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Florence: Walking Tour with Piazzale Michelangelo

1. Florence: Walking Tour with Piazzale Michelangelo

Meet your guide at Piazza Duomo to begin your walking tour. Hear about the Duomo, the icon of Florence. This is where the Baptistery of Saint John, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Giotto's Bell Tower are. Just next-door, your guide will show you Dante's House and the former prison turned art museum, the Bargello National Museum. Head to the Piazza Santa Croce, where you will find the Santa Croce Basilica, the resting place of geniuses. Then, try to swing fortune in your favor at Il Porcellino, the bronze boar statue that can bring you luck if you rub its nose. Continue to Piazza della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi to marvel at the beauty of the Palazzo Vecchio. Explore the history of the palace and admire the open-air museum at the Loggia. Then, pass through the Vasari Corridor to reach Ponte Vecchio. Cross this famous bridge to reach your last stop, the equally celebrated Piazzale Michelangelo. Delight in panoramic views of Florence city center from above, take amazing photos from the terrace and learn more about the iconic buildings.

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Livorno: Florence and Pisa Shore Tour

2. Livorno: Florence and Pisa Shore Tour

After disembarking from your cruise ship and being greeted at the pier by your guide, you will make your way to Pisa. Upon your arrival at Pisa, your first visit will be to the cathedral complex in the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. It is a large square which is home to the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, and the beautiful Cathedral. There you can see with your own eyes the incredible tower that was designed as a bell tower for the neighboring cathedral, which would have stood 185 feet high. There are 297 spiral-staircase steps inside the tower leading to the top. If you wish to climb the tower, don't hesitate to ask your guides to reserve the skip-the-line admission. Your tour in Florence will begin as you visit the Piazzale Michelangelo terrace, which portrays a glorious panorama of the city. Once in the old-town pedestrian center, you will encounter the immense Cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is one the major attraction for tourists, and is one of the largest churches in Italy. Until the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed, thanks to the genius of Brunelleschi who completed it in 1432. Moving on, you will see Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery, and the Piazza della Signoria. After viewing the scenic and iconic Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) on the Arno river, you'll continue to the enormous Piazza Santa Croce. In Roman times, this place was used to execute heretics, but the square now boasts numerous charming boutiques. The Galleria dell'Academia is one of the top museums in Florence mainly because it is the home to Michelangelo's David sculpture. Once having completed your tour of the Accademia, you will enjoy a relaxing drive across the Tuscan region on your way back to the Port of Livorno.

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Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

3. Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

Your meeting point will be in Piazza Santa Croce, near the Santa Croce church where Michelangelo's tomb is situated. From there, start your walking tour through the city center, before making your first stop to Ponte Vecchio. After that you will arrive to the political center of Florence, Piazza della Signoria, which has an amazing Loggia in which you can admire marble and bronze statues created by Florentine artists from the 16th century. From there you can also see the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's top rated galleries, before you continue your walking tour to the old market, another vibrant city location. Following that, you will reach another famous Florence square, Piazza della Repubblica, where your expert tour guide will fascinate you with stories and anecdotes about life in Florence, as well as its history and culture. Your next stop will be the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, or as the locals know it, the Duomo (cathedral). This cathedral was the first of its kind in terms of dimension and structure, and is also a symbol of the Renaissance in Florence. Lead by your guide, you will learn some of the history and interesting facts about the cathedral. At the conclusion of your tour, you can relax and savor a typical lunch at San Lorenzo's market, where you can also walk around the folkloristic market stalls.

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Florence: Private Electric Bike Tour of Florence & the Hills

4. Florence: Private Electric Bike Tour of Florence & the Hills

Visit Florence and its wonderful hills, Fiesole and Piazzale Michelangelo, with an eco-friendly means of transportation. With little effort, aboard your electric bike. Follow your private tour leader and admire breathtaking views of Florence and its countryside. Stop at scenic spots to capture wonderful photos. Start from Via della Mosca and head to Fiesole, the town that rises on the hill immediately behind Florence. Make a stop at a farmhouse that produces organic products. Visit the farm, soak in the rural landscape and the Renaissance cloister. Savor a snack (not included) in the characteristic shop selling local products. Next, bike your way to Piazzale Michelangelo. Enjoy a wonderful view of Florence and the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte overlooking Piazzale Michelangelo. Descend into the center of Florence passing through the Lungarno. Hop off your bike to enter a wine bar with typical Chianti wines (tasting not included). As you navigate through the narrow streets and characteristic squares of Florence, admire monuments like Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Piazza della Signoria, the Cathedral with the Brunelleschi Dome, Giotto’s Campanile, the Baptistery with the Porta del Paradiso, the Basilica di Santa Croce and more. At the end of the tour, cool off with a delicious homemade Gelato at an ice cream shop in the center of Florence.

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