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Vespa tour Florence and Tuscany

Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance", is one of the most visited cities in the world thanks to its immense artistic heritage. Churches, palaces, gardens and museums are open-air works of art containing precious treasures inside them. Just like secret treasure chests, all the beauties of Florence will open to you thanks to our unique Vespa Cultural Tours.

Thanks to the handy and safe steering of the Vespa you’ll be able to wander the streets of the historic center, admiring the ancient city and its monuments all while riding an Italian classic. The whole city will be fully accessible thanks to your rental Vespa.

The historic center, in fact, is generally forbidden for most vehicles, but not for you, since your electric Vespa will be able to move about in total freedom, quickly reaching the places of interest with an emphasis on fun.

 

You will pass through places where history has left its indelible tracks, and you will visit palaces once inhabited by powerful families and as well as panoramic gardens of immeasurable beauty, and all of it fully accessible thanks to your rental Vespa.

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Pic-Nic in the Chianti Hills

Unmissable experience on an electric Vespa in the Chianti hills with a delicious Pic-Nic.

An electric Vespa experience in the Chianti hills not to be missed. An alternative itinerary in Chianti with a tasty packed lunch to be consumed during your Tour in Chianti. The first stop is the Pasticceria Buonamici; family-run, from generation to generation they have passed on the experience and passion of an activity that fills its customers with joy. In this stop you will find your basket full of goodies for your journey and your adventure. Then you will move to the second destination: the Verrazzano Castle. The ancient cellars of the Castle date back to the sixteenth century where the aging takes place in Slavonian oak barrels placed along the corridors, protected from temperature changes. Oak casks are also used. Visiting the cellar, surrounded by the aromas of the precious oak barrels, you will get to the heart of the Castle, where are kept the selections of the best vintages since 1924. The third stop will be the unmissable Greve in Chianti. A beautiful medieval town which is located among the hills, it is one of the largest and most important towns of this territory and it is also famous for the excellent wine produced by the wineries located within the municipal territory. The last stop will be Montefioralle, a small center just above Greve in Chianti. Among stone alleys, overlooked by characteristic houses that climb up to the village, you will discover a jewel of rare beauty and you will be enchanted by views never seen before.

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The Workshops of The Master Craftsmen

Tradition, Elegance, Beauty

The master craftsmen have given prestige to the “Made in Florence” brand and are connoisseurs of ancient crafts handed down from generation to generation. Their products in leather, hide and more become real works of art, synonymous with prestige and product quality. The experience of visiting a Florentine artisan workshop and seeing a craftsman at work is certainly not to be missed for those who choose Florence as a destination for their journey. From hand-painted Florentine marbled paper, to how the famous semi-precious stone salesman is worked by the only craftsman who still produces it, the goldsmith shops, the framers, the restorers.

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The Oltrarno Artisan Charm: San Niccolò

Among the most fascinating areas of Florence, the San Niccolò district of the Florentine Oltrarno, has to certainly be one. It is not a real historical district, but it is so beautiful and characteristic that over the centuries it has taken on its own physiognomy, a very specific name and a fame that goes beyond the city walls. San Niccolò is the part of Florence that has completely preserved its medieval atmosphere: with the massive 13th century walls still intact and cobbled streets, the San Niccolò neighborhood resembles a small Tuscan village, yet it is extremely close to Santa Croce and Ponte Vecchio.

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The Oltrarno Artisan Charm: San Frediano

The Florence of artisans and novels: discovering Diladdarno

Made famous by a famous novel by Vasco Pratolini (The girls of San Frediano), Borgo San Frediano is one of the most renowned places in Florence. The district, located in Diladdarno, as the Florentines say, was once home to the workshops of the Oltrarno artisans. Today the district has been elected among the trendiest places in the world. Certainly the intimate and almost magical atmosphere that reigns in the streets of San Frediano helps to accentuate its charm and beauty. With its narrow streets and small pavements overlooked by the artisan shops, San Frediano welcomes tourists and visitors who love to immerse themselves in the most authentic Florence and its history. The Borgo di San Frediano holds artistic treasures of unparalleled beauty such as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine, with the Brancacci Chapel decorated by Masaccio and the Basilica of San Frediano in Cestello. In San Frediano we also find Piazza del Tiratoio, whose name derives from the wool processing plant that once stood here, and was called the tiratoio.

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The Artisan Charm of the Oltrarno: Santo Spirito

The heart of the Oltrarno is the Santo Spirito district with its square of the same name. Animated by day by markets, tourists and art students, Piazza Santo Spirito is one of the places of choice for Florentine nightlife. In the evening, when the artisan workshops and art studios close their doors, nightclubs, restaurants and cafés frame this wonderful location.

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Discovering Florence with eletric scooter

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Sesto Fiorentino

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Chianti Off Route

Among the itineraries in Chianti, the one that goes from San Casciano in Val di Pesa to Greve in Chianti is one of the most suggestive. San Casciano in Val di Pesa is located almost halfway between the Florence and Siena itineraries, and is an excellent starting point for an eno-cultural itinerary in the Chianti Valley area. The town, enclosed by medieval walls, is obviously one of the most renowned production centres for Chianti Classico, and has a number of sites of interest to tourists: there are numerous parish churches and villas in the vicinity, not to mention churches such as the Suffragio, which also houses the town's Museum of Sacred Art. Continuing through this unique and incomparable territory we come across the splendid Badia di Passignano, a very ancient abbey dating back to the Middle Ages, surrounded by a characteristic row of cypress trees, in whose marvellous cellars a very fine wine is produced: the Chianti Classico Badia a Passignano Riserva. Along the way, a stop in the ancient village of Montefioralle will allow you to experience the medieval atmosphere of Greve in Chianti, another town where it is impossible to separate its history from that of the wine of the same name.

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The Tour of the Gods

Itinerary towards the universal symbols of Tuscan typicality!

Greve in Chianti is a cozy town to spend a few moments of pure relaxation among woods, vineyards, olive groves and medieval villages. This little town is a small world that contains many exciting experiences. Even before arriving, you can start to fill your eyes with breathtaking landscapes whether you come from Florence through the Chiantigiana road, whether you come from Siena through the villages of Gaiole and Castellina in Chianti or whether you come from the highway. All the roads that lead to this village in the heart of Chianti are a spectacle of nature: green and lush forests to which at times the farmers have stolen space to plant a vineyard or olive trees interspersed with stone houses with ancient charm and yet always current. As a second destination you will find Panzano in Chianti, an enchanting Tuscan village situated on the top of a hill in the heart of the Chianti Classico area. Panzano has two different access points to the town and, consequently, two different directions to explore it: the first one is more evident coming from Florence or Greve in Chianti, because even if you see the historical part of the town, the most visible impact at first sight is the modern square Gastone Bucciarelli with the stores that, together with the restaurants, outline the narrow streets where you can breathe the typical atmosphere of a Tuscan village, rich in inviting scents and aromas. The alternative entrance to the village of Panzano is from the free public parking lot, which gives direct access to the historical center, where the peculiar narrow streets and the typical medieval architecture are still visible. As a third destination you will find the unmissable Tenuta degli Dei of Tommaso and Roberto Cavalli. A magnificent estate to visit, in the heart of Tuscany. With a company that represents what has always pushed the Tuscan family to dedicate to the land, to wine and to horses, universal symbols of Tuscan typicality. Between tasty wines, a tasting and a unique estate, this little gem will leave you literally amazed! Finally, to conclude in beauty, the last stop of this itinerary will take you to taste the delicacies of the territory at the Restaurant Oltre il Giardino, that besides offering you typical and succulent dishes, you will enjoy a unique view from the terrace on the Tuscan hills.

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The Tour to discover the Italian Manhattan

From Boccaccio's birthplace, passing through the green hills of Vernaccia until reaching the Manhattan of the Middle Ages

An itinerary to discover the most important villages of the Val d'Elsa that gave birth to important people such as Boccaccio in Certaldo, one of the founding fathers of the Italian language together with Dante Alighieri or Leonardo da Vinci. A land that for years was the route to the sea of Florence, as well as crossed by the famous Via Franchigena. Hardly anywhere else in Italy is history as topical as in Val d'Elsa. And not only for the architecture that remains intact in at least three conspicuous places: Certaldo, San Gimignano and Colle. In the Val d'Elsa, history is a living book, to leaf through its pages is to reason with the people, it is to become inebriated by the scents, saturated with the flavors, enchanted by the landscapes.

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Barberino Val d'Elsa between Chianti and the Elsa Valley

Small village halfway between Siena and Florence, rich in history and civilization

BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA Crossroads on the border between Chianti and Val d’Elsa, is a medieval village from the “spindle shape characteristic”, the structure that is found in all the villages of the Val d’Elsa with the main road linking the port and the Roman Senese Fiorentina. production land of Chianti Classico DOCG Barberino, has a history with a glorious past because it served as a Florentine outpost, since 1054.

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On the way to the Castle

Tuscany is rich of Castles and Medieval Villages... there are some unique... dicover with us Catello di Poppiano

There are many castles and fortresses around Florence, many of them to protect the Renaissance city. The history of these places is often linked to the names of illustrious noble families and one of them are definitely by Conti Guicciardini of the Castle of Poppiano. This tour will take you to the countryside above Florence in the lesser known part of the Florentine hills that look at the Valle d'Elsa, countries like San Quirico in the Hill and Montes.... famous for its famous wine festival held in September.

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Secret Gardens

Green spaces hidden between palaces and streets created by famous architects to enhance the Nature and Beauty of Florence

Have you ever heard of the Gardens of the Parnaso of Florence? It is a beautiful park that occupies the highest part of the Garden of Horticulture. You will reach through a gate located in Via Trento: past the gate you will find yourself in an almost fairytale garden, famous for the presence of a unique sculpture in the shape of a snake. In fact, many people know this garden as "Dragon Gardens" and it is easy to understand why: for some the sculpture would portray not a snake but a dragon, hence the peculiar nickname. Or... If you don't know the Bobolino Garden yet, you absolutely have to fix it! Walking along Avenue Niccolò Machiavelli, after crossing Porta Romana, head on a picturesque path that will lead you to an oasis of peace and tranquility. We arrived at the Bobolino Garden, which is inspired by the largest and most well-known Boboli Garden, located a short distance away. The Bobolino Garden, built on a sloping ground, is characterized by the presence of grassy slopes, flower beds, benches, fountains, scenic staircases, artificial caves, all in line with the taste of the era of realization. A beautiful Incense Cedar dominates the park, imposing and austere. This Tour permits to dicover the most beautiful gardens of Florence.

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The Hidden Florence

Little-known places, full of charm that make Florence discover from a new point of view

Art cities like Florence have mysterious and magical places, often far from the most famous and famous destinations. This itinerary will allow you to get to know a different, but an amazing Florence made of smaller churches, often with works of art by artists like Giotto or Botticelli. Palaces that have made history and underground places that tell a past made of wars, plots and betrayals. This tour will show you all this... NOT to miss!

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Prato and its history

City of wool trade, divided by the factions between Guelphs and Ghibellines, Republic in the shadow of the city of Florence that has found its strength in textile production.

Strolling through the historical center, you are struck by the Duomo or Cathedral of Santo Stefano: "I look out the window, and leaning a little to the side, I see the marble front of the Duomo, with white and green stripes, the Pergamo by Michelozzo and Donatello, hanging like a nest at the corner of the facade, and the beautiful bell tower that served as a model for Giotto's bell tower". This is how Curzio Malaparte describes with a splendid glance the Cathedral of Prato, succeeding in catching the most interesting elements: the façade, the alberese-serpentino dichromate, the external pulpit and the bell tower, and the wide use of that green marble of Prato, the typical stone of Monte Ferrato, used in the great Romanesque and Gothic buildings of the Middle Ages. Another work that reflects the historical splendor of Prato is the Emperor's Castle, the only Swabian architecture in Central and Northern Italy. The history of Prato is also very much linked to the Medici family and to Florence, Lorenzo the Magnificent had the Villa of Poggio a Caiano built in 1480, by the trusted architect Giuliano da Sangallo and it will become an example for the future in the construction of elegant country villas. The itinerary takes you to discover the major historical sites of a city always in evolution. Une autre œuvre qui reflète la splendeur historique de Prato est le château de l’empereur, la seule architecture souabe dans le centre et le nord de l’Italie. L’histoire de Prato est également très liée à la famille Médicis et à Florence, Lorenzo le Magnifique a fait construire la Villa de Poggio un Caiano en 1480, par l’architecte de confiance Giuliano da Sangallo et il deviendra un exemple pour l’avenir dans la construction d’élégantes villas de campagne. Así describe Curzio Malaparte con una espléndida mirada la Catedral de Prato, logrando captar los elementos más interesantes: la fachada, el dicromato alberese-serpentino, el púlpito externo y el campanario, y el amplio uso de ese mármol verde de Prato, la piedra típica del Monte Ferrato, utilizado en los grandes edificios románicos y góticos de la Edad Media.

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The excellences of Prato

From textiles to gastronomic specialties to discover a city rich in history, culture and craftsmanship.

The Province of Prato and the city itself have a textile culture that dates back to the Middle Ages, which over the centuries has developed into a rich industry that still gives life to the local economy. In the city there are examples of industrial archaeology structures that have become cultural centers and museums. Some examples can be: The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Textile Museum. Prato is also something else, famous for some gastronomic excellences such as Mortadella di Prato, Zuccherini di Vernio, but especially for the Biscotti di Prato, famous throughout the world... and delicious dipped in Vin Santo. This tour will show you how the excellence and craftsmanship of the past can develop into a modern and avant-garde city.

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Florence Lifestyle

5 places, in the Florence historic center , where you can get lost in past eras, between the smell of paper, perfumes, ancient prints, ceramics and embroidery.

Visiting the workshops of Florence is like entering a world of traditions that distinguish a secular city, unique in its kind, home to illustrious characters from Dante Alighieri to Petrarca, from Giotto to Leonardo da Vinci, from Machiavelli to Lorenzo Il Magnifico..... None of them was noble or knighted, but simple villagers who made Florence great, with the work of hands and minds, with the spasmodic search for perfection and the essence of beauty. Even today there is in Florence prestigious workshops that have always given fame and prestige to the city,

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