Florence, Italian Hilltowns

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Florence, Italy: In this glorious city, rich in art, Rudy brings the Renaissance to life. We visit the great museums – the Uffizi, Bargello, and Accademia, as well as the landmarks of the Renaissance – the Duomo, Bapistery and Giotto’s Tower. Rudy’s tip for beating the crowds is peaceful Oltr’arno on the other side of the river. An excursion outside of town leads to a Medici villa, a sleepy Tuscan town and a museum with inventions by Leonardo da Vinci.
Tips on shopping and how to buy quality leather products.

Italian Hilltowns: Castles, vineyards, walled cities and a fierce medieval rivalry that lingers today – we’re out for an adventure in the Italian hill towns. Our base is dramatic Siena, home of the intensely competitive Palio horse race. From Siena we explore the multi-towered town of San Gimignano, watch grapes being harvested at a winery and drop in on the cheese festival in Pienza. Then south to Rudy’s secret pick – the haunting hill towns of Pitigliano and Sovana. In Umbria we discover Etruscan tombs, visit the home of St. Francis of Assisi and pick up some pottery in quaint Gubbio.
Tips on driving through the maze-like streets of a hill town and finding a place to stay.

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