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Florence in a Day

Key Details

  • City: Florence
  • Duration: Aprox 6hrs 30min (incl. lunch break)
  • Start Time: 8:30 AM

Tour Highlights

  • The perfect way to see Florence in a day; exploring the most famous sights of the city plus those hidden nooks & crannies that make it so special. With the help of our friendly local guides you won’t just see Florence, you’ll truly appreciate it.

  • You’ll visit Florence Accademia to see Michelangelo’s ‘David’; the Uffizi Gallery for works by da Vinci, Raphael & Boticelli; explore Florence Duomo with its stunning dome; and enjoy a guided walking tour of the city.

  • We’ve arranged express access and pre-reserved tickets at all the sites. And with group sizes of 15 or fewer, guaranteed that you have a relaxing, engaging day.
Michelangelo's 'David' A replica of Michelangelo's David Piazza della Signoria The dome, Florence Duomo Inside Florence Duomo Interior dome of Florence Duomo The fa Baptistery Doors, Florence Duomo Private guide on Florence private tour Courtyard of Uffizi Gallery Brith of Venus' by Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery Self portrait by Raphael, Uffizi Gallery Outdoor art at Piazza della Signoria Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Ponte Vecchio bridge, Florence Ponte Vecchio, Florence

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Florence Duomo

EXPLORE THE TOP TWO SIGHTS OF FLORENCE – THE ACCADEMIA & DUOMO

Your full-day Florence tour starts with a bang at the Accademia Gallery. After skipping any entrance lines, you’ll meet the city’s most famous resident – Michelangelo’s ‘David’, whose beauty and size must be seen to be believed. Your expert guide will teach you about the enigmatic genius behind the sculpture and give you rare insight into his methods with a visit to the unfinished ‘Slaves’.

The next stop on your full-day Florence tour is the Florence Duomo. where your guide will tell you the story of its enormous dome and how it went from a near catastrophe to the greatest building achievement of its age. You'll also see the Florence Baptistery, home to the set of bronze doors that were thought so beautiful, Michelangelo called them the "Gates of Paradise".

N.B., The Florence Duomo does not offer skip the line tickets so unless the entrance lines are very short, we do not step inside. If you do want to go in, your guide will give you some tips on when to go in order to beat the lines.

Piazza della Signora, visited on our Florence tours

STROLL PICTURESQUE STREETS AND PIAZZAS TO EXPERIENCE THE LIFE & SOUL OF FLORENCE

The adventure continues with a breezy city stroll through the streets of Florence to admire its outdoor artworks, piazzas, bridges and pretty side streets. As you walk, your guide will bring the streets to life with stories from Florence’s checkered past – from the beloved Medici family to feudal battles, self-defense in Medieval Florence, philandering kings and Renaissance masters.

You’ll visit famous sights like the Palazzo Vecchio; discover beautiful outdoor sculptures at Piazza della Signoria; hear how the old Roman forum became the Jewish ghetto at Piazza della Repubblica, and learn what all those characters sculpted along the walls of Orsanmichele Church really mean.

'The Birth of Venus' in Florence Uffizi Gallery

DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF ART AT ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST AND BEST ART GALLERIES.

Lunch is not included so your guide will point you in the direction of some of their favorite local spots where you can eat real Florentine food, then it’s on to the Uffizi Gallery, where we’ve pre- reserved your express entrance tickets.

Organized chronologically, the Uffizi collection offers a rare opportunity to watch art develop through the ages. Your guide - a passionate expert on Renaissance art - will take you hrough the ages so you can see the flat, 2-dimension paintings of the Medieval era blossom into beautiful 3-dimensions of the Renaissance. Highlights include masterpieces by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Boticelli’s ‘Primavera’ and ‘Birth of Venus’.

Your Uffizi tour ends inside the museum, leaving you with the option to stay inside for longer and discover more of the gallery on your own, using the tips and tricks you’ve learned from your guide.

With small group sizes of only 15 people or fewer throughout, you’ll find that, despite taking on the mammoth task of seeing Florence in a day, your full-day Florence tour will be relaxed and easy-going, your guide easy to hear and engage with. Because, if you ask us, it’s not enough to just see Florence, your visit will be wasted if you leave without truly appreciating it for its world-class art, fascinating history and stunning architecture.

Sites visited

  • Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia
  • Florence’s famous Duomo
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • The Uffizi Gallery
  • The Baptistery Doors (including the Gates of Paradise)
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (from the outside)
  • Piazza della Repubblica - once the Roman Forum
  • Mercato Nuovo - Florentine leather market
  • Orsanmichele Church
  • Il Porcellino
  • Vasari Corridor (from outside)
  • Loggia dei Lanzi - an open-air sculpture gallery

Included

  • Skip the Line tickets for the Accademia
  • Skip the Line tickets for the Uffizi Gallery
  • Small groups of 15 or fewer
  • Headsets when needed
  • Expert local tour guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 752 Customer Reviews

Great, fun, friendly guide who seemed genuinely passionate about sharing expertise. Your company is organized. We appreciate that. I had hoped to go inside the Duomo on this tour but understood the line was too long.
Great tour, very informative, tour guide was a local which made tour better
We enjoyed every minute! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the arts and so engaging! The day went so fast. I wish we could have seen the duomo inside . Everything else perfect. Thank you!

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Please note that your guide will not be with you during your lunch break (aprox 1.5hrs), but will, of course, give restaurant recommendations and point out where you need to be for the second part of the tour.

We advise our clients that the Cathedral of Florence is subject to closure during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary that includes and explanation of the Cathedral from the outside and extra highlights of the city center. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts. In some cases it may not be possible to enter Florence Duomo on your guided tour due to long security lines. At these times your guide will give you an explanation from outside and leave you to visit in your free time if you wish.

Larger backpacks are not allowed into the Cathedral, please make sure to only bring small handbags on this tour.

Additionally, please make sure to dress appropriately, as this tour enters a church. Knees and shoulders must be covered while in a church, and hats must be taken off.

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Great, fun, friendly guide who seemed genuinely passionate about sharing expertise. Your company is organized. We appreciate that. I had hoped to go inside the Duomo on this tour but understood the line was too long.
Great tour, very informative, tour guide was a local which made tour better
Valentina was highly knowledgeable and passionate. She developed within our group a heightened appreciation of Florence, the history, the culture, and of course the artwork. She was very open to questions, and at times allowed us as a group to shape the time based upon our desires. Her use of English was quite good. Very satisfied with our decision to use Walks of Italy.
We enjoyed every minute! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the arts and so engaging! The day went so fast. I wish we could have seen the duomo inside . Everything else perfect. Thank you!
Outstanding guide that had knowledge about everything she showed us, but also had answers to any questions that were asked by members of our group.
Guilia did a great job and showed a true passion for her city - Florence. She expertly navigated the sometimes crowded exhibit areas and provided interesting information about both the art and the artists.
Guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about Florence.
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A great tour. Very informative, especially regarding the evolution of printing styles
Everything was excellent!! Nebojsa was so informative. He shared so much detail that we felt we had completed a Master Course in Fine Arts! We would definitely suggest this tour to others.
Tour was very good and the guide was great! Only reason why I didn't give 5 stars is that there was very little with the Duomo part of the tour and we didn't go into the Cathedral. The Duomo was one part that we were most interested in, and it had the least amount of time compared to the David and Uffizi.
Wonderful experience. Mat was excellent!!
We loved our walking tour of Florence! It was a great way to experience Florence in a very efficient way--we didn't waste a minute of time waiting in a line. Our guide was knowledgeable, flexible and a perfect guide for our family of 5.
We had a great time. We really enjoyed Julia!!
Giulia was amazing from start to finish. So passionate and knowledgeable about everything we encountered. Thanks so much for a perfect day.
Angelo, the guide, made this tour. His wealth of knowledge was incredible and made the Uffizi experience extremely gratifying.
Wonderful tour!! We learned so much about Florence and our guide was great! Highly recommend!
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Thank you so much. I just want it to express my gratitude. This trip to Italy was to celebrate my 50th Birthday and these three tours ladies were fantastic. They took so much pride on their job. We were so impress because they were very knowledgeable, caring and lovely to us. I am planning to go back very soon and definitely book my tours with your company Walks of Italy again. Our tour ladies were Donatella in Venice. In Florence sorry, I don't remember her name and in Rome Julia. Thank you so much Gricelly & Edwin
Overall an excellent tour, save a few moments where there was a lot of standing around. I would recommend more movement to keept the guests captivated. I don't mind standing around, but my partner and other guests were getting antsy as we stood still for up to 10 minutes in front of some works of art. Besides that, I love Florence and this tour is perfect for anyone wanting to get the full experience of all the necessary art .
Excellent tour, fantastic tour guide (Nebo) and highly recommended!
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Even though it was a pretty hectic day with lots to do, it did not feel that way at all. Greta was very knowledgable and super helpful. She even recommended a few places for us to visit and go to. She was an amazing tour guide overall. Very satisfied with our decision to take this tour.
We really enjoyed our guide Valentina. The depth of knowledge and passion she displayed for the sites and history of Florence made our trip. Thank you.
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This was the fourth “Walks of Italy” tour that we took. Rome in a day, Rome at night recreated, and Venice in a day. All were exceptional. I had no previous experience with booking a tour before, and was very pleased. Thanks!
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Very informative, wonderful guide and a beautiful city!
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Vanessa made Florence come alive in front of us while still keeping to the facts. It was a great tour and an amazing guide that made it a wonderful experience. /Patrik & Björn
An informative and enjoyable tour! Valentina was very knowledgable and guided us through the important pieces. Unfortunately the line for the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was very long so we weren't able to see it.
good tour..
The tour was wonderful and extremely informative. Valentina was a great guide. Personable, friendly, well informed and enthusiastic. Thanks!
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Elenora was a fabulous guide! Thanks to her sincere enthusiasm for art and her warm personality, the 6 hour tour was really enjoyable.
We had a wonderful day touring Florence with our guide Matt who was amazing! We learned so much about the history and art of Florence. Matt's passion for his hometown and for the amazing art in Florence was very clear and really brought it all alive for us. We highly recommend this tour to everyone!!
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Costanza has a wonderful personality and was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the structure of the tour and information we received.
Costanza was an exceptional tour guide bringing all the great artworks and sights into an engaging narrative context of history, culture, & society that enhanced one’s understanding and appreciation of each piece of art. She then focused our attention on specific features in the art that left us all in wonder and awe. Costanza provided us with the best tour we have ever experienced.
Our guide was amazing! He knew a lot and made the tour really fun and interesting. He was great at answering our questions.
So much enjoyed the knowledge and enthusiasm of our guide. Outstanding!
Greta was a superb guide, really new her stuff.
Antonio is FABULOUS!!!!! We took three tours with Walks of Italy and Antonio was wonderful! Our most favorite guifr was Stefano in Rome and Antonio does wonderful job with Florence!
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Mat was a very dynamic, informative guide during our tour. My husband and I had a great time and would recommend this tour to anyone who visits Florence in the future!