#1 Tour Operator for STUDENTS, BACKPACKERS and TRAVELLERS ON A BUDGET 18-35's in Italy.
Tuscany on a Budget, one of the Italy on a Budget tours' branches, is a travel company based in Florence and specialized in the youth travel 18-35 ‘s market.
We have been operating since 2007 and our philosophy is to offer tours, events and activities for a lifetime experience to young independent travellers willing to learn, taste and see what the territory has to offer in a fun environment together with a young, lively and knowledgeable team.
Our team is composed of local guides and we all speak fluent English. We love sharing the passion for our home land, all the secrets, the traditions and the culture of Florence and Tuscany with our fellow travellers with interesting stories, fun facts and lots of laugh .
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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 3h cooking class taught by local professional chefs in a real cooking school in Florence. You will also receive an apron and a recipe book 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 2:40pm 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, an apron and some useful recipes to bring back home. DURATION 3h
An original and fun orientation walk of Florence at night to experience the city, the products and the local traditions. Meet our local guide expert of Florence by our office. The tour will start with an otientation walk through the city center where you will fall in love with the art, the architecture and the masterpieces left by the many greatest Renaissance artists for you to admire. You will walk pass the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Repubblica square, the uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. During the orientation walk you will learn about the local customs and traditions as well as the stories about the Medici family and beautiful architecture of the city. We will end the tour in one of the busiest streets of Florence reknowed for the many bars and clubs where all the locals hang out at night right in the historical centre of Florence. Here you will stop at one bar rated by the locals as the best aperitivo place in town. Thanks to the great atmosphere you will try the Italian life style; seat down, socialize with the rest of the group, enjoy your drink and then eat and eat as much as you would like from the buffet of tasty Italian food. Discover with your guide what is an Aperitivo for the Italians and our traditions. After you will be free either to check out some of the bars until the nightlife kicks or return back to your hotel for an early sleep. 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 our office on via nazionale 149R opposite hotel galileo PRICE € 22 per person INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Local guide, aperitivo time (one drink + food), info about the city. DURATION 3h MIN/MAX min 4 people - max 10 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. What does aperitivo means? Aperitivo is one of the most fun moments for many Italians. Aperitif may be compared to the British habit of a pub after work on your way home but still, is something different. It is so popular because food is served along with drinks. Once again, in Italy it's all about food.Aperitivo is a serious social event thanks to food, from simple nuts and crisps, up to pasta, risotto, cold cuts, bread, vegetables, pickles and much more. So drink after drink, pickle after pickle, you'll stay at the bar for hours and might make it home at some point...
A unique way to experience Tuscany on a 1h30 horseback ride through the vineyards and local guide for more fun! Meet our local guide at 8:45am for a short journey outside of Florence. During the trip you will receive info about the area and interesting facts about the locals. Once at the ranch which is an old riding school situated in a peaceful area immersed between the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, you will meet the horses before setting out. Don't worry if you haven't ridden a horse before, it is a slow walk and the experienced staff will make sure you feel confident before leaving for a ride. We will ride in complete relax by lush wineyards, native woods, olive groves and rolling hills for a collection of breathtaking and unforgettable views for about 1h30m. After the ride, your guide will take you to a famous and most preserved Medieval village close by called Monteriggioni. Here you will have free time to sit and relax for a coffee before returning to Florence, grab an ice cream from the local gelateria or wallk on the historical walls of the town. DETAILS WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY ( available other days on request, get in touch with us ) MEETING TIME 8:45am MEETING POINT in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite hotel Galileo PRICE € 85.00 pp INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Our local and informative guide, transport on a 8 seat van, 1h30 horse back ride, riding hats (helmets) are provided free of charge, info on the road about the area, visit to the walled town Monteriggioni. DURATION 5h. Back to Florence at 1:30pm MIN/MAX min 2 people - max 8 NOTE - A previous horseback riding experience is not required. It is a slow walk. No trott. The horses will walk on a line the intire time with the horse instructor at the front. If you are an experienced rider you will need to keep the group speed for security reasons. - Wear closed shoes; no flip flops or sandals. Wear long trousers. You can get changed at the ranch. - The horse instructor is not a tour leader so no infomation about the area will be provided during the ride. - Max weight accepted is 110kg - no people younger than 18 COMBINE THIS TOUR TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME: Combine the horseback ride with our TASTE OF TUSCANY* afternoon day tour. You don't have to come all the way back to Florence but simply join the group from Monteriggioni and continue the trip to Siena for a full experience of the Chianti region including the visit to a winery for wine tasting. When choosing this option, luch in Monteriggioni is also included. * valid from April to the end of October
An early wake up for an exciting day at the Cinque Terre, the most characteristic villages of Italy famous for their natural beauty, scenic trails, spectacular coast line and sunny beaches, including a 1h30 stop at the famous leaning tower of Pisa. This tour is a perfect opportunity for people aged 18-39's to make new friends and visit the best of the Cinque Terre especially if you have a tight schedule and can't spend a few days there. Thanks to our expert local tour leaders a full day to Cinque Terre from Florence will be possible and they will make sure you experience the most of it in only a day. Included in the price: - Local English speaking tour leader - Stop in Pisa to allow you to visit the leaning tower - The best of Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza - Entry ticket to the national park* - ALL Train tickets - Maps and info - Time to swim WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SUNDAY* from April to the end of October. Extra departure on SATURDAYS on June, July, August and September MEETING TIME 7am MEETING POINT in front of the main entrance of the pharmacy located inside Santa Maria Novella Train station opposite platform 16 DURATION 13h PRICE from € 79 join the tour from/to Florence from € 65 join the tour from/to Pisa SPECIAL PRICE FOR THE EURORAIL PASS HOLDERS ONLY from € 40 Remember to bring your valid Eurorail pass in the morning NOT INCLUDED Food and Drinks. It is possible to add a light lunch in Riomaggiore when booking online for only € 10.00pp MIN/MAX Min 6 people - Max 45 PLEASE NOTE - The tour is run by train. The Cinque Terre are located 2h30m outside of Florence in the Liguria region. The villages can only be visited by train or boat so in high season due to the popularity of the villages, the trains could be very crowed so be prepared. - This tour is NOT suitable for people with walking disabilties. -The paths on the national park due to the often land slides are closed by the local authorities every time is considered to be dangerous for the people. For this reason the famous " via dell'amore" is closed. - In the event of bigger groups, the tour will depart from Florence to La Spezia by private coach CANCELLATION POLICY: We travel by train so we are subject to the direct organisation and schedule of the local trains. Please read our terms and conditions in the event of a last minute train strike that will unfortunately stop us from running the tour. Are you staying in Florence? Meet the group in front of the pharmacy inside Santa Maria Novella Train starion opposite platform 16 at 7am. Remember don't be late, we travel by train ! In the unlucky event you are late and you miss the group, just take the first train to Pisa and you can meet the group there at 10.40am from Piazza Manin. Don't forget to send a quick email to inform us so that the guide can meet you in Pisa. Are you staying in Pisa? If you stay in Pisa and you would like to visit the Cinque Terre, meet our group continuing to Cinque Terre at 10:40am in Piazza Daniele Manin in front of the McDonald's right outside the Square of Miracles. Are you a EURORAIL PASS holder? Save money on the tour cost! Remember to bring your pass in the morning or you will pay a fine :-(
A day trip to Tuscany with 2 wineries, 7 different types of wine to taste, 3 extra virgin olive oil, balsamic, Tuscan snacks, amazing scenery and the visit to San Gimignano all in 1 day! Join our fun day trip to the Chianti countryside to discover why the area is famous for its scenery as well as its wine. The tour departs Florence at 10:00am on a 8 seat van or minibus* for a better personal experience together with a local and fun English speaking guide. The first stop will be at a WINERY AND WINE TASTING SCHOOL located an hour outside of Florence where you will taste 4 different type of wines including the famous Chianti Classico, Brunello of Montalcino, Super Tuscan wines, a 30 year-old balsamic vinegar and the delicious truffle extra virgin olive oil. Here you will learn how to recognize the different flavours and develop your taste buds with a passionate wine producer. Don't worry this is not a real school where you have to take notes and be tested at the end so only fun is guaranteed. The second stop will be at a LOCAL WINERY located in a stunning area well known for the production of the D.O.C.G. Vernaccia white wine facing the famous towers of San Gimignano. The wine makers will guide you through the vineyards and the cellars and they will share the secrets of the wine and oil production as well as the best wine and food combinations. At the winery you will enjoy 3 wines; the famous Vernaccia white wine, a rosè wine and a Chianti colli senesi D.O.C.G. You will also have the opportunity to buy the local products and wine at a great price to bring back home or ship to friends and family. In the afternoon you will be free to visit and spend time wandering through the narrow streets shopping in the local shops of the most beautiful medieval town of Tuscany, SAN GIMIGNANO and check out the tower filled skyline while eating the ice cream from a world-champion gelateria. Maps will be provided from your tour leader and tips about the best places to visit in town. Departure from San Gimignano is at 3:45pm. We will arrive back to Florence at approx 5:00pm** ** all departure/ arrival time are all estimated and are subject to change due to road conditions and traffic. DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY MEETING TIME 9:40am MEETING POINT in front of our office on Via Nazionale 149R opposite Hotel Galileo PRICE € 60 per person INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Our English-speaking Italy on a Budget tour guide, 2 wineries, 2 wine tasting, snacks during the tasting, 1h30 visit of San Gimignano. DURATION 7h. We return back to Florence at 5pm MIN/MAX Departure guaranteed with a min 4 people. Max:50 AGE RESTRICTION People younger than 18 are not allowed on this tour unless they are with their parents. We suggest to look at more suitable tours such as our Taste of Tuscany tour or the Tuscany Experience where there is not so much wine involved. IMPORTANT Make sure you have a big breakfast before coming on the tour. Lots of wine is involved so an empty stomach is not recommended. TRANSPORT *In high season ( June - July - August ) we might run this tour by bus and not by van IS THIS TOUR FULLY BOOKED OR NOT AVAILABLE IN THE DAYS YOU ARE FREE? JOIN OUR TASTE OF TUSCANY TOUR or the TUSCANY EXPERIENCE ! Spending the night in Siena?ask your guide to be dropped off in San Gimignano so you don’t have to come all the way back to Florence. From San Gimignano you can take a local bus to Siena. Checking out on the same day?The office is close to the train station so if you are checking out the same day of the tour, feel free to bring your bags and luggage with you. We will store them underneath the bus/van so that you will be ready to leave to your next destination when returning to Florence.
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