Get to know Florence like a local on this half-day walk and orientation to the major monuments, squares, and streets that every first-timer and the seasoned visitor will want to discover. Your passionate guide will take you beyond the bustling public squares and popular traveler hot spots to explore the labyrinth of narrow medieval streets. Experience Florence where boutique shops and cafes are the backdrops for Florentines going about daily life.
Along the way, there are stops where we unravel mysteries around some of the city's most notorious Artists, Architects, Poets, Priests, and Politicians who helped transform Florence into a center of medieval trade, finance, and one of the wealthiest cities of the time. The prosperity of Florence facilitated The Renaissance, and it acquired the nickname, "The Athens on The Arno". You will learn how the city's turbulent political history was marked by the powerful Medici family and numerous religious and republican revolutions throughout history.
Your guide will take you on a leisurely stroll across quaint bridges, under arches, past churches and sculptures, and through markets and museums where you can trace the footsteps of famous residents like Leonardo Da Vinci and Dante Alighieri. The tour reaches its finale at the Galleria dell'Accademia with a VIP entrance, skipping the line to admire Michelangelo's famous sculpture of David.
At the end of the tour, your guide will be happy to go over your map of the city with suggestions for other sights to see on your own, restaurants, and cultural activities.
private tour starting at €288 total, not per person
3-hour private walking tour • children 12 years and under are free • reservations required
the essentail orientation to the city's monuments and neighborhoods
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December 24, 25, 31
• Ponte Vecchio: The oldest bridge of Florence, lined with gold shops
• Uffizi Museum: Sights and statues around the outside of the museum
• Michelangelo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia
• Piazza della Signoria: The political hub of the city and most popular square
• Palazzo Vecchio: Outside, the Impressive residence of the powerful Medicis
• Straw Market: A lively historic market with the Lucky Wild Boar
• Piazza della Repubblica: Cafes line a former Roman forum and ghetto
• Piazza del Duomo: Outside, Giotto's Bell Tower
• Baptistery of St. John
• Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Loggia del Bigallo
We pre-reserve VIP tickets for the Galleria dell'Accademia with priority to skip line and enter before the general public. Do not buy tickets in advance.
The tickets are picked up and paid for on the day of the tour upon arrival at the museum with your guide. There is no refund for the tickets with less than 24-hours advance notice.
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Excellent English-speaking, authorized guide.
Authorization to enter sights and skip lines.
Hotel, apartment, or at an easy-to-find location in historic center. A map and photo of exact meeting point is sent with tour confirmation. Hotel or apartment meetings subject to time and location.
Adults over 18 years: €16.50
Students 6 to 17 years with a valid student ID: €4.
Children under 6 years: Free
Galleria dell'Accademia closed on Mondays.
Tuesday to Sunday, all-year.
Morning: 9:00am, or 9:30am
Afternoon: 2:00pm, or 2:30pm
Custom start times subject to guide availability.
80% level ground. Several stair cases up and down. Uneven cobblestones on tour route. Not safe for those with walking challenges, canes or unable to walk for 1-hour without resting.
Transportation to and from the tour is additional, and only needed if guests stay outside of historic Florence.
Ticket fees: Private tours pay in cash Euros or credit card at time of entry.
ClearSound headphones required for more than 7 guests. €1.50 per person
Wear comfortable athletic shoes.
There are stops for clean restrooms, and food & beverage breaks if needed.