Florence Walking Tour

The World’s Most Beautiful City Revealed

FLORENCE WALKING TOUR

Walking around the marvelous city of Florence is a dream come true through the services of our company. Discovering Florence on foot is among the best tours in Italy and can be booked as a private tour. Our guides are here to share your enthusiasm and take you on an unforgettable visit, highlighting the History, Art and Heritage of this amazing city.

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.

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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

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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 16.50 to 24 Euro per person.

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Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery
Italy's Greatest Art Collection

Italy’s Finest Art Collection

Art lovers cannot visit Italy without passing by Florence where the Uffizi Gallery gathers the masterpieces of renowned Italian artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Titian, and Caravaggio. Private tours can be organized to this oldest and finest art museum in the world which construction was initiated by multitalented architect and painter Giorgio Vasari.

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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 9 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 240 Euros.

* “Skip the Line” tickets not included, price 24 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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Accademia Gallery

Accademia Gallery
Michelangelo and his David

MICHELANGELO’S DAVID

The Accademia Gallery is Italy’s most visited museum, displaying a fine collection of sculptures, religious art and musical instruments. Our company organizes private tours to this exceptional gallery where Michelangelo’s David will mesmerize you. The Accademia Museum is not to be missed when visiting Florence.

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 Monday.
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

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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.

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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 270 Euro.

FULL DAY MEDICI 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 520 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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Chianti Tours

Chianti Tours

Dedicated to wine lovers and tourists looking for amazing landscapes, the Chianti Tours rank high among the best tours in Italy. The Chianti region, located between Florence and Siena, is famous for its Sangiovese grapes and red wine. An expert guide can accompany you during your visit as part of a Wine Tour or a private tour so you can enjoy the scenery and relax with a glass of wine.

Full Day Chianti Tour
Your tour guide and driver will take you a journey to discover the countryside surrounding Florence and drive through the old roads in the middle of vineyards, olives and farms. Stop for a break and short visit at various small Tuscan town and old castles. Discover the specialties of the region: wine, culinary products, art, ceramics ecc …

Details
Pick up by sedan car of small luxury van at your hotel or an established location. Drive through Piazzale Michelangelo for a short stop and panoramic view of Florence. Drive through the old Chianti road to Siena and visit the major Chianti towns with a long stop in Greve in Chianti or Verrazzano Castle (the famous Italian navigator that discovered the Hudson bay). Lunch and wine tasting break at an established location.

In the afternoon, your driver and tour guide will follow a planned itinerary, as agreed on previously, or suggest to visit castles and towns in the area (Panzano, Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Volpaia ecc…) or head straight toward Siena and San Gimignano.

During the tour, you can shop for wine, olive oil and other typical products.


Participants | Up to 4 people in a sedan car or 7 persons in a small luxury van.

Duration | 7 hours approx. plus 1 hour lunch break or snack and wine tasting (not included in fee).
Schedules | Daily all year, starts at 9,30am or 10,00am.
Fee | From 520 Euros.

Wine tasting with small snack or lunch from 20 Euros per person.

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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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Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria

PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA AND PALAZZO VECCHIO

THE CENTER OF FLORENTINE POLITCAL POWER
A square like no other in the world: an open air museum and a window on history, this is Piazza della Signoria.

The square has been and is Florence political center, it has been defined by centuries of struggle for political power by Florentine families and parties, till the Medici claimed absolute power in the 16th century. Leaning over the Square, the seven centuries old Palazzo Vecchio and its high tower, Arnolfo Tower, is one of the world’s most recognizable medieval buildings.


PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA AND PALAZZO VECCHIO | 2 to 5 HOURS
A touring experience set in a very small space but that will impress you with the history and art in each detail of the Square, Without having to walk more than a couple of minutes, you and your group will acquire all the information necessary to understand the history and the politics in Florence while enjoying and learning about the art around you.

Experience an open air museum!


THE TOUR
Meeting at your hotel or an established location. Walk to Piazza della Signoria and start with an urban architectural introduction. Continue with potilical facts and learn about the continuous struggle over power from the 13th to 16th century in Florence. Focus on original art present in the Square by great masters such as Giambologna, Cellini, Ammannati and replicas of art by Donatello and Michelangelo (the David) and many other artists.

Continue the tour inside the Palazzo Vecchio, starting at the interior courtyards and then visiting the first floor and the breathtaking Hall of the Five Hundred, a majestic chamber, 52 meters (170 feet) long.

On the second floor, you can admire different interior spaces, apartments and chambers, that have been remodeled in the 16th century, when the Medici lived in the Palace, by artists and architects like Vasari, Ghirlandaio and Bronzino.

On request, follow up with a tour of the adjacent Uffizi Gallery.


TOUR DETAILS
Participants | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
Duration | 2 to 5 hours approx.
Schedules | Daily except on Thursday.
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 Musei Civici Fiorentini official website.

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Neptun Fountain, Ammannati.

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Hall of the Five Hundred,
Palazzo Vecchio.

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The Rape of the Sabine Women,
Giambologna.

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A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

A unique musical experience with a Night at the Opera.

Florence is the birth place of Opera. At the end of XVI century, a group of Florentine intellectuals and musicians called the Camerata de’ Bardi, created this new theatrical musical genre. This exclusive and unique experience is a journey of discovery of art, under its musical and theatrical form.

TOUR DETAILS
Start this experience by joining your tour/music expert for a panoramic of the musical scene in Florence and the history of Opera. You will also be touring the historical center of Florence with special stops at locations of interested for music and Opera. Stop for a short aperitif or dinner break and then continue your tour by going to the Opera.

MUSIC AND OPERA DETAILS
Concerts, Operas and musical events are available almost on daily basis. Florence has three main theaters. Below you will find links to their websites where you can check the programs.

Teatro Comunale – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
https://www.maggiofiorentino.com/?q=en/node

Teatro Verdi (Italian website)
https://www.teatroverdionline.it/site/home.asp

Teatro della Pergola (Italian website)

https://www.teatrodellapergola.com

Touring Florence will gladly offer you information on what’s available during your visit to Florence.

PARTICIPANTS
Very small groups.
DURATION
5 Hours approx.
SCHEDULES
Daily, by appointment.
FEE
Please inquire.

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