The best way to see the city! We did the full loop on two different lines, and they were fantastic! We ended up going up into the mountain area and stopping at the most beautiful town, Fiesole. It had the best views in all of Florence, so we stayed and had a wonderful dinner there! Deffinitely one of the highlights of our time in Florence! Also, the bus lines drive through the wooded area on the other side of the Arno - this road (Machiavelli?) is one of the prettiest drives EVER! They stop at Piazzale Michaelangelo, which is also amazing for views of the city and Duomo. Don't go to Florence w/o this pass! :)
Doing what: Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Really enjoyed this informative tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Would recommend to see the real David! Lots of other amazing artifacts to enjoy along the way. the Duomo was amazing.
Our walking tour of Florence was an absolute delight! Our tour guide was full of enthusiasm and knowledge as she led our group around the streets of Florence pointing out places and statues of interest. We saw the Ufizzi Gallery, the Duomo, the Palazzo, the Pitti Palace and she pointed out many other interesting sites including taking us across the Ponti Vecchio. Our tour guide explained the history behind the landmarks we visited including how the Medici family died out eventually and the last remaining member of the family left the entire Medici estate to the City of Florence in perpetuity. The whole tour was very interesting and ended up with a welcome ice cream included! A great morning.
Doing what: Renaissance Florence Walking Tour
This was a fabulous tour! Our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. We were pleasantly surprised the tour included entering the Baptistry and Bell tour on top of climbing the Duomo! Climbing the Duomo and looking out over all of Firenze is an absolute must if you can!!!
My husband and I loved this tour. We took this tour on a Sunday which was a mistake as we were not allowed in the Duomo, but our tour guide was outstanding and was very compassionate with my husband who was experiencing some knee problems. Seeing the David statue was the high light of the tour and left me speechless. It is impossible to comprehend the magnitude of the statue unless you see if for yourself. It is absolutely impossible to believe the statue was once a chunk of marble. It is so beautiful This tour will be something I will remember the rest of my life. Thank you so much.
Our tour guide was Paul from Dark Rome Tours. He was an excellent tour guide. He was full of information and interesting anecdotes. He did a great job. The tour was worth doing, especially to avoid the long line to get in to the Accademia to see the statue of David. The line for tour groups is much shorter and Paul continued to give us interesting information while we waited to get in. I would have liked a few more minutes to see the Duomo.
Having used Viator/Dark Rome when I was in Rome, I was expecting high standards and wasnt disappointed. We had Patrizia as our guide - she was wonderful - she brought us through the history of Florence in easy steps, building the story and making it very interesting. Bringing us to the main sites, including the Duomo and the Academia Gallery to see the David, we even stopped for ice-cream on the way. The tour group was just 15 people which was the perfect size, making it easy to stay together. Patrizia, a native of Florence, was very engaging and spoke excellent English - my only complaint was the headsets, all our group (of 5) agreed that the sound quality wasnt great, I think because there was only one ear piece, whereas when we did the Vatican Tour we had ear pieces going into both ears - so it made hearing what she had to say, especially when we were walking down a busy street difficult to hear. something worth looking at for future reference. Otherwise an excellent tour, really recommend it, worth every penny!
The meeting spot was interesting as via Lamberti is not named on some maps! But once there being part of a small 10 per group was very satisfying! Angela was great, very careful, emotional delivery of Florence info in an Italian accent - perfect. She took us to Sanmichele church which had a tower only open on Monday when all the museums,galleries were closed. But, not many tourists know this as it was very quiet up there on a clear day! We were shown parts of Florence not in the guides and explained why Uffizi, why Ponte Vecchia, why Duomo door etc.
This tour was great, she even finished in the covered area in front of the post office as rain started to come down! Recommend highly
Doing what: Renaissance Florence Walking Tour
I took the tour immediately after arriving at Florence. It was a small group, only four of us plus a guide who climbed up 463 steps to the top of the Duomo! The view from the top of the dome was fantastic.The bonus was the visit to the museum where I saw the Michelangelo's famous Pieta. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful. She was cute, too!
A great way to see the highlights of Florence in one day. You see the Ponte Vecchio, Duomo, Academia (statue of David and some other interesting pieces by Michaelangelo) and then the Uffizi in the afternoon. Guides were great. Frederica in the morning did a very nice job walking us through the city and Paul was great describing the key pieces in the Uffizi-would be overwhelming without a guide like him. Highly recommend this tour.
This tour had a morning session and an afternoon session. Our morning tour guide, Angelo, was the best guide that we had on any of the tours. He was knowledgeable, interesting and passionate about his subjects. We got an overview of Florence and visited the Duomo and the Academia Gallery where Angelo spent time enjoyably explaining the statue of David. We got an excellent overview of Florence. The afternoon guide, Francesca, was also very knowledgeable and interesting. She led us on the tour of the Uffizi Gallery and provided us with considerable information on the important paintings that we saw and on the relationships between them. Again, it was an excellent overview. On that day Francesca had a trainee, and, as it turned out, the trainee had to take on additional responsibility due to a mix up at the gallery. One couple on the tour complained strenuously to the trainee about the problem. The trainee handled the situation very well, and Francesca soon had it straightened out. This tour was the best of any that we took.
Excellent tour; we learned so much about art from our tour guides Valentina in the morning and Costanza in the afternoon. Costanza was especially knowledgable about the different artists and was able to help us interpret many of the paintings and sculptures that we saw along the way. This tour covers it all: the Uffizi, the Duomo and the Accademia Gallery. We had a break for lunch and had lunch at Signoria Square at an outdoor pizzeria. An absolutely perfect day!
This tour was excellent. Our tour guide, Angela, was helpful and extremely knowledgable about the area and we were able to see the Duomo, The David, the Galleria Academia, the Medici Palazzo, and much more. Meeting our guide was very simple and easy. Highly Recommended.
Our tour guide was fantastic. She told a story of Florence, not just reciting facts. She painted a beautiful picture of days gone by. You can tell she loves her city. I unfortunately thought the tour included going up to the top of the Duomo to overlook the city. That was an extra fee and you had to stand in line to do this. Otherwise, excellent.
Fantastic tour - highly recommend! Gave a good insight into the history of this amazing city, and took in many of the major sites with lots of fascinating info. Patrizia was the perfect guide - her passion for Florence is infectious! Obviously, skipping the line for the Duomo and Galleria dell'Accademia is brilliant. I did this walking tour on my first morning in Florence, it was the perfect start, gave me a feel for the city and really set the scene for me getting the most out of my 3-day visit. I feel in love with Florence and I think this tour paved the way for an excellent visit!
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