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Florence: Heart of Florence Guided Walking Tour

1. Florence: Heart of Florence Guided Walking Tour

Check out some of the most iconic sights in Florence on a guided walking tour that explores the heart of the city and visits many of its top attractions. Learn all about the history of Florence as you see the most famous artwork and architecture it has to offer. Begin in the ancient Medici Family District. Admire the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the family's first residence in the San Lorenzo District, where you can also find their church and mausoleum chapels. A few steps away are some of Florence's most famous monuments: the cathedral with its incredible dome by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Gates of Paradise, and the Giotto bell tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli. See the imposing Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine gothic art before reaching the bustling Mercato della Paglia (straw market). Don’t forget to rub the nose of the famous pig and toss a coin into the fountain to bring you good luck. Continuing on, admire the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Finally, arrive at the Piazza Signoria, the political center of the city. In this true 'outdoor museum', see the beautiful Fountain of Neptune with the marvelous marble statue by Ammannati. There are also the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi, including Cellini’s Perseus and Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines. Dominating all of this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio and the Arnolfo Tower, one of the most emblematic symbols of Florence.

Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

2. 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: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

3. Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

Begin your tour with a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery. Explore this historic institution, one of Europe's oldest art and drawing academies, and home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures. Admire some of Michelangelo's most beloved masterpieces including the famous 'David' and other important works such as 'I prigioni,' 'San Matteo,' and the 'Palestrina Pietà'. After visiting the Accademia, your guide will lead you first to discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize Florence's religious center: Florence Cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), and the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli in the heart of the city, where you can admire the imposing and singular Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. Continuing on, delight in the romantic, picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, with its renowned jewelry shops. Finally, arrive in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city. In this true “outdoor museum”, be amazed by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune and then, looking around, the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Dominating all this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio with its crenelated Arnolfo tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence that you will be able to enjoy in all its magnificence. The wonderful perspective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square. Finally, you simply can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most important art collections in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. Explore this famous art gallery housed in a historic building, and marvel at incredible works of art by great Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, and many others. See two of the world’s most famous paintings, Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and 'Birth of Venus,' along with countless other magnificent paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The guided tour ends at the Uffizi Terrace where you can enjoy an amazing and exclusive view of the city’s most important monuments. Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum. Please note that the order of the visits may change. After the walking tour, you can enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in a historic restaurant in the old city (if option selected).

From Rome: Guided Walking Tour of Florence with Train Ticket

4. From Rome: Guided Walking Tour of Florence with Train Ticket

Visit Florence with an indipendent day trip by high-speed train from Rome.  Depart in the morning from Roma Termini Train station and in just 2 hours you will reach the heart of Florence, the city of Renaissance! Reach your local professional guide, and start your comprehensive walking tour, discovering the most iconic sights of Renaissance and Medieval Florence. Explore first the Medici district, with the ancient San Lorenzo Church and the Medici Chapels. A few steps away, find the Duomo, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the iconic Brunelleschi's Dome, the elegant Giotto's Bell Tower and the beautiful Romanesque Baptistery of San Giovanni, with its golden “Porta del Paradiso". Walk by the Church of Orsanmichele, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art, before heading to Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city and with its majestic Palazzo Vecchio. You will arrive then until the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, and you will end this amazing walking tour admiring its renowned jewelry shops! Then, have a break and appreciate a delicious Tuscan Lunch in a typical restaurant located in the old town (if option selected, otherwise free time for lunch). The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can enjoy your free time going for some shopping and discover unique art crafts in the numerous Florentine artisan shops, taste local products in one of the restaurants on the first floor of the Central Market or just sit at the table of a historic café in Piazza della Repubblica before going back to Rome.

From Venice: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tours

5. From Venice: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tours

Journey to Florence from Venice by high-speed train in 2 hours and prepare yourself for a complete cultural immersion. Discover the city and its huge artistic patrimony, museums, monuments, palaces, and churches. Admire some of the most important artistic treasures in the world. Walk around Duomo Square and admire the beautiful Cathedral with the majestic Dome of Brunelleschi and the Bell Tower of Giotto. Then meet your guide and get ready to explore the beautiful Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s David. Afterward, explore the San Lorenzo Central Market and enjoy a tasting of local products, specially prepared for you. Then venture out on your own and discover Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza Della Signoria with its historical and architectural heritage such as Palazzo Vecchio, Loggia Dei Lanzi, and the Uffizi Gallery. Next to Palazzo Vecchio you will find the Neptune Fountain where you will connect back to your guide and visit the unique Uffizi Gallery which houses one of the best collections of Renaissance art in the world. Finally, you will head towards the Santa Maria Novella train station and depart back to Venice.

Florence: Guided Walking Tour

6. Florence: Guided Walking Tour

Start your walking tour at Piazza del Duomo where you will meet your expert guide. After a short debrief about the Basilica, continue on to the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, the home of the first Medici Palace in Florence and the Medici Chapel. Check out the neighborhood's famous open-air market specializing in leather goods and clothing. Learn more about the Medici family and the part they played in Florentine history from your expert guide as you wander through. Next, come upon the most iconic landmark in Florence: the Duomo. Marvel at the complex comprised by the Baptistery, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Nearby, find Dante’s house and the Bargello, a former prison that now serves as an art museum. Stop by Il Porcellino, a bronze boar statue, and rub his nose for luck. Then head to Piazza della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi to admire the beauty of the Palazzo Vecchio. Learn about the history of the palace and stroll through the open-air museum at the Loggia. Continue along the Vasari Corridor to reach your last stop, Ponte Vecchio.

Florence: Renaissance City Walking Tour

7. Florence: Renaissance City Walking Tour

Begin in the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery and the Piazza della Signoria, home to the prestigious Palazzo Vecchio. Gazing up at the Loggia dei Lanzi, marvel at these admirable works of art while learning about their history. Follow narrow alleys to the renowned square of Santa Croce. The church here, a smaller version of Florence’s iconic Duomo, is the final resting place of many illustrious Italian historical figures like Dante Alighieri and Michelangelo. Traverse the external path of the Vasari Corridor to Ponte Vecchio, a picturesque bridge with charming goldsmith shops.  Then explore the most authentic districts of Florence: famous for their artisan shops and their ancient tower houses, the Oltrarno district and the neighborhoods of S. Frediano and Santo Spirito boast an international flair mixed with local traditions that provide insight into Florence’s vibrant local scene. From Ponte Santa Trinita, move on to Via Tornabuoni and stroll through the Piazza della Repubblica before coming face to face with Florence’s iconic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Florence: Accademia Fast-Track Entry Guided Tour

8. Florence: Accademia Fast-Track Entry Guided Tour

Florence skip-the-line guided tour of Accademia in a small group. Meet your guide and enter the Accademia on a guided tour with no delay thanks to pre-reserved tickets. Learn the story of David and its creator Michelangelo. Hear about the purpose of the museum which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Understand 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. Also get to see Michelangelo’s unfinished and powerful work, “Prisoners,” along with the masterpieces of other famous artists. Benefit from the advantages of a timed entry slot, and stay as long as you like in the Gallery.

From Venice: Florence Day Trip By Train with Walking Tour

9. From Venice: Florence Day Trip By Train with Walking Tour

Visit Florence with a comfortable day trip from Venice.  Depart in the morning from Venezia Santa Lucia train station and in just 2 hours you will reach the heart of Florence, the city of Renaissance! Reach your local professional guide, and start a comprehensive Walking Tour, discovering the most iconic sights of Renaissance and Medieval Florence. You will first explore the Medici district, with the ancient San Lorenzo Church, admire the beauty of the monumental complex of the Duomo, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the iconic Brunelleschi's Dome, the elegant Giotto's Bell Tower and the beautiful Romanesque Baptistery of San Giovanni. The tour then goes through the characteristic streets of the medieval district where you can also admire the imposing Church of Orsanmichele, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. You will be led to the picturesque Straw Market: don’t forget to rub the nose of the famous “porcellino” (little pig). Going on, you will find yourself in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world where you will be fascinated by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune with the imposing marble statue of Ammannati and by the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi.  Dominating the square, the majestic Palazzo Vecchio before arriving to the romantic and picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Then, have a break and enjoy a delicious Tuscan Lunch in a typical restaurant located in the old town (if option selected, otherwise free time for lunch). The rest of the day is at your leisure: you can enjoy your free time going for some shopping and discover unique art crafts in the numerous Florentine artisan shops, taste local products in one of the restaurants on the first floor of the Central Market or just sit at the table of a historic café in Piazza della Repubblica.

Florence: Full-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

10. Florence: Full-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

Explore the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance on a walking tour of Florence, and visit some of the city's fabled sights. Look at the historic statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi on Piazza della Signoria, and make your way to the Ponte Vecchio, famous for its goldsmith shops. Head to Piazza del Duomo to see the Baptistery, Gates of Paradise, Giotto's Bell Tower and the dome of the cathedral Then, follow in the footsteps of the poet Dante to get a better understanding of life during the Middle Ages. Look inside stunning churches, such as the Duomo and Santa Croce, and get access to the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's miraculous David.

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Our guide took us through the center of Florence in a professional, charming and competent manner. In addition to a lot of information about the highlights, we also learned interesting facts about the history of this wonderful city. It was a lot of fun.

This experience was worth every penny and then some. Martina was very knowledgeable and helpful. This is highly recommended.

Our guide was thorough and entertaining. He knew his stuff!!