Days Out: Florence & Prato

Cappelle de Medicee
The Medici Chapels were built as a personal sepulchre of the Medici family in the basilica of San Lorenzo. At Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6, Florence (FI).
Museo Piaggio
Automobile and locomotive museum. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 - 18:00. Entrance is free. At: 7 Viale Rinaldo Piaggio, 56025, Pontedera (PI)
Mugello Circuit
Racing circuit and hospitality centre at 15 Via Senni, 50038, Scarperia, (FI). Host to the Italian Moto GP.
Balloon In Tuscany
Hot air balloon flights from Tavarnelle Val di Pesa - outside Florence. See website for booking form and details.
FlorenceForFun SRL
Tours & travel, student services, cooking and wine classes, American brunch, cultural events for Inernational Students Studying in Florence and Abroad. At Via della Pergola 10A, 50121, Florence (FI).
Palazzo Vecchio Museum
This museum set in the 14th century palace of the Priors tells the medieval and renaissance history of Florence. Wander through secret passageways, and enjoy works of art Michelangelo and others. Piazza della Signoria, Florence (FI).
The Horne Museum
Private colection of English critic Herbert Percy Horne. Includes selection of paintings, furniture, ornamental and useful household objects, recreating the typical Florentine home of the 19th century. Via de Benci, 6 Florence (FI).
Mercurio Tours
Walking tours of Florence and museums or mini-bus tours of Chianti region. Via Cavour 8, 50129 Florence (FI).
Museo degli Argenti
Collection of gems, cameos, ivory, jewels, silver owned by the dynasties that ruled Tuscany, including the Medici and Lorraine families. Open 8:15-16:30 (winter) 19:30 (summer). Closed alternative mondays. At Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1, Florence (FI).
Biblioteca Mediceo Laurenziana
A famous repository of nearly 11,000 manuscripts and early printed books. The Library is renowned for the architecture planned and built by Michelangelo. At Piazza San Lorenzo n° 9, 50123 Florence (FI).
Fucecchio Natural Reserve
One of the biggest inland marshes in Italy. Saturday morning guided visits in English in July. Also evening visit on a full moon. Booking is required.
Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore
Twelfth century cathedral know as the Duomo of Florence. Ticket office at via della Canonica 1, 50122 Florence (FI).
Te con Farfalle
Butterfly house open to the public with bar and exhibits. Open afternoons from 15:30 to 21:00. Mornings on booking. At: 4 Via Vittorio Emanuele, Zona Piazza Libertà - Ponte Rosso, 50129, Florence (FI).
Artviva Walking Tours of Florence and Tuscany
Informative tours for individuals and groups in Florence and day trips in Tuscany with professional and specially trained guides. Office at Via Sassetti, 1, Florence (FI).
Casa Buonarroti
Museum and monument. A place to remember and celebrate the greatness of Michelangelo. At the same time a Baroque exhibition of the art collections of the family. At Via Ghibellina 70, Florence (FI).
Castello DellImperatore
The Emperors Castle. Open Wed-Mon 16:00-19:00 and Sat and Sun 10:00-13:00. Closed on Tuesdays. Free entrance for residents of the province of Prato. At Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, 59100 Prato (PO).
Sketching in Tuscany
Join former Walt Disney animator and Getty Museum drawing instructor Mike Wiesmeier for sketching tours of Florence and Tuscany. No previous drawing experience necessary. At 27 Via Pierluigi da Palestrina, Florence, 50144 (FI).
CAF Tour & Travel
Guided coach tours, tours of museums, walking tours of Florence and surrounding region in groups or privately. Office at Via S. Antonino 6r, 50123 Florence (FI).
Galleria dArte Moderna
Modern art museum from the 1920s to neoclassicism. At Piazza Pitti, Florence (FI).
Segway Guided Tours
Tours of Florence for anyone over the age of 16 on a Segway. Tour with a personal guide or an audio-guide. From Monday to Saturday at 10:00 and 15:00 depart from Piazza Ognisanti. Booking required.
Birth House of Leonardo Da Vinci
Tours of the house where Leondardo Da Vinci was born. Open daily from 09:30 to 19:00 (March-Oct) and from 09:30 to 18:00 (Nov to Feb). At Localita Anchiano, 50059, Vinci (FI).
Italy Limousine
Operates transfers to and from airports, train stations and sea-ports as well as tours of the Tuscany region.
Casa Martelli
The museum is an interesting example of an 18th-century noblemans home and of the familys tastes in collecting. It can be visited by appointment only on Thursday and Saturday morning. At 8 Via Ferdinando Zannetti, 50123 (FI).
Regular scheduled bus tours of Florence and the Ville Medicee departing from Florence central station. Office at Piazza Stazione 1, 50123 Florence (FI).
Pitti Palace
Formerly the residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later of the King of Italy, now houses several important collections of paintings and sculpture, works of art, porcelain and a costume gallery. Piazza Pitti 1, 50125 Florence (FI).
Agenzia per il Turismo della Provincia di Prato
Prato tourism office at Piazza S. Maria delle Carceri 15, 59100 Prato (PO).
Museum & Cloisters of Santa Maria Novella
Monastery and example of Gothic architecture dating from the 13th century and containing complex of three frescoed cloisters, numerous churches and religious artifacts. Open daily 09:00-14:00 except Fridays. At Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence (FI).
Stibbert Museum
British aristocrat Frederick Stibberts collection of armour and weapons and almost every kind of antique. Open Mon-Wed 10:00-14:00 Fri-Sun 10:00-18:00. At 26 Via Stibbert,50134 Florence (FI).
Uffizi Gallery
World famous museum with Renaissance art including The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, The Annunciation by Da Vinci, Medusa by Caravaggio and works by Giotto, Martini, Mantegna, Raphael, Michelangelo. Piazzale degli Uffizi 50122 Florence (FI).
Bargello National Museum
Collection of Medieval and Renaissance art. Including works by Brunelleschi, Donatello, Sansovini, Michelangelo and others. Open daily 8:15-18:50. except Mondays. At 4 Via del Proconsolo, 50122, Florence (FI).
Museo del Tessuto
Prato has a long-established vocation as a weaving and milling center. The collection houses more than 6,000 samples of fabric from all over the world at Via Santa Chiara 24, 59100 Prato (PO).
Medici Villa of Poggio a Caiano
Museum and garden tours. Open daily from 08:15. Closing time changes according to the season. At 14 Piazza De Medici, 59016, Poggio a Caiano (PO).
Casa di Dante
The core of medieval Florence and more specifically the area between the church of S. Martino and Piazza dei Donati, was the 13th century location of the houses of the Alighieri family. At Via Santa Margherita 1, Florence (FI).
Archaeological Museum
Museum of Etruscan art and civilization. Includes Greek, roman and Egyptian artifacts. Open Monday 14:00-19:00, Tuesday and Thursday 08:30-19:00 Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 08:30-14:00. At Via della Colonna 38, Florence (FI).
Florence By Bike
Tuscany bike tours, bike rental, bikes for sale, components, clothing, accessories and frames at Via San Zanobi 91R - 120-122R, 50129 Florence (FI).