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Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

1. Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 8 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 9 Libertà Stop 10 Donatello Stop 11 Beccaria Stop 12 Santa Croce Stop 13 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Viale Michelangiolo Stop 2 Piazzale Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Piazza Indipendenza Line B Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Galileo Stop 2 Piazzale Michelangelo Stop 3 Lungarno Serristori Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Lungo l’Affrico Stop 6 Museo del Calcio Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Fiesole Stop 10 San Domenico Stop 11 Via Bolognese Stop 12 Via Fabbroni Stop 13 Via Trento Stop 14 Via Pier Capponi Stop 15 Piazzale Donatello Stop 16 Piazza Beccaria Stop 17 Viale Michelangiolo Stop 18 Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

2. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

Get skip-the-line tickets to the monumental ancient complex of Santa Croce, founded by the Franciscans in the early 13th century and perfectly preserved to this day. Admire famous works of art and be inspired by this unique complex, where art, tradition, and spirituality are all intertwined. Marvel at the masterpieces of inestimable value that, over the centuries, have made Santa Croce a unique place and an unmissable destination from the time of the 'Grand Tour' up until today. Discover works by Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello Bronzino, Vasari, and Canova. Be inspired by the monumental tombs the greatest historical figures in Italy including Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo, Alfieri, Rossini, and Foscolo. Enter the Pazzi Chapel, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the most famous architects of the Renaissance period. Walk through the ancient cenacle and experience the atmosphere of the Franciscan convent whilst crossing through the cloisters.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Green Wheels Golf Cart Excursion

3. Florence: Eco-Friendly Green Wheels Golf Cart Excursion

Explore the historic center of Florence by electric golf cart and leave your conscience clean as you cover more sights than possible on a walking tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly cart in Piazza San Firenze and drive through the streets of the Renaissance city, passing Piazza Signoria and the Porcellino Market. Continue to the Duomo and marble façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Journey along the banks of the River Arno to Piazza Ognissanti. An MP3 player will be provided with commentary about the history of the city and its sites so that you can sit back and relax as your escort drives you across the Santa Trinita Bridge. Marvel at the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Continue to the Ponte alle Grazie, rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II. Go to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) on Piazza Santa Croce to see the largest library in Italy.

Florence: Taste Tuscan Food and Wine on a Guided Foodie Tour

4. Florence: Taste Tuscan Food and Wine on a Guided Foodie Tour

Relish the famous flavors of Florence on a guided food tour in the heart of this historic city. Surround yourself in history as you explore the ornate Florentine streets and squares, savoring authentic Tuscan food and wine along the way. Choose the morning food tour to visit the ancient Sant'Ambrogio Market of Florence and try a variety of delicious Tuscan food with Chianti wine. Meet your guide in the heart of the city and begin your foodie adventure. Follow your guide through picturesque Florentine streets as you scout out tasty specialties. Start with a sweet pastry before sampling a variety of delicious Tuscan food and Chianti wine. Discover shops filled with fresh produce, artisan bakeries, and wine cellars selling glasses of wine on the street before arriving at the famous "All'Antico Vinaio." Skip the lines at this iconic eatery, voted the most-reviewed venue in the world in 2014, and try the famous schiacciata (focaccia). Trace the origins of the city's long history as the birthplace of the Renaissance while exploring hidden squares and lesser-known alleys. Treat yourself to a much-deserved Italian gelato and finish your tour with a new understanding of Florentine cuisine and tradition.

Florence: Walking Tour of Dante's Florence with a Guide

5. Florence: Walking Tour of Dante's Florence with a Guide

Discover Florence and its medieval history. Walking around this extremely fascinating city and visit places where one of the most famous poets of Italy lived: Dante Alighieri. Explore places where Dante Alighieri lived from his birth (1265) to his exile (1302). Find out with us all the places that belonged to Dante! You'll discover with us "Fiorenza", as Dante used to call Florence when Giotto's Bell Tower, Brunelleschi Dome, and even Palazzo Vecchio did not exist. During Dante's life, the city was a network of narrow streets, stone-built houses, and wooden houses. The city was full of towers, small churches, and studios. You'll walk in the footsteps of Dante, investigating through monuments, tombstones, characters, houses, towers, and historical streets that lead to the great poet. During this walking tour, you'll walk through the steps of the Divine Comedy, so you'll understand better also the masterpiece of Dante. Our tour starts in Duomo Square, where stands the oldest building of the city and the baptistery of San Giovanni. In medieval times, this square was the entrance of the city, from here begins the so-called “Dante's District". In fact, if you walk looking upward, you can see the words of Dante carved on the walls of the ancient Florentine towers. During this tour, we will visit the place where he is thought he was born and where he first saw Beatrice. Then, we will move to the Dante Studies Center and Ponte Vecchio, where according to the legend the struggle among Guelphs and Ghibellines began, and the city was divided into two parts. At this point, we will reach the heart of Florence during medieval times: Piazza della Signoria and its Palazzo Vecchio, where Dante's funerary mask is kept inside. At the end of this amazing tour, we will see one of the most beautiful statues of Dante, in Piazza Santa Croce, you'll admire such an amazing marble statue of Dante Alighieri holding in his right hand the Divine Comedy.

Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

6. Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

Begin your excursion with a 50-minute / 1 hour drive to Pisa, stopping first at the Miracles Field, where you’ll see the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, along with the Duomo and Baptistry. You’ll have time to take photos here and shop for souvenirs.  Prepurchasing the tickets on line on "Get Your Guide" or "Opapisa" sites, you will be able to visit the Leaning Tower and/or Duomo and Baptistry. Florence is a 1-hour drive away and on arrival you’ll stop at Michelangelo Square for breathtaking views of the major sights of Florence. Your driver will also stop at Santa Croce Square and Church, known best for the tombs of Italian notables such as Michelangelo and Galileo. Possible visit to the Academia Museum (prepurchasing the "Skip the Line" tickets) to see Michelangelo's David. Will drive then to the heart of Florence, Repubblica Square, where you'll experience the major attractions of the city, such as the Duomo, the Porcellino Market and the Old Bridge, having free time for lunch (cost not incld) and shopping. After lunch and shopping, depart around 4:00 PM for the drive back to Livorno and your ship. If you’d like to try some of Italy’s best gelato, your driver will make a stop along the way.

Florence: Dante’s Self-Guided Audio Smartphone Tour

7. Florence: Dante’s Self-Guided Audio Smartphone Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Florence through the eyes of Dante and imagine life in the middle ages on this self-guided walking tour. See the Church Orsanmichele, House of Dante, and more with your smartphone as a guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking the tour. After downloading the app, visit the Bargello Museum, the Church of Santa Croce, houses in the homonymous square, and a marble monument of the poet.  Explore the network of stone houses and narrow streets of the city while hearing about the medieval city where Dante Alighieri lived. The route continues to Florence Duomo Complex and the famous Santa Maria Novella.  You will hear about all the places that belonged to Dante and his political and religious history. Stroll through the picturesque streets and discover Florence on this fun tour.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

8. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included until 23/03/2024 ) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco (until 23/03/2024. From 25/03/2024 a light lunch will be included) with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Walking Group Tour In Florence

9. Walking Group Tour In Florence

Discover the highlights of Florence on a walking tour with a local guide. Feel the charm of the city that's known for its beautiful Renaissance monuments. Stroll through the city squares, learning about fascinating Florentine history and culture.  In a small group, cross the famous Ponte Vecchio while admiring the small jewelry shops, an integral part of this area. Your guide will tell you interesting stories and facts about Florence, and the artists that have shaped the city. Visit numerous sites, including the Uffizi Gallery from the exterior, the Vasari Corridor, Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Duomo Complex with Giotto's Bell Tower. Marvel at the Church of Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Baptistery, and the Dome, designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi.  Continue the tour from the Dante Alighieri Quarter to Orsanmichele's church. Finally, you will visit Piazza Santa Croce and the fascinating facade of the Gothic-style Basilica, where artists such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini are buried.

Florence: Medici Dynasty History Museum Ticket

10. Florence: Medici Dynasty History Museum Ticket

The Museo de' Medici - located in one of the most extraordinary buildings in the city - is the place to discover the history of the most famous dynasty in the world. From Lorenzo the Magnificent to the Electress Palatine, the memory of Casa Medici is preserved and handed down here through the exhibition of precious collections of works of art, historical relics, original documents, faithful reconstructions and multimedia installations. Visiting the Medici history museum in Florence is also an opportunity to discover an extraordinary monument: the Rotonda Brunelleschi. Designed and begun by the most famous architect of the Renaissance, the Rotunda remained incomplete from 1437 for five hundred years. This extraordinary place, modeled on the Roman Pantheum, was part of the most important humanistic library of the time, frequented by Cosimo the Elder, Lorenzo the Magnificent and Leo X. Later Cosimo I, Grand Duke, wanted to make it the first seat of the Academy of Arts and of the Drawing and, in the nineteenth century, the sculptor Enrico Pazzi sculpted the famous statue of Dante today in Piazza Santa Croce. Finally reopened to the public after twenty years of closure, the Rotonda now houses the precious collections of the Museo de' Medici.

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Excellent option to start your trip in Florence. You will visit all the important churches and sites and deduce where to go next. Our guide was more than amazing, super knowledgeable and cool citizen of Florence. Highly recommend also if you are tired of walking.

It was nice to be able to buy tickets without lining up. The child's barcode had an error, but ours did not, so we were able to go inside.

Beautiful and the restoration they are working on looks great…can’t wait to come back again

Fantastic choice for me. Green wheels make my Florence stay perfect. A must do in Florence

Was excellent. We were able to see and visit many places.