I am finalizing our itinerary in Florence and would appreciate some help -
Wednesday - We arrive in Florence at 9:30 AM after a long flight from the US. Since we do not want to waste the day, I wanted to plan on a 2-3 hour guided tour starting around 1 or 2. Can we expect to have arrived at the hotel to store luggage and eaten lunch by this time? Our group is 3 adults/2 "teens" - ages 12 and 17 plus daughter studying in Florence who will probably not join us for this tour. I have read about the different tours and then went back to book the Art Viva Original Florence walk and discovered it is only held at 9:1AM. Any suggestions for other similar tours later in the day? None of us are particularly educated on art or architecture and with two teens we want something that will be fun and lively. Hoped to include Duomo, Sante Croce, the Market, SMN
Thurs - booked 10AM Uffizi Gallery, allowed time for lunch and wandering, 2:30 Accademia, maybe include Galileo Science Museum (need to dbl check where this is), cross Ponte Vecchio, Boboli Gardens and considering a pizza and gelato cooking class on this side of the Arno (In Tavola)
Friday - wanted to do Tuscany tour. Our preferred private tour guide is not available on Friday. Cost was going to be 75 EUR per person which was within our budget (450 EURO total for 6). A private tour would have allowed us to tailor our trip to our specific family interests. Did not want a tour to focus too much on wine tasting. Most of the highly recommended tours on TA are out of our budget (140 EUR pp for Best of Tuscany for example). Any other suggestions within our budget and interests? Again I want to be sure that the tour is a good balance for everyone, i.e. entertaining for my 2 children. Had not decided on a specific itinerary was thinking of Pisa and Lucca and spending about 8 hours. Maybe renting bikes in Lucca.
Saturday - Visit Piazzale Michelangelo in the AM. Had read that Sienna is magical at night so was thinking about doing a separate 1/2 day afternoon trip to Sienna by train on our own to be able to enjoy dinner there. Is it a mistake not to make Sienna our destination for our guided Tuscany tour? Also wanted to visit San Gimiganano
Sunday - AM leave for Rome
Will appreciate any input! We planned this trip rather late after we decided to visit our daughter who is studying in Florence. I am running out of time to get all the details planned - we leave in 3 weeks. Flight/Hotels booked at least. I am relying heavily on TA for my info in addition to my Rick Steves book. We are also visiting Rome and Venice.