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Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

1. Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

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 S. 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.

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Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

2. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes your through a the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

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Florence: Walking Tour

3. 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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Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour

4. Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour

Take a half-day journey of discovery into one of the world’s most artistic cities. Known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence is a city of unforgettable elegance. During the tour, you'll get to marvel at some of Florence's best-known treasures, including the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. In the company of an expert guide, stroll through handsome squares and see impressive monuments on every corner. Listen to facts and secrets from 2,000 years of Florentine history, and cross the famous Ponte Vecchio Continue your tour with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, home to one of the most important art collections in the world. Skip the long ticket lines to enter and discover how the art of painting developed over the centuries. Your guide will explain works by some of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, such as Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and more. At the end of the tour, you can remain on your own in the museum until closing time.

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Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

5. Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence by bike and see more of the city in less time. This bike tour follows unbeaten paths too far to reach by foot and too narrow for busses. In 2.5 hours, encounter Florence's most important historical and artistic places. Meet your guide at the agency, wear your helmet, and get on your bike to start touring Florence. Your guide will lead you to reach some of the most amazing and secluded monuments in the historical center of Florence. On this tour visit major points of interest in the historical center including Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cappelle Medicee, Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, Santo Spirito, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Casa di Dante, and Piazza del Duomo. Also explore the city's different districts of San Lorenzo and Oltarano. Throughout the tour, you will stop at several locations to learn about the city's history and some fun facts. You'll also be shown the best places to find gelato, bistecca alla fiorentina, and truffles. The highlight of this bike tour is a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo to experience stunning views of Florence.

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Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

6. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

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Florence: Historic Old Town Medici Walking Tour

7. Florence: Historic Old Town Medici Walking Tour

Explore the streets of historic old town on this walking tour in Florence. Absorb the rich cultural heritage of the city, from the cobble-stoned streets to the beautiful statues that line elegant loggias and mark historic piazzas. Choose from a group or private tour. Meet your local guide amid the grandeur of the Florence Baptistery, the Loggia del Bigallo, and the Opera del Duomo Museum in Piazza del Duomo square. Start by hearing the exciting story behind Brunelleschi’s Dome in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Walk in the footsteps of the notorious Medici family and other prominent Florentine families. Learn some of Florence’s best-kept secrets as your guide points out stunning details on your walk. Unlock the mysteries of the Vasari Corridor with your local guide. Finish at the medieval arched Ponte Vecchio where you can go can view the wares at the colorful shops that span the bridge.

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Florence: Historical Center Bike Tour

8. Florence: Historical Center Bike Tour

Climb onto a comfortable bicycle to experience Florence from a different perspective. See sights such as the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno. Visit areas that the tour buses can’t reach, and cycle down streets with little traffic in the historic center. 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. Continue to the famous covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio, and bike into Piazzale degli Uffizi to see the façade of the Uffizi Gallery. Admire the palaces of Piazza della Signoria in the heart of Florence and the pavement cafés of Piazza della Repubblica. See Brunelleschi’s iconic dome on top of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. At stops along the route, your guide will tell you all about Florentine Republic and the Renaissance.

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Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

9. Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

Hop on a Segway and prepare to be amazed by the highlights of the Renaissance City. Start your adventure at the local partner's office in the historical center of the city. After a quick safety briefing and training, hop on your Segway and set off on your adventure. Learn about the city from an English-speaking guide and go off the beaten path to discover the most charming streets and squares. The easy-to-use Segways provide a convenient way to explore the city and help you and your family create long-lasting memories of Florence. Explore places such as the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Visit Republic Square, the main square in Florence that has marked the center of the city since Roman times, as well as Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florence’s politics since the 14th century.

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Florence: Family Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

10. Florence: Family Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

Explore the history of one of the most elite families of the area, the Medici family. Learn how the incredible cultural movement of the Renaissance transformed not only Florence but eventually the rest of Europe. Use this information and useful tips to solve riddles.  Visit the Piazza Della Republica, the main square of Florence, which marks the center of the City. After a little talk about the history and the changes of the Piazza Republica, walk straight to the Piazza Della Duomo, which is a showstopper of Filippo Brunelleschi, Giotto, Arnolfo, and Francesco Talenti. Walk through old buildings and historical landmarks of Florence to Palazzo Vecchio, where the David’s’ sculpture by Michelangelo is placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. The original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia.  Afterward, walk past the Palazzo Vecchio and your guide will talk you through the Uffizi Gallery. This is one of the greatest museums in the world. Next, reach the most famous old bridge in Florence, known as Ponte Vecchio. Continue to Palazzo Pitti, the enormous palace with Florence's largest architectural monument of Filippo Brunelleschi. This was the former household of the Pitti Family and later of the Medici's. As you walk through the narrow roads of this ancient city, your guide will point out hidden treasures and tell you the curious secrets of the city. Finally, your guide will talk you through the artists, architects, thinkers, and political figures who led to the Renaissance. Make your final stop to La Strega Nocciola for a delicious gelato.

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What people are saying about Ponte Vecchio

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Alessandra made us dive into the history of Florence with a 2-hour tour, from the most famous to the lesser attractions, lightening the visit even with local stories and anecdotes, recommended for those who still do not know the city, good!

This was an excellent way to see the whole city in just a few hours and get an overall history lesson of the major things that happened there. Greta was a great guide; we were able to learn a lot. Great intro to the beautiful city.

Loved this tour! Our guide Sylvia was very knowledgeable and kind. She gave us a great overview of the city and answered all of our questions - including restaurant recommendations.

our guide Bernard was very flexible with our group as we had 3 kids under 9 and he was very patient. very informative

Excellent guide. He was able to underline the important aspects.