Piazza di Santa Croce
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Florence: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

1. Florence: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Meet your expert guide in the heart of the ancient Roman city, the Piazza della Repubblica, where you will learn about the city’s foundation. Walk to Orsanmichele, a Medieval church with iconic Renaissance sculptures on its ornate facade, including work by the famous Donatello. At Piazza della Signoria you can hear the stories behind the Renaissance fountain, the statues and the Palazzo Vecchio which dominates the square with its soaring tower. Just beyond the palace is the Uffizi, a fine example of Renaissance architecture. Cross the Uffizi courtyard to reach the banks of the Arno River and admire the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in town. Make a stop at Piazza Santa Croce. Once the stage for jousting tournaments, today it hosts the official sport of the city, Calcio Storico: an exciting mix of soccer, rugby and wrestling. The itinerary continues through the Medieval streets to the Bargello, then on to reach the Cathedral Square. Stop here to admire the record-breaking dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi and learn all about its construction. Just steps away from the Cathedral Square lies the Palazzo Medici. Learn about the history of the Medici family and how they created a golden age in Florence. See the beautiful palace courtyard with its elegant Renaissance architecture and ornamentation. The last stop on the itinerary is the church of San Lorenzo. With a foundation dating back to the 4th century, this was the original cathedral of Florence.

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Florence: Walking Tour with Piazzale Michelangelo

2. 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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Florence: Renaissance City Walking Tour

3. 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: Private Electric Bike Night Tour

4. Florence: Private Electric Bike Night Tour

Experience the charming atmosphere of the Florentine summer evenings and discover the magic that Florence reserves for you. Onboard your electric bike, cross the Arno river, and reach Piazzale Michelangelo. From the wonderful terrace, marvel all the lighted monuments of Florence and the "Lungarni", the streets flanking the river with its typical street lamps.  Continue the tour and arrive in the historic center of Florence. Follow your guide along the medieval alleys of the city center and discover the world-famous Florentine squares. Admire Cathedral Square with its stunning Brunelleschi’s Dome, Santa Croce Square with its marvelous Gothic Basilica, Signoria Square with its unrivaled open-air museum of sculptures, and Repubblica Square with its historical cafés.

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What people are saying about Piazza di Santa Croce

The tour was very interesting, we discovered stories, details, traditions and characters of the city that we would not have discovered on our own. Our guide (Sarah) was professional, thorough, knowledgeable. Experience not to be missed!

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