Widely considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany boasts centuries of extraordinary art and architecture—not to mention ample mystery. Beginning in the historic capital of Florence, our journey will usher us through elaborately frescoed cathedrals, sprawling palaces steeped in history, and museums full of artwork and mysterious curios. While we’ll delve into the majesty and mythos surrounding some of the region’s most iconic royal residences, we’ll also take the time to trace its lesser-known history through secret society meeting spots, ancient villages, and centuries-old pharmacies. We’ll pepper our journey with Tuscany’s equally exquisite food and drink—tucking into lavish meals, sipping wine from local estates, and sampling some of the region’s finest olive oil as we go.
The cost of this trip is $2,925, based on double occupancy.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking anywhere between two and four miles over the course of each day. You should be comfortable staying on your feet for long stretches at a time, as we’ll be out and about most of each day with time to rest at lunch and dinner, both of which will take place on the later side.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $520. After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.
You should aim to arrive in Florence on Day 1 by 3 p.m. and depart any time on Day 7. If you decide to extend your stay, your guides would be more than happy to suggest things to do and see on your own!
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please let us know in advance, and we'll do our best to arrange alternatives.
This trip presents an extraordinary opportunity to explore and support oft-overlooked sites within Florence and throughout Tuscany. Our local partners and collaborators are devoted to the preservation of the region's rich cultural and heritage and ecology. We'll eat at restaurants that support local agriculture and products—and two of them, Buca San Giovanni and Paoli, contribute to local historical businesses, most of them under danger due to increasing gentrification. By visiting small museums such as the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and meeting with local artists, musicians, and artisans, we'll be supporting the preservation of local arts that date back to the Renaissance period.