Transfers & excursions

From Florence

- Florence-Peretola (FLR) Airport “Amerigo Vespucci” - Travel Time: 15 to 30 minutes
- Pisa Airport (PSA) “Galileo Galilei” - Travel Time: 1 to 1 ½ hours
- Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) Airport “Leonardo da Vinci” - Travel Time: 3 to 3 ½ hours
- Bologna (BLQ) airport “Guglielmo Marconi” - Travel Time: 1 ½ hours

Airport transfer from your hotel in Florence and surrounding area to:
- Major airports in Tuscany Florence and Pisa
- Rome-Fiumicino airport, which assures overseas departures ON TIME
- Bologna and all other airports depending on your request.

Mercedes vehicles, Limos, vans for parties from 1 to 8 persons.
16-seat busses and more, for larger groups.
English-speaking drivers.

For questions and arrangements please contact info@beautyinitaly.com

This is the most typical excursion to take from Florence (or other areas around Florence) to see one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany.

If you are a small party of 2 or 3 persons, the excursion will be by conducted by an English-speaking driver in a Mercedes sedan car. He will take you to San Gimignano and Siena suggesting where to stop for the best pictures, for lunch or a snack. He will be able to access old city centers closed to normal traffic. Your driver will be able to give you informed explanations of the areas you visit.

If you are in a party of up to 8 persons, you will travel by van. A small vehicle driven by a professional licensed driver is allowed to access city centers closed to other vehicles.

For more than 8 persons, you will need a larger van or small bus. Busses with more than 9 seats pay a tax to the municipality to access art cities. These taxes vary from year to year. While you explore on foot, your driver will take care of parking the bus.

For visits to art cities, we recommend the services of a professional guide who will be able to take you into churches, museums, or just give you a more thorough explanation of the places you visit. This will be a walking tour.

If you are in a larger group, you definitely need to be accompanied by a tour leader during the entire excursion. In fact, drivers of larger busses often don’t speak English and can’t act as a guide, as they are busy driving, paying entrance fees at a “check-point” before accessing an art city and find parking for the vehicle.

BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE TOWNS YOU VISIT:

SAN GIMIGNANO is famous for its very well preserved towers dating back to the middle Ages. It’s one of the best preserved and most famous medieval towns in Italy. To get to know the town, one hour can be enough, or you can decide to spend a longer time here, sitting at one of the cafés in “Piazza della Cisterna”, a large square with a cistern in the middle. Once you have seen the main streets (via san Giovanni and via San Matteo) you can walk along the side streets: This way you will avoid the big crowds of tourists.

SIENA is probably the best example of well-kept medieval town in Italy. Despite modern times, the Sienesi people have kept their traditions. Landmarks of the city are the Duomo, which is situated on the highest hill in Siena, and Piazza del Campo with a unique shell-shaped square and beautiful city hall. It’s on Piazza del Campo that the famous horse race Palio takes place. At dawn, and when the tourists have left, the people of Siena show up and entertain themselves drinking an aperitif at their preferred café (happy hour).

Together with the excursion to San Gimignano and Siena, the excursion to Pisa and Lucca will enable you to see one of the most famous landmarks of Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At the same time you will get to tour Lucca, a charming city between Florence and Pisa, full of art and atmosphere.

If you are a small party of 2 or 3 persons , the excursion will be by conducted by an English-speaking driver in a Mercedes sedan car. He will take you to Pisa and Lucca suggesting where to stop for the best pictures, for lunch or a snack. He will be able to access old city centers closed to normal traffic and give you informed explanations of the areas you drive through.

If you are in a party of up to 8 persons, you will need a van. A small vehicle driven by a professional licensed driver can access city centers normally closed to other vehicles.

For more than 8 persons you will need a larger bus. Busses with 9 or more seats pay a tax to the municipality to access art cities. These taxes vary from year to year. While you explore on foot, your driver will take care of parking the bus.

For visits to art cities, we recommend the services of a professional guide who will be able to take you into churches, museums, or just give you a more thorough explanation of the places you visit. This will be a walking tour.

If you are in a larger group, you definitely need to be accompanied by a tour leader during the entire excursion. In fact, drivers of larger busses often don’t speak English and can’t act as a guide as they are busy driving, paying entrance fees at a “check-point” before accessing an art city and parking the vehicle.

The ideal tour could start in Florence (or another location you will indicate), go to Pisa and spend approximately one - to one and a half hours - here. Then continue on to Lucca to have lunch and tour the city afterwards.

If you would like to go on a walking tour, and you are not sure whether you should do this in Pisa or Lucca, we suggest you choose Lucca. Here you will find less tourists and it will be easier to enjoy what the town has to offer.

BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE TOWNS YOU VISIT:

PISA is a must-see city for the unique buildings situated, one next to the other, on the “Piazza dei Miracoli”, the “Field of Miracles”: the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistery. Thousands of tourists visit the site every day. Don’t let yourselves be discouraged by the crowds. You can walk around the buildings if you want to find a more relaxed scene. If you have more time at your disposal, you can walk to Piazza dei Cavalieri, near the Piazza dei Miracoli, and on to the heart of the city and then walk along the Arno River. The Arno was of strategic importance in the development of Pisa: it was an important Roman harbor 2000 years ago.

LUCCA is a more discrete and bourgeois city in Tuscany. It’s a walking town where – whether alone or accompanied by a guide – you will see many important buildings such as the Duomo (cathedral) of San Martino, the church of San Michele, the house/museum of Opera composer Giacomo Puccini, the elliptical square of the old amphitheater “Piazza dell’Anfiteatro”. Not to be missed is a stroll on top of the fortification built around the town by the people of Lucca to fight against Florence back in the fifteen hundreds.

Depending where you are located in Tuscany, we can arrange for an English-speaking driver to pick you up and take you to wineries we have selected for you in the CHIANTI region or SOUTH OF TUSCANY. If you are staying in Florence, the first wineries you can visit are in the Chianti area: These can be reached in approximately 45 minutes from the center of town. This is the area around Greve and San Gimignano.

South of Siena the country side changes and is more barren than in the Chianti area, with great medieval and renaissance towns to visit such as Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano. This area is also famous for superb wines such as Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano.

What we offer in this wine tour:

A delightful excursion through Tuscany, an ancient region that still has undeveloped land, where little is built in respect of the environment. A hilly territory where the Etruscans have cultivated vines and olive trees since the 8th century BC.

Explanations in English by our driver and by the owners and staff in the wineries.

Wine Tasting in old wineries or medieval castles where you will be shown the old and new cellars with the barrels for the conservation and aging of the wine, the old terracotta olive jars, wine bottles from new and old collections.

Depending on your preferences, there is the possibility to visit the properties and taste a selection of three or more wines or also add a bruschetta with extra-virgin olive oil, some salami and finocchiona (typical salami of Tuscany, with fennel seeds), the biscotti di Prato, accompanied by “vinsanto”, a wine desert.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE CHIANTI

The Chianti is a rough region, hard to cultivate, with woods of oaks and pines, abandoned by the farmers in the 50’s and 60’s who moved to the cities. Nowadays the Chianti is a much in demand region. The love and dedication of its people have made it famous in the world, together with its wine.

The Chianti region is divided into eight areas. One of them is called “Chianti Classico”, between Florence and Siena. The label on the wine bottles of the Chianti Classico is a black rooster, a logo that has become famous  throughout the world and is a guarantee for quality. Nevertheless, all the other Chianti wine areas produce superb wines, each one with different characteristics depending on the height where the vines are cultivated, the exposure to the sun, and the inclination of the land. This is why the taste and type of the Chianti wine can be so different.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SOUTH OF TUSCANY: MONTALCINO, MONTEPULCIANO

The area has a somehow circular shape of 16 kilometres and a surface of 24,000 hectares. The valleys of the Orcia, Ombrone and Asso rivers delineate it.

The climate is typically Mediterranean, with rainfall mainly in the spring and late fall months. Snow is not unusual in winter. The frequent presence of wind guarantees the best conditions for the vines’ health. The ripening of the grapes is helped by many sunny days.

An English-speaking driver will accompany you during this shopping tour. After determining your interests, the driver will be will be able to suggest what stores you should explore, how long you should spend at each location in order to visit as many shops as possible, and can tell you the best time to go in order to avoid crowds.

Here are some of the outlets and shopping malls in Tuscany:

Prada Spa Outlet in Montevarchi featuring: Prada, Miu Miu, Church’s, Car Shoe.

The Mall Outlet in Leccio (Reggello) featuring: Agnona, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, La Perla, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Hogan, Loro Piana, Sergio Rossi, Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro. Giorgio Armani, I Pinco Pallino, Marni, Tod’s.

Designer Outlet Barberino in Barberino di Mugello featuring: Missoni, United Colors of Benetton, Massimo Rebecchi, Geox, D & G, Ferre’, Harmont & Blaine, Class Roberto Cavalli.

Valdichiana Outlet Village in Foiano della Chiana (Arezzo) featuring: Calvin Klein, Conte of Florence, Cerruti 1881, Campanile, Pancaldi 1888, Calzedonia-Intimissimi, Salmoraighi & Viganò.

Outlet excursions and shopping tours last a minimum of 4 hours to 8 hours.

For arrangements please contact info@beautyinitaly.com

On this Private Motor Excursion, an English-speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel in Florence or surrounding area and take you to the north of Italy, between the cities of Bologna and Modena, in the “Land of Motors”. This is the area where world famous motor factories Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, Maserati and Ducati have produced fast cars and roaring motors for decades, inflaming the heart of millions of fans.

Depending on your interests and factory schedules, we will arrange for you visits to:
- Ferrari Museum
- Lamborghini Museum
- Lamborghini Factory
- Lamborghini Collection
- Pagani Show Room
- Pagani Factories
- Maserati Collection
- Ducati Museums
- Ducati Factories

The visit to the Ferrari Factory is only possible to those who own a Ferrari or intend to buy one. Near the Ferrari Factory is the “Galleria Ferrari”, a favorite spot of the fans of “Formula One”, featuring historical and vintage cars, pictures, engine, etc. Here, you will learn about the legend of the Cavallino Team.
If you are a true enthusiast of Ferrari cars we can arrange for you to drive a Ferrari F430 or F430 coupé for 1 hour. This possibility is through a private organization. You will drive through the streets of the town of Maranello assisted by an expert “co-pilot”.

In regard to Lamborghini, it is possible to visit the museum that opened in 2001. By appointment: Tours to the production areas of the Automobili Lamborghini factory featuring the first station of the production department and the actual production line where the cars are assembled by specialized and skilled workers completely by hand.

Tours of Pagani Automobili S.P.A. factory by appointment only. You will learn about the life of Mr. Horacio Pagani and his world famous supercar.

The Maserati Factory can only be visited by appointment by owners of Maserati cars. Inside is the spectacular showroom designed by internationally renowned architect, Ron Arad.

Ducati Factory Tours are by appointment. Fantastic museum, focused on Ducati’s racing successes with examples of every major Ducati race bike.

For arrangements please contact info@beautyinitaly.com