POST-TBEX TOURS MARCH 16th

Best of Milan Day Trip

Contact: Elle Hawthorne at social@fattiretours.com

Milan Cathedra, Domm de Milan is the cathedral church, Italy

Hosted by Fat Tire Tours

Number of Participants: 24 (two groups of 12)

Date & Time: March 16th (THIS TOUR IS ALSO AVAILABLE MARCH 7th, 9th, and 15th, 9am – 5pm)

Meeting location: at Panificio Pattini, located at Via Solferino, 5, 20121 Milan

Getting there: Situated in Milan’s beautiful Brera district, the meeting point is 5mins walk from either Turati or Lanza metro stations

Note: Choose comfortable footwear. Min. 8 km walk. Food and drink provided. Physical activity is NOT strenuous.

Description: We will start our day with an unforgettable Milanese food walking tour where you won’t only discover the flavors of Milan, but explore lesser-known local spots in the city you might have missed on your own. Just some of the local food you’ll enjoy include Italian coffee, cannoli, prosciutto, Italian cheese, Milan-style meatballs, lasagna, wine, and Prosecco! Come meet all the wonderful vendors who put their heart into their specialties and learn what makes eating and drinking in Italy so wonderful. You’ll even get to try a special Milanese risotto that is absolutely delicious. Your Milan food tour will conclude with a treat that needs little introduction: gelato. You’ll learn how to spot the freshest gelato so you can take the insider knowledge of this Italian ice cream with you through the rest of your time in Italy. And of course, come hungry!

We will then take a break (another coffee round perhaps?) followed by a very VIP experience.

Your expert tour guide will meet you in the Piazza del Duomo, one of Milan’s main city squares bustling with bars and restaurants. As you can take in the facade of the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral), you’ll hear plenty of interesting anecdotes about this gothic style cathedral before going inside. With Skip-the-Line priority tickets, you’ll waste no time passing the long lines and going straight inside the cathedral. Our first stop is the underground area, filled with relics and archeological artifacts dating back to the first structure and baptistery that stood where the cathedral is now, initially built in 1386. Your walking tour will continue inside the nave of the cathedral, where you’ll enjoy the stunning stained glass windows and white marble statues. Your guide will take you to some of the most interesting details inside often missed by visitors including the Duomo sundial trail and the Holy Nail (one of the most important relics in Christianity). After taking plenty of time inside the main Cathedral area for walking around and taking photos, your guide will lead you to the elevators. After a quick elevator ride, you’ll find yourself in one of the best spots in the entire city for panoramic views of Milan. In addition to getting up close and personal to the intricate details and sculptures nestled among the cathedral spires, you’ll see the modern Milan skyline and the famous Alps mountain range off in the distance. To conclude your tour, we’ll go to nearby Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Not only is this Italy’s oldest active shopping mall, but one of Milan’s most beautiful landmarks. Be sure to look up so you don’t miss the iron and glass-vaulted ceilings. This tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Milan’s most famous attraction.

Best of Rome Day Trip

Contact: Elle Hawthorne at social@fattiretours.com

A Wall of Colosseum Under Blue Skies

Hosted by Fat Tire Tours 

Number of Participants: 24 (two groups of 12)

Date & Time: March 16th (THIS TOUR IS ALSO AVAILABLE MARCH 7th, 8th, 9th, and 15th, 9am – 5pm)

Meeting location: at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the second floor of the Metro line B (Blue line) Colosseo stop

Note: No trip to Rome would be complete without a tour of the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum. Your expert guide will bring these historic areas to life as they tell you about their historical and cultural importance. Your small group tour includes a timed skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum and priority tickets to the Forum. Your guide will explain the history of the Colosseum from the emperor who built it to what happened to it years after the collapse of the Roman Empire. Next, you’ll be lead to the Roman Forum where the business of the empire took place for generations. As you leave the Forum, you’ll be immersed in modern Italy. You’ll visit the gorgeous Vittoriano, or, as many call it: the Wedding Cake. You’ll learn about the strange origins of the building and get views across old and new room from one of its terraces. This afternoon is the perfect way to get to see two of the world famous symbols of Rome with a professional guide to unlock its secrets, followed by a glimpse into one of the most spectacular buildings in modern Rome.

Then we will head out on our evening bike tour to discover the little streets and hidden gems of the popular area called “Trastevere”. Famous for overflowing restaurants, street food, and nightlife, this is the beating heart of “La Dolce Vita”.Passing through the Trastevere, we will visit the medieval and Catholic part of the city, traveling as far as the great columned entrance to Saint Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo. On a bridge with a truly majestic view, your guide will open some local red wine and try to convince you the regional grapes around Rome are superior to those found in Tuscany! In the last part of the tour, we will give you a glimpse of the glamorous side of the eternal city, taking via Condotti (Rome’s 5th Avenue) to visit the Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish steps.

Best of Florence Day Trip 

Contact: Elle Hawthorne at social@fattiretours.com

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower (Florence Cathedral) at historic center of Florence, Tuscany, Italy. View from the Piazza San Giovanni. Dome on blue sky background.

Hosted by Fat Tire Tours 

Number of Participants: 24 (two groups of 12)

Date & Time: March 16th ( THIS TOUR IS ALSO AVAILABLE MARCH 7th, 8th, 9th, and15th, 9am – 5pm)

Meeting location: Fat Tire Tours office, Via Dei Cimatori 9R, 50122 Florence

Getting there: situated right in the middle of the historical centre, between the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria.

Note: Florence isn’t just the capital city of Tuscany or the birthplace of the Renaissance, it is a world class culinary destination. Join us as we dive deep into the food culture of Florence and taste some of the iconic dishes of this one-of-a-kind city. From mouthwatering truffle sandwiches to artisan breads, traditional cheeses, salami, wine, and a variety of seasonal specialties, our Florence food tours are designed to paint a full picture of Florence’s vibrant culinary landscape. Your tour starts in one of Florence’s charming bars where we’ll kick start our day with an authentic Italian Coffee tasting experience.

Being on bikes we can get around without being part of the crowds and we are free to get you to some more out of the way and locals-only locations.  Not to mention a bit of peddling and fresh air in between the multiple courses.

There will be a one hour break between tours at 1pm – 2pm, bear in mind that you won’t be hungry!

Il Duomo, or the Dome of Florence is a must-see on any visit to the Renaissance Pearl. It’s been a fixture of the Florence skyline since 1436 and you can see it from almost anywhere in the city. Join us on this tour to the very peak of Florence as we climb up to the spectacular terraces of the cathedral without the hassle of waiting in lines. Led by a locally licensed and English-speaking guide, our tour will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of the history of Florence’s Duomo, Italy’s best surviving Gothic cathedral. Your tour will bring you through the two shells that make up the dome where you can truly appreciate the work of Filippo Brunelleschi, the Renaissance architect who designed the dome. Along the way, you’ll also enjoy breathtaking frescoes from Renaissance painters and stunning views of the city. The views from the Duomo Terraces are something you won’t soon forget. You’ll be able to see all of Florence and in to the hills of Tuscany from the best perch in the city. Along the way, your guide will be there to answer all your questions and help with pictures as there will be plenty of photo opportunities!

After this we will lead you to an incredible local aperitivo spot just south of the river, where you will be served Spritz, wine or local craft beer to go with some delicious farm to table snacking.