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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  3 – 8 hours
Explore the Renaissance city of Florence with this half- or full-day sightseeing tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour and, with an expert guide, see top Florence sights such as the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, and enjoy skip-the-line entry to either the Accademia Gallery or the Uffizi Gallery. Alternatively, book the full-day tour, a combination of both the morning and afternoon tours, for a comprehensive introduction to the Tuscan capital. Upgrade to include a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

Highlights

  • Explore the Renaissance city of Florence on a half- or full-day tour
  • See top Florence sights such as the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery, depending on option selected
  • Get up close to world-famous masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery, depending on option selected
  • Savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, depending on option selected
  • Enjoy enlightening commentary from an expert guide
  • Choose from a morning, afternoon or full-day sightseeing tour

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What You Can Expect

Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Witness panoramic views of Florence on this tour

Florence Morning Tour (3 Hours):
Make your own way to the meeting point in central Florence in the morning. Greet your guide, then hop inside an air-conditioned coach and travel to Piazzale Michelangelo, a pretty square that offers magnificent panoramas of the city.

Continue on to Florence Old Town. On arrival, climb out of your coach and set off on a city walking tour. Follow your guide along the windy pathways, then come to a stop in Piazza del Duomo.

Be awed as you take in the glory of the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori). Marvel at the intricacy of the pink, white and green marble that covers the exterior, then gaze up at the striking cupola. You’ll also see Giotto's bell tower (Campanile di Giotto), and the bronze baptistery doors by Ghiberti.

Next, stroll to the Accademia Gallery. Head directly inside with your skip-the-line ticket and make a beeline for the gallery’s most famous exhibit: Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. Admire the marble statue which was carved in the early 16th century, and learn how it is a symbol of strength and youthful, human beauty.

Your tour then concludes inside the gallery, allowing you to explore the rest of the exhibits independently, should you wish. Alternatively, upgrade to include lunch at a local restaurant. See the Itinerary for a sample menu

Please note: The Accademia Gallery is closed on Mondays, therefore the tour will visit the San Marco Museum or the Medici Chapels instead.

Florence Afternoon Tour (3 Hours):
Meet your guide in central Florence in the afternoon, then settle into your comfortable seat aboard a coach.

Begin your tour with panoramic views of Florence, Fiesole and the Arno Valley, then head into Florence Old Town to see the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. Pose for photos by its distinctive façade before strolling to Piazza della Signoria.

See the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and admire the replica of Michelangelo’s David. Then, wander through the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air sculpture gallery.

After, make for the Uffizi Gallery, which is home to more than 1,500 pieces of art including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raffaello, Cimabue and Caravaggio. With your skip-the-line ticket, head directly inside for a guided tour of some of the gallery’s most famous pieces.

Your tour then concludes inside the gallery, leaving you free to explore the rest of the exhibits at your own pace, if you wish.

Please note: The Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays, therefore the tour will visit the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio instead.

Florence Full-Day Tour (8 Hours):
The full-day tour combines the morning and afternoon tour, with an optional break for lunch in-between. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

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Itinerary

Sample Menu:

First course:
  • Toasted bread with tomato
Main course (choice of one):
  • Macaroni with Bolognese sauce
  • Penne with pesto sauce
Dessert:
  • Dessert of the day or coffee

Meal served with a glass of wine and water.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great experience! Jan was really helpful, informative, and entertaining. He was really watchful of the whole group and gave us tips on not getting pickpocketed and even watched out for them -- on top of being a fantastic guide the whole time. Florence is wonderful and we're glad we booked this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This trip was an incredible experience but is not for the weak-hearted! We chose to do the full-day option, and it was very exhausting! I recommend wearing great walking shoes, because the tour bus leaves you, and you walked throughout Florence for quite some time. The tour guides were very helpful and knowledgeable, though there were problems with the audio system. If you have the opportunity, bring snacks and a drink. During the time that we traveled to Florence, the workers at the Academia museum went on strike, which pushed back our reservation time. We waited a total of an hour or so to get into the museum, which was very tiring! This does not normally happen, and you are able to walk in with shorter lines. Just in case, be prepared to wait a while for this. It was definitely worth the wait! We stopped at several beautiful viewpoints and got a lot of truly interesting information about the history and art of the region. If given the option to choose a lunch, I would eat lunch on your own, because the strike at the museum made it difficult to eat at the selected restaurant on time. If you are on a half-day tour, this is no problem, but since we were on the full day, we had to be back at the bus stop in time for the next part and would not have made it had we eaten lunch with the tour group. Thanks for the great opportunity!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was amazing and very knowledgable I think her name was Marciella. Had a great time with her and all the amazing art

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We appreciated the sculpture and painting knowledge that the guide shared in ways that were interesting for those of us who are not experts in art history. The half day tour included a bus ride and walking, with far less of a wait to get into the museum. Gave us enough of an overview to get a feel for the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide was very informative, great tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I would recommend this tour to anyone going to Florence. The tour was well organised and very professional. Our gentleman tour guide was so enthusiastic and so full of information we could have listened to him all day. An excellent tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good half day tour. Bus was comfortable. Directions clear. On time. Super competent tour guides. Second half walking tour was the best part.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I should have taken the whole day tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the museum pieces and the sights around the Uffizi that I feel that I missed a lot by not taking the morning tour too.

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