4.5 star rating: Recommended 168 Reviews

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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

We met our guide, Chiara, for a private walking tour around Florence. Chiara studied art history and has been giving tours of Florence for 19 years. Another amazing tour guide, who speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish, and German though she doesn't give tours in German, she admitted and is learning Portuguese. The knowledge she shared about the history of the city, the powerful Medici family, and the breathtaking artwork in Florence really provided great perspective and background.


We visited the Piazza del Duomo - when approaching it is quite a shock, come from in between two buildings toward the square, step out into the open and boom! there is 3rd largest church in the world, which was 5 times bigger than any other church in the world when it was built starting in 1296.

We next walked to the Galleria dell'Accademia, which contains work by Ghiotto, some by Botticelli, 4 incomplete works by Michelangelo, and the prize of the Accademia, Michelangelo's David. We were lucky again to be here in the off season, as the crowds were not bad, and we were able to leisurely enjoy the room containing Michelangelo's works and discuss the David with our great tour guide.

Also located in the Academia, in a wing nearly empty most people go to the small museum just to see David, is a musical instrument museum. It was a small exhibit, but included several instruments made by well known luthiers such as Amati, Guarneri, and, of course, Stradivari. Of several of Stradivari's instruments on display, the most interesting is a one-of-a-kind tenor viola, made for you guessed it the wealthy Medici family.

Overall it was a fantastic tour with a fantastic guide. Chiara was very friendly and had a great knowledge of the artwork and history of the area. My Dad and I both commented that while we could have seen all of these things on our own, we would not have gotten much out of them without an expert guide. It makes all the difference. Thanks for a great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Perfect way to start our time in Florence! Beautiful city great tour! Thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Wonderful guide who was enthusiastic to show off a city that means so much to her. It was an excellent way to see and find out about hidden gems around Florence. It inspired some subsequent sightseeing for the rest of my trip. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This tour was fabulous. Our tour guide was very good. The small group is ideal.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was very informative and enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent small-group tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and covered all the major sites in Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Antonella was great. Nice introduction to Florence's history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

We ended up with a small group of only four people and our tour guide. Our guide was highly experienced, local and extremely knowledgeable about both the city and the museum. We saw the highlights and were given a very helpful overview of the city. We were in Florence for four days and our guide was very helpful in providing additional recommendations on how to spend our time. The David is incredible and her historical perspective made it all the more memorable. Awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Wonderful day to spend several hours....Nicolette was full of interesting facts....great it was her home ...skipping the lines was worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

We had the most fantastic tour guide Antonella!!! het knowledge of Florance is awesome and she really showed us the gems not many people even know about and had very interesting facts. whish we could spend a whole day with her. Thanks Antonella XXX

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

We really enjoyed the tour and it made the whole visit to Florence so much better. our guide was so knowledgable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Our guide was wonderful and provided the perfect mix of information with time to savor the incredible art we were blessed to see. This was the perfect way to see David.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Terrific guide! Wish we had scheduled this tour as our first activity in Florence. Our guide gave an excellent orientation to the city. Our only complaint is the Accademia was over booked with too many tour groups so any skip the line was non existent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Our guide was extraordinary , shawls was knowledgable and passionate. Our group was small and together this was an outstanding experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This tour was one of the highlights of my visit to Italy. Our guide Lara was truly passionate about the subject matter and did a great job passing that passion and a lot of very interesting history on to us. The icing on the cake was seeing David....I would definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Antonella was outstanding as our guide. She was enthusiastic, funny and interesting and we think the best guide we had in 7 weeks traveling. We highly recommend her!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

really had a nice and very informative guide. learned alot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Great short tour. Good guide with lots go information. So glad we found it at the last minute. I think we got a lot more than just walking by ourselves and the gondola ride was very nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

This was a spectacular tour. Our guide Alianna, was so passionate about her subject matter, architecture, that we felt as if we were with some one who really loved the beauties of Florence. It was like an art history course , graduate level, without having to write the paper or take the test! I would want her to be our guide aging and again. thanks, it really made the visit special.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

This tour was the absolute highlight of our week-long Italy trip (Florence and Rome). I cannot say enough positive things about the tour itself, or the tour guide, Antonella. We were fortunate to be in a very small group - only one other couple was with us.
As a resident of Florence, Antonella's pride in the city made the tour even more enjoyable. She was passionate about her descriptions of the local sights, architecture and history - and her "insider" tips and stories gave me an even greater appreciation of the beauty and history of Florence.
I would HIGHLY recommend this tour - in hindsight, I would have booked an even longer guided tour. After we parted ways, I missed hearing about the background of the sights, artwork and museum. Antonella is a top-notch tour guide and if we're even in Florence again, will absolutely look her up.

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