Optional Tours

This section offers a wide selection of attractive tours tailored for delegates and their families. Registering for one or more of those tours will allow you to travel with colleagues and friends, enjoying the marvellous attractions of this enchanting city also known as the "cradle of the Renaissance".

OPTIONAL TOURS REGISTRATION

For information about Optional Tours Registration please contact:

International Congresses Management
O.I.C srl
Viale G. Matteotti, 7
50121 Florence, Italy
Phone +39 055 50351
Fax + 39 055 5035 230 
sevSOROPTIMIST@oic.it

How to register

Online registrations are strongly recommended. Applications can be submitted also through the manual OPTIONAL TOURS REGISTRATION FORM that should be sent to the Organizing Secretariat OIC by e-mail sevSOROPTIMIST@oic.it, or by fax (+39 055 5035230), together with the copy of the payment.

Download the Optional Tours Registration Form in PDF format or use the online system to apply:

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION

TOURS PRESENTATION

PISA, LUCCA AND FORTE DEI MARMI

TOUR Full day - 12 July - € 175,00 p.p.

Experience the heart-stirring discovery of splendid architectural, sculptural and painted masterpieces, and the nostalgic charm of a famous seaside resort. Lucca is a refined city crammed with majestic churches, surrounded by 16th century walls with its splendid Basilica in white limestone right in the heart of the city, the S. Michele Square. Then enjoy the visit to the Versilia coast in one of the most famous tourist seaside resort town of Forte dei Marmi, with the backdrop of the magnificent Apuan Alps, and stroll its many elegant shops and fashion boutiques. Then move inland and reach the heart of the famous city of Pisa, with the glittering sight of Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO heritage site, where the peerless marble masterpieces emerge miraculously from the green sward: the famous Leaning Tower, the magnificent Baptistery, the stunning Cathedral, and the Monumental Cemetery.

SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO

TOUR Full day - 12 July or 17 July - € 140,00 p.p.

Before reaching Siena, the first emotion is the enchanting panoramic view of Monteriggioni, a small medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Upon arrival in Siena, tour of the historic center, starting from the famous Basilica of San Domenico (inside visit), an walking along the narrow medieval streets of the city, breathing the authentic atmosphere of the Contrade, until the spectacular Cathedral of the 12th century and the well known Piazza del Campo where the Palio is held. In the afternoon visit in San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art.

PISA AND THE LEANING TOWER

TOUR Half day - 13 July (AM) or 16 July (PM) - € 100,00 p.p.

A splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside to the historic university city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. Upon arrival in Pisa, your informative guide will take you on a thorough outdoor guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments (exterior). You will be dazzled by this marvelous square which is dominated by the Cathedral, a model of the distinctive Pisan Romanesque architecture, the celebrated Leaning Tower and the round-shaped Baptistery surrounded by its suggestive columned arcades.

UFFIZI GALLERY

TOUR Half day - 14 July (AM) - € 42,00 p.p.

You can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most famous art galleries in the world, where you can follow the development of Christian painting, admiring some of the most renowned works by Cimabue, Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello and many others. One of the exhibition halls of the Gallery contains some of Botticelli’s most famous paintings, two of which are his absolute masterpieces: the Allegory of Spring and the Birth of Venus.

ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF DAN BROWN’S INFERNO

TOUR Half day - 14 July (AM) - € 64,00 p.p.

Palazzo della Signoria, better known as Palazzo Vecchio, has been the symbol of the civic power of  Florence for over seven centuries. The Palazzo Vecchio resembles a giant chess piece. With its robust quadrangular facade and rusticated square-cut battlements, the massive rooklike building is aptly situated, guarding the southeast corner of the Piazza della Signoria”. This is what Dan Brown writes in his latest best-seller, Inferno, set in Florence and mostly in Palazzo Vecchio. Following the steps of the professor Robert Langdon the public will learn the history of the palace living through the locations and the scenes of the novel. The public rooms – but the most secret as well – become the settings of researches, pursuits and  coups de théâtre centred on a precise work: “Here we are, finally, Marta Alvarez had expected to see Dante’s familiar dead face staring back at her, but instead, all she saw was the red satin interior of the cabinet and the peg on which the mask normally hung.”

DINNER AT MERCATO CENTRALE

The best way to enjoy typical Florentine and Tuscan dishes in a characteristic location. Guests will be sitted at their tables in a dedicated area of the first floor restaurant, but will be able, using some coupons we will provide them, to compose their own menu wandering through the stalls created to offer any kind of food, from meat to fish, from home made pasta to pizza, and even cheese, pastry, vegetables, and many more... This will be a unique way to socialize and have fun.

CHIANTI WINE EXPERIENCE

TOUR Half day - 16 July (PM) - € 80,00 p.p.

Discover the traditions of the Tuscan countryside, enjoy breathtaking landscapes of vineyards and olive groves, visit famous cellars, taste the great wines and typical products and be captivated by the charm of Greve and Castellina in Chianti. A comprehensive experience in one of the most fascinating areas of Tuscany, known all over the world for its wine and its countryside of unrivalled beauty, in a landscape dotted with Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castles of rare enchantment.

TUSCAN COOKING CLASS

TOUR Half day (approx. 4 hours) - 16 July at 16:00 - € 90,00 p.p.

On this course (in English language) you can learn how to cook a classic Tuscan meal. Inside the kitchen of a cookery school you will learn how to make a four-course meal (starter, first course, second course and dessert) under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef. Participants will be divided in two or more groups in different areas of the kitchen, each team with its own menu to prepare. The course will include a get together dinner soon after its end.

CINQUE TERRE AND PORTOVENERE

TOUR Full day - 17 July - € 185,00 p.p.

You will drive along roads suspended between the sky and the sea, past medieval fishing-villages - tenaciously clinging to the rocky cliffs - admiring the charm of the pastel coloured houses from the sea, and then walk in the marvelous medieval villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and its terraces. And then move by boat to Portovenere, a historical jewel surrounded by the unique splendour of a naturally magnificent landscape. Take a walk along the seaside, pop into the shops, selling typical products and local handcrafts and climb up to the Gothic church of San Pietro (1198) with its typical white and black bands, perched on top of the promontory and built on the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Venus.

Please note that:

  • Late afternoon visits will be allowed according to availability.
  • For each tour a minimum guaranteed of participants is requested. In case the number should not be reached, OIC reserves the right to cancel the tour and define the correct procedure to be followed by guests (e.g.: choose a different tour or a different date, etc.).
  • Further details concerning the logistics of the tours will be advised closer to the date.

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