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Our guides / coordinators will meet you at the port with a Shore2shore sign.
We will start this wonderful day visiting Piazza Santa Maria Novella and its Basilica: the façade is a masterpiece by Leon Battista Alberti.
Then we will go to the Renaissance Palazzo Strozzi passing by Via Dei Tornabuoni, heart of fashion and "Made in Italy".
From Palazzo Strozzi we will reach Piazza de la Republica and Piazza del Duomo, where we can admire the exterior of magnificent religious buildings: the medieval Baptistery, the Bell Tower designed by Giotto, the Cathedral (one of the largest in the world) and the extraordinary Dome of Filippo Brunelleschi, masterpiece of architecture and engineering that was used as a model to built the Basilica of San Pedro in Rome (Michelangelo).
Crossing Via dei Calzaioli, we will arrive at Orsanmichele, a singular building: church, granary and civil monument. Example of Florence, capital of merchants and the golden florin, the "dollar" of the Middle Ages.
Continuation to the typical Straw Market and the bronze sculpture of the famous "piglet", a pet of many travelers during the past centuries.
Then, we will reach the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city, intact since the 14th century, covered by small houses, goldsmiths 'and jewelers' warehouses, artisans inheritors of a secular tradition.
We will skirt the Arno River to reach the city center and stop in the courtyard of the Galleria degli Uffizi, which contains one of the oldest and most popular art collections in the world.
Arrival at the famous Piazza della Signoria, a true "open-air museum" in the city, dominated by Palazzo Vecchio and rich in statues that will remind us of the history of Florence and Europe; sample of the medieval fights between Guelphs and Ghibellines and of Lorenzo the Magnificent, of the principality of the Medici family and of the resurgence of Italy, of which Florence was capital between 1865 and 1870.
Crossing Piazza di San Firenze we can admire from here the Palazzo Bargello, formerly the headquarters of the medieval police chief and jail, now the headquarters of the National Sculpture Museum.
We will pass through the old Borgo dei Greci to arrive Plaza Santa Croce which, besides being a precious source of art treasures (Giotto, Donatello, Brunelleschi), is also a true "Pantheon" of Italian glories of many eras. It houses several popular tombs like those of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, Rossini and other geniuses of literature and science.
After a well-deserved break (free time) we will return to our bus to go back to the port.