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5 historical facts to take on your Florence walking tour

Lace up your hiking shoes and put your art hat on: you're finally ready for that walking tour of Florence! But why not get a headstart on a few interesting facts your guide might not cover?

It contributed to the death of Latin

Florentine writers such as Dante and Boccaccio were among the first to abandon Latin in favor of Tuscan, which went on to become Italian. Still, Latin's decline was hardly overnight!

Florence Nightingale was born here

Though British by blood, the founder of modern nursing was named for the city of her birth. Her sister was less lucky. Born in Naples, she was given its ancient name - Parthenope!

Only one of its bridges survived World War II

Much of medieval Florence was destroyed by the retreating Nazis, including every bridge but the Ponte Vecchio. Allegedly, Hitler demanded it be spared because of its unique beauty.

It boasts more artistic wealth than anywhere else

Florence is home to some of the world's most renowned galleries, including one of the oldest - the Uffizi. The city is reported to hold almost a third of the world's art treasures!

It's the birthplace of the piano

Though the harpsichord was already a popular Renaissance-era instrument, the pianoforte was invented in Florence by Bartolomeo Cristofori, originally from Padua.

Planning Your Visit

How hard is it?

Florence's heart is fairly easy to cover by foot and most walking tours clock in at just an hour or two, unless they include tours of the Uffizi or other galleries and museums. If you're concerned about lasting the length of even a short tour, we'd advise you to check the itinerary doesn't include a climb up the Duomo's 463 steps, or uphill to the Piazzale Michelangelo.

How do the free tours work?

Free walking tours are perfect for those visiting on shoestring budgets or simply unsure how much to pay in advance. There is a catch, though! Remember the guides do this for a living so bring some cash and pay what you think it was worth at the end. Otherwise, brace yourself for a guilt-trip!

What People Are Saying About Florence

such a diference visiting with a pro guide

we had a splendid tour in English. the guide was very attentive nice with very wide knowledge about history religion and architecture. truly a big difference seeing the most important places and the highlights of Uffizi gallery.

Florence Walking Tour with Uffizi Gallery Reviewed by daniel, 02/05/2017

Excellent tour guide, good equipment, skip the line was well worth it!

This tour was excellent - the meeting place was well signposted and easy to find, the team were organised and professional, and explained what we'd be doing and set everything out initially, which I thought was useful to know. Skipping the line was the only reason I bought the ticket, but the real value actually came from the guide herself, she was very knowledgable about Uffizi and the city itself, and happy to chat throughout the tour and answer questions. Mid way through I had the chance to grab a coffee from a coffee shop en-route during a 5 min break, which was perfect timing. If you plan to see the Uffizi Gallery I'd highly recommend this tour purely for the additional insight and convenience you'll get from the guide. I would book again :)

very informant guide who knew his stuff with a bit of comedy

very interesting tour of the academia and of the city of Florence through the eyes of a local history teacher who was proud of Michelangelo and his work as well as being proud of his city .He also added a bit of comedy to the occasion . he was informative about Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo and Leonardo di Vinci and also the points of interest in the city Ponte Vecchio ,Palace de Veccio, doumo and bell tower .

Beautiful scenery in a very picturesque part of Italy.

Everything went extremely well: the transportation was on time, the bus was new, comfortable and clean. The scenes in these small villages were spectacular. I took some extraordinarily beautiful photographs. It was a wonderful experience.

Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour from Florence Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/21/2016

Interesting, informative and highly enjoyable.

Good guide - knowledgeable and passionate about her subject with excellent communication. Interesting and informative tour shared with some like-minded and friendly people.

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