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Skip the crowds and see the best of Florence on a 3-hour walking tour with priority admission to the Accademia Gallery. Led by an expert guide, explore the architectural gems of the Renaissance city while learning about important Florentine figures, such as the poet Dante Alighieri and the Medici family. Afterward, skip the long lines at the Accademia and head straight inside to witness Michelangelo’s ‘David’, as well as other impressive works of art. This tour is limited to 14 people to keep the experience intimate.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Renaissance Florence walking tour including Accademia Gallery
  • Stroll around Florence’s historical center with an expert local guide
  • See top Florence attractions such as the Ponte Vecchio and Brunelleschi’s Dome
  • Skip the line to the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia)
  • Learn about famous Michelangelo sculptures like David and Pigrioni
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Florence is a city full of art and history! This tour offers a great introduction to it, and after your 3-hour tour, you won’t want to leave.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Small-Group Florence Renaissance Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

Learn about the sights in Piazza della Signoria!

Your tour will begin in Piazza Strozzi in central Florence, where you’ll join up with your guide and hit the streets with your small group.
Head first toward the historic Ponte Vecchio, stretched over the Arno River. Your guide will point out the Vasari Corridor overhead, the city’s secret passageway. Constructed in the 16th-century by Cosimo I, the corridor once allowed members of the Medici family to travel stealthily through the city. Today, it houses one of the world's most impressive collections of self-portraits. 

Continue through the old neighborhood of poet Dante Alighieri and the bustling Piazza della Signoria, where the Palazzo Vecchio sits. Stroll past the prominent Uffizi Gallery, which hosts some of the most famous Renaissance artwork, before making your way to the Florence Duomo. Admire Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery.

After exploring the city by foot, head straight inside the Accademia Gallery, skipping the long lines with a priority access ticket.

Michelangelo is the focal point of the Accademia, and your guide will take you through some of his most important works on display. Admire the unfinished sculptures, San Matteo and Prigioni, before making your way to the iconic David. Examine the lifelike contours of veins and muscles, crafted from Carrera marble.

Your guide will part ways with your group after passing David, but you can continue exploring the gallery at your own pace for as long as you’d like, admiring works from Botticelli, Orcagna and more.

Customer Reviews

Laura N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour - so informative and entertaining too. The fact that it was a small group only 8 people made it a lot easier to get around the city and a much more personal experience as well. Would definitely recommend this to all first-time visitors to Florence. Even the torrential downpour half-way through didn't dampen our enthusiasm and enjoyment!

Joyce H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A wonderful way to hear about the history and visit highlights of this beautiful Rennissance city. Guide was knowledgeable and excited to share her city.

Louise R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My husband and I attended the morning walking tour and skip the line Accademia tour with Antonella yesterday. She really showed us the best of the hidden gems of the old city. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and humour ensured all 6 participants had a wonderful few hours. As we watched the large tour groups wander aimlessly through the narrow streets looking bored, I could only imagine the text-book style information delivery they must be getting. Antonella on the other hand, with her 6 participants could stand us on a corner and point out every detail of the 12th, 13th and 14th century buildings and others of course before we went for a closer inspection. One of the best tours weve done so far this trip. Thank you Antonella.

Stephanie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Highlight of our visit to Florence. Our guide Ana was excellent, very informative, clear and interesting. Small group of 8 which made it more personal and Ana was happy to answer any question asked. Really enjoyed the different perspectives she showed us.

Diane S T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Seeing the David is a must in Florence. Seeing the real thing is very special, even though there are several copies around the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took us down some interesting out-of-the way streets in Florence before our Skip the Line view of David at the Accademia. Once inside as the museum limits the number of people inside at any one time we felt at ease and not at all rushed, pushed, etc. Everyone seemed reverent in the presence of this great work of art.

David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide, Laura, was informative and very patient in answering all our questions. She also provided a few on-point recommendations. The tour was worth the extra money and made our experience much more robust.

Linda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a wonderful tour with only 8 people in our group. Our guide was enthusiastic, funny and very knowledgable. In addition to the well-known sites, she also showed us some things that are less visited but still very interesting. We highly recommend this tour which ends with a visit to see David in the Accademia Gallery.

johnco1737 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed this tour. Antonella was very passionate about her city and this made the tour. Warning - The skip the line at the Accademia didn't really seem to work as the queue for skip the line was as long as the normal queue. Antonella seemed to get us through the queue faster,mutha others, however we had a 12pm time allocation and we gained entry nearly 30 mins after this time. Despite this wait we rated it 5 stars.

Dawn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great! We had an awesome tour guide, Antonella. She made the trip. :

Erwin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Guide was amazing and full of art history. Worth the money. See and learn so much in a short period of time.
SkIpping to the head of the line was a great time saver.

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