See the best of the “Cradle of the Renaissance” on a 7-hour walking tour of Florence. Learn about the great patrons of the arts and science in the chapels of the Medici family. Go to Palazzo Riccardi, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Signoria, and much more.
What to Expect
Discover masterpieces of art and architecture from the Renaissance on a full-day walking tour of Florence, starting at the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella near the city’s main railway station. Marvel at the ornate façade of the church, famous for its Gothic and early Renaissance frescoes.
Learn about the textile merchant, Giovanni di Paolo Rucellai, and how he commissioned Leone Battista Alberti to design the miraculous marble façade. Then, continue to the Medici Chapels in Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, and hear about the last scion of the Medici family (the “Electress Palatine”) and how she bequeathed much of the Medici art collection to Tuscany on condition it never left Florence.
See the unfinished Church of San Lorenzo and the monument to Giovanni dalle Bande Nere by Bandinelli. Next, go to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi to look at the kneeling windows and finely cut ashlar masonry. Break for lunch on your own (own expense), before going to Piazza della Signoria.
Cross some of the city’s most sacred districts to see the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, octagonal Baptistery, and Giotto’s free-standing Campanile. Continue across the River Arno to Palazzo Pitti in the Boboli Gardens and discover a treasure trove of museums, including the Palatine Gallery, Silver Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, and Royal Apartments.
Enjoy panoramic views of Florence dominated by Brunelleschi’s dome from the Boboli Gardens.
What's Not Included
- Entrance ticket to the Uffizi Gallery (EUR 16.50)
- Entrance ticket to the Medici chapels (EUR 6)
- Entrance ticket to Pitti Palace (EUR 13)