Florence Getaway 4 Nights (MQ4)

One of Florence’s most notable citizens, Dante Alighieri, was exiled from the city in the 1300s. Unlike Dante, you’ll be welcomed to Florence with open arms! Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted by your one-of-a-kind Monograms Local Host®, someone who is there for you throughout your stay to answer questions, help arrange your activities, offer suggestions, and ensure your Florence trip runs smoothly. Florence has so much to offer—historical landmarks, world-class museums, spectacular cuisine and wine, an abundance of works of art, and much more—that we know it can be overwhelming. That's why we've arranged the services of a Local Host to assist you. Plus, on this Florence trip, we’ve also arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, and sightseeing.

Your Italy trip begins when you arrive in Florence. Your Local Host will greet you with a friendly smile and a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city. You can begin exploring immediately and the next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing of the must-see attractions. We’ll take you to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's David. You’ll hear inside stories as we take you for a walk through the city center to see Cathedral Square; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city's political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. And never fear… your inside visit includes VIP access, which means you get to skip the line! After all, why waste time waiting in line like all the other tourists when you can be up close and personal with the treasures inside the Academy of Fine Arts?

You’ll also have time to explore on your own. You may want to take a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s most famous art museums with works by da Vinci, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Perhaps shop at the famous designer houses or browse the shops on the medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge that has housed stores since the 13th century. You may decide to take an excursion to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower; explore the secret passages of Palazzo Vecchio, constructed in 1299; or take a walking tour to visit some of the sights featured in Dan Brown's book Inferno. Your Local Host will have plenty of suggestions and can help arrange the activities you desire while vacationing in Florence.

Florence is a city with a deep history and artistic heritage. It offers everything from mouth-watering cuisine to exciting museums and beautiful churches. We want to make it easy for you to travel here, which is why we've arranged your hotel reservations, guides, sightseeing, and breakfast. All you have to do is grab your camera and get ready for an exciting adventure. Add the comfort of knowing you'll have someone there throughout your stay, and you've got the perfect Florence vacation!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

& Destination Guide with useful information and city map

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes a guided walking tour of Florence’s must-see attractions, including an inside visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's David.

DAY
1
Florence, Italy

Benvenuto – welcome! Your Local Host is available to help you create lasting memories in this splendid Renaissance city.

DAY
2
Florence

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS featuring Michelangelo’s original David. Walk through Cathedral Square; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River. (Note that there are occasions when the Academy of Fine Arts is closed. On any of these dates, your full Monograms city sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full insider experience).

DAYS
3-4
Florence

Your Local Host can help you plan your two days at leisure, with suggestions such as a visit to the fragrant Santa Maria Novella pharmacy or a stroll through the Central Market dedicated to Tuscan cuisine.

DAY
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Florence

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

Florence

Athenaeum

Via Cavour 88
Florence, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

This classic Florentine style 60-room hotel boasts a great location with easy access and offers free Wi-Fi access throughout. There is a small but comprehensive fitness center, a bar and a traditional Italian restaurant featuring local cuisine and a variety of seasonal dishes.

Location & Highlights

Located in via Cavour, one of the quietest and safest residential corners of down town Florence. Conveniently placed in the proximity of Piazza San Marco, dotted by cafes, restaurants, stores as well as one of the main city bus hubs, this hotel is literally a stone's throw away from the Academy of Fine Arts which hosts Michelangelo's David. From this location, the famous Church of Florence (Duomo) is only 5 minutes away on foot.

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
The 60 rooms come in 2 styles: modern with wooden flooring and contemporary furniture, and the more classic rooms which are characterized by Florentine furniture and patterned upholstery. All Rooms come with air conditioning, safe deposit boxes, flat TV screens and minibar.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Florence

Hotel Cellai

Via 27 Aprile, 14, 52r
Florence, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in the historic heart of Florence, this upscale 55-room boutique property is housed in a restored 19th-century townhouse with elegant parlors, vaulted wooden ceilings and original Tuscan artwork. There is a bar in the antique library that works on an honor-system, a charming rooftop garden with city views and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout. Breakfast is served in a lavish mirrored room on a long table decked out with silver candelabras and complimentary tea, coffee and cake are served between 5 and 7 p.m. daily.

Location & Highlights

"Perfectly positioned for taking in all the amazing sights such as the famous Cathedral with its splendid dome by Brunelleschi and the lively San Lorenzo Market, the biggest street market in the city, both of which are just a short walk away. The Galleria dell'Accademia, home to the famous David by Michelangelo is also within walking distance and there are plenty of restaurants, bars, quirky shops and chic boutiques nearby. "

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • Window Opens
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
Air-conditioned guestrooms have been individually designed and are all well appointed with a writing desk, Free Wi-Fi internet access, minibar, safe and flat screen TV's.

Glance Hotel

Via Nazionale, 23
Florence, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

A centrally located 68-room contemporary hotel with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout the property. Amenities include a breakfast room, lounge bar and roof-top terrace with an outdoor (seasonal) swimming pool offering fantastic panoramic views of the city.

Location & Highlights

Situated in the historic San Lorenzo area, famous for its Food Market, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and Florence Cathedral can be found just a short walk away.

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
Modern guestrooms are equipped with walk-in showers or bathtubs and coffee/tea making facilities.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Florence

Florence

Florentine Dinner

Bask in the spirit of Tuscany at this incredible dinner featuring the region's most celebrated Italian dishes and tantalizing wines.

Price Range: $$

Tuscan Cooking Class in Medieval Tower

Ignite your passion for cooking on this unique excursion. A complete culinary adventure awaits you in a Medieval tower located just outside from Florence.

Price Range: $$$$

Chianti countryside, San Gimignano & Wine tasting at Verrazzano castle

The ultimate Tuscan experience! Soak up the legendary Chianti countryside as you drive to the heart of Tuscany, with gentle hills, olive groves, and vineyards. You have time to explore San Gimignano, the most famous of Italy's medieval towns, and stop at Verrazzano Castle.

Price Range: $$$$

Excursion to Pisa and Lucca

From leaning towers to ancient ramparts, this exciting full-day excursion introduces you to Pisa and medieval walled Lucca, two of Italy's cultural gems.

Price Range: $$$$

Florence by Night

The only thing more impressive than Florence by day is Florence at night! This guided walking tour shows off the beautiful illuminated sites-and even includes a delicious gelato!

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

Explore Florence the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Discover Florence: Mosaic Museum

Head behind the scenes at the Mosaic Museum to see skilled artisans at work and to learn just what makes Florentine mosaics unique throughout the world!

Price Range: $

Create Your Own Pizza

From the art of dough-making to choosing the best toppings, learn all about pizza, craft your own signature pie, and then savor the tasty results!

Price Range: $

Bike Tour

Pedal your way past incredible scenery and mesmerizing sights on this invigorating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

The Vineyards of Tuscany by Horseback

Saddle up for an incredible horseback ride through the scenic Tuscan countryside that includes a winery tour and traditional meal with wine and olive oil tastings!

Price Range: $$$$

Florence Sunset Food Tour

Discover the heart of Florence on this fun foodie tour. Enjoy 9 different tastings that include everything from a traditional aperitif to authentic Steak Florentine!

Price Range: $$$

The Other Side of Florence Food Tour

Sample cantucci, Tuscan cheese, Chianti wine, Italian gelato, and meet the families that have been serving it up for generations on this fun foodie tour in the Oltrarno district!

Price Range: $$

Half-Day Siena Private Discovery Tour

Surrounded by exquisite Tuscan scenery, this private guided tour introduces you to Siena, one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns and home to the annual Palio horse race!

Price Range: $$$$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Come face-to-face with the world's greatest masterpieces faster when you skip the long lines and head right into the Uffizi Gallery on this fantastic guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Palatina Gallery, Royal Apartments and the Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace (entrance ticket only)

Discover the city's largest museum complex at Pitti Palace. Marvel at the Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Medicis' private art collection

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

Discover some of Florence's greatest natural and manmade treasures on this delightful excursion

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Bargello Museum

View art by the world's greatest masters at the medieval Bargello, and judge for yourself whose bronze bas-relief deserved the honor as the Baptistry's "Gates of Paradise".

Price Range: $

Ferraris & Food Private Discovery Tour

Thrill your inner race car driver on this private excursion to the dazzling Ferrari Museum. See how these Supercars are made, marvel at the collection, and enjoy a special pasta lunch!

Price Range: $$$$

Florence Artisan Food Tour

Discover the 'other side' of Florence-along with incredible food and fascinating artisan workshop visits-on this fun foodie walking tour through Oltrarno

Price Range: $$

Insider

Florence

Florence

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Florence, ItalyMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Florence. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Florence and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Florence insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Florence

Born in Holland, with a passion for art history, fashion, and Italy, Florence was a natural draw for Helma. She now has several years of local tourism experience, and is a licensed guide. She is very happy to welcome Monograms guests to the Cradle of the Renaissance.

PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO AND SAN MINIATO AL MONTE

Enjoy a sensational view over the "cradle of the Renaissance" from Florence's most panoramic square located high on a green hillside overlooking the city. A little further up the hill, see the beautiful basilica San Miniato al Monte where the Benedictines built a church in honor of St. Mennas.

THE CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE (DUOMO)

Better known as the ‘Duomo’ – it not only dominates the skyline but also represents the geographical, cultural and historical center of the city. Visit Brunelleschi's spectacular, 37,000-ton dome and climb Giotto's bell tower “the Campanile” – three-floors with 414 steps.

CHURCH OF SAN LORENZO

See Brunelleschi's early-Renaissance masterpiece and the mausoleum of the Medici family, built by Michelangelo, in the New Sacristy.

CHURCH OF SANTA CROCE

Built towards the end of the 13th century by the great architect Arnolfo di Cambio, this Franciscan basilica is a highlight of the specifically Italian architecture of the Gothic style. Wander along the three wide naves enriched by Galileo's and Michelangelo's tombs, and admire works of the Early Florentine School from Giotto and his followers in the transept chapels.

CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA

Enjoy the harmony of this medieval architectural jewel. Built in 1246 by the Dominicans, its beautiful arcades and its incredible vaults preserve works by many Renaissance artists.

MODERN ART

While the art scene in Florence is destined to be more classic than contemporary, modern art is alive and well. Many of the contributions come from the restaurants, bars and hotels that show the work of local and international artists. Astor Caffè, Rex Café, and Gallery Hotel Art are among those putting on regular, gallery-worth exhibitions.

CENTRAL MARKET

Florence's bustling Central Market (better known as the Mercato Centrale) is a fascinating place to visit, especially for foodies. Located in a towering cast-iron building dating from 1874, its entrances are often obscured by the stalls of the San Lorenzo market that line the streets outside (the San Lorenzo stalls feature crafts, leather clothing, shoes, souvenirs, etc). Inside the market are a myriad of vendors dedicated to the primary ingredients of Tuscan cuisine.

MUSIC IN FLORENCE

Numerous churches offer concerts and opera performances throughout the year. Try St Mark’s English Church or some grander settings which include the magnificent Chiesa di Orsanmichele and the gorgeous 12th-century Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio. Stop at Santa Maria dei Ricci for the daily organ concert. Ask your Local Host for more information.

OLD PHARMACY OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA

The pharmacy/museum displays the results of more than 800 years of work by Dominican monks. Following centuries-old formulas, the officina sells ancient remedies and tonics alongside hand-molded soaps and perfumed powders.

FLORENTINE FASHION AND SHOPPING

Florentine leatherwork, gold jewelry, Italian craftwork, and art books are great gifts to take home. Florence is also famous for its out-of-town fashion outlets, but if you only have time to do one, visit the ‘Mall’- just a half-hour drive from the city, it is home to many designer names and discounts.

TUSCAN FOOD SPECIALTIES

Specialties to try include succulent bistecca fiorentina (Florentine steak); pappa al pomodoro (local bread and tomato soup); ribollita, (cabbage and bean soup); and biscottini di Prato con vin Santo (a special cookie and white wine) to finish off your meal. Sip Chianti wine, Brunello di Montepulciano, or the Super Tuscans.

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