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Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

1. Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

Known for influencing and promoting the arts, the Medici were one of the most powerful families in Florence. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the family’s historical power as you admire the cultural and architectural stamp they left on Florence. Your first stop is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444, the impressive building was built to be the familial home. Continue to Basilica di San Lorenzo, the oldest documented religious building in Florence. Your tour continues to other landmarks commissioned or influenced by the Medici family, such as the Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini, and Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata. Admire the Piazza della Signoria and learn about the building’s diverse history. Finish your tour at Palazzo Pitti. Purchased in 1550 to be the new Grand Ducal residence, the building symbolizes the Medici’s power over Tuscany.

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Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

2. Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

Cycle through the city of Florence to discover the hidden treasures of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence so rich in history and art. Discover the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Then visit the Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that has formed the city center since Roman times. Also, visit Michelangelo Square, to take in the best panoramic views of the city. Discover the captivating history of the city that gave birth to incredible artists and amazing scientists.

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Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

3. Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

Hop on a Segway and prepare to be amazed by the highlights of the Renaissance City. Start your adventure at the local partner's office in the historical center of the city. After a quick safety briefing and training, hop on your Segway and set off on your adventure. Learn about the city from an English-speaking guide and go off the beaten path to discover the most charming streets and squares. The easy-to-use Segways provide a convenient way to explore the city and help you and your family create long-lasting memories of Florence. Explore places such as the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Visit Republic Square, the main square in Florence that has marked the center of the city since Roman times, as well as Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florence’s politics since the 14th century.

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Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

4. Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

Travel back to the days of the Medici family on a self-guided tour of the Medici Chapel in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence. Enter the chapels, built as a mausoleum for the Medici family, and discover treasures such as the 16th-century New Sacristy ("Sagrestia Nuova"). Part of the vast San Lorenzo Basilica complex, the chapels were richly decorated to serve as the last resting place for members of one of the most important and powerful families of the Florentine Renaissance from the mid-15th century onwards. Admire the genius of Michelangelo’s craftsmanship at the New Sacristy. Designed for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici, its mix of architecture and sculpture is considered one of the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

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Florence: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour

5. Florence: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour

The Medicis were a ruthless bunch, but their homes and palaces boast some of arts finest possessions. Today, with your private guide, we will experience one of the most famous sculptural cycles by Michelangelo: Il Crepuscolo, L’Aurora, Il Giorno e la Notte (Twilight, Dawn, Day, Night) inside the Sacrestia Nuova. These monuments to art and religion are incredible examples of Michelangelo's finest work, and are housed inside of the great Medici complex, which now serves as a museum. You will notice walls inlayed with precious polychrome marble and precious gems, which showed off the family's vast wealth and power in the Cappella dei Principi (Princess Chapel). We also have a chance to discover the Cripta del Buontalenti underneath the chapel, where the Medici and their family members are housed in this ancient crypt. Make sure to ask your guide about the "real" causes of their death which has long been a point of contention amongst historians and scientists. Regardless of the drama around this complex, the day will be a wonderful and enlightening experience, and we hope that you've enjoyed spending time amidst such greatness! Ciao!

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Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

6. Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

Explore the heart of Florence on a guided bike tour around the city’s most unforgettable spots. Ride down characteristic streets, through popular squares, and across historic bridges. Learn about the city through commentary from your local guide. The itinerary begins where the Medici family began to wield their power in Florence. See their stately palace and the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Next, pass by the medieval baptistery on your way to Piazza della Republica, the site of the ancient forum where the city’s history began. Then, reach the Arno River stopping to admire the Renaissance architecture. Cross the bridge designed by Michelangelo and get a stunning view of the famous Ponte Vecchio. Continue on to explore the other side of town. Ride through Piazza Santo Spirito and stop to admire the grand Pitti Palace. Ride alongside the Arno to cross back over the river and proceed to Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria. Later, head to Cathedral Square as the tour circles around the landmark site with its incredible dome.

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Florence: Boboli Gardens Small-Group Walking Tour

7. Florence: Boboli Gardens Small-Group Walking Tour

This walking tour throughout the city is ideal for discovering the secrets and mysteries of Florence. Your expert, multilingual-guide will walk with you through the millennial streets and squares while illustrating what makes Florence one-of-a-kind. From the life of Dante to the rise and fall of the Medici family, this exclusive walking tour will take you through the city’s fascinating history. Continue on your journey to the magical Boboli Gardens. With your guide, walk through the alchemical paths of the Boboli made of mazes that lead to hidden caves covered with limestone. Be stunned by the genius engineering of XVI century architects like Buontalenti, the inventor of the first Gelato. Wander around the fountains, obelisks and even ice making pyramids. Finally, enjoy breathtaking 360° views of Florence from Cavalier's Palace.

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The Medicis: Walking Tour

8. The Medicis: Walking Tour

Discover the amazing story of the ruling family of Florence, from the very beginning to the extinction of the Dynasty. Your licensed guide will lead you through a fascinating itinerary and will show you all the places which played an important role in their life, including their churches, their palaces, secret passageways and many more. The tour will start at San Marco Square and your guide will show you how the Medici grew their importance, from a simple family coming from the Mugello area (North of Florence) to become one of the most important in the Renaissance Period. You will pass through some of the most important places remembering their influence not only in Florence but also in Europe.

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Florence: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

9. Florence: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Your tour begins in the heart of Florence then heads to the central and most magnificent square, Piazza del Duomo, complete with the Florence Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistry, and other impressive buildings. You will hear all about the mystery of Brunelleschi's famous dome, before making your way to the church of Orsanmichele where you will be able to admire the works of renowned sculptors such as Donatello. The next stop is the very center of the city, the Piazza della Signoria. Outside the Palazzo Vecchio you will hear about some specifics of the Florentine government throughout the ages. Next to the palace you can find a replica of David, the famous sculpture by Michelangelo. Passing the Uffizi Gallery, where most famous works of Da Vinci, Rafael, and Botticelli can be seen, the tour will lead you towards the deep Arno River, with impressive views of the mysterious Ponte Vecchio. The tour will finish in front of the church of Santa Croce, which comes complete with beautiful façades and impressive history. Along the way you will also learn about Tuscany including its culture, gastronomy, and of course recommendations on the best places to have dinner, coffee, and gelato.

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Florence Walking Tour with a Local Guide

10. Florence Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Get an introduction to the history of the Italian Renaissance on a walking tour of Florence city center, and discover a host of historical monuments with the help of a local guide. Go for a stroll through the cloisters of the Basilica di Santa Croce, and then make your way to Piazza dei Peruzzi and the Palazzo Bargello. Pass Porcellino market, and then listen to the story of the city's oldest bridge at the Ponte Vecchio. Wander small streets that date back to the Middle Ages to arrive at the political heart of the city at Piazza della Signoria. Get impressive views of the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio, historically the home of the government of Florence.  Arrive at Piazza del Duomo in the oldest part of the city. Marvel at the marble engravings and the magnificent dome of the Duomo. Continue to the Basilica di San Lorenzo, from where you can explore the market district by yourself.

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What people are saying about Basilica of San Lorenzo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 138 reviews

Our guide, Anna, was very kind, knowledgeable and passionate. The tour lasted even longer than expected but this was also because we asked her for some insights that she was very willing to give us. I recommend it and then knowing the history of the doctors was really interesting and useful to be able to visit Florence with a completely different awareness

This tour was amazing! We were able to see SO much more than we would have just by walking. Our tour guide, Hayko, was a great guide and gave us tons of inside information. Highly recommend this tour, especially if your burnt out on walking!

Fue la mejor elección que he realizado para un tour, nuestra guía era súper lista tenía muchísimos conocimientos, aprendimos mucho y nos encanto cada detalle, ampliamente recomendado, Gracias!

It was a great way to get familiar with the city in a short duration . Our guide Michael was great too with funny stories to tell about the city ! Great value for the money spent

Great tour, guide was very kind and extremely knowledgeable. Florence is beautiful and so rich in history so this was a great way to get inside info!