Florence, Italy: Let the Tours Begin!
Walkabout Tours Office (Via Vinegia 23r)
For lovers of Florence, the Medici, and the Renaissance
Classic Fiat 500
Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday)
As the goddess Flora descends upon the Renaissance city, the days grow longer and warmer. The chill of winter is quickly forgotten, and the countryside beckons us with vibrant buds and fragrant breezes. Travelers and students begin trickling into Florence, and thus begins the tourist season.
Spring is a wonderful time to leisurely enjoy the countryside without the mad crush of the high summer season. Luckily, one does not need to travel very far to enjoy rolling hills, majestic cypress trees, and lush olive groves.
A fun way to experience the magical Tuscan landscape is in a classic Fiat 500 from Walkabout Florence. Rated #1 on Trip Advisor, this reputable tour company offers the “best bang for your buck” (or in this case, euro).
Licensed tour operator and owner, Mauro Bramante, has a fleet of lovingly restored antique Fiat 500s ready to be taken out for a spin. Each vehicle has been outfitted with a modern manual transmission, so you don’t need to know how to drive “la doppietta” (double clutch).
Perhaps you’d rather experience Italy's splendor with the wind blowing through your hair like Audrey Hepburn and Rock Hudson in the classic film Roman Holiday. In that case, there are plenty of vintage Vespas at your disposal.
Both tours follow a panoramic route along charming stone walled lanes, past historic villas and fields of olive trees. Your experienced tour guide will allow plenty of opportunities to take photos of the breathtaking landscape. Radio commentary is provided by the guide.
There is a break for lunch on a private terrace with stunning views of the Tuscan hills, which are dotted with villas and castles. Sample excellent Tuscan cheeses, prosciutto, olive oil, and Chianti wine while soaking up the gorgeous landscape. Your guide will then lead you back to the city via the most scenic route where you will surely turn some heads.
NOTE: Some experience is required for these tours. If you've never handled a scooter or stick shift (or don't know how to drive at all) this may not be the ideal tour for you. Don't worry, there are other fun options! Walkabout Tours also offers Chianti, Cinque Terre, and Museum tours as well as Cooking Classes.
For more information or to easily book a tour online, visit: www.walkaboutflorence.com
Group tours are popular (and so much fun) so be sure to make a reservation.
Via Vinegia 23r,
50122 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 2645746
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As always, thank you for reading!
C. De Melo
Author & Artist