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If you want to get under the surface of the city, Context Travel ★★ (www.contexttravel.com; (tel) 800/691-6036 in the U.S. or 06-96727371 in Italy) offers insightful culture tours led by academics and other experts in their field in a variety of specialties, from the gastronomic to the archaeological and artistic. Tours are limited to six people and cost around 75€ per person. Context also conducts a guided walk through the Vasari Corridor. The quality of Context’s walks are unmatched, and well worth the outlay.

CAF Tours (www.caftours.com; (tel) 055-283-200), offers two half-day bus tours of town (48€), including visits to the Uffizi, Accademia, and Piazzale Michelangiolo, as well as several walking tours and cooking classes costing from 27€ to 130€. ArtViva (www.italy.artviva.com; (tel) 055-264-5033) has a huge array of walking tours and museum guides for every budget, starting at 25€, and including the unique, distinctly dark “Sex, Drugs, and the Renaissance” walking tour launched in 2013 (2 1/2 hr.; 39€). I Just Drive (www.ijustdrive.us; (tel) 055-093-5928) offers fully-equipped cars (Wi-Fi, complimentary bottle of prosecco) plus English-speaking driver for various themed visits, or just rentable by the hour. Their full-day “Chianti's Best” (110€) minivan tour is ideal if you want to go wine tasting in the hills but can't agree on a designated driver; or ride in a Bentley Limousine up to San Miniato al Monte, on the dusk “Gregorian Chant Tour” (1 1/2 hr.; 18€), to hear the monks' evening prayers.

 

Tour websites (and apps) such as Viator.com and GetYourGuide.com have a vast range of locally organized tours and activities, reviewed and rated by users. Note: Don't be tempted to book airport or rail station transfers via the tour companies—it is much cheaper to call a cab and pay the very reasonable fixed local rates; see “Taxis”.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.