Florence Walking Tour

The World’s Most Beautiful City Revealed

MEET FLORENCE!
Florence Walking Tour: On this walking tour of Florence, you will discover the marvels of the cradle of Renaissance beyond the simple facts and dates! Our guides share their enthusiasm for the history, art and unique heritage of Florence, involving you in a dialogue and a journey through the city that you will never forget…

HALF DAY WALKING TOUR | 3 Hours
Your tour guide will introduce you to Florence by walking you though its main squares and streets and by bringing its unique Medieval and Renaissance heritage to life.
Relive moments in history, learn about social and societal influences (history will come alive and you’ll get to know and learn about the factors behind the events) as you observe impressive towers and palaces, the Cathedral and churches, bridges, monuments and astonishing art works.


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Duomo – Florence Walking Tour – Duomo Florence

DETAILS
Meeting at your hotel or an established location, tour introduction and beginning of visits to

Duomo and Baptisery, Piazza della Repubblica, Palazzo Strozzi & Via Tornabuoni, Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Santa Trinità, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria & Uffizi, Dante’s House and Medieval Towers, Santa Croce…

With an extra hour, one museum, such as the Accademia Gallery or Medici Chapels can be visited.

FULL DAY WALKING TOUR | 7 Hours
Your tour guide will introduce you in-depth to Florence by visiting it’s main squares and walking it’s streets to discover it unique medieval and renaissance heritage. You will get to see the amazing towers and palaces, Cathedral and churches, bridges and river while learning about the history, art and social factors behind it.

Ponte Vecchio – Florence Walking Tour

DETAILS
Meeting at your hotel or an established location. Visit Orsanmichele, Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Davanzati, Palazzo Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella with visit to the Officina and Profumeria, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Duomo and many other locations in Florence historical center.

Plus visit one or two of the following museums*:
Accademia Gallery (closed Monday)
Uffizi Gallery (closed Monday)
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
Bargello Museum
San Lorenzo Chapels and Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration | 3 to 7 hours approx.
Schedules | Daily at an arranged hour. Major museums close at 6.00 Pm and on Monday.
Fee* | From 210 Euros.

* “Fast Lines” tickets to enter museums not included, prices from 12.50 to 16.50 Euro per person. At Touring Florence, we don’t charge a commission for tickets if you book our tours.

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Accademia Gallery

Accademia Gallery
Michelangelo and his David

MICHELANGELO’S DAVID
The Accademia Gallery is one of the most important museums in Italy and is now centered around Michelangelo’s sculptures, specially his universal masterpiece: the David. Founded in 1561 as a drawing Academy, the Accademia has now a fine collection of religious art and musical instruments. In 1873, the David was removed from Piazza della Signoria and placed inside the Accademia Gallery, making it one of Italy’s most visited museum.

ACCADEMIA ART TOUR | 1.5 or 3 HOURS
Our specialized art guide will introduce you to this amazing museum with a dedicated visit or as part of walking tour. The visit is focused on Michelangelo’s life and works, with special attention to the David and the “Unfinished Prisoners” set of statues. Also you will get introduced to a wide collection of medieval and renaissance religious paintings with a short tour of the musical instruments section upon request.

DETAILS
Meeting at your hotel or an established location. Walk to the museum and historical presentation. Entry and visit the Sala del Colosso where a religious renaissance collection of paintings is located. Tour of the “unfinished Slaves” by Michelangelo and entry to the main lodge where Michelangelo’s David is located, historical and artistic in depth explanation. Visit to ther sections including Byzantine style iconography, plaster collection and musical instruments section. Stop at bookshop and exit.

For 3 hours visit with walking tour, walk through the historical center area, mainly Piazza della Signoria, Duomo area and San Lorenzo Square on your way to the Accademia Gallery.

For the perfect art experience, follow the visit to the Accademia Tour with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery to see Italy’s finest art collection.

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Why visit the Accademia?

  • It is Michelangelo, it is his David, the greatest art work ever.
  • The Master revealed. Get to know Michelangelo, his life, his works,
    his legacy and many other facts..
  • Private experience: you get all the attention from the best licensed art guides in
    Florence, friendly and informative: all your questions will be answered.
  • “Skip the Line Tickets” and fast entry to the Gallery.
  • Feel like an art expert at the end of the tour!

TOUR DETAILS
Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration | 1.5 to 3 hours approx.
Schedules | Daily except on Thursday.
Fee* | From 170 Euros.

* “Fast Line” tickets not included, prices from 12.50 Euro per person per museum. At Touring Florence, we don’t charge a commission for tickets if you book our tours.

For opening hours and other information, please check the Musei Civici Fiorentini official website.

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Medici Dynasty

The most important dynasty in Italy revealed.
The Medici family ruled Florence and Tuscany for over three centuries and contributed like no other to the renaissance movement that started in the 15th century. Coming from the Mugello area, just north of Florence, the Medici was a family of bankers that accumulated huge amount of wealth and power that lead them to become Grand Dukes of Tuscany in the 16th century and an important player in the European political and strategic scene. Among them, Cosimo the Elder is considered to be the Father of the Nation, his grandson Lorenzo the Magnificent is by excellence the perfect patron of Renaissance art, philosophy and literature. Cosimo I changed the status of the family from Dukes of Florence to Gran Dukes of Tuscany and unified the region in 1555.

Among the family members, two became Popes in times critical to the Church future and doctrine. While declining in the 17th century and ending in the 18th century, the Medici dynasty left their mark on Florence and Tuscany, and consequently on the world, like few others did.

Travel back in time and understand how this great family shaped history and politics in the times of the Tuscan state and sponsored the art you see now in Florence and Tuscany.

HALF DAY MEDICI TOUR | 3 Hours
This introductory tour begins with a historical presentation of events related to Florence and the Medici, tracing the roots and raising to be the most powerful family in Florence in the 15th century while visiting important monuments and palaces in the historical center of Florence.

DETAILS
Meeting at your hotel or an established location. Introduction to the tour and explanation of the historical moment and facts. Walking tour starting from Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, San Lorenzo church and square, Duomo square, walk to Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi square and the Oltrarno neighborhood with a special stop at Palazzo Pitti, the Medici residence from the mid 16th century till 1737. This is a walking and historical tour without museums visit.

PARTICIPANTS | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION | 3 hours approx.
SCHEDULES | Daily, starts in morning and afternoon.
FEE | From 220 Euro.

FULL DAY WALKING TOUR | 7 Hours
In-depth journey into the legacy of the Medici family with special visits to their Palaces and art collection in various museums in Florence.

DETAILS
Meeting at your hotel or an established location. Introduction to the tour and explanation of the historical moments and facts. Walking tour starting at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and visit to the palace museum, San Lorenzo church and the Medici Chapels, Duomo square, walk to Piazza della Signoria and visit inside Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi square and the Oltrarno neighborhood with a special stop at Palazzo Pitti and visit to the Boboli Gardens.

Experience more with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery and/or Accademia Gallery.

PARTICIPANTS | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION | 3 hours approx.
SCHEDULES | Daily, starts in morning and afternoon.
FEE* | From 420 Euro.

* Museums entrance fee not included, prices vary from 6 to 16,50 Euro per person per museum. We can arrange for museum ticket reservation (highly recommended due to long waiting lines), please inquire.

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Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery
Italy's Greatest Art Collection

Italy’s Finest Art Collection

Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio and many others. All the great masters are in one place: the Uffizi Gallery.

The Gallery is a must visit for art lovers while in Florence. Started by Giorgio Vasari in the 1560’s, the Uffizi hosted the magistrates offices (government secretaries) under the Medici and Lorena rule. During the centuries the art contained within grew as the Medici’s were expanding their art collection, which remained private until the 18th century when the Gallery opened to the public and became one of the oldest and finest art museum in the world.

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Uffizi Art Tour | 2 to 4 hours

Your specialized and licensed art guide will introduce you the this amazing museum with a dedicated visit or as part of walking tour and Uffizi visit. Get an in-depth understanding of art collection with a special focus on 15th and 16th century Renaissance paintings and masters.

Tour Description

Meeting at your hotel or an established location. Walk to the museum and historical presentation: the birth of the collection, the art patrons and the legacy of great artists in Florence.

Entry and explanation of the museum interior spaces and tour guidance lines followed by visiting spaces dedicated to 13th and 14th century paintings with focus on Giotto’s school, early 15th century art by masters like Masolino, Masaccio and Paolo Uccello. Follow with second half of the 15th century with an extended stop at Sandro Botticcelli room  (Birth of Venus and The Spring in-depth), Filippo and Filippino Lippi, Verrocchio and others. Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, the legacy of the Florentine Genius followed by the Map room and the Tribune.

Break at the central corridor and view on the Arno river and Ponte Vecchio.

Close encounter with Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni (his only complete painting on wood ), Raffaello and the beginning of Mannerism and Andrea del Sarto room. Final part of visit will be dedicated to Titian, Rubbens, Caravaggio and artists up to the 18th century.

For 4 hours visit with walking tour, walk through the historical center area, mainly Piazza della Signoria area and the Ponte Vecchio.

For a perfect art experience, combine the Uffizi Tour with a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery.


Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration
| 2 to 4 hours approx. Extended tours or multiple in-depth visits available on request.
Schedules
| Daily except Monday. Museum closes at 6.30 Pm.
Fee
* | From 210 Euros.

* “Skip the Line” tickets not included, price from 12.50 Euro per person.
At Touring Florence, we don’t charge a commission for tickets if you book our tours.


 

Why visit the Uffizi Gallery?

  • The Uffizi Gallery has Italy’s greatest painting collection: you can’t miss it while in Florence.
  • All the great masters are here, from Botticelli to Leornado, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.
  • Private experience: you get all the attention from the best licensed art guides in Florence, friendly and informative: all your questions will be answered.
  • “Skip the Line Tickets” and fast entry to the Gallery.
  • Feel like an art expert at the end of the tour!

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Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo

Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo

THE MEDICI’ FAMILY NEIGHBORHOOD
Just few from steps the Duomo, the Medici, in the 14th century, settled in the quarter that is now San Lorenzo / San Marco neighborhood. From this place, their power, both financial and political, grew during the 15th century, making them the absolute lords of the city and leading them to the title of Dukes of Florence and Grand Dukes of Tuscany in the 16th century.

Here you find their original Palace and a church with burial chapels, the famous Medici Chapels, dedicated to the family members that are within a church designed and build by Renaissance architect and genius Filippo Brunelleschi, and an amazing chapel and library by the great master Michelangelo.


MEDICI CHAPELS AND SAN LORENZO | 2 to 5 HOURS
Set in one location, this tour will give you a full experience of San Lorenzo church, chapels and neighborhood.

The Medici Chapels tour include a full tour of the Princes Chapel started in the middle of the 16th century and Michelangelo’s New Sacristy started around 1515. The tour focuses on Michelangelo’s legacy as an architect and sculptur, his statues inside the Chapel and his relation with Medici family at the time and the family members buried inside.

On request, the tour can be followed by a tour of San Lorenzo Church with focus on Brunelleschi new style and the passage from Gothic style in architecture to Renaissance. Follow up, a visit to the Laurentian Library can be planned (morning visit only) and a visit to the Medici-Riccardi Palace.

After the tour and within two minutes walk, you will be visiting a vibrant neighborhood with Florence main food market (Mercato Centrale or Mercato di San Lorenzo) around the corner. It is the right place to introduce yourself to the rich and diversified Tuscan cuisine.


TOUR DETAILS
Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration | 2 to 5 hours approx.
Schedules | Daily at an arranged hour. Major museums close at 6.00 Pm and on Monday.
Fee* | From 230 Euros.

* “Skip the Line” tickets not included, price around 10 Euro per person per museum. At Touring Florence, we don’t charge a commission for tickets if you book our tours.

For opening hours and other information, please check the Polo Museale Fiorentino official website.

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Medici-Riccardi Palace, Courtyard.

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Laurentian Library, Michelangelo.

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Mercato Centrale, authentic Italian food shop.

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Dark Side of Florence

Dark Side of Florence

Conspiracies and political intrigues in 15th and 16th century Florence.

This experience is a journey into the political intrigues and struggle for power thatcharacterized Florence at the beginning of Renaissance. Discover hidden rooms in Palaces of power and get an in-depth view of the violent infighting between Florentine families and within the Medici family to establish the domain over the city.

DARK SIDE OF FLORENCE | HALF DAY or FULL DAY

Your specialized tour guide will introduce you to the unique events and facts during the political struggle in Florence while visiting important locations related to the events. Get a first hand view and understand turning points in the city history, ranging for politics to family affairs and to forbidden studies:

  • The Pazzi Conspiracy: The most violent conspiracy in the city history with complex intrigues involving players such as the Pope and other local and European figures.
  • The Florentine rebellion of 1494 and the expulsion of the Medici: The role of Domenican monk Savonarola.
  • The Medici return in 1512: Giovanni (future Pope Leone X) and his brother Giuliano.
  • The murder of Duke Alessandro in 1537 and the end of the main branch of the family.
  • The poisoning of Francesco I of Medici and his second wife Bianca Cappello: The ambiguous role of his brother Cardinal Ferdinando I, future Gran Duke of Tuscany.
  • The forbidden study of dead bodies by Michelangelo and Leonardo: a tolerated practice.

TOUR DETAILS
You’ll begin the tour by meeting with your guide for an introduction to the day ahead, including a presentation and identification of events and facts. Then, you’ll walk throughout the historical center of Florence, including a stop at Palazzo Vecchio and the secret rooms with in-depth explanation of the Pazzi conspiracy (Congiura dei Pazzi) and following events. Short visit to Santa Croce neighborhood, where the Pazzi lived.

At 1:30pm, there will be a lunch break (not included in fee) and discussion.

The afternoon program (if requested) is dedicated to events related to the Medici rule in the city and the establishment of their absolute domain.

The tour will conclude with evening aperitif (included in fee) and discussion.

PARTICIPANTS
Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION
6 hours approx. + 1 hour lunch break
SCHEDULES
Daily, starts at 9.00am by appointment. Tour can be split in two half-day tours.
FEE
Please inquire.

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