I did it! My dream trip to Florence with my daughter and step-mom was phenomenal! The best part was the way my plan came together with a fabulous rented apartment in the heart of the city and a variety of guided tours spread out every couple of days.
I also loved:
2) the private cooking class we took at In Tavola
3) the Uffizi tour, led by Florinda of ArtViva
4) and the day trip to Tuscany (also from the folks at ArtViva).
For resources on Italy and the Renaissance, here a few site recommendations from the Surfnetkids archive:
I also have a treasure trove of related games and quizzes, such as: