Florence Getaway (MQ)

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 vacation 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 4-day vacation, we’ve also arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, and sightseeing.

Your vacation 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 a full day 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.

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 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.

Day-By-Day 2017 / 2018

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
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Florence, Italy

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

DAY
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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 (on Mondays, included guided sightseeing will take place the following day).

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Your Local Host can help you plan your day at leisure, with suggestions such as a visit to the fragrant Santa Maria Novella pharmacy for handmade soaps and creams.

DAY
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Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on November 6, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Florence

Ambasciatori

Via L. Alamanni, 3
Firenze, Italy

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

Modern hotel built in 1930 with well-appointed, tastefully decorated rooms, near the Metro, the Duomo, LaScala and shopping.

Location & Highlights



Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
The elegantly furnished rooms are made to provide emotions without invading your space. The bright and refined rooms are in first place to make your staying an unforgettable experience.

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

Albani

Via Fiume 12
Florence, Italy

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

This 102 room boutique property is set in a restored turn of the century palace combining a refined atmosphere with classic Italian flair. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and communal areas of the hotel. The hotel also has a fitness centre and sauna. There is an elegant restaurant offering fine Italian and International cuisine and an American bar for informal drinks and snacks.

Location & Highlights

Situated on a quiet Florentine side street close to the church of Santa Maria Novella and the lively San Lorenzo Market with the Duomo just a short walk away.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
All guestrooms feature contemporary and classical architectural design along with Florentine furnishings and décor.

Room Mate Isabella

Via Tornabuoni, 13
Florence, Italy

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

"This charming 22-room boutique Hotel is housed in an historical building, dating back to the 19th century with Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and a cosy breakfast parlour. NB. The lobby is located on the first floor accessible via two flights of stairs. The guest rooms can be accessed by elevator from the first floor lobby."

Location & Highlights

Superbly located in central Florence, on a prestigious street lined with designer boutiques, close to the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. A great selection restaurants, wine bars and cafes can be found in the surrounding area.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
The quirky modern rooms are all air-conditioned and offer complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee/tea making facilities.

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

An evening you'll never forget. Find out first-hand that the best and the most delicate food and wines originate in Tuscany. Be sure to come with an appetite!

Price Range: $$

Florence by Night

Get the first impression of beautiful Florence by Night! You will be fascinated by stories of this Renaissance city's history, people and way of life while you admire the magnificent illuminated buildings and monuments on a walk with your local guide. The last stop of the evening is at famous Gelateria Vivoli for a refreshing, homemade gelato (included)!

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

Travel to two of Tuscany's important cities. First, world famous Pisa where you will marvel at the Baptistery and Cathedral and, of course, the renowned Leaning Tower - Later continue on to beautiful Lucca, one of Tuscany's best kept secrets.

Price Range: $$$$

Bargello Museum (ticket only)

Built in 1255, in the Bargello Museum you will find the most important collection of Renaissance Tuscan sculpture in the world.

Price Range: $

Full Day Private Excursion to Cinque Terre

Explore Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on this day trip from Florence. The Cinque Terre area is a cluster of enchanting medieval fishing villages on the Liguria coast which boast with breathtaking views of the sea.

Price Range: $$$$

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Florence. Make the most of your Florence experience at your pace and in your style - after all, it is your trip!

Price Range: $$$$

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

The Palatina Gallery is located on the first floor of imposing Pitti Palace; houses of the most significant collection of works by 16th- and 17th-century by Italian and European artists.

Price Range: $

Boboli Gardens and the Siver Museum (entrance ticket only)

The Boboli Gardens is one of the largest and most refined gardens in Italy as well as an extraordinary open-air museum. Visit also Silver Museum, housed in Pitti Palace, which contains a collection of priceless silver, cameos, and works in semi-precious gemstones.

Price Range: $

Mosaic Museum: Opificio delle Pietre Dure (ticket only)

Visit the museum dedicated to the traditional art of the Florentine mosaic (inlaid work) in semi-precious stones.

Price Range: $

Create Your Own Pizza

Mama mia! Learn the history of pizza, the art of making the dough, how to choose the best toppings, then make your pizza just like an Italian pizzaiolo!

Price Range: $

Excursion to Famous Antinori's Wine Cellars in Chianti

Don't miss out this unique chance to learn everything about wine production by visiting the Antinori winery.

Price Range: $$$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Admire the world's greatest collection of Italian and Florentine art.

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.

Piazza della Repubblica and Ponte Vecchio

Walk through the commercial heart of town—from the elegant and lively cafés of Piazza della Repubblica to the picturesque Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) which crosses the narrowest point of the river Arno. Admire the patient and precious work of the local artisans and goldsmiths. Ask your Local Host about this and other walking routes to see the best of Florence.

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.

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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*The "STARTING AT" price is based on November 6, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2017.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).