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The BEST Florence Walking tour-Renaissance and Medici Tales

1. The BEST Florence Walking tour-Renaissance and Medici Tales

In this tour you’ll get a general overview of the city, while passing by its main highlights and discovering thrilling stories, hidden gems and unknown fun-facts. In an amusing walk, you’ll understand why this city became the cradle of the Renaissance and changed our global history. You’ll also dive into the intrigues of one of the most powerful dynasties of all times, the Medici family, and you’ll realize their astounding impact, visible even in our daily lives. And many more! We’ll also give you useful information and tips about many different things: from how to avoid leather scams to how to choose the best gelato! All in a friendly and professional manner, with a good balance between information and humour, so that you’ll learn and enjoy at the same time.

The Medicis: Walking Tour

2. 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.

Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

3. Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

Step back in time and find inspiration in the art and architecture of Florence, Italy. Admire classical artworks, cross the famed Ponte Vecchio, and see such gems as Pitti Palace. Listen as your guide fills in historical details. Poke around Piazza Della Signori, an open-air museum where the Palazzo Vecchio stands. Check out the Loggia dei Lanzi, housing a vast collection of original statues by artists such as Cellini and Giambologna. Walk through the colonnade of the Uffizi Gallery and light upon Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city. Discover one of the well-kept secrets of Florence, the twisty Vasari Corridor, which connects Palazzo Vecchio to Pitti Palace. Follow your guide through the Medieval District, stop at the House of Dante, and feel giddy walking around Duomo Square. Learn about the construction of the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Brunelleschi’s Cupola before the tour's conclusion.

Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

4. 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.

Florence: Accademia Fast-Track Entry and Guided Walking Tour

5. Florence: Accademia Fast-Track Entry and Guided Walking Tour

Florence Walking Tour and skip-the-line guided tour of Accademia. Enjoy the best of Florence on a comprehensive walking tour and see the statue of David with skip-the-line tickets. Join your small group tour at Uffizi Square. There will be a maximum of 12 people so it is always an intimate experience. Hit the streets in Florence with an expert local guide and see many of the most important and famous attractions in one go in and around the historical center of Florence. This tour is the perfect introduction to the city. Gaze at awe-inspiring Renaissance art and architecture. Learn about Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Donatello, Machiavelli, and many more Florentines who contributed to shaping Western thought and culture. With its palaces, churches, and piazzas, Florence provides a unique opportunity to step back in time to one of the most fascinating periods in western history: the Renaissance. It is at this time that art, architecture, science, and humanism flourished. Explore Piazza Della Signoria, the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century with the prominent Palazzo Vecchio. This very square witnessed some of the key episodes of Florentine history, such as the return of the Medici in 1530, or The Bonfire of the Vanities instigated by Savonarola, who was then himself burned at the stake here in 1498. We will have the opportunity to discuss the delicate relationship between art and power and the contribution of the Medici family in turning Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance. Take time to look up at the awe-inspiring sculptures under the Loggia Dei Lanzi and admire the surrounding architecture, whilst familiarizing ourselves with the artistic and architectural achievements of the Florentines in the Renaissance. Strolling by Orsanmichele, explore how medieval crafts turned into Renaissance artistic leadership. After seeing Ponte Vecchio, with its glittering jewelry shops, venture back to the city headed for the guided tour of the Accademia Gallery with skip-the-line tickets. Enter the Accademia and continue your guided tour with no delay thanks to pre-reserved tickets and learn the story of David and its creator Michelangelo. How does the copy replaced in Piazza Della Signoria in 1910, still guard over the city of Florence? Challenge your guide about the 16th-century art school in this Academy of Fine Arts. Hear about the purpose of the museum which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Understand something of the influence and legacy of the ruling Medici family, and learn how this collection was bequeathed to the people of Florence by Anna Maria Lodovica, the last of the Medici. Leave your guide and end your tour at the end of 2 hours in the Accademia.

Florence: Guided Walking Tour and 72-Hour Duomo Complex Pass

6. Florence: Guided Walking Tour and 72-Hour Duomo Complex Pass

Led by an expert local guide you will discover the streets, squares, palaces, and monuments that have been the background of the Medici family's history and of its great artists, who have made Florence the world's most famous city of art. You will discover the spectacular Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city's political power since the Middle Ages, an open-air museum with magnificent palaces, a scenic fountain, and sculptural masterpieces of extraordinary beauty. You will travel back to the time of the Medici’s splendors exploring the lively San Lorenzo district, where the family lived and where the Medici Chapels and the Basilica of San Lorenzo are located, and you will enter inside its elegant Cloister designed by Brunelleschi. You will admire the unique Church of Orsanmichele, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art, and be fascinated by the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, sparkling with the gold of its ancient jewelry shops. Learn all the secrets and anectodes of Piazza del Duomo, a spectacular concentration of history, art and spirituality. At the end of your guided tour, you will get a Pass that will allow you to enter the Duomo by yourself, with access to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the ancient Crypt of Santa Reparata, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Giotto's Bell Tower and the extraordinary Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, that includes masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, Ghiberti, Ghirlandaio, Luca della Robbia and many others. So much beauty to discover, but be assured that you will have up to 72 hours from the selected date to visit all of them with no time constraints! 

Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

7. Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

Trace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty on a 2-hour walking tour of Florence and learn how they used their wealth and power to patronize the arts and lay the foundations of the Italian Renaissance. Hear anecdotes about their intrigue, power struggles, betrayals and incredible foresight. Admire their former palaces and visit streets and squares where members of the family lived. Walk the same narrow streets they used to walk along to landmark monuments such as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in the San Lorenzo district. Take a look at the church where they worshipped and built their mausoleum at the Medici Chapels in the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning dome. Continue to the Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria, where Cosimo I de' Medici moved his official seat in May 1540, signaling the security of Medici power. Follow the route of the Vasari Corridor from the outside and learn more about the elevated passageway that allowed the Grand Dukes to move between the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti without being seen by the citizens. Arrive at the Palazzo Pitti and its magnificent Boboli Gardens for a look at the last residence of the Medici family at the end of your tour.

Florence: Evening Walking Tour with Tasty Aperitivo & Drink

8. Florence: Evening Walking Tour with Tasty Aperitivo & Drink

Meet your guide for an orientation walk around the city of Florence. Explore and discover the art and architecture created by Renaissance masters, and hear stories about the Medici family. Pass the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Repubblica square, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Your walking tour will conclude on one of the busiest streets of Florence, known for its nightlife. Head to a bar with one of the best-rated aperitivos in town. Try the Italian life style, sit down, socialize with the rest of the group, enjoy your drink and then eat and eat as much as you can from the buffet of tasty Italian food. To many Italians, this gathering is the cherry on top of the day, as friends and family gather in bars eating, drinking and sharing stories and laughs into the night.

Florence Walking Tour with a Local Guide

9. 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.

Florence: Half-Day Private Food Tasting Tour

10. Florence: Half-Day Private Food Tasting Tour

Enjoy a feast for the senses on a private food tour of Florence, and experience the flavors and aromas of Italy in the heart of the historic city. Start with a tasting of 2 types of Italian coffee at a typical bar close to Michelangelo’s statue of David in Piazza della Signoria. Next, your guide will introduce you to the typical delicacy of a panino tartufato, a small sandwich served at one of the most respected delis in Florence. Learn about the Florentine passion for truffles, before going to one of the city’s most popular markets. Join locals as they shop for groceries in San Lorenzo Central Market, stopping to taste balsamic vinegars, extra virgin olive oils, 2 different wines, and some typical crostini (small pieces of grilled bread topped with different cheeses, meats and vegetables). Next, go to an authentic enoteca to try some Tuscan wines, served with locally-produced cheeses and cold cuts of meat. End with a sweet treat at a gelateria, sampling the most popular ice cream in Florence.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 142 reviews

I really enjoyed the walking tour with Silvia. She was very informative, friendly and funny. We learned some interesting facts about Florence, Medici family and well-known artists such as Brunelleschi and also got some great tips for food and drinks from Silvia over the WhatsApp. This walking tour is a definite must! (:

Sylvia was very knowledgable, super kind and enthusiastic. Fantastic storiez, great recommendations. I loved every moment of the tour

Our guide Gabriel was very well prepared and their explanation and stories were really helpful.

The tour was about important historical buiildings and museums built by Medici family.

Our guide Sara was very educational and very kind, I recommend it 100%.