Location: From Florence to Venice, arrival at the APT of Florence, departure from the APT VCE or vice versa.
Type of Tour: Tour for FIT, with customizable private services.
Activity: 8-day tour with high-level private services, cultural and unusual visits
Rhythm: Moderately sustained, not suitable for disabled people or people with mobility difficulties.
Best season: Spring and Autumn.
An exclusive trip from Tuscany to Venice.
Have fun during a old-time rally in the rolling Tuscan hills, live a unique experience on board a classy vintage car retracing some stages of the Mille Miglia, discover the ancient craftsmen of Florence and Venice, savor the culture, cuisine and unique feeling of Italian Dolce Vita.
Arrival at Florence airport. Transfer to the hotel in the Tuscan countryside.
Check-in at the 5* Castello del Nero hotel: located in the Chianti wine area, between Florence and Siena, dates back to the 12th century. It has a SPA with outdoor pool. The uniquely designed rooms feature original frescoes or beamed ceilings. Every part of the castle offers panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside, with vineyards and olive groves.
Welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight stay.
After breakfast, aboard your splendid vintage car (1-day rental with delivery and collection at the hotel) you will follow an itinerary taken from the road book of the legendary Mille Miglia : via Ville di Corsano in the Crete Senesi, skirting the famous monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore towards the south in the direction of Pienza. We suggest a stop for lunch in Pienza.
In the afternoon, walk through the splendid Tuscan hills immersed in fairytale landscapes.
Return to the hotel and return of the car vintage to our staff. Free time in the hotel SPA.
Free dinner and overnight in Tuscany.
After breakfast, transfer to Florence.
Check-in at your Hotel St. Regis 5*: located along the Arno River and with a splendid view of the Ponte Vecchio , the St. Regis Florence is located in a historic building designed by Brunelleschi. All rooms at the St. Regis are furnished in Florentine style.
Lunch at the Paszkowski restaurant: Caffè Paszkowski is a historic restaurant located in Piazza della Repubblica in Florence. Opened in 1846, first as a brewery, it then took on the characteristics of a Caffè Concerto which will also make it known internationally. Meeting place of the main personalities of literature and art of the beginning of the century (such as Giovanni Papini, Ardengo Soffici, Gaetano Salvemini…), the Paszkowski café still today preserves elegant rooms from the beginning of the twentieth century, with mosaics and murals and floors in wood. However, its strong point remains the terrace overlooking the square.
In the afternoon, a guided tour of the extraordinary Uffizi Gallery, one of the richest museums in the world, which offers a splendid collection of Italian Renaissance paintings.
Dinner at Ristorante Boccanegra: in the heart of Florence, in a pleasant and welcoming environment, you can enjoy creative cuisine with traditional flavours. Overnight in Florence.
In the morning you will enjoy an unusual visit to Florence to discover an ancient pharmacy and an exclusive perfume atelier: A journey through the ancient Florentine pharmacies is a journey through time, which will allow you to discover a centuries-old tradition in memory of the “Denatesca” herbal art. You will visit one of the oldest pharmacies, that of Santa Maria Novella.
You will continue the tour in the world of fragrances with an exclusive visit to the Atelier Villoresi, one of the most famous Italian perfumers. Lorenzo Villoresi’s production still takes place entirely according to traditional methods.
Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy the unique and rare privilege of admiring the magnificence of Florence in a calm , relaxing and enjoying an aperitif, on board a traditional local “barchetto” (the Florentine gondola) along the Arno river.
With our guide you will take a nice walk to reach the banks of the Arno up to the embarkation of the “barchetto”: entirely in wood, it is one of the 4 original still existing! Climb aboard and the “boatman” will guide you gently on the water using a long wooden pole, while our guide will entertain you with a tale of the eventful history of Florence full of colorful anecdotes.
The rest of the day will be free. Overnight in Florence.
After breakfast, departure for Maranello, for a visit to the “Galleria Ferrari”: a collection of the rarest and most precious Ferraris, including many Formula 1 cars ( including the cars of Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger and Michael Schumacher). Guided tour of the Ferrari Museum followed by a Ferrari test drive on the road: 10 minutes of adrenaline aboard a high-class Ferrari car together with a professional driver.
Lunch at the historic Il Cavallino restaurant.
After lunch, departure for the Modena hills, where you will visit a farm that produces Balsamic Vinegar. They will explain the ancient method of production, you will learn that balsamic vinegar matures up to 20 years before becoming the precious black liquid renowned throughout the world.
Let’s continue our journey towards Venice. Private taxi transfer to your Hotel Danieli 5*Luxury.
Overlooking the Venice lagoon, Hotel Danieli is a legendary hotel at only 650 meters from Piazza San Marco. The panoramic restaurant Terrazza Danieli offers an extraordinary view and an exquisite menu. Drinks are served in the Terrace Danieli Bar or in the sophisticated Dandolo Bar.
Dinner on the terrace overlooking the San Marco Basin. Overnight in Venice.
After breakfast, guided tour of the historic heart of Venice.
This visit is a must and will take you to the heart of Venetian institutions. For centuries Piazza San Marco has been the backdrop to the main activities of the state. A visit to the halls of the Doge’s Palace, once the seat of government of the Serenissima, offers an insight into this efficient and fascinating political machine. Admire the paintings that glorify the Myth of Venice, its conquests and diplomatic successes. Relive the glitz of one of the most prestigious capitals in Europe.
The Basilica of San Marco, now the city’s cathedral, was once the Ducal Chapel and a reflection of the magnificence of the State. You will be dazzled by its golden mosaics and precious marbles, by the Pala d’Oro and by the famous horses, works of art that have transformed the church into one of the most beautiful monuments in the world.
Rest of the day free. Dinner at “Ristorante Quadri”, reinvented by starred chef Alajmo.
Overnight in Venice.
In the morning you will have the exclusive opportunity to visit the oldest weavers in Venice, the Bevilaqua atelier.
It has been producing luxury handcrafted fabrics of high quality for furnishings, interiors and upholstery. Production of brocades, damasks, satins, trimmings, velvets and hand-woven velvets. You will visit the room still equipped with 18th century looms and warpers, which belonged to the Venetian school of silk weaving, which until the introduction of the Jacquard machine (about 1804) had always been used manually. You will have access to the company’s famous historical archive, which contains more than 3,500 model designs.
Let’s continue our discovery of Venetian craftsmanship with a visit to the famous costume designer NICOLAO . His Atelier is located in the heart of Venice, where skilled and expert fingers create unique and wonderful costumes. The Nicolao Atelier has become a point of reference for theatre, opera, cinema and historical parades. An aperitif will be served in the showroom.
Lunch in the garden of a historic building.
In the afternoon, transfer by boat to the island of Murano and a visit to a glass factory: here you will see one of the most renowned master blowers at work, transforming simple glass into wonderful works of art.
Free dinner. Overnight in Venice.
Depending on your departure flight, transfer by private water taxi to Venice airport.