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Florence: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

1. Florence: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Meet your expert guide in the heart of the ancient Roman city, the Piazza della Repubblica, where you will learn about the city’s foundation. Walk to Orsanmichele, a Medieval church with iconic Renaissance sculptures on its ornate facade, including work by the famous Donatello. At Piazza della Signoria you can hear the stories behind the Renaissance fountain, the statues and the Palazzo Vecchio which dominates the square with its soaring tower. Just beyond the palace is the Uffizi, a fine example of Renaissance architecture. Cross the Uffizi courtyard to reach the banks of the Arno River and admire the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in town. Make a stop at Piazza Santa Croce. Once the stage for jousting tournaments, today it hosts the official sport of the city, Calcio Storico: an exciting mix of soccer, rugby and wrestling. The itinerary continues through the Medieval streets to the Bargello, then on to reach the Cathedral Square. Stop here to admire the record-breaking dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi and learn all about its construction. Just steps away from the Cathedral Square lies the Palazzo Medici. Learn about the history of the Medici family and how they created a golden age in Florence. See the beautiful palace courtyard with its elegant Renaissance architecture and ornamentation. The last stop on the itinerary is the church of San Lorenzo. With a foundation dating back to the 4th century, this was the original cathedral of Florence.

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Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

2. Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

On this private 3-hour tour you will explore the highlights of Florence before entering the Uffizi Gallery with your pre-booked fast-track ticket. To start off the tour you can admire the marvelous Duomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles. Explore the Baptistery, Giotto’s Campanile, and Florence Cathedral with the great dome by Brunelleschi. You will proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Church of Orsanmichele in which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively Mercato della Paglia with the famous "piglet", and discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza della Signoria with the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia dei Lanzi and the imposing Palazzo Vecchio with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous symbols of the city. The wonderful prospective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square, and in this famous museum you can admire countless works of art among which the most loved painting in the world: the beautiful “Birth of Venus” by Botticelli. At the end of the guided tour you can remain in the museum to explore further at your leisure.

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Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

3. Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

Begin your tour with a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery. Explore this historic institution, one of Europe's oldest art and drawing academies, and home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures. Admire some of Michelangelo's most beloved masterpieces including the famous 'David' and other important works such as 'I prigioni,' 'San Matteo,' and the 'Palestrina Pietà'. After visiting the Accademia, your guide will lead you first to discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize Florence's religious center: Florence Cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), and the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli in the heart of the city, where you can admire the imposing and singular Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. Continuing on, delight in the romantic, picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, with its renowned jewelry shops. Finally, arrive in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city. In this true “outdoor museum”, be amazed by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune and then, looking around, the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Dominating all this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio with its crenelated Arnolfo tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence that you will be able to enjoy in all its magnificence. The wonderful perspective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square. Finally, you simply can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most important art collections in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. Explore this famous art gallery housed in a historic building, and marvel at incredible works of art by great Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, and many others. See two of the world’s most famous paintings, Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and 'Birth of Venus,' along with countless other magnificent paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The guided tour ends at the Uffizi Terrace where you can enjoy an amazing and exclusive view of the city’s most important monuments. Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum. Please note that the order of the visits may change. After the walking tour, you can enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in a historic restaurant in the old city (if option selected).

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Florence: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

4. Florence: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Your tour begins in the heart of Florence then heads to the central and most magnificent square, Piazza del Duomo, complete with the Florence Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistry, and other impressive buildings. You will hear all about the mystery of Brunelleschi's famous dome, before making your way to the church of Orsanmichele where you will be able to admire the works of renowned sculptors such as Donatello. The next stop is the very center of the city, the Piazza della Signoria. Outside the Palazzo Vecchio you will hear about some specifics of the Florentine government throughout the ages. Next to the palace you can find a replica of David, the famous sculpture by Michelangelo. Passing the Uffizi Gallery, where most famous works of Da Vinci, Rafael, and Botticelli can be seen, the tour will lead you towards the deep Arno River, with impressive views of the mysterious Ponte Vecchio. The tour will finish in front of the church of Santa Croce, which comes complete with beautiful façades and impressive history. Along the way you will also learn about Tuscany including its culture, gastronomy, and of course recommendations on the best places to have dinner, coffee, and gelato.

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Florence: 2 Hour Guided Walking Tour

5. Florence: 2 Hour Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a guided walking tour of Florence, a charming city founded by the Romans in 59 B.C. On this tour, explore the city with an English-speaking guide and go on a journey through its impressive history as you walk in the footsteps of iconic artists including Botticelli and Michelangelo. See iconic landmarks including the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, Signoria Square, Ponte Vecchio, and much more. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary and uncover the lives of Florence’s former residents, from Dante to the Medici family. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of the city’s history, architecture, and landmarks, as well as an appreciation for what makes Florence one of the world’s must-visit destinations.

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Florence: 2-Hour Customized Private Guided Tour

6. Florence: 2-Hour Customized Private Guided Tour

Choose your ideal 2-hour private tour from the following options: Option A – Florence Walking Tour: a 2-hour orientation tour with a visit to the main bridges, squares and churches in the city (bookable any date and any starting time available).Option B – Duomo Complex Tour: discover the religious center of Florence, along with the Baptistery and Cathedral's MuseumOption C – Pitti Palace Palatina Gallery: enjoy masterpieces of the most famous Italian and European artists, including Filippo Lippi, Andrea del Sarto, Raffaello,Tiziano, Caravaggio, Rubens, Van DickOption D – Michelangelo's David and Accademia Gallery: admire Michelangelo's David and the other wondrous sculptures housed in this museum

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Florence: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

7. Florence: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Explore the most popular attractions in Florence on this guided walking tour. Learn about the rich history and culture behind famous works like the Florence Cathedral and its famous dome and take in the city's charm as you stroll the picturesque streets. Begin at Florence's most notable bridge, Ponte Vecchio. Hear the story behind this ancient bridge from your expert guide and find out why it's truly one-of-a-kind. Discover the architectural details behind Brunelleschi’s Dome of Florence Cathedral, and see for yourself why this original edifice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to other key monuments such as the Church of Orsanmichele, Santa Croce, and Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza Della Signoria, as your guide explains to you the history behind each landmark.

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Florence: Full-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

8. Florence: Full-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

Explore the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance on a walking tour of Florence, and visit some of the city's fabled sights. Look at the historic statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi on Piazza della Signoria, and make your way to the Ponte Vecchio, famous for its goldsmith shops. Head to Piazza del Duomo to see the Baptistery, Gates of Paradise, Giotto's Bell Tower and the dome of the cathedral Then, follow in the footsteps of the poet Dante to get a better understanding of life during the Middle Ages. Look inside stunning churches, such as the Duomo and Santa Croce, and get access to the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's miraculous David.

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Florence In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

9. Florence In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

Join the group at the Accademia gates to start your tour. There will be a maximum of 12 people so it is always an intimate experience. Learn the story of David and its creator Michelangelo. How does the copy replaced in Piazza della Signoria in 1910,  still guard over the city of Florence? Challenge your guide about the 16th century art school in this Academy of Fine Arts. Hear about the purpose of the museum which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Understand something of the influence and legacy of the ruling Medici family, and learn how this collection was bequeathed to the people of Florence by Anna Maria Lodovica, the last of the Medici. Enjoy the Accademia Galleries and head to the Duomo. Walk through the beauty of priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art as you see the imposing Cathedral of Florence dominating the skyline. Savour the artistic wonder for its size and for its the amazing marble decorations. Includes a pre-reserved visit to the Dome at the end of the tour and the option to climb the dome at your own leisure to admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany. See the Baptistry famous with its doors right in front of the cathedral Santa Maria Del Fiore. These are the Gates of Paradise but what you’ll see here are the copies of the original. ( originals are in the Museum). End the tour at one of these Squares so you can ask your guide for options of the best places to eat or drink an aperitivo. This tour is a great investment to save your time and to appreciate the potentially overwhelming series of art works with a scholarly local guide who manages to be fun at the same time.

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Florence: Skip-the-line Uffizi, Accademia, & Walking Tour

10. Florence: Skip-the-line Uffizi, Accademia, & Walking Tour

Experience Florence with a day full of Renaissance art, museums and walking around the picturesque city streets. Explore two of the most important museums and the best works of Renaissance art in Florence, skipping the line for both. The tour starts the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest museums in the world, featuring some of the most important artworks in Italy such as Botticelli’s the Birth of Venus, and masterpieces by Raphael, Giotto, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. Then discover all of the main sights of the UNESCO-listed City Center. From Ponte Vecchio and Brunelleschi’s Dome of Florence Cathedral (the Duomo), the Church of Orsanmichele and Santa Croce to Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria. This tour covers it all, with history to boot. Ready for more art? At Accademia Gallery, discover one of the greatest Renaissance artworks of all time and Michelangelo’s greatest achievement, the sculpture of David.

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What people are saying about Orsanmichele

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 490 reviews

Our guide was Claudio. We found him to be a very knowledgeable, sincere guide, with clear English. He was dropping tidbits of wonderful history for us to get an initial sense of the wonderful city of Florence. We found this tour to be a great way to get acquainted with the city. We liked Claudio a lot and booked another tour with the same company :)

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!

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.

As we walked around Florence she shared all.sorts of interesting history with us about the buildings we were seeing. It was fascinating.

This visit should be done before any other, to better identify the emblematic places and make the links between them.