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Best of Florence Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line at Michelangelo’s ‘David’

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Firenze, Italy
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Skip the line to see Michelangelo’s "David" at the Accademia Gallery before enjoying a walking tour of Florence. Led by an expert guide, experience world-famous artwork and the Renaissance city’s top attractions, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Florence Duomo (from its exterior). 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 19 during this tour to ensure a small-group experience.
  • Immerse yourself in the best of Florence on a comprehensive walking tour
  • Personalized small group (maximum 19 people)
  • Skip-the-line entry into Accademia Gallery included
  • Expert art history commentary from your guide, plus audio headsets so you're guaranteed to hear the guide clearly

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Breeze through the long lines to see Michelangelo's 'David' on this affordable, bestselling tour.
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 walking tour of the city. Your guide points out architecture from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as provides historical commentary and local lore about the sites that you pass, such as the Florence Duomo (as seen from its exterior).

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 also pass the grand exterior of the Uffizi Gallery, filled with Renaissance masterpieces from Botticelli, da Vinci, and other greats.

Your tour concludes in central Florence.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Galleria dell'Accademia
Michelangelo’s ‘David’ is a must-see for every visitor to Florence, resulting in lines as mind-blowing as the statue itself. This tour includes Skip-the-Line Access to the Accademia Gallery, so you can appreciate ‘David’ and still have time to see all Florence has to offer. Your expert guide will give you the back on Michelangelo’s sculpture, and explain what sets it apart from thousands of imitators. You’ll also see Michelangelo’s unfinished ‘Slaves’ and learn what this work in progress reveals about the artist’s technique.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza del Duomo
How do you follow a sight like ‘David’? Towering over Duomo Square, the red dome of Florence Cathedral has become the emblem of the city. Its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, invented entirely new construction processes to realise his vision, as your guide will explain. You’ll also hear about the cathedral’s interior; it’s open for free to the public, so you can come back any time to appreciate these features in full. As the tour continues, you’ll see iconic sights like the Ponte Vecchio bridge and discover overlooked delights like the leather market. All the while, your guide will share tales of Florentine industry and artistry through the ages.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza della Repubblica
Passing by
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Entrance ticket is free of charge

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Mums OE
Donna
, Mar 2020
Definately worth a guided tour..learnt so much and insider tips from guide....fabulous seeing David!
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David tour
jm1705
, Feb 2020
Great tour. I forget the tour guide's name but she was great. Headsets worked great. Her English was very good. Added a little history along the walk
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Constanza was simply stunning
Mia C
, Nov 2019
Constanza made Firenze come alive for us ..... even in pouring rain . She managed a diverse group and all of us felt acknowledged and attended to . Her knowledge of art and Firenze itself was outstanding and grew our appreciation grow even deeper . We all touched "the pig " so will be back .... Grazie Constanza
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Beautiful time in Florence
Foodiecurian
, Nov 2019
I came to Florence after hearing such great things from my coworkers about the beautiful art, history, and food culture. With a recommendation to see the David, I found this tour. I arrived to the meetup point, which was easy to find. A few tour staffers provided headsets for us to hear our guide as the places we would visit tended to be on the noisier side. In hindsight, this was a wonderful touch because I underestimated exactly how busy some of our stops would be. Angelo Alterio, our guide, took us through Florence to many popular places before we stopped at the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses the statue of David. Getting into the museum was a breeze with our skip the line tickets. I went in October and the line was still halfway down the street! Once we were in, Angelo provided a very thorough background of the historical period in which Michelangelo carved the David as a way to give us the necessary context for why the statue was/is so important. It was breathtaking. After our stop there, we visited other Florentine highlights. I learned so much and each place was equally instagrammable. Upon completion of the tour, Angelo chatted with us about the city and even offered suggestions for places to eat that were less touristy. What a gem. He is great! Recommend for anyone who wants to get a full view of Florence in a few hours. This really helped me figure out where I wanted to spend lots of time for the rest of my vacation.
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Fun and Informative
jakechassell
, Nov 2019
Our guide was very fun and extremely knowledgeable about Michelangelo and his life and artwork, making it a very enjoyable trip. The David is a remarkably impressive sculpture and almost does not look real when you are up close. However, Michelangelo's other pieces of work, such as the "prisoners" are very interesting to examine as well. The tour of the city itself, including the Duomo and some larger buildings was also quite interesting. I would recommend this to any history buffs or to anyone who is just interested in learning more about Florence's past and artwork/architecture.
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Fantastic Tour
Roderic H
, Nov 2019
This is a wonderful and deeply rewarding tour of the Florence and Statue of David. It was made all the better with Paul Costa as the tour guide. 1. The meet up location was easy to get to and was well organized by the tour team. 2. Keep in mind this is a walking tour, plan accordingly and wear comfortable walking shoes. 3. Paul Costa - 5 Star tour guide period. He's detailed knowledge and wonderful communication skills made this tour unforgettable. His ability to impart his knowledge on the history, engineering, and beauty of Florence was outstanding.
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Amazing Tour of Florence
Roderic H
, Nov 2019
If you are visiting Florence and want a tour this magnificent city, this is tour take. Even better, if your tour guide is Paul Costa are will learn and see Florence with a level of insight and perspective. My family and I took this tour on 18 Oct. 1. The meet up spot was easy to get to and was as well organized. 2. Paul Costa - First Class, 5 Star Tour Guide. If he is your tour guide be very thankful, he is a Gem and made the tour mind blowing; he's witty and funny but he is quite serious about his craft and passion. His knowledge and ability to convey the history of Italy, Florence, and world events that shaped the country and region really made the tour. 3. This is a walking tour - please where comfortable shoes and keep up with the group. Paul does not lose group members. 4. This tour was in English, Paul was is a fantastic communicator and relates the areas of the tour very well. 5. Lastly, I highly recommend anyone who is interested in a guided tour of Florence, Viator is the way to go. FANTASTIC Job, period. We could not be happier or more satisfied with this tour. I
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Florence tour
stephbritp
, Nov 2019
Informative tour worth your time. It was only 4 stars for us because it was a bit too detailed and a bit too long. There was a lot of information about other items of interest that we found excessive but this tour could be perfect for you. The guide was easy to understand and it is a very good tour.
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David from all angles
674rod
, Nov 2019
Our guide was excellent I think if you just walked into the Museum and saw David without a guide you would miss so much. The guide explained how to view David from distance and why you should then as we got closer explained the incredible detail of the sculpture.
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Florence Has My Heart
Juby B
, Oct 2019
I see David at every opportunity, and combined with the walking tour...it is a great way to get your bearings in Florence. Our tour guide was a wonderful, lively young woman, (I'm sorry I forgot her name) She went beyond the pale to deliver the reveal of David in its historical context, and generate an amount of veneration for this work of art. Her stories and colour commentary while walking the streets of Florence were funny, enlightening and important. I loved this tour!

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