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Florence: Early Bird Walking Tour & Accademia Visit (David)

Product ID: 115102
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See the top sights in Florence on a guided walking tour. Enter the Accademia Gallery with skip-the-line access and marvel at Michelangelo's David.
About this activity
Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 8:15 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines at the Accademia and see Michelangelo's David
  • Take in the top sights of Florence on a guided walking tour
  • See the government palace, Palazzo Vecchio
  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the iconic symbol of the city
Full description
Take a walk through the piazzas of Florence and learn about the city’s fascinating history on this 3-hour program. Admire the exterior of the magnificent Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore which has a unique flower-shaped plan and the biggest masonry dome in the world – the marvel of the architect Filippo Brunellesch. Admire the Duomo and Accademia Gallery, both popular attractions in Florence. Enjoy skip-the-line access at the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David and more.

Learn of the stories about the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the oldest building of the city with its splendid Gates of Paradise. Stroll around Dante’s district and enter the 1,000-year old church where the father of Italian language met the love and muse of his life. Visit Orsanmichele, the quintessential Florentine church, and learn how a market was transformed into a church. Rub the snout of a little bronze boar in Loggia del Porcellino and make a wish to come back to Florence.

Cross Ponte Vecchio bridge, stopping to admire the tiny jewelry shops that used to be butcher stalls. Ponte Vecchio is the symbol of the city and the oldest bridge in town famous for its jewelers' shops hanging over the Arno River. Take a look at the government palace, Palazzo Vecchio. a medieval fortress with the prison for the most dangerous criminals and the old residence of the Medici family. Continue to Dante's district and to Orsanmichele Church to see its faded frescoes and intricate tabernacle, framing the Madonna and Child. Finish the walking tour in the political centre of Florence Piazza della Signoria, a museum under the open sky with many original sculptures created by Renaissance artists.
Includes
  • Headsets so you can always hear the guide
  • 60-minute guided tour in the Accademia Gallery
  • 90-minute guided walking tour led by a licensed local tour guide
  • Reservation fee for Priority entrance to the Accademia
  • Priority entrance to the Accademia Gallery
What’s Not Included
  • Duomo and Baptistery entrance tickets
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point is via Ricasoli 45 (black) - just across the street from the Accademia Gallery. Ring the bell “Visit Today”, follow the check-in procedure at our office and meet your tour guide. Please be at the meeting point at 8:00 AM, at least 15 minutes before the tour starts, to check-in and meet your tour guide. The tour departs at 8:15 AM. Please note that if you digit the meeting point address on Google Maps it will lead you to via Ricasoli 45 (red) which is on the other end of the street. In order to find the meeting point just look for the Accademia Gallery and you will find via Ricasoli 45 (black) just across the street.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card for children
Know before you go
• Please note that the tour includes entrance inside places of worship; visitors are requested to have knees and shoulders covered; visitors not respecting the dress code will be denied entry
• Please bring your children's passports or IDs to prove their age and redeem their tickets (photos or paper prints will be accepted)
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point at the Accademia Gallery.
• Please expect to wait 10-15 minutes to clear security, this time may slightly increase during peak seasons and Easter and Christmas holidays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 132 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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This tour was fantastic! Very well organised, very informative and interesting! There happened to only be 5 of us on the tour for the walking part which made it easy and much more relaxed. Then having the skip the line for the Accademia and the knowledge with the tour just made it the experience very enjoyable.

September 6, 2019

Julia was amazing!!! The entire tour was given at a comfortable pace. Julia was well educated and answered every question we might have had, before we even had a chance to ask. She was also very concerned about our well-being throughout the tour, making sure everyone was well hydrated (it was very hot that day). Julia also provided fun facts that most of us may not know about Florence and provided photographs to help us better imagine how the city was hundreds of years ago. Would most definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to love a little more in depth history but does not have a lot of time to spend in the city :)

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September 2, 2019

Stefano was fantastic

Stefano out guide was amazing - the other 2 people on our tour dropped out for the walking tour of the city so he was our private guide for myself and my brother. Stefano's passion was exceptional and he really kept us engaged, we went into santa croix church which was amazing and we worked around the torrential rain very well. For the accademia portion of the tour, we were joined by a few other guests and although this part lasted about 1 hour, it felt like just 15 minutes or so. Stefano described David in such detail and with such passion that I was very impressed. This is coming from a tour guide in London who does this full time! The only odd thing was the meeting point at the office - the door was locked. We were also told the meeting office was on the first floor but it was on the second floor which was odd.

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May 3, 2019

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Product ID: 115102