Your tour will begin in Piazza della Signoria in central Florence, where your guide will join you.
Make your way to the Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor, the elevated passageway linking the Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace. Giorgio Vasari created the secret skywalk for Cosimo in 1564 so that the Medici family members could travel through the city inconspicuously. Today the Vasari Corridor hosts one of the most impressive collections of self-portraits in the world, and you have the chance to examine each as well as hidden view of the Arno River as you go.
Afterward, take a break and enjoy approx. 2-hour of free time for lunch (at your own expense) before to meet with your guide again in the afternoon at 3pm.
Next, head to Palazzo Vecchio, once home to the first Medici ruler, Cosimo I, in 1540. The palace has been at the center of Florence’s civic power for seven centuries and still houses the city council today.
As you enter, your guide will discuss the Medici’s rise to power and their crucial role as patrons of the arts. Roam the paintings and statues of the Monumental Rooms, see Dante’s Death Mask and pass through the frescoed Hall of the Five Hundred.