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Best of Florence & David by Michelangelo Semi Private Tour

Firenze, Italy
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Skip the crowds and see the best of Florence on a guided 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.
  • 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
Your tour begins in central Florence, where you 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 points 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 takes 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 parts 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.
Stop At:  
Ponte Vecchio
During the 3 hrs walking tour spend time in the Ponte Vecchio and learn about its history since it was built back in the middle ages . Peruse though its many jewelry shops , once occupied by butchers.
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Galleria dell'Accademia
During the tour visit the Academy Gallery and learn all about the famous David by Michelangelo . The tour will conclude inside the museum .
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza della Signoria
Visit Piazza della Signoria , the main square of Florence that offers a view of the political and artistic presence of this renaissance city . Here your guide will introduce you to one of the most influential Florentine families , the Medici .
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Centro Storico
Visit many back streets of Florence city center and learn about its medieval and renaissance history.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
See the magnificent Cathedral and Baptistery of Florence . Learn about the famous Brunelleschi Dome designed by Brunelleschi .
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Campanile di Giotto
See the tall bell tower designed by Giotto , one of the showpieces of Florentine gothic architecture.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
Visit the Orsanmichele Church in the city center , originally built as a grain market and then converted in XV century into a church , used as a chapel of Florence's powerful craft and trade guilds .
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza degli Strozzi
Our tour starts in Strozzi Square that in Renaissance times was the market square for the daily food market.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Interesting and enjoyable walking tour
, Jun 2019
Our guide was almost fifteen minutes late and didn't apologise for that. She didn't carry a flag or brolly to make her visible and we did lose her at one point because it was so busy. When we entered the Gallery she gave us our tickets to look after but my friend lost hers in the rest rooms, we felt the guide should have kept them all together herself and counted us through. We did feel rushed through most of it, probably due to her lateness. However she was very informative and easy to understand and we enjoyed the tour overall. Would recommend as it gives you a perspective of the city as this was our first visit to Florence.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear Client , Thank you for your detailed feedback about our small group Florence Renaissance and David Tour . I ‘m most surprised when you say our guide arrived late . Generally we ask clients to arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the tour , so perhaps the guide that day arrived right on time for the start of the tour and not earlier as Our guides generally do . Without knowing the day of the tour , I can not verify with the guide. I invite you to get in touch with us to let us the day in which you took the tour , so that we can investigate further. In regards to the Accademia tickets , I’m most sorry that your friend lost it . Unfortunately it is the Accademia policy imposing this rule this year , not us . I’m happy anyway that you found the tour enjoyable and informative . Yours sincerely Monica ,
An Unpleasant Experience...
, May 2019
First of all, the Tour Guide did not arrive 15 minutes before the pre-arranged time. Despite the rain, Catherina tried to manage the tour. She was thorough and knowledgeable with the places of visit. When we arrived at the Accademia Gallery, she gave us the entrance tickets prior to the security checks. And because of the crowd and rain, the security officers had to rush the screening and I dropped my ticket. Naturally, I had to pay for another ticket, which was uncalled for. To my horror, Caherina mentioned that such things did happen in the past and she should have issued the tickets post security screening. Question is - why this was not carried out?
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Dear Client , Thank you for your feedback about our Renaissance and David walking tour and I'm sorry you had to buy the Accademia tickets again - Unfortunately and maybe Caterina did not explain this , the problem is that the museum , due to the large crowds attending to it , imposes a certain procedure - It was an unfortunate event and I'm sure that knowing Caterina , she was really sorry about this inconvenient - Nonetheless and in spite of the rain , I appreciate that you also mentioned how Caterina handled the group well in spite of the bad weather and managed as usual to be a competent and knowledgable Florence tour Guide . Kindest Regards MOnica
Florence was great!
, Aug 2018
Antonella was a wonderful guide. She was very knowledgeable and made the tour exciting and fun! We will be back!
This was such a great tour! Our...
Ashley M
, Jun 2018
This was such a great tour! Our guide Antonella was incredible--very knowledgeable and kept everyone interested. She not only took us to the main attractions, but also some hidden treasures-which happened to be my favorite part. Also, the skip the line to see the statue of David was well worth it. The line without pre advance tickets was so long and had 2-3 hour waits. Seeing David was incredible and Antonella also gave us some great info inside the museum as well. I would recommend this to anyone!
The guide for this tour was...
Michelle G
, May 2018
The guide for this tour was outstanding. She knew a great deal about Florence and provided us with lots of information about what we saw. We enjoyed it entirely and recommend this tour.
This is exactly the tour you want to...
, Mar 2018
This is exactly the tour you want to do in Florence. I have been 3xs in the last 2 yrs and this tour was the best-don’t let the price fool u. We were a challenging group of 10, ages 16-86 -she handled us perfectly. Personable, engaging and w/ a real passion for Michelangelo-that made us listen and learn.
This was one of the best tours in...
, Nov 2017
This was one of the best tours in our 3 weeks in Italy. The guide was entertaining, a wealth of knowlege and very passionate about her subject. The walk was not too strenuous even for the older members of the group and there was plenty of time to take photographs of the breathtaking views and artworks. In the Accademia Gallery our guide helped us to appreciate the mastery of Michelangelo and pointed out details that really made us appreciate each of his art works. The background detail on the statue of David and the insider information were incredible. You will be missing out if you miss this tour.
Excellent guide in Antonella. Very...
Robert K
, Oct 2017
Excellent guide in Antonella. Very friendly and had lots of interesting anecdotes to share. You can clearly see that she loves the city and showing people around. A little surprised to see that there was a line for the skip the line visit to the Accademia Gallery but the wait wasn't very long. Really enjoyed this short informative insight into the city.
I really wanted to like our tour...
Vanessa C
, Aug 2017
I really wanted to like our tour guide. Other tour guides we have had have been great - interesting, informative and quite often funny. The tour guide for this tour was really awful. He proceeded to basically tell everyone off before we even got into the museum. He was rude and lacked any really interesting knowledge of the pieces. He was the least historic and was not accommodating at every level. We were not the only people to feel this way on the tour. About 20 minutes into the tour we withdrew - it was not interesting and his aggressive style was not appealing. We enjoyed the Uffizi on our own after. The Uffizi itself is wonderful and worth seeing.
I like how the tour took us around...
Wen Qian C
, Jun 2017
I like how the tour took us around and how our guide Antoinella was so passionate and telling us stories of how Florence like was in the past till how it became the Florence of today. It really helped us to appreciate the City of Florence even more when we are here.

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