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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 Walking Tour with a Local Guide

7. 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.

From Florence: Private Pinocchio History Tour

8. From Florence: Private Pinocchio History Tour

The Cat and the Fox, the adorable Blue Fairy, the terrible Fish-dog, the thoughtful Geppetto, not to mention the Talking Cricket; meet all these characters on a journey that will make both the young and old dream. Live Pinocchio's adventure with the help of a multi-lingual tour guide who will take you to key places in Florence and Tuscany. The morning will be dedicated to the rediscovery of some corners of Florence that have marked important moments in the life of Carlo Lorenzini, known to most by the pseudonym of Collodi. Visit the plaque marking his birthplace on via Taddea and the bronze statue representing the famous puppet before finally reaching the family chapel in the monumental cemetery of Porte Sante, where Lorenzini rests. Then, traveling in a comfortable minivan, head to the Tuscan hills where you will reach the village of Collodi. Be amazed by the beautiful garden of Villa Garzoni, a garden that Carlo himself helped to take care of and make prosper. After a stop for lunch, the guide will accompany you in your exploration of the Pinocchio Park. Hear some passages from the novel while walking the paths from which all the characters of the story emerge.

Florence: Splendors of Florence Private Walking Tour

9. Florence: Splendors of Florence Private Walking Tour

Start this tour at the Piazza Della Repubblica, which was once the forum, the center of the ancient Roman city of Florentia. Head to Orsanmichele, a lovely medieval building with a peculiar history. Learn how it was transformed and later adorned with sculptures by Donatello, Brunelleschi, and others. Follow your guide through the spectacular Piazza Della Signoria and admire beautiful Renaissance sculpture and the landmark Palazzo Vecchio, the medieval palace, and the town hall. Pass through the Uffizi Courtyard. Here you’ll have a chance to see views over the Arno River and the famous Ponte Vecchio. Discover how the oldest bridge of Florence survived floods and wars throughout history. Pass the Bargello, a medieval fortress and tower, which is now home to sculptures by Michelangelo and others. Continue to the Cathedral Square to admire the dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi and hear all about its construction. Stop at a typical Florentine Gelateria for a taste of delicious ice cream, made the old-fashioned way. Continue your tour to Palazzo Medici, the prototype of the Renaissance palace. Once home to the bankers who made a fortune and practically founded the flourishing of the arts in fifteenth-century Florence. The tour ends in Piazza San Lorenzo. Here is the first Renaissance church designed by Brunelleschi with the patronage of the Medici. Find out why its façade was never finished and how Michelangelo was considered an outlaw and fled from Florence. The tour can be customized, so it is ideal for those visiting Florence for the first time as well as for seasoned visitors.

Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

10. Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

Raffaello Sanzio from Urbino contributed to beautifying the city of Florence during his stay in the city from 1504 to 1508. He died at the age of 37 in 1520, and on the occasion of the anniversary of his death you can enjoy a special tour about this rarely-discussed painter. The Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, houses the best Raphael paintings in Florence, including a portrait of the beautiful Fornarina in the sweet face of the Madonna della Seggiola (Virgin Mary of the Chair). You will also encounter the palace where Raphael saw Leonardo’s Mona Lisa in Florence, which totally impressed him. Raphael was also an original architect of smart taste with Raphael’s style palaces in Florence very different from the Florentine Renaissance-style buildings. Raffaello was handsome, kind, and intelligent, and everybody loved him. Your guide will tell you the story of Raphael's short but intense life, full of love, women, and favors from his patrons.

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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%.