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Hidden Florence: Private Palazzos & Secret Societies

from $2,925 USD per person for 7 days, 6 nights
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  • 14 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Urban Exploration
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Trip Overview
Overview

Widely considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany boasts centuries of extraordinary art and architecture—not to mention ample mystery. Beginning in the historic capital of Florence, our journey will usher us through elaborately frescoed cathedrals, sprawling palaces steeped in history, and museums full of artwork and mysterious curios. While we’ll delve into the majesty and mythos surrounding some of the region’s most iconic royal residences, we’ll also take the time to trace its lesser-known history through secret society meeting spots, ancient villages, and centuries-old pharmacies. We’ll pepper our journey with Tuscany’s equally exquisite food and drink—tucking into lavish meals, sipping wine from local estates, and sampling some of the region’s finest olive oil as we go.

Highlights
  • Glimpse hidden corners and secret rooms of the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Enjoy an organ concert in the private home of a marquis
  • Explore elaborately frescoed cathedrals and basilicas
  • Wander a sprawling countryside estate and vineyard
  • Visit one of the world’s oldest operating pharmacies

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Trip Leader

Felipe Trigo
Felipe Trigo is a historian, trip guide, and events whiz with a degree in History from Barcelona University. He curates immersive, dynamic itineraries that explore history through the most surprising and hidden elements within the city, such as visits to normally off-limits private collections and houses, hidden bunkers and shelters, and performance events, theatrical tours, concerts, and dinners in the most unusual locations. Inspired by a special devotion to stage arts, Felipe has directed the underground cabaret company Kriminal Kabarett since 2011. For the past five years, he has served as co-director for Hendrick’s Congress for Curious People in Spain. He has been creating and leading trips for Atlas Obscura since 2018, welcoming travelers to discover the myths and mysteries of Barcelona, Rome, and soon Andalucia and Tuscany.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $2,925. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided at an additional cost of $520. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking anywhere between two and four miles over the course of each day. You should be comfortable staying on your feet for long stretches at a time, as we’ll be out and about most of each day with time to rest at lunch and dinner, both of which will take place on the later side.

Arrival & Departure

You should aim to arrive in Florence on Day 1 by 3 p.m. and depart any time on Day 7. If you decide to extend your stay, your guides would be more than happy to suggest things to do and see on your own!

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at a centrally located, three-star boutique hotel.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel within Tuscany will be by foot, public transportation, and private van.
  • Two experienced guides deeply knowledgeable about Italian art, history, and culture to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Queens has to offer!
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Florence.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • Italian visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please let us know in advance, and we'll do our best to arrange alternatives.

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  • Oct 26–Nov 1, 2020
    from $2,925
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