibus with local tour escort (day 5)
- visit to a pecorino cheese factory with cheese, mustards, honey and wine tasting (day 5)
- Farewell dinner with your host Eliana at the farmhouse, beverages not included (day 5)
- full day by 16 seat minivan to Pisa-Lucca with local tour escort (day 6)
- Minibus entrance fees to all art cities
- guided walking tour with licensed English speaking guide of Lucca (day 6)
- transportation to Pisa airport from the hotel (day 7)
- airport assistance in Pisa by local tour escort on day 7

The tour does not include:
• Beverages/wine if not mentioned in the detailed program
• Entrance fees to palaces, museum, churches in the art cities
• hotel city taxes in Florence outskirts
• tips to the guides/escorts/drivers
• porterage
• entrance fees to the hot springs of Bagno Vignoni
• minibar extras
• all extras not mentioned in the above program

ACCOMMODATION FROM MAY 13TH TO 16TH (3 NIGHTS)
VILLA DELLA LIMONAIA 4* hotel
Florence outskirts, 10minutes out of Florence

The villa is a perfect example of fourteenth century architecture set in a peaceful park.
It was used for centuries as leisure residence of a noble Florentine family.
The hotel has completely been restored and offers swimming pool and tennis courts.
The very well renowned “La Limonaia” Restaurant serves excellent Tuscan and Italian dishes.
Villa della Limonaia is a 4 stars rated hotel, built around the antic core of the medieval tower with its 25 bed rooms, reception area, bar, lounge-rooms and airy frescoed spaces Along side the Villa is the antique lemon nursery with 28 bed rooms and restaurant.

EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL DINNER FOR ALL TOUR GUESTS AT VILLA DI COMOTTO (DAY 3)
Astonishing private wide estate built at the Medicis’s time. Descendents of the antic family Comotto still ownes the noblemen residence sorrownded by a vast garden: antic trees, shrubs, lemon tree glasshouse, the stable, the hay – loft, the cellars and about five hectares of land which have for centuries produced an excellent (and officially rewarded!) extra vergin olive oil and red wine.
Enjoy Costanza’s family hospitality in her private dining room prepared with care and love in exclusive for the tour participants.

VAL D’ORCIA ACCOMMODATION FROM MAY 16TH TO 18TH (2 NIGHTS)
Elegant country resort 4*hotel

Welcome to a real jewel of Tuscany! Relax for a few in cosy rooms and suites of a small country home that was completely renovated in respect of the most classic Tuscan country-style, with a view on the hills, the park and the woods. The wooden beams crossing the ceilings, the wrought-iron beds, the terracotta floors, warm colored curtains and wallpaper, all join in an elegant and refined environment, able to wrap you up in a cosy atmosphere that will make you feel at home.
The owners, Eliana and Silvano will host you as special guests of the family!

EXPERIENCED TRAVEL PLANNERS, LICENSED TOUR GUIDES
SELECTED TOUR ESCORTS AND DRIVERS

Violetta Elena

BEAUTYINITALY T.O.: FULL LICENSED TOUR OPERATOR BASED IN FLORENCE
INFOS & BOOKINGS: info@beautyinitaly.com, elena@beautyinitaly.com

Terms & Conditions
“Beauty In Italy di Violetta Buti” is an officially registered Tour Operator and Company as authorized by the Province of Florence on February 8th, 2008, code REA FI-578231, C.F. BTUVTT57B65D612W and VAT number 04119950485. All travel services including single excursions and/or package trips offered by Beauty In Italy follow the directive 90/314/CEE and the Decreto Legislativo 17.03.95 # 111 as enforced by the same directive. According to the D.L. 111/95, the travel agency and all the tours/travel organized by it are insured, maximum coverage and guarantees by police insurance EUROPE ASSISTANCE # 26829.

Payment:
To finalize the booking 25 % of the fee must be paid at the time of booking as no refundable deposit and the balance is required 45 days before the service takes place.

 

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VERSILIA, TUSCANY: ANCIENT & CONTEMPORARY ART

Pietrasanta, nested in the hills of the Tuscan region of Versilia, is the ideal town for a 2-3 day stay if you are looking for a

Best contemporary art exhibits in Tuscany

Best contemporary art exhibit in Tuscany, Italy

sophisticated experience in Italy. Art enthusiasts have come here for years to walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo. Pietrasanta is  at the foot of the famous Carrara marble quarries. Many sculptors from around the world will eventually visit this town and maybe spend part of the year here.

Luxory Hotel in Pietrasanta

Hotel in Art Town

We have chosen for you a 4-star hotel housed in an ancient Palazzo with well preserved fresco ceilings. Here, a collection of contemporary art is on permanent display.

The town boasts an ancient cathedral, medieval buildings, a fortress built along the hill, and very contemporary “Last Judgment” frescoes painted by the Columbian artist Fernando Botero.  Open-air exhibits attract many visitors from May throughout the summer.

The main square is the ideal place for an aperitif (happy hour), while the tiny roads are perfect for a stroll to enjoy looking in the many shop windows. Many well-known restaurants will be happy to host you as their guests.

Not far from Pietrasanta are famous art cities such as Pisa, Lucca and Florence. Forte dei Marmi is famous for designer shops and only a 15 minutes car drive, while the beach is 3 kms (1 and ½ miles) away.

For further information please write to info@beautyinitaly.com

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INCOMING TOURISM TO ITALY AT TTI TRAVEL FAIR IN RIMINI, ITALY, OCTOBER 22-23, 2010

Yearly appointment concerning travels to Italy (TTI-Travel Trade Italy) has taken place on October

22-23, 2010 at Rimini, on the Adriatic coast, Italy. As travel planner and owner of BEAUTY IN ITALY Tour Company located in Florence, I decided to attend so that I could personally talk to the managers and owners of charming boutique and historical fashion hotels, wineries, vinegar and oil producers, located through out the country from the Trentino Alto Adige region, bordering with Austria, to Sicily, not too far from Africa.

For the next season 2011 I decided to propose – together with the famous Rome, Florence and Venice – also less world famous cities and Italian regions – but certainly incredible destinations NOT TO BE MISSED!

Reggio Emilia in the Emilia-Romagna region in the north of Italy with accommodation in the oldest hotel founded in Italy. I met the owner, the last descendant of the family, and he promises not only to welcome my guests at his historical hotel but also to show them the family vinegar production and cave with the very old barrels followed by a vinegar tasting. The city center boasts historical buildings and a famous theater as well.

Recanati in the Marche region is a small town whose name is known to all Italians as it was the native town of Leopardi, a famous nineteenth century poet. Here one can easily spend a few days at a wonderful 4-star hotel, rest, enjoy strolling through the old town, take an excursions to the Conero promontory to enjoy the view of its white cliffs and plonge into the blue fresh water of the Adriatic sea, or visit the Grotte Frasassi , the most spectacular caves in Italy.

The Mugello area, in theTuscany region, is about 25 miles north of Florence. It’s an area that mass tourism has not discovered yet, fortunately, and that certainly has a lot to offer in terms of nature, peace and beauty. I found a wonderful villa which will not only offer beautiful spacious rooms and service… The property is surrounded by olive trees and the owner is also an agronomist. The owners have specialized in olive oil production, foods (I tasted special chocolates!) and olive oil massages … Massages are given in private areas outside under olive trees … for a truly sensorial experience! In this area is the international Autodome of Mugello where Valentino Rossi and other motorcyclists and car racers ofen run their races.

The northen Genova in the Liguria region is not a city known to the majority of visitors to Italy and maybe not even to Italians. It has a lot to offer and staying in a historical hotel in the city center is the best way to experience the many historical and art buildings (Doge’s Palace, just like in Venice!), the tiny “carrugi” alleys, the food tradition (remember the famous “pesto” sauce made of Basil, “pinoli” pine nuts, parmisan cheese, olive oil, garlic), the sea port ambience (the most important harbour in Italy) with its aquarium, ships, yachts, BIGO the metallic crane offering quite a view over the city built by Italian contemporary architect Renzo Piano. From Genova one can easily take an excursion to Portofino.

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2010 SEMI-PRIVATE WALKING TOURS IN FLORENCE, ITALY

These tours are the best choise and value for single travelers who would like to benefit from quality yet spend less money than hiring a private tour guide on their own. These tours are designed for visitors of Florence who will join other travelers forming a small group and still staying away from mass tourism. Tours run weekley from the month of May to the month of October 2010. 

Sightseeing/Walking Tours in Florence – Cost is 55 euro per person

Florence for Beginners and the David Tour – description of the tour

A three-hour walking tour which aims to give you an in-depth understanding of the ancient city with its magnificent Cathedral, the Duomo, and the neighbouring Baptistery which boasts Ghiberti’s equisite bronze doors.

We visit the Duomo where we can admire the arhitectural techiniques used by Brunelleschi to build the dome. Next on the tour are some of the city’s most stunning piazzas, starting with Santa Croce and its awe-inspiring church, home to some of Giotto’s most beautyiful frescoes.

Then we go to Piazza della Signoria, the city’s political center, both ancient and modern, where the imposing Palazzo Vecchio stands. Next we walk down to the Ponte Vecchio and take in its magnificent views, before heading for the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo’s David.

Note: Fees for the Academy and Santa Croce church are not included in the price of the tour. With us you skip long lines as we already have reserved the tickets. We guarantee the tour with a minimum of 2 participants

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BANKING & ART IN FLORENCE, ITALY, IN THE 3rd MILLENNIUM

Contemporary Artists activ in Italy

Contemporary Artists activ in Italy

Impruneta terracotta vases
Impruneta terracotta vases

On the last 3rd of October of 2009 the Florentines were offered a free guided tour of the new Italian Bank “Cassa di Risparmio”  situated in an area of Florence called “Novoli” where many new buildings such as the new Court and University of Florence are being build.

As always with the Italians art and design are an important mark of this new building. At the back

Italian Garden in Tuscany
Italian Garden in Tuscany

we find a formal garden created with the typical mediterranean flora that one can usually find along the coast of Italy. As an additional Tuscan touch we can admire ligned up terracotta vases with lemon trees that cannot be missed in the usual Toscana garden or park.

IGOR MITORAJ is a living contemporary Polnish artist whose works can be seen inside the Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace in Florence, in Greve in Chianti, in Pietrasanta near the Tuscan coast where he opened his atelier years ago and now in the garden and inside the building of the new “Cassa di Risparmio” in Florence.

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Voglio Vivere così……Tuscany Brand

LIVE AS THE ITALIANS DO!

The Italian way of life is famous in the world, difficult to discribe what it is in words: the above video will help you to plonge into the creativity, drama, opera and pleasure the Italians take at life. Tuscany is the region where these scenes were filmed … come to see yourselves! Have the tour company and travel agency Beauty In Italy help you in the planning of your trip!

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BAROCCI, ITALIAN PAINTER – EXHIBIT IN SIENA, ITALY

BOOKSHOP MUSEO DELLA SCALA, SIENA
PERUGIA AND IT'S CATHEDRAL HOUSE THE MASTERPIECE BY BAROCCI
PERUGIA AND IT’S CATHEDRAL HOUSE THE MASTERPIECE BY BAROCCI

Last 9th of October I attended the press conference for the opening of the exhibit dedicated to a great yet little known painter: Federico Barocci (1528-1612). Born in Urbino (Duchy of Urbino in the past) he worked both in Urbino and Rome. A great work of his (“la Madonna del Popolo”)can be seen in the Uffizi museum in the city of Florence; among the many things, this city is famous in the word for a period that was defined as Renaissance.

The exhibition takes place in a great location in Siena called “Spedale della Scala” which was transformed into a museum in recent years after a thorough restauration. It was still used as a hospital until around 18 years ago. Opposite this building is the Duomo of Siena and on one side the Bishop Palace. We are here on the highest spot in Siena where incredible art can be found and seen at once.
Today Barocci is considered as an innovator of Renaissance art and we can place him among the beginners of the Baroque period: his colours are very vivid, the movement and construction of his subjects show an evolution in painting already started by Michelangelo and the mannerist painters.
For private tour in Tuscany incuding Siena you can address yourself to Violetta Buti, travel planner and owner of the tour company “Beauty In Italy”

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TRAVEL FAIR IN RIMINI, ITALY

OCTOBER 2009 TRAVEL FAIR AT RIMINI, ITALY

OCTOBER 2009 TRAVEL FAIR AT RIMINI, ITALY

THE FUTURE OF ITALIAN TOURISM AT TTG TRAVEL FAIR
THE FUTURE OF ITALIAN TOURISM AT TTG TRAVEL FAIR

THE LEADING B2B TRAVEL EVENT IN ITALY

The fair lasts 3 days and as I’m writing it’s still on. I was there yesterday, October 16th 2009. It’s considered the most important travel fair in Italy, it’s only open to the professionals operating in tourism: mainly tour operators, travel agencies, hotels. It is attended by thousands of business people: visitors, buyers, exhibitors. Exhibiting firms and buyers are from Italy and from many other countries around the world.

Here one also learns about the latest and most sofisticated sofware and technology to use.

There are conferences, interviews, clasees to attend for the travel agents who want to broaden their knowledge in tourism, novelties in the travel industry.

The financial crisis has hit heavily everywhere.  Thanks to its incredible cultural heritage Italy will find a way out! CULTURE, ART, “ITALIAN WAY OF LIFE” are Italy’s best arguments and potentials for the coming years.

 

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OPERAS, PERFORMANCES, CONCERTS IN FLORENCE & TUSCANY – SUMMER 2009

It’s summer again and Florence & Tuscany (Italy) offer a great program of events taking place in fantastic open-air locations: Boboli Gardens (behind the Pitti Palace) in Florence, San Galgano Abbey (there is no roof in the church anymore!) in the Siena province and Montevarchi in the Valdarno Valley (Arezzo province). Let the travel agency Beauty In Italy take care of your bookings and of any other tourist service while you are in our area.

If you are visiting Italy this summer our tour company can advise you and take care of your private walking tours, hotels, drivers … anything you might need. Please contact Violetta Buti, the owner and organizer of Beauty In Italy. We offer a large selection of private guided tours in Florence or any other city in Tuscany and Italy.

See you soon!

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