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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Take a small group tour of the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David and afterwards enjoy your walking tour of Florence. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people ensuring you'll receive personalized attention and audio headsets guarantee that you'll hear the guide clearly. And by booking ahead, you won't waste any time waiting in line at the Accademia Gallery!

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the best of Florence on a comprehensive three-hour walking tour
  • Personalized small group (maximum 25 people)
  • Skip-the-line entry into Accademia Gallery included
  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Square then rub il Porcellino's nose for luck
  • Visit the spectacular Duomo
  • Expert art history commentary from your guide, plus audio headsets so you're guaranteed to hear the guide clearly

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What You Can Expect

Skip The Line: Best of Florence Walking Tour including Accademia Gallery  and Duomo

Skip The Line: Best of Florence Walking Tour including Accademia Gallery and Duomo

Delve into the historic center of Florence on a three hour walking tour including Accademia Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Uffizi Square. Your local guide will identify architecture from the Middle Ages and Renaissance eras as you stroll the timeless streets of Florence.

Start your tour bypassing the line with your skip-the-line ticket into the Accademia Gallery and marvel at Michelangelo's 17 foot David.

Dominating the Florentine skyline, Brunlleschi's imposing Duomo never fails to impress. Enter inside the astounding Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Restrictions on entry to the Cathedral may apply on Sundays and religious holidays. Gaze at the Baptistry Doors by Ghiberti, coined the “Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo.

Learn about the fascinating history of Florence from your guide as you visit the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center, famous for its ancient statues and glorious fountains. Then, make your way towards the famous Uffizi Gallery and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio. Our path continues as we head to the Religious Center, stopping at the Church of Orsanmichele, where you will admire ingenious statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti and Verrocchio.

Visit the former Ancient Forum, now Piazza della Repubblica and a popular meeting place for writers and artists. Make sure to rub the nose of legendary il Porcellino' the boar, so that you may one day return again to Florence! Your tour finishes in Lungarno, facing Ponte Vecchio Bridge.

Please note: The 4:30pm Departure will take you to visit the same sights that you will visit in the morning but quieter to make your experience more special. However, the Duomo won't be visited inside as the Cathedral is closed. A detailed exterior visit of the Duomo will be given instead.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was great and the tour guide did a great job of sharing historical facts.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Giovanna was our tour guide - she was phenomenal and made the tour interesting for us and our two teenage sons. It was very hot and we were happy to have the afternoon tour. We had already seen the Duomo in the morning on our own, so the exterior only of the cathedral was perfectly ok with us. The group size was not too big and she kept the tour moving with good information about Florence history and sights. Would recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an excellent tour. Angela was our guide and she was very enthusiastic about her tour. Learnt lots .Would have been great to do this tour earlier in our stay. Presented with passion and humour - thoroughly enjoyed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Enjoyed the walking tour of Florence. If you are new to the city, I would highly recommend. It allowed us to get our bearings and a good feel of the city. The guide was informative and we learned a lot about the history. It also gave us direct entry into the Duomo and Accademia Gallery as opposed to waiting on lengthy lines, as it was the height of the season. I liked that we were outfitted with headsets so that we could hear the guide clearly even when we were not standing right near her.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide, Patricia, was warm, engaging and knowledgeable throughout the entire tour. For first-time visitors to Florence, a tour like this really helps you get your bearings and get to know the city through its chaotic streets and buildings.

We walked through the beautiful piazzas and squares, but the best part of the tour was the ability to cut through the endless lines to enter the Galleria dell'Academia and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You will definitely want to skip the lines because start times are not habitually followed here in our our experience and a skip-the-line pass prevents you from standing in lines for hours. Granted, there was still a line to the Galleria, but it was 20 minutes in comparison to the 3 hour one across from us.

Overall, we'd recommend this tour to anyone. If you can, ask for Patricia--she's fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved it! Don't miss this experience! Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, we saw so much. We went on the first Sunday so didn't get to see David but as we already knew this in advance it was fine we'd nipped in to see him earlier! Worth making this more obvious on the website as a few others were disappointed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour guide was great!! Very extensive tour.....make sure you wear your walking shoes!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Paul, our tour guide, was the best guide we've had in 3 weeks in Europe on this trip. He was entertaining and educational, and gave insight and meaning to the many things we were seeing. I had been to Florence before, but now I get so much more! The skip the line part didn't work so well getting into the Accademia to see the David, but Paul spoke to someone after we had been waiting for some time, and then we got right in. The Duomo was closed due to it being a Florentine holiday -- would have been nice to know when we booked it. Aside from those two negatives, it was a great tour, and we certainly recommend Paul as a guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour, get to see the highlights of the city and our guide Frederica was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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