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Florence: Michelangelo’s David Guided Accademia Gallery Tour

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Skip the lines and enter the Accademia Gallery to discover Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy a 1-hour tour with an art historian guide. Learn about the…

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5 historical facts to take on your Florence walking tour

Lace up your hiking shoes and put your art hat on: you're finally ready for that walking tour of Florence! But why not get a headstart on a few interesting facts your guide might not cover?

It contributed to the death of Latin

It contributed to the death of Latin

Florentine writers such as Dante and Boccaccio were among the first to abandon Latin in favor of Tuscan, which went on to become Italian. Still, Latin's decline was hardly overnight!

Florence Nightingale was born here

Florence Nightingale was born here

Though British by blood, the founder of modern nursing was named for the city of her birth. Her sister was less lucky. Born in Naples, she was given its ancient name - Parthenope!

Only one of its bridges survived World War II

Only one of its bridges survived World War II

Much of medieval Florence was destroyed by the retreating Nazis, including every bridge but the Ponte Vecchio. Allegedly, Hitler demanded it be spared because of its unique beauty.

It boasts more artistic wealth than anywhere else

It boasts more artistic wealth than anywhere else

Florence is home to some of the world's most renowned galleries, including one of the oldest - the Uffizi. The city is reported to hold almost a third of the world's art treasures!

It's the birthplace of the piano

It's the birthplace of the piano

Though the harpsichord was already a popular Renaissance-era instrument, the pianoforte was invented in Florence by Bartolomeo Cristofori, originally from Padua.

Planning Your Visit

How hard is it?

Florence's heart is fairly easy to cover by foot and most walking tours clock in at just an hour or two, unless they include tours of the Uffizi or other galleries and museums. If you're concerned about lasting the length of even a short tour, we'd advise you to check the itinerary doesn't include a climb up the Duomo's 463 steps, or uphill to the Piazzale Michelangelo.

How do the free tours work?

Free walking tours are perfect for those visiting on shoestring budgets or simply unsure how much to pay in advance. There is a catch, though! Remember the guides do this for a living so bring some cash and pay what you think it was worth at the end. Otherwise, brace yourself for a guilt-trip!

What people are saying about Florence

Highly recommended - a brilliant day trip!

My wife and I had a fantastic day trip with the 'My Tour' group. Lorenzo and the team did an amazing job at guiding us enjoyably and safely through the full day. The trip took in Monteriggioni, Siena (we used our free time to visit the beatiful Duomo), the winery visitor centre and San Gimignano before returning to Florence at around 7.45pm. The three towns were stunning, and it would have been very difficult to visit them on public transport, so the fee was good value. Advice: - bring your walking shoes. Siena and San Gimignano are extremely hilly. - not strictly true to say the trip goes to Chianti - it's to a winery centre, which was effectively a long sales pitch. The lunch, while tasty, wasn't especially large, so make sure you get something to eat in Siena. - the 'free time' in the cities includes toilet trips. I'd also like to praise Lorenzo again - he had time for everyone on the trip, checked in with everyone through the day, and was overall excellent throughout.

Great tour with a knowledgeable, fun and very enthusiastic guide

Our family of three, mum, dada and 12 yo daughter joined a tour led by Christian. We were in a group with two other people, which was great to be ina. Small group. Christian was extremely engaging and knowledgeable and displayed a real passion for the area and the stories of Florence. Not to mention the quick access to the cathedral, museum and, of course, the cupola climb. We would definitely recommend this to others.

Informative & good value option to avoid the public queue!

The tour was worthwhile as a method to avoid the longer public queue, although the Accademia itself was still very busy once we got in. The guide was very informative & knowledgable, which really added to the whole experience. If you really want to see David when it is quieter, look for one of the early entrance options!

Excellent guides that made both museums an unforgettable experience!

Knowledgeable guides are a must and both women were excellent. They added details that made the art even more enjoyable. Small group size is a must.

Florence: Uffizi & Accademia Small Group Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/12/2019

This was a fabulously full day of sightseeing in Tuscany!

We thought it might be too long of a day for us, but it was perfect. Thanks to Martha for taking such good care of us and making it such a fun day.