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THE ULTIMATE FLORENCE BY NIGHT with aperitivo time

An original and fun orientation walk of Florence at night to meet new friends while discovering the city with aperitivo.  Learn about the local customs and the traditions of Florence and Tuscany with our team and end the tour with the Italian version of "happy hour" with a spritz and snacks while getting to know the other like minded travelers.       WHAT'S INCLUDED Your local & informative IOAB tour leader Orientation walk of the city centre Local info about the city and products Aperitivo composed of a drink and all you can eat buffet   DETAILS: WHEN: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SUNDAY MEETING TIME 06:00pm on Mon, Wed, Frid and 08:00pm on Sundays (10m prior departure time ) MEETING POINT  in front of the IOAB office on via nazionale 149R - Firenze PRICE  € 22  DURATION 3h MIN/MAX  min 4 people - max 10   24H IN FLORENCE? COMBINE THIS TOUR TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME Combine this tour with the GRAPE ESCAPE WINERY TOUR. Come on a day trip to the Chianti region in the morning and learn about the city of Florence in the afternoon. All in 24h! Save 5% when booking 2 tours together and 10% when booking 3 or more.       

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FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

Are you a solo traveller or simply want to discover how the locals spend their time in this fantastic city at night? Do you have any nice restaurant to recommend? Where can I eat good traditional food? Where can I go tonight? These are the questions we often hear from travellers visiting Florence and for this reason we have finally created this perfect and fun tour for you. We will take you first in a traditional trattoria for a typical and mouth watering Florentine dinner in the city centre. Vegetarian menu available as well.  Dinner will be the perfect moment to get to know the other travellers and share your travel experiences and stories. The night is still young! After dinner we will walk through the centre and will stop in a local pub for a drink before continuing towards a club in a popular and busy area of Florence where the locals hang out to let party started.   What's included: Local tour leader from Florence Traditional Florentine dinner including a glass of wine Welcome drink in a bar Admission fee to the club DETAILS WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY  8:30PM IOAB office on via nazionale 149R - Florence if you are vegetarian please specify it in the booking The dress code in Italy is important; a nice dress or a shirt is recommended. Flip flops are not allowed especially on guys Guaranteed with a min. of 6 people otherwise we will still organise the dinner    

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FLORENCE IN 24 HOURS

Only 24h in Florence and you want to try to fit everything in? This is the perfect option for you! Visit Florence in the morning and head to Tuscany in the afternoon to enjoy the view of the rolling hills and taste some amazing wine in 2 wineries.    WHAT'S INCLUDED 3 h Orientation walk of Florence Gelato Roundtrip transportation by 8 seat minivan Your local & informative IOAB tour leader 2 wineries Up to 7 wine tastings Extra virgin olive oil tasting Snacks during the tasting Small group tour DETAILS  Every Tuesday & Thursday  09:40am Italy on a Budget tours office, via nazionale 149R return back to Florence at 6.30pm Lunch is not included Tour guaranted with a min of 4 people  -  max 8  

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Accademia Gallery morning Guided visit

A morning tour of the Accademia Gallery where you will see the most important works of Michelangelo in Florence.        WHAT'S INCLUDED Staff Assistance at the Meeting Point Licensed tour Guide Museum entrance ticket with advanced booking fee (guaranteed admission and skip the general entry line) Earphones for a minimum of 15 people DETAILS WHEN Every day except on Monday 15m prior starting time  at the Accademia Gallery Museum, in front of the entrance reserved to the booking holders. An Assistant will wait for you holding a  yellow sign 10:30am  Approx. 1 Hour and 15 minutes inside Accademia Gallery    LOCAL SUPPLIER: Italy on a Budget collaborate with a licensed local operator providing museums guided tours.  Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination,are included on your confirmation Voucher. CLOSE OUT DATES: May 1st and on the first Sunday of each month GUARANTEED DEPARTURE: min. 2 pax          

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Uffizi Gallery afternoon Guided visit

A full immersion in one of the most famous museums in the world.  WHAT'S INCLUDED Staff Assistance at the meeting point Licensed Tour Guide Museum entrance ticket with advanced booking fee (guaranteed admission and skip the general entry line) earphones for groups of more than 15 people DETAILS: WHEN: Every day except on Monday CLOSE OUT DATES: May 1st and on the first Sunday of each month START - END: 4:30pm - 06:00pm DURATION: Approx. 1 Hour and 30 minutes inside the Uffizi Gallery  MEETING PLACE: 15m prior the starting time  at the Uffizi Gallery Museum in front of the door n.1, entrance reserved to the booking holders. An Assistant will wait for you holding a  yellow sign GUARANTEED DEPARTURE: min. 2 pax IMPORTANT INFO: Italy on a Budget collaborate with a licensed local operator providing museums guided tours.  Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.

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CITY SIGHTSEEING FLORENCE

Hop on a City Sightseeing open top red bus and you’ll admire this wonderful city and its hills from another “higher” perspective! CitySightseeing offers 3 different bus lines to let you reach many of the places of interest of the city: from Piazzale Michelangelo to Ponte Vecchio and to the beautiful Fiesole. Onboard you will find interesting commentaries which will provide you with information about everything around you: you will listen not only to the history of its elegant palaces,  buildings and monuments but also to legends, historical events, popular sayings, gastronomic curiosities and much more. You can hop on or off at the indicated stops as many times as you want, get closer your favourite places and enjoy a tasty Florentine ice-cream!   DETAILS PRICE ADULT 1 DAY  € 23.00 (the validity of the ticket terminates with the last run of the same day when the customer changes the voucher with the received) 48H € 28.00 3DAYS      € 33.00   (the validity of the ticket terminates 3 Days after that the customer has change the voucher with the received)

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OUR DAY TOURS FROM FLORENCE

Bored of museums & crowds... check out our many day tours

Day tour to Cinque Terre from Florence

Take a full day trip to explore Pisa and best of the Cinque Terre in one day from Florence.

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ROME IN A DAY from Florence

TRAVEL TO ROME FOR A DAY FROM FLORENCE TO SEE ALL THE FAMOUS SIGHTS OF THE ITALIAN CAPITAL. Always wanted to see the Italian Capital but Tuscany took your heart away? If you are in Florence, why not taking a day tour to Rome and get to see all the main sights in one day! Just hop on the train in the morning, sit down, lean back and relax. Once in Termini Central Station, meet your fellow travellers and our friendly Italy on a Budget local tour leader on a walk that will take you through the charming streets of Rome, telling you the legends and history of the famous sights and hidden gems along the way.   Sit on the Spanish Steps, throw coins in the Trevi Fountain, and marvel at the St. Peter's Basilica… A lifetime might not be enough, but you sure can make the most of a day! We’ll stop for the best gelato,  and then you can join our optional, skip the line for our fully-guided tour of the Vatican Museum. You will have plenty of time left over to explore St. Peter’s Cathedral at your leisure or perhaps go back to the Colosseum and be amazed by it a little bit longer. SIGHTS VISITED: - Colosseum ( externally ) - Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano - Spanish Steps - Pantheon - Trevi Fountain - Castel Sant'Angelo - Vatican city - St. Peter's Basilica ( externally ) DETAILS Every MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 7:30am approx Return train tickets on fast speed train, return metro tickets in Rome, info from our Italy on a Budget tour leader. - The exact departure time and train tickets will be provided a week up to 2 days prior the trip by email. - The departure time and arrival time may vary depending on the train schedule - There is a lot of walking involved. This tour is not suitable for people with walking disabilities - Wear comfortable shoes and bring something to cover your sholders to access the Vatican and all churches. Skirts and trousers up to your knees. Back to Florence 08:30pm approx ADD ONS - Add to your booking our walking tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums starting at 3:00pm for a full experience. Visit our day tours in Rome page. - Lunch in a local restaurant with traditional Roman products to pay locally.    

Day tours to Tuscany from Florence

Wine tours, Horseback riding, Cooking courses in Chianti and lots more.

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OUR COOKING COURSES

Learn how to make traditional Italian and Tuscan dishes 

 

AFTERNOON COOKING COURSE IN FLORENCE

Who doesn't like the Italian cuisine, a plate of delicious pasta or a mouth-watering dessert? Come and learn how to make some typical Italian dishes to impress your date or family once you return back home. Do not miss the opportunity while you are in Italy to get your hands dirty during our cooking class taught by local professional chefs in a real cooking school in Florence. You will also receive an apron and recipes so that you won't forget a fun and truly delectable experience!   Choose between the Monday and the Tuesday course   EVERY MONDAY: Regional cuisine Come and experience how the various regions of Italy each developed a unique taste for produce.Find out where and when some typical dishes were invented (lasagne, risotto alla milanese) and give them a try by cooking and then tasting the delicious outcome!   EVERY TUESDAY: Tuscan cuisine Learn how to make traditional Tuscan dishes. Tuscany, an amazing region that hosts mountains and rolling hills, well-known for its refined wines, as well as several prominent seaside dishes. DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY and  TUESDAY* The courses won't be available from the 15DEC-04JAN and from 10AUG - 31AUG MEETING TIME 2:45pm MEETING POINT At our office on Via Nazionale 149r opposite Hotel Galileo PRICE € 60.00 INCLUDED IN THE PRICE cooking lesson, all the ingredients used to prepare your meal, wine,  tasting of the cooked recipes, an apron and some useful recipes to bring back home. DURATION 2h45/ 3h NOTE:  The cooking course is held by an Hospitality School which is the first WACS (World Association of Chefs Societies) recognized school in Italy and operate since 1997 providing both professional programs and amatorial classes. The course is an academic course with lessons open to private customers, being aware about the fact they’ll be in a class, and not just in an average cooking school. The lesson includes a lecture about a daily topic. The lecture always includes the cultural background of the specific recipes and the cooking method explanation. The chefs are at same time the teachers of the school, professionals with years of experience and a solid academic background.                                    

FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA COOKING COURSE

Discover how to prepare delicious homemade pasta from an Italian Professional Chef Enjoy a Pasta cooking class with great typical Italian recipes for authentic pasta lovers!    Pasta-making is an ancient Italian tradition and you can find some of the best pastas in the world around every corner in this country, so why not take home the skills to impress friends and relatives with the most famous dishes Italy has to offer? This course includes working with various types of flour, eggs, and other ingredients necessary for making fresh pasta. Participants learn the techniques of working with pasta, using a rolling-pin and machine, and will be able to master the secrets of a thousand year-old cooking tradition. This class focuses on preparing three types of pasta with three different sauces to accompany them and also a typical Italian dessert, all of which will be eaten and enjoyed together after the class.   WHAT'S INCLUDED Assistance of a knowledgeable and fun professional chef The meal prepared Bottled water Tuscany wine Recipes of what you prepared   DETAILS WHEN Every Saturday from April to November TIME 12:00pm . You must be at the school 15 mins prior the beginning of the class so not later than 11:45am DURATION 3h MEETING PLACE  via dei velluti18/20R - Florence.  It is important to check your ticket containing the map and the directions to get to the cooking school DIETARY NEEDS Vegetarian/vegan options are available, as well as any other dietary restrictions (gluten free, lactose intolerant, no tree nuts, no seafood, etc.). Please, inform us when you do your booking ALL AGES TOUR The lesson can be held in English, Spanish, and Italian, and the minimum age requirement is 7 years old  

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PIZZA & GELATO MAKING

Following an expert, each participant will learn to make handmade gelato and pizza using quality ingredients and putting into practice the principal ideas of these iconic treats. Each participant will learn what is involved in making an excellent pizza from scratch by mastering techniques of dough-making and rolling and sauce-making, while using only the best ingredients. Following the lesson, the participants partake in the sampling of the pizza, gelato, and sorbet in a cozy cantina   WHAT'S INCLUDED: Assistance of a knowledgeable and fun professional chef The meal prepared Bottled water Tuscany wine Recipes of what you prepared   DETAILS: WHEN All year round on Wednesday MEETING POINT via dei velluti18/20R.  It is important to check your ticket containing the map and the directions to get to the cooking school TIME You must be at the school 15 mins prior the beginning of the class DURATION 3h DIETARY NEEDS We can provide a vegetarian/vegan option, as well as other dietary restrictions (gluten free, lactose intolerant, no seafood, etc.), you need to tell us at time of booking  

MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS 

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OUR MULTI DAY TOURS

STAY IN FLORENCE FOR A FEW DAYS. BOOK OUR SHORT BREAK TO BE HASSLE FREE FROM FROM ORGANISING YOUR STAY.

FLORENCE CITY BREAK - 3DAYS/2NIGHTS

Take a break from the daily busy rutine and come to Florence for a few days, one of the most beautiful Italian cities. Visit Florence and its museums in complete freedom and the next day come with our team to Tuscany to explore the countryside, the nearby villages and taste some wine.    ITINERARY: DAY 1: Arrival in Florence - free day DAY 2: Day trip to the Chianti region  DAY 3: Check out   What's included: 2 night accommodation in a centrally located hostel or budget hotel Full day tour to the Chianti region including private transport, your Italy on a Budget tour leader, wine tasting in a local winery and visit to a Medieval town A 24h hop on hop off bus ticket of Florence  Welcome pack with city map and local info Experienced Italy on a Budget crew Optional add-on activities DETAILS: DEPARTURES: Every TUESDAY, THURSDAY and SUNDAY DURATION: 3 days  PRICE: from € 129 per person based in shared accommodation ACCOMMODATION TYPE: You can choose to stay in top rated HOSTELS/GUEST HOUSES or , depending on your budget, upgrade to 2 STAR HOTELS/B&B ROOM TYPE: Multi-share room  - Private double/twin room - Single room TOUR TYPE: This package is designed as a do-it-yourself, independent exploration package. You will be free to explore the city independently and the second day you will join a preorganised Italy on a Budget tour.   DID YOU KNOW THAT... ADD NIGHTS: If you feel that you haven't seen enough in 3 days, add an extra night in Florence to your booking. Pick also one of the other activities we organise in Florence; you could either take a day trip to Cinque Terre and Pisa or get your hands dirty with a cooking course. Tuscany is a beautiful region and there is always something great to do so that you never get bored. TRAVEL INFO: Our team will send you a confirmation email with the full program and details about the accommodation in Florence booked for you TRAVEL MORE: Continue exploring Italy and save money., Combine the Florence city break with: > AMALFI COAST TOUR  departing from Rome from Thurs till Sun > LET'S GO SOUTH from Monday till Sunday > MILAN & LAKE COMO > BEST OF ROME from Monday till Thursday For more cool savings visit our save money page  

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LET'S GO NORTH - 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS

9 Days to discover the best of Northern Italy Visit some of the most famous Italian cities Florence, Pisa, Venice, Verona, Cinque Terre, Milan, Lake Como and lots more in small groups and with the guidance of our local team. It is the perfect mix of free time and group activities.  ITINERARY: DAY 1 : Welcome to Florence - Orientation city walk with welcome drink & food DAY 2 : Full free day in Florence DAY 3: Day trip to Pisa & the Best of Cinque Terre DAY 4: Venice - afternoon orientation city walk DAY 5: Full free day in Venice DAY 6: Day tour to Verona DAY 7: Milano - afternoon orientation city walk DAY 8: Day tour to Lake Como & Como DAY 9: Check out   WHAT'S INCLUDED 8 nights in our favourite budget accommodations Welcome drinks and food in Florence Full time expertise and service of our Italy on a Budget team Train tickets to Venice, Verona and to Milan on a fast speed trains Day tour to Pisa & Cinque Terre Boat tour on the Lake Como to Bellaggio and Varenna. Orientation walks in Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Verona, Milan, Venice & Lake Como led by the Italy on a Budget tour leaders Maps, info and tips about all places DETAILS DEPARTURES: All year round. The tour starts on Sunday and end on Monday in Milan after check out PRICE: from € 599 in 3 bed shared room - from € 900 in private ensuite cabin   ACCOMMODATION TYPE: 8 nights in our favourite budget accommodations;  3 nights in Florence ( Hostel ) - 3 nights in Venice ( Hostel in Venice Mestre ) - 2 nights in Milan ( Hostel ). ROOM TYPE: Room based in Multi-share - Private double/twin - Single  TOUR TYPE: Good mix of organised activities with our team to meet new travellers and free time to explore on your own.  GROUP SIZE: min. 2 - max 15 Check out all the photos of the trip from previous travellers on our FACEBOOK PAGE or INSTAGRAM       NOTE:  1. All final details will be sent by email  2. You can arrive to Florence whenever it is best for you. Check in time is from 3:00pm but if you arrive earlier feel free to store your bags in the accommodation. Tour will officially start in the late afternoon (8:00pm approx ). DID YOU KNOW THAT... TRAVEL MORE: Combine the LET'S GO NORTH with our > LET'S GO SOUTH from Monday to Sunday > AMALFI COAST TRIP from Thursday to Sunday > BEST OF TUSCANY from Monday to Thursday OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Tours you can join in Florence on your free day: - The Tuscany Experience - Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti region - The Grape Escape winery tour Tours you can join in Venice on your free day: - 30M Gondola Ride in Venice - Half day tour to Murano, Burano and Torcello islands ADD NIGHTS:  It's possible to add extra nights prior the trip and after. Simply add them to your booking before checking out. PAYMENT OPTIONS: Pay a € 100 deposit only at the time of the booking and the remaining balance in full 45 days prior the tour. See Terms & Conditions for more details  - Add a Trip cancellation insurance to your booking to have the freedom to cancel your trip for literally anyreason from 8h up to 14 days prior the trip and be reimbursed for a 75% of the non-refundable trip costs. What people say about this tour "Me and my friend had an amazing experience on the Let's Go North tour. Every one of the guides were friendly, accommodating, and insightful. They definitely went above and beyond to make sure we were getting the best out of the experience. I loved everything about the places we visited and the hotels we stayed at. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour for anyone looking to experience Italy the true Italian way!"   "Italy on a Budget was a great experience if you're wanting to have freedom as a traveler as well as it reduces the stress of having to organise public transport in other countries as it is already organised for you. Overall the tour is a great experience and you have great team leaders to help you in your travelling adventures. Although we could have organised everything ourselves, it’s the knowledge, information and support from the tour guides that is priceless. Being exposed to local food, accomodation and locally run activities I left saying “this is why we left the planning to someone else” Thanks guys, we will be back."   read more Want to see more of Italy? Combine the Let's go North with our  7D LET'S GO SOUTH  

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THE BEST OF TUSCANY - 4DAYS/3NIGHTS

Take a break to discover the best of Tuscany in 4 days. Spend a few days in Florence, visit the stunning Tuscany countryside, drink the famous Chianti wine, discover the Cinque Terre and take funny photos with the leaning tower of Pisa. ITINERARY: DAY 1 : Welcome to Florence - Orientation city walk with welcome drink & food DAY 2: Day trip to Pisa & the Best of Cinque Terre DAY 3: Full day in Tuscany with San Gimignano & wine tasting in 2 wineries. DAY 4: Full free day in Florence    WHAT'S INCLUDED: 3 night accommodation in Florence Night walking tour of the city including a welcome drink ( aperitivo ) Day tour by mimivan/coach to San Gimignano and the Chianti region 2 wineries, up to 9 wine tastings, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar Full day trip to Pisa and the Cinque Terre by train Italy on a Budget tour leaders Transport required for the day trips Assistance pre departure Full time office support during your stay   Reccommendations on local stores and restaurants where to try traditional food and products Free customized IOBT Florence city map DETAILS DEPARTURES: Every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, SUNDAY all year DURATION: 4 days  ACCOMMODATION TYPE: You can choose to stay in top rated HOSTELS/GUEST HOUSES or , depending on your budget, upgrade to 2 STAR HOTELS/B&B ROOM TYPE: Multi-share room  - Private double/twin room - Single room TOUR TYPE: Good mix of free time and organised activities with our team. Perfect tour for independent travellers looking to meet new friends but also spending time to enjoy the city in complete freedom. Your tour leader and the composition of your group may change in certain days as the groups are small and we want to make sure you can meet as many new fellow travellers as possible. PRICE: from € 289 in shared accommodation Check out all the photos of the trip from previous travellers on our FACEBOOK PAGE or INSTAGRAM   ADD NIGHTS: It's possible to add extra nights prior the trip and after. Simply add them to your booking before checking out. FREE TIME: Spend your free time to explore the sights in complete freedom or choose to book our optional activities to add value to your experience. Check out the day tours in Florence page for some ideas WANT TO SEE MORE: If you are travelling North, our team recommends booking the Let's go North instead of the Best of Tuscany - The first day we leave the travellers free to arrive to Florence whenever it is best for them, however we recommend you to arrive in the morning to spend a full day completely free to visit the museums and monuments in full relax before you meet with our team for the city orientation tour.  - The detailed itinerary including the info about the accommodation will be sent by email. - The itinerary of day 2 and 3 could be inverted in the order   TRAVE MORE: Continue exploring Italy and save money when combining the BEST OF TUSCANY summer with : > AMALFI COAST TOUR  departing from Rome from Thurs till Sun > LET'S GO SOUTH from Monday till Sunday > MILAN & LAKE COMO from Saturday till Monday  For more cool savings visit our save money page    

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