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Florence: Walking Tour

1. Florence: Walking Tour

Learn why Florence gave birth to the Italian Renaissance on an introductory walking tour through 2,000 years of the city's history. Get a better understanding and appreciation of the background and context of the Renaissance from your expert guide. Hear about the city’s Roman origins and see landmark attractions, such as the covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio. Proceed to the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery, home to masterpieces by Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo, and others. Continue to Duomo Square or Piazza del Duomo in the heart of the historic center of Florence. Marvel at the Gothic facade of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Admire the iconic Renaissance cathedral dome designed in the 15th century by Filippo Brunelleschi. See the Baptistery of San Giovanni, designed by the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, and the famed gilded bronze doors that Michelangelo likened to "Gates of Paradise."

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Florence: Wine Tasting Walking Tour

2. Florence: Wine Tasting Walking Tour

Begin your adventure at the Ponte Vecchio, where your guide will take you on a walk to Oltrarno, to enjoy your Florence wine tasting. Enjoy the sunset and the sights of Florence as you walk. Be surrounded by lit-up squares, gardens, and palaces. Learn about the history of the city from your expert guide who will also point out any sights you might have missed. Enjoy tasting glasses of both white and red wines including Tuscany’s famous Chianti wine. Perfectly pair your wine with special snacks that are prepared by a famous local merchant. Enhance the flavor of the local crostini with each sip of wine. Finish your tasting session and grab a glass of wine to go before continuing onto your next destination. Head to the classical area of Florence. Cross the beautiful Ponte Vecchio at night, and see how spectacular the city is in the dark. Explore the political and religious city center with your professional guide. Reach your final destination, The Duomo. Bask in the glory of the famous Duomo with a final glass of wine and plate of crostini, the perfect way to conclude a spectacular sunset wine tour.

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Florence 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Bike

3. Florence 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Bike

Climb into the saddle of a comfortable bicycle to experience Florence from a different perspective. See sights such as the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and covered Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno. Visit areas that the tour buses can’t reach, and cycle down almost traffic-free streets in the historic center, venturing off the usual tourist paths. Explore the Oltrarno quarter, where many of the city’s most notable sights are found. Cycle through the artisans area to the Renaissance palace of the Palazzo Pitti. See the cupolas of the church of San Frediano in Cestello. Go to the famous covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio, and bike into Piazzale degli Uffizi to see the façade of the Uffizi Gallery. Continue to the ornate exterior of the Basilica of Santa Croce, final resting place of notable Italians, including Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Admire the palaces of Piazza della Signoria, heart of the medieval Florentine Republic. See Brunelleschi’s iconic dome of the Duomo, and the pavement cafés of Piazza della Repubblica. Your guide will tell the story of Florence at strategic stops, giving you time to pause for an Italian gelato (ice cream) along the way.

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Florence: Renaissance City Walking Tour

4. 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.

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Florence Sunset Food Tour

5. Florence Sunset Food Tour

Set off as the sun dips over the horizon and be introduced to the very best restaurants and wine bars Florence has to offer. See the perfect cocktail being constructed then sip it down at aperitivo o’clock as you watch the world go by on the cobblestone Santo Spirito streets. Savor artisanal truffle cheese and cured local meats paired with the perfect local vino. After your interactive Negroni-making demo with some of the best views of Florence, move on to a wine tasting paired with a Tuscan Panzanella Salad and Melanzane alla Parmigiana. During the evening, your local guide will entertain you with stories, fascinating history, and a unique glimpse into the best part of Florentine life, the food.

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Florence: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Scooter

6. Florence: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Scooter

Discover Florence while riding on an electric scooter and leave a minimal environmental impact. The scooter is comfortable and easy to drive and your sightseeing tour starts with a short lesson on handling the scooter.  During your tour visit the most important places in Florence such as the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Duomo Square, Dante's Tower, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, Via Tornabuoni, the Strow Market with the Porcellino, Piazza Della Repubblica, Palazzo Medici, Piazza Santa Croce, and much more. As you scoot through the city follow your guide and listen to them as they tell you about the history and interesting stories about the city.

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Florence: Food Tour of Oltrarno

7. Florence: Food Tour of Oltrarno

Get to know Florence from a new perspective in this intimate four-hour walking tour of Oltrarno, with its charming cobblestoned streets and Boho cafes. Learn about Florentine food and culture from your passionate local guide while trying some of the best food Florence has on offer.  First, stop at one of the best coffee shops in Florence and sample a true Florentine breakfast of Tuscan cheeses and fennel-spiced salami. Next, step into a local restaurant's kitchen and watch a baking demonstration of homemade cantucci, delicious crunchy almond cookies.  If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can try Florence’s famous Lampredotto, made from the fourth stomach of a cow. Next, sit down for a typical Florentine meal and finish off your foodie adventure with the best gelato in town.

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Florence: Street Art Tour

8. Florence: Street Art Tour

Explore an unexpected, contemporary side of Florence on this walking tour of the city's best graffitis, murals and street art. Learn where the modern-day Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo live and work and discover the links between past and present Renaissance art. During your tour, experience an alternative Florence and learn about the city's recent history through its colorful walls which tell stories of society, history, and politics.  Stroll through the streets of the city and explore the main squares, such as Santa Maria Novella, Piazza Della Signoria, and Piazza Pitti. You will also visit some more off-the-beaten-path locations where the walls have been turned into canvases by young contemporary artists.

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Florence: Tour of Craft Workshops

9. Florence: Tour of Craft Workshops

Join a tour focused on these famous traditions. Immerse yourself in atmospheric Florentine districts like San Frediano, Santa Croce, and Oltrano. Walk down streets full of small businesses like shoemakers and framers. Together with your tour guide, discover numerous processes which take place in Florentine workshops and laboratories. Observe how typical Florentine paper is hand-painted, and how hard stones are worked by the only craftsman who still works with them. Enter the workshop of a Florentine goldsmith and observe him at work. Visit a prestigious framer and an antique dealer. Admire these skilled practitioners at work as you enjoy the authentic side of Florence.

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What people are saying about Oltrarno

We had a great tour with our tour guide Alberto in September 2020! Alberto was a really good guide who told us all relevant facts about Florence and showed us the most important places! Also the bikes has been very Good!

This was an incredible way to see the city of Florence. The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour.

Really Nice guide who was very enthousiastic. We had a great time despite the bad weather.

Loved the visit, Camilla was so nice and told me so many things about Florence!

Our tour was great, ask for Sophie shes a wonderful guide