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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
See the great Renaissance treasures of Florence on this 2.5-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, visit the Piazza della Signoria to gaze at the Palazzo Vecchio and replica of Michelangelo’s 'David' sculpture, and admire the exteriors of the Duomo, Baptistry, Ponte Vecchio bridge and more. Stop on route for a culinary tasting and discover the crafts neighbourhood of Oltrarno, all as your guide tells fascinating stories of the artists, rulers and life of the Renaissance-era city.


Numbers are limited to 25 people on this small-group tour for a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour walking tour of Renaissance Florence, with an expert guide
  • Gaze at the Renaissance treasures of Florence’s UNESCO-listed center
  • See top Florence attractions including the Piazza della Signoria and Duomo
  • Admire the exquisite Baptistry, Ponte Vecchio bridge and more
  • Delve into the charming market and craft district of Oltrarno
  • Stop to sample a regional culinary speciality at a local eatery
  • Small-group tour limited to 25 people for a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Renaissance Florence Walking Tour

Admire Florence's Renaissance architecture and monuments on a walking tour

Meet your expert guide in central Florence and start your 2.5-hour walking tour around its glorious UNESCO-listed center.

Dubbed the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ for its patronage of painters, sculptors and architects between the 14th and 17th centuries, the city’s piazzas and streets boast some of the world’s greatest Renaissance artistic and architectural masterpieces.

As you walk, get the inside track on Florence’s history from Roman days to its flowering in the Renaissance. Hear intriguing tales about its Renaissance-era rulers, the wealthy Medici family, and how they cultivated artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

Listen to little-known stories about both artists, including da Vinci’s plans for the city, and hear about the events that shocked the Florentines of the day.

Walk through Piazza della Signoria and admire the Palazzo Vecchio and replica statue of Michelangelo’s David that dominate the square.

Marvel at the outside of Florence Duomo, crowned by Bruneschelli's dome, and take in the sight of Giotti’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry with its ornate, bronze ‘Gates of Paradise’ doors.

Stop for a ‘surprise’ tasting of a regional culinary delicacy at a local eatery, and then pick back up on your sightseeing rounds, ambling down Florence’s hidden lanes and famous shopping streets to the next landmark.

See the churches of St Trinita and Orsanmichele and continue to the Arno River to snap photos of the Ponte Vecchio bridge with its famous Vasari Corridor, a secret passageway built for the Medicis, running above it.

Cross the Arno into buzzing Oltrarno, one of Florence’s workaday districts. Explore the streets and squares alive with markets and craft shops and then return to the original departure point, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

this was a really good tour by someone who lives and breathes Florentine history. We did this tour on day one, and it gave us the perfect introduction to the city, and helped us to orientate ourselves ready for the rest of the stay. Highly recommended for anyone just arrived in Florence.

Leah
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

A great orientation tour of the city. Our guide Irena was knowledgeable and passionate the city and shared many great tips with us (shopping, restaurants, etc) throughout the day. Perfect tour to take at the start of your trip to Florence!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was definitely worth doing. It gave us some inside information that by just walking around on your own you wouldn't get. Guilia was a great tour guide and we really appreciated her knowledge!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very good way to start a visit to Florence. Angela gave us a lot of information and made it an interesting morning. Highly recommended for first time visitors to this beautiful city!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide Ilaria Bonfante was excellent. She made the history, architecture and art of this beautiful city come alive. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Excellent for the start of the exploring city. We received lots of information. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It helped us to create plans for further visits.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Very enjoyable. I would recommend making this your first tour in florence. You really get to learn about the city and see everything there is to see, and the following day, or later in the day, you can visit the sites that you enjoyed. (Tour does not go into any of the buildings, except one church, which may not have even been officially part of the tour).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

I wish we would have done this tour earlier in our stay in Florence. Our guide had great stories and pointed out areas to go back to after the tour. She also took us down some of the streets we would have missed otherwise. Fortunately we were in Florence for 3 weeks and were able to go back to those areas.She was also right that the best gelato was the little shop across from the Pitti Palace. Don't pass up this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

One of the most knowledgeable and helpful tour guides possible.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

What a fantastic tour, thanks to our amazing tour guide Eliza. Florence is a beautiful city with so much culture, the very best way to explore it is on a tour like this. We discovered so much about the city which we never would have known from simply exploring on our own. Highly recommended!

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