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Florence: Tour with Accademia and Optional Duomo Visit

Product ID: 49082
Enjoy access to Michelangelo's David at the Accademia and view the outside of the spectacular Duomo, in the intimacy of a small group tour. Enjoy a guided walk through the streets and squares of this Renaissance city to further appreciate its riches.
About this activity
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Audio guide/headphones
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Take in the top sights of Florence in just a few hours
  • Skip the long lines to marvel at Michelangelo's David, one of the best-known sculptures in the world
  • Admire the stunning architecture of Florence Cathedral from the outside
  • Discover the Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio on an informative walking tour
  • Visit inside the famous Florence Cathedral (if option selected)
Full description
This Best of Florence Tour offers visitors the opportunity to see the city’s top sights in just a few hours. Your guided tour begins with a visit to see Michelangelo's David – the most popular man in Florence. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and avoid the long queues. Once inside the Galleria your guide will lead you by the Slaves, lining the corridor leading to David. Hear the story behind this iconic work of art and spot the details that make David one of the world's most captivating sculptures. With an expert art historian on hand and with a maximum of 15 people in your group you'll be able to have all your questions answered.

Next you’ll feast your eyes on one of the city's architectural gems, Florence Cathedral. As you admire its dome from the outside, you’ll hear the story of how its architect Brunelleschi recovered lost knowledge and expanded the realm of what was deemed humanly possible all in his pursuit of building it. Select the option including entrance to Florence Cathedral to explore inside this magnificent building.

The beauty of Florence isn't confined to its galleries and churches, as you’ll see in the streets and piazzas of the Renaissance city. Enjoy a guided walk to see the best of the rest for a fuller understanding of the history and culture of Florence. At Piazza della Signoria, you’ll admire magnificent sculptures in the open air. Hear about the notorious and influential Medici family at Palazzo Vecchio. Visit the Ponte Vecchio and enjoy the quirky architecture of the bridge. Before the end of your visit be sure to rub the nose of Il Porcellino to guarantee your safe return to Florence.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line admission to the Accademia Gallery
  • Fast-track entrance to Florence Cathedral (if option selected)
  • Walking tour of Florence
  • English-speaking guide
  • Headsets
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to Florence Cathedral (unless option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In Piazza San Marco, by the statue in the middle of the square. This is a centrally located square just one minute away from the Accademia Gallery in Via Ricasoli. Walk through Via Ricasoli and you will find Piazza San Marco.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Umbrellas
Know before you go
• Only small handbags are permitted inside the Accademia. Large backpacks and large pointy umbrellas are not allowed. There is also no cloakroom inside the Accademia Gallery.
• If option with entrance to Florence Cathedral selected, remember that the cathedral is a holy place so please dress appropriately. It may not be possible to enter the Baptistry on your guided tour due to long security lines.
• Florence Cathedral is subject to closure during special celebrations. If this occurs, the local partner will provide an alternative itinerary.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 205 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Be early or they leave you

Overall the tour was nicely done but we were left the day prior. Getting there only 3 min after departure time someone left a message without a phone number we could contact to meet up as we had gotten lost finding the meeting place. I then had to pay an additional $15 per ticket to move it to the following day which was an inconvenience as we had other plans. I rec IF you use them be there early as they leave people behind if your not there on the seconds when we made the tour the day following they left five minutes earlier then scheduled.

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July 20, 2019

Good insight into Florence

Our guide Pia did a great job of explaining all of the sights we were seeing as well as some useful background information. Being a 3.5hr walking tour, you expect to feel a little weary at the end but it was all worth it. The benefit of 'skip the line' entry became very obvious as we approached the David and Duomo sites. The queues we witnessed had an anticipated wait of around two hours, while we walked straight in.

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June 2, 2019

Informative & Interesting tour

Wait in line to see David or book a tour??? After seeing the long lines we knew we had made the right decision. Just the right amount of information on the tour and really liked the smaller group (14). Leader made adjustments to keep us dry when a downpour came. We felt it was a great tour for our short time in Florence. We highly recommend!!

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May 29, 2019

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Walks of Italy

Product ID: 49082