I am delighted to announce the return of Florence to the brochure. January is the perfect time to go – when the visitor can appreciate the incomparable treasures of the city without the spring or summer crowds. Our hotel, once again, is the excellent Torre Guelfa, perfectly located in a historic building 100 metres from the Ponte Vecchio and 200 from the Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi.

Our programme includes visits to all the well-known sites and we enjoy the company of our best friend in Florence‚ the incomparable Niklaas who will entertain and instruct us on two mornings. We shall savour Florentine cuisine at some of the city’s best traditional restaurants and take tea in the 19th-century Caffè Paszkowski.

DAY 1: Our flight takes us directly into Florence. Our hotel, 20 minutes from the airport, is located in a 15th-century palazzo in the heart of the medieval quarter.

DAY 2 & 3: Our programme of visits starts with the extraordinary cathedral and all the associated buildings, including the wonderful and newly-opened Museum of Cathedral Art.

Day 2 continues among the remarkable sculptures of the Bargello and after lunch we make for the Basilica de Santa Croce, burial place of many illustrious Italians including Michelangelo, Galileo and Rossini.

On DAY 3 we spend the morning in the company of Niklaas with whom we visit many of the lesser-known nooks and
crannies of the city. The day continues in the Palazzo Vecchio‚ the administrative heart of Florence.

DAYS 4 & 5: Day 4 starts with a carefully guided tour of the Uffizi gallery. After lunch our itinerary takes us to the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens‚ whilst on Day 5 we visit the sites associated with the Medici family including the Monastery of San Marco‚ the church of San Lorenzo and the Medici Palace. We conclude our cultural visits in the company of David in the Accademia.

DAY 6: We take our return flight back to the UK.

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In a nutshell

Tour dates : 20th – 25th January 2020

Number of days : 6

Price: £2175 (Prices are per person based on 2 sharing a twin or double room).

Single supplement: £195

Fully inclusive: Flights, transfers, accommodation and meals are all included.

The number in party: 12 – 16


Hotel : The perfect Torre Guelfa