Medici Villas and shopping at Barberino Outlet Village


This tour is to enjoy an area of Tuscany that is not crowded with tourists and very beautifulfrom the point of view of architecture and of the countryside: Borgo San Lorenze, San Piero aSieve, Scarperia. The itinerary is a mix of art/history and leisure. From Florence it is just a 40minute ride by car. The first stop is the visit to the Medici Villa called Villa Cafaggiolo. VillaCafaggiolo was another country residence of the Medici family. It was built with a fortressshape. In fact, it was built around an old castle of the Florentine repubblica. Cosimo il Vecchioengaged Michelozzo Bartolomeo (famous architect at that time) to transform it into a fortresstype palace with watch towers and drawbridges. It was dedicated to be the villa for the huntingand agriculture activity of the Medici family. Cosimo il Vecchio restored all buildings around themain villa. This place became a resort where the Medici family hosted artist such as Pico dellaMrandola, Marsilio Ficino, Agnolo Poliziano (teacher of Giovanni De Medice who became PopeLeon X). During Lorena’s time it was still use by a noble family and at the unification of Italy itwas sold from the Italian state to the Borghesi Prince.For lunch your driver/tour assistant can suggest to you a local place where you can taste thefamous tortelli Mugellani, a kind of ravioli stuffed with potatoes. The afternoon will bededicated to shopping. The Barberino Outlet Village or so called Mec. Arthur Glan Outlet Village is thebiggest outlet in Tuscany. Here you will find a variety of retail stores with famous and localbrands. Enjoy!

Testimonials

  • Shore Excursion from Livorno Harbour to Florence and Pisa

    Santiago Family from POrtorico. Shore Excursion to Pisa and Florence , back to the harbour. Thanks for travelling with us . Read more
  • Flavia Saiad

    After some days in Tuscany , here there are at the Station ready for another Italian's adventure Read more
  • Karen & Jhon from Boston

    E-mail dated back Septmber 2019
    Hi Sylvia - its' hard to believe but in a few weeks it will be a year since our wonderful trip to Tuscany and our three days of touring with you. We've told many, many people about our three days touring with you in Tuscany! We love to tell the story of the guy in the

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  • Judith Wolfe on Behalf of Linda Wolfe October 2018

    Dear Silvia,My customers have returned from their long extended trip to Italy. San Gimignano was their 1st stop.They said the tour you arranged was wonderful and the guide made it especially good, saying that he is one of the best they ever had.They also really enjoyed the lunch stop and view.Thank you... Read more
  • Mrs. Maristela Azevedo

    Hello, Silvia, how are you?
    I’d like to thank you for the great time you gave us!!!We loved everything!
    I told my husband that, the next time, we will rent an apartment in San Gimignano…and you will take us to the wineries…He loved it!
    Thank you very much for everything. It was everything wonderful!!!... Read more
  • Jaime Otero y Jose Carlos Gonzalez Bonilla

    Silvia: mille grazie per un giorno magnifico! Ha stato benissimo. We really enjoyed your company and the enthusiasm you brought to the tour. When we get back to Puerto Rico, I will look for you on Facebook.
    Saludos,
    Jaime Otero y Jose Carlos Gonzalez Bonilla Read more
  • Shane Quintard

    Ciao Silvia!

    Grazie ancora per il grande tour di Siena e San Gimignano - io e mia moglie e amici aveva un grande momento e che era esattamente quello che speravamo! La cantina è stata una scelta eccellente, come pure! Abbiamo lasciato ieri (1 febbraio) e ha fatto arrivare a casa in modo sicuro, nonostante ... Read more
  • Carole Gaddis

    Hi Silvia,  It's so good to hear from you.  We're fine.  We had six days at home after Tuscany and then flew to South Korea for two weeks!  We've just returned, exhausted!
    We had such a great time with you, Silvia.  The tip could never be enough to show our appreciation for your kindness and help.  ... Read more
  • The British Institute of Florence

    Gentile Silvia,  La volevo ringraziare per la sua disponibilità riguardo la gita di sabato.  Le signore le hanno fatto tutte molti complimenti per la sua guida!
    Grazie e a presto,
    Cordiali saluti,
    Liz Read more
  • Mrs Elizabeth ( wedding Planner ) Original Tuscan Wedding

    Ciao Silvia,
    Ecco i complimenti dalle Sposi del 16 Ottobre!!
    Our driver Johnny was so awesome!  He drove us all over the Chianti region.  He took us to a few wineries and we had a private tour of one of the wineries including a wine tasting and oil tasting.  He even took us into a store with a cellar ... Read more