Florence: The Renaissance and the Art of Living

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and one of the world’s most beautiful cities. In streets largely unchanged since the Renaissance, there are countless delights unknown to the hurried visitor. In a single day, you could look into the eyes of Michelangelo’s David, fall under the seductive sway of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and climb the modern world’s first dome, which still dominates the skyline.

Discover Florence’s contemporary side: its artists and designers and its thriving food scene. Stop by the local bakery to sample their delicious lemon pastry (and learn the recipe) before setting out for a leisurely dinner on the beach at Isola del Giglio. Visit its grand museums and intimate artists’ studios. Enjoy its sophisticated restaurant scene and fashionable boutiques. The possibilities are endless and the paths away from the tourist centers are plentiful if you know the region as well as our Experience Coordinators do.

The sample itineraries and accommodations included here are simply to give you a taste of what Private Access means. Each Private Access Journey represents a vacation built entirely around your personal taste so that your experiences are as unique as you are.

Call 888-702-6130 or email our travel director today to discuss the possibilities.  Tell us about your dream vacation, and together we will build it.

Basic Package

Includes private car and driver from airport (or train station) to rental apartment and back, as well as the cost of 1 week’s rental of a luxury apartment. Included are the concierge services of an Experience Coordinator, who will provide a private, personalized orientation to the neighborhood surrounding your rental apartment as well as personalized assistance throughout your stay.

Sample price: $7,074 for 6 persons ($1,179/person) based on a mid-May stay in the four-bedroom Primadonna apartment. Prices vary based on number of persons, dates, accommodations and any activities and excursions you may add. Prices for 2 persons available on request.

Tuscany Gourmet

This package provides the services of the Basic package in addition to the following suggested itinerary, which can be modified according to your wishes.

Day 1 – Upon arrival in Florence, you will be met, transferred to your apartment and given a personalized orientation to the neighborhood surrounding your apartment.

Day 2 – Your day begins with a private orientation to Florence with your Experience Coordinator. In the afternoon, you will take a privately guided tour of the food markets of Florence, including a tasting of Tuscan wines.

Day 3 – Today, enjoy a walking tour of Florence’s undiscovered and historic Oltrarno neighborhood. Here artisans have always lived side-by-side with the richest and most important Florentine families, in a wonderful atmosphere of cooperation. Visit the 15th Century Brancacci Chapel frescoes by Masaccio and Filippino Lippi, the fascinating church of Santo Spirito and the Pitti Palace.

Day 4 – Try your hand at preparing Tuscan cuisine in a private cooking class. Enjoy dining on the food you have prepared at lunch. Accompanied by your Experience Coordinator, spend the afternoon touring a private garden of a member of the local aristocracy.

Day 5 – Visit the legendary vineyards of Chianti on a full day tour.

Day 6 – Spend the day exploring on your own and return to a gourmet dinner prepared in your apartment by a professional chef.

Day 7 – At leisure.

Day 8- Private transfer from your apartment to the airport.

Sample price: $19,734 for 6 persons ($3,289/person), based on a mid-June stay in the Primadonna apartment. Prices vary based on number of persons, dates, accommodations and variations in schedule. Prices for 2 persons available on request.


For details on some of our accommodations in Florence, click on one of the images below. For more information, contact us at 888-702-6130.