Basilica di Santo Spirito
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  • Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

    1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

    The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Pitti Palace is the former home of the powerful Medici family, the lavish Renaissance palace now hosts an extraordinary collection of art. Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens. Today, the Pitti Palace houses some of the most important museums in Florence: on the first floor is the Palatine Gallery, containing a broad collection 16th and 17th century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. The Gallery of Modern Art, located on the second floor of the Pitti Palace, has a fine collection of paintings and sculpture, mostly Itali...

    I was most interested in the Bobboli gardens - the palače Is majestic, od course, bit the gardens are really something astonishing.

  • Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

    2. 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. 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.

    Rafaelo was wonderful! My kids really just were looking to ride the seaways around and not listened and he immediately understood. Which was perfect!! He catered to them and they responded by listening to the history of this beautiful city! It was a perfect way to see the city with kids and everyone had a wonderful time

  • Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

    3. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

    Hop on an electronic golf cart and discover the history of Florence in an entertaining, relaxing, and eco-friendly way. After meeting your driver, head to Ponte Vecchio and follow the Ponte Santa Trinita to reach the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Here, admire the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi's Dome. Next, see one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance facade. Finally, arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine tradi...

    I can’t say enough about our tour of Florence in this cute little golf cart! Luca was our guide and he was amazing! We were able to see a little of the city and then he lead us up through the scenic hills, where you pass the famous Piazzale Michelangelo and other historical sites. He was super knowledgeable funny and proud of country. This tour is a must do when visiting Florence!

  • Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    4. 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 histo...

    Die Tour war englisch gebucht, aber da wir die einzigen Gäste der Tour waren, hat Lorenzo spontan auf deutsch umgestellt. Vielen Dank dafür! Die Tour war super - spannend, informativ und trotz der Hitze gut zu machen, weil Lorenzo immer Schattenplätze für die Erklärungen gesucht hat. Die Fahrräder waren gut zu fahren. Wir haben auf diese Weise einen super Überblick über Florenz bekommen, da hätten wir alleine einiges übersehen!

  • Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

    5. Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

    Explore the heart of Florence on a guided bike tour around the city’s most unforgettable spots. Ride down characteristic streets, through popular squares, and across historic bridges. Learn about the city through commentary from your local guide.

    The itinerary begins where the Medici family began to wield their power in Florence. See their stately palace and the Basilica of San Lorenzo.

    Next, pass by the medieval baptistery on your way to Piazza della Republica, the site of the ancient forum where the city’s history began.

    Then, reach the Arno River stopping to admire the Renaissance architecture. Cross the bridge designed by Michelangelo and get a stunning view of the famous Ponte Vecchio.

    Continue on to explore the other side of town. Ride through Piazza Santo Spirito and stop to admire the grand Pitti Palace. Ride alongside...

  • Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

    6. Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

    Enjoy a full-day private shore excursion of Pisa and Florence from Livorno Port and discover the cradle of the Renaissance, one of the most important periods for art and architecture in history. Sit back and relax as you drive through the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. As you approach Florence, drive up the Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most impressive views of the city. Follow an uphill road, bordered by ancient walls, to Forte Belvedere, built by the Grand-Duke Ferdinand to protect his Medici villas. Enter the city via the Porta Romana to Pitti Palace, home to the Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Coach Museum, and Silver and Porcelain Museums, as well as the magnificent Boboli Gardens. The next stop is the Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by historical literary cafés. Following the Via De'Calzaiuoli, admire m...

    I was very surprised that for two (2) of us we were picked up in a minivan! I was expecting a nice luxury sedan. I felt the price of this excursion was greatly Over-Priced for what we received.

  • Florence: Guided Tour by Bike with Gelato Tasting

    7. Florence: Guided Tour by Bike with Gelato Tasting

    Explore Florence on a small-group bike tour led by your expert tour guide. Discover the city's four districts with detailed explanations about the history and the architecture. Start the journey and pass by Piazza del Duomo to discover the famous Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Also, visit Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. Then cross Ponte Vecchio to reach Palazzo Pitti. During every stop there will be time for pictures and your guide will be glad to answer any questions. Considering that the city center of Florence is totally flat, everyone who knows how to handle a bike can join the tour, with a very low muscular effort. At the end of the tour, taste one of the best ice creams in town.

  • Florence by Bike: 2-Hour Guided Photography Tour

    8. Florence by Bike: 2-Hour Guided Photography Tour

    Focus on Florence – A photographic tour of Florence by bike Take a guided trip through the historical center of Florence to learn about this city of art and history and see and photograph some of its most compelling views on a 2-hour tour of more than 20 of its top attractions. Traveling by bicycle allows you to cover more of the city on this photographic odyssey through Florence, visiting both well known sites and hidden gems, and stopping at the best vantage points to take the perfect picture. At the end of the tour, the best photo taken, as judged by a photography expert, wins a prize. The entire center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this eco-friendly tour departs from Piazza Santissima Annunziata, home of the National Archaeological Museum and Spedale degli Innocenti. Continue through aristocratic streets and stop at the Synagogue and the historic Flea Market. Pa...

  • Dine around Florence: An Evening Food and Wine Experience

    9. Dine around Florence: An Evening Food and Wine Experience

    Start your tour on the iconic Ponte Vecchio as you cross into the artisanal mecca of the Oltrarno neighborhood. Stopping at some favorite local haunts, sample Tuscan charcuterie, cheeses, and fresh-baked bread along with regional olive oils and balsamic vinegars. As you eat, your guide will explain why Florence has become recognized as one of the world capitals of good eating, even within Italy and how the region of Tuscany is able to produce such quality foods. Next you’ll cross the bustling plaza of Santo Spirito and head into an enoteca, or wine bar, where you’ll be able to sample three local wines, including one of the famous Super Tuscans, along with three types of crostini. In between the the artisans’ workshops that line Via Santo Spirito, pop into one of the famous bakeries in Florence for a snack, before sitting down at a local trattoria for the main event. Next you'll have th...

    It was great to have a tour in Florence. Showed us what it's like to live like a local.

  • Florence: The Curious Oltrarno, Self-Guided Mobile Tour

    10. Florence: The Curious Oltrarno, Self-Guided Mobile Tour

    This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by a tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives are prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule. The curious Oltrarno is a Florence most people never see. The city is divided into four districts, but only one is on the other side of the river Arno: this district is called Oltrarno. It is the least visited and the most Florentine neighborhood, full of stories, traditional restaurants and handicraft shops.   Since O...

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What people are saying about Basilica di Santo Spirito

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13 reviews

With Guido we had a great guide. Who answered all our questions with a high level of expertise, initiated us into the secrets of the architectural masterpieces and brought us to all the breathtakingly beautiful places. Now we also know what Michelangelo's finger is all about and why Florence has so many towers. All thumbs up. Thank you for this great experience with the charming Guido.

I can’t say enough about our tour of Florence in this cute little golf cart! Luca was our guide and he was amazing! We were able to see a little of the city and then he lead us up through the scenic hills, where you pass the famous Piazzale Michelangelo and other historical sites. He was super knowledgeable funny and proud of country. This tour is a must do when visiting Florence!

Our guide, ‘The King of Florence’, was friendly, informative, knowledgeable, and gave great unique insights. It was a private tour around Florence. I have hip and walking issues and this tour was perfect. I would highly recommend this tour.

today I had a beautiful day of an hour for Florence. Thanks to Michele who explained to me the points that were passed.

Very informative, varied tour! A tour far away from the mainstream.