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Skip the line to see Michelangelo’s 'David' at the Accademia Gallery before enjoying a 3-hour walking tour of Florence. Led by an expert guide, experience world-famous artwork and the Renaissance city’s top attractions, including the Florence Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. As you go, gain insight about Florentine art and architecture from your guide, with audio headsets provided so that you hear everything clearly. Numbers are limited to 25 on this tour to ensure a small-group experience. 

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

Accademia Gallery

Begin your walking tour with skip-the-line entrance inside the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David. Marvel at the lifelike contours of the 17-foot sculpture and see why this creation has become of the most iconic in the world.

Afterward, continue on a 3-hour walking tour of the city. Your guide will point out architecture from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as provide historical commentary and local lore about the sites that you pass.

See the Florence Duomo, peering up at Brunelleschi’s Dome, the most famous structure in the Florentine skyline. Enter inside the impressive Cathedral to explore (entry may be restricted on Sundays and religious holidays) before admiring Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery.

Delve deeper into Florence’s rich history with a visit to the medieval Palazzo Vecchio and the Church of Orsanmichele to witness statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti and Verrocchio. You'll also pass the grand exterior of the Uffizi Gallery, filled with Renaissance masterpieces from Botticelli, da Vinci and other greats.

Visit the former Ancient Forum, now Piazza della Repubblica. Don't forget to rub the nose of the legendary boar statute, il Porcellino, promising your return to Florence! Your tour will conclude in Lungarno, facing the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Customer Reviews

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Such a wonderful wat to see the city. Informative guide with such a love of the city.

Charmaine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was amazing. Our guide was very eclectic, educated and entertaining. His explanations of the architecture, statues and families of Florence gave us insight for the rest of our Italian holiday. Highly recommended. Your not there for a stroll though, be prepared to keep up. Loved it.

francoise r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This trip was amazing! Perhaps we were lucky with our guide... He was absolutely superb and so enthusiastic we wish we could have had him as a private guide for the whole day. What can i say? Florence is the most beautiful city with so much history, it was very interesting. Saw the beautiful David statue and learned all about it. We did not get into the Duomo which was sad but we walked to some of the most important areas of Florence. Our family of 4 2 adults and 2 teens felt very informed and buzzing at the end of the tour. Very highly recommended

Shannon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Paul Costa was our guide. He was engaging, extremely informative, and comical. My family and I have spent a couple weeks travelling in Europe each summer for the last 5 years or so. We've had excellent guides across many cities and countries. After the Florence tour with Paul, every person in the family agreed he presented the best tour we'd experienced - anywhere.

Betty G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We loved our guide. The art in the Accademia was outstanding and the guide made it even better. I was not prepared for the beauty of the David. It took my breath away.

Shantha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a wonderful tour. We got to see a lot. The tour guide was excellent. He taught us a lot. Our tour guide was from Brooklyn, NY. His fund of knowledge was phenomenal. We were amazed to find out, at the end of the tour, that he has a Ph.D. in Art History.

Maureen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Perfect way to see Florence.

lakmymail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

fantastic , knowledgeable tour guide who made the tour even more interesting . it was quite to the point visits with lots of time with david :-D . it can be a part of your overall visit to Florence - time well spent

Ray P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A really good introduction to Florence. Highlight was seeing the statue of David at Accademia and learning all about the building of Duomo.

Steven D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Guide was great , tour was very good however the meeting place wasn't the easiest to find but we did

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