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Tours you’ll want to go on before you, well, can’t.

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ROME

Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator (from $59.06)

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“During your two-hour lesson, your gladiator instructor will teach you how to fight with authentic weapons used by the gladiators of ancient Rome. Lessons are organized and led by members of the Historic Group of Rome who specialize in the re-enactment of Roman life and gladiatorial combat.

“Don’t miss this opportunity to re-create Roman history and life as a gladiator. Dressed in a traditional gladiator tunic, belt, leather protective glove and rudis (training sword), you can let your imagination run wild as you play like Spartacus for a day, fighting off ferocious lions and sword-wielding warriors!

“Next, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting and take part in an optional gladiatorial tournament, with the winner receiving a victory prize. All participants receive a certificate of accomplishment.”

FLORENCE

Siena San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti Semi-Independent Tour with Guided Winery Visit and Wine Tasting (from $50.47)

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“Start your tour with a pleasant excursion through the hills of the Chianti region, offering an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Along the way, admire the medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni, enclosed by its famous walls which remain standing to this day.

“Upon arrival in Siena, enjoy some free time to explore this amazing ancient town on your own. Walk along the narrow medieval streets of Siena, get to know its splendid palaces and see the magnificent Cathedral.

“After the independent visit of Siena, leave for San Gimignano, a tiny walled town located on a hill-top, intact through the centuries and famous for its numerous tall towers, frescoes and other valuable works of art. There, you will have free time to discover this lovely town at your own pace.

“In the evening, crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills, you will reach a small and typical Winery where, after a short walk in the ancient vineyards, you will visit the suggestive barrique room and taste 4 fantastic wines, sampling also locally produced zero food miles.

“Finally, you will stop in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti, to admire its famous main square flanked by arcades and browse through the local artisan shops, to end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany.”

Siena, San Gimignano, and Greve in Chianti Day Trip from Florence with Wine Tasting (from $59.06)

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“Visit two highlights of Tuscany, the charming cities of Siena, San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti, on an action-packed day trip from Florence. After traveling through the gorgeous Chianti countryside, visit the old town of Siena and the inside of the Basilica di San Domenico. Learn about Siena’s famous ‘contrades’ neighborhoods on a visit to one of the city’s contrada museums, and then head to San Gimignano. Visit San Gimignano 1300 Museum to see miniature models of the ancient city made, and sample local wine and sweets! Round out your day by visiting ancient cellars and sampling delicious local wine and snacks with a stop in a typical winery and then in the Chianti area, in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti.”

Full Day Tuscan Countryside Tour from Florence (from $59.06)

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“Visit the Medieval town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy some free time to visit the village with its splendid squares, palaces, churches and the magnificent towers. Continue your day discovering the splendid area of the Chianti Classico.

“Stop by a local winery and visit the cellar and vineyards. Get the chance to taste some local wine accompanied by a delicious Tuscan typical lunch consisting of pasta, cold meat, different type of cheeses and local pastries.

“After lunch you will go to Siena and you will be lead through the narrow streets by an knowledgeable guide. See the main sights such as the imposing Cathedral and the Town Hall in the Piazza del Campo.

“You will end your extraordinary day with a visit to the marvellous Monteriggioni medieval fortress, before heading back to Florence.”

Abetone Mountain Day Excursion from Florence (from $118.11)

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“What could be more delightful than enjoying a wonderful winter’s day in the snow, skiing or hiking in the snowy woods, and relaxing by the fire in the cozy huts?

“With this special tour we’ve organized round trip transportation from Florence to Abetone, Tuscany’s most famous and popular skiing destination. Abetone is a tiny village and ski resort that is just about an hour away from Florence, and it is perfectly equipped for all mountain lovers. Here you can find a Snow Park, 50 kilometers of slopes serviced by 22 lifts and 15 kilometers of trails that cross through the Appennine National Park, perfect for those who enjoy hiking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. This is a special occasion to explore these enchanted woods, so don’t hesitate to take advantage, and let our tour leader escort you on a special walk.”