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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 832 Customer Reviews

Chiara was great and knowledgeable. She made the tour interesting and informative.
Angelo was a fantastic guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, charismatic and made art history very enjoyable and engaging for us. Thank you Angelo!
Our guide was very informative, pleasant and patient. Greatly enjoyed the tour.

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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Chiara was great and knowledgeable. She made the tour interesting and informative.
Valentina brought the city of Florence to life for us and helped us fall in love with it! She provided the perfect amount of history and information and answered our questions fully. She also gave us great suggestions for things to do the following day, as well as excellent restaurants! Please let her know that our dinner at Diladdarno was one of the best we've ever had. Thank you Valentina
Angelo was a fantastic guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, charismatic and made art history very enjoyable and engaging for us. Thank you Angelo!
Our guide was very informative, pleasant and patient. Greatly enjoyed the tour.
Laura did a very good job of explaining all the sites
Laura was fantastic, great personality, very bubbly and fun. Perhaps too much time spent in the two museums and not enough time spent seeing other sites. Will definately recommend Walks of Italy.
We were very pleased with Mat. His knowledge and passion for Florence was very impressive. His consideration for my son, who is visually impaired, and a lady on the tour who was in a wheelchair, was very much appreciated.
Chiaroscuro was one of the best we have ever had!!! She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable We loved the tour!
Teresa was a gem. We loved her and the tour. Thanks
Federico was great. He did a very good job and his passion for the art really came through.
Klaas was an amazing guide.
Mat was excellent! He was so passionate about the area and had a true love for Florence. Would have liked to spend another day tour with him!
Teresa was great! She knows the history of Florence very well. We really enjoyed this tour. This was our second time in Florence and we learned a lot from Teresa! Highly recommend this great tour. Thank you!
Matt was our tour guide. If you take this tour ask for him. His background knowledge about every site and venue we visited, and about the pieces in the Accademie and Ufizzi is excellent. He answered every question asked of him with authority. As a bonus, his sense of humor was just right. This tour was well worth the price and time commitment.
Theresa’s knowledge and enthusiasm for all we experienced on our tour was unsurpassed. We appreciated it so much! Grazie Mille!!
Eriza was an amazing guide. She was so knowledgeable about the history of the city and about the works of art we were able to see. I had a chance to overhear a few other guides with larger groups during our tour, and they weren't providing anywhere near the level of detail that Eriza was able to provide. In particular, I felt that my appreciation of the paintings and sculpture was greatly enhanced because of Eriza's tutorial. In general, I could not have been more pleased with the tour and I will definitely recommend Walks of Italy to my friends and colleagues.
Class was a great guide, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable
Chiara was very knowledgable and her insights into the art works added quite a bit to our trip. A fabulous guide.
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Ishmael was an outstanding guide. A wealth of information, easy to understand, attentive to all in the group. Best tour and explanations ever for Florence and I have been here many times. Thank you for a perfect day!
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Patrizia was the best! Amazing tour guide.
Great tour! Very informative!
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Loved this tour! We only had one day to tour Florence, and this tour and our guide Matt were an excellent overview of the city, its history and culture. We could never have seen/learned so much if we tried to tackle this city by ourselves. And our tour had a lady in a wheelchair, and Matt did a *stellar* job making sure she got a clear view to see everything as well. Bonus for Matt!
Sorry for the delay in responding has been home for a short time. Once again we are amazed at the quality of your walks. We have been on a few walks with you now all have been brilliant Antonio was exceptionally knowledgeable, our heads were spinning with his brilliant talks on the history of Florence. We will be with you again in the near future. Regards Stephen Harper
Ishmael was an EXCELLENT guide & educator. The tour was thoroughly enjoyable and we were not sure how much of the Renaissance arts we can handle, to begin with.
Angelo was excellent, very knowledgeable and personable. Was able to share side notes of history that were very interesting and brought the tour to life!
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Our guide Angela was simply fantastic. She was incredibly knowledgeable about Florence history, art, and culture. We felt like we had taken a master class in Renaissance art history! She managed the group very well and knew just when we needed a rest. We have recommended Walks of Italy to several people we encountered in Florence, and in fact we have already have booked tours for our onward destinations in Venice and Rome!
We were only there for "THE DAVID" but it was exceptional! Angela was very knowledgeable and very pleasant!
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Wonderful guide!! We saw a lot. She hit on the most important items since there is only so much you can see in 6 hrs. I am so glad we invested in the tour because in addition to all of the information and history we were given, we also had much shorter lines to contend with. We saw David first and there were only about 30 people in the whole room!! Im sure that doesn’t happen often.
Great tour! Great tour guide! A great day we will remember the rest of our lives. Diego was informative and entertaining. Knowledgeable Professional. Don’t ever lose him as a guide.
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Very happy with the tour. Regina was excellent, knowledgeable and super friendly. Highly recommended.
We were very satisfied with our Florence in a day tour. We were only in Florence for 3 nights, so it enabled us to see both Museums and the Duomo, with a guide to help us see all the major sites. It is a great way to do it if you have limited time. Highly recommended.
Our Guide, Mat was excellent, best and most passionate, knowledgeable guide we have veer had and we have been on a lot of guided tours over the years. would love to have him again next year as a private guide!
We loved the tour! Ishmael was a wonderful tour guide.
Viola was obviously extremely knowledgeable about all the things she showed us. She gave us options for when the line at the cathedral was very long and she made the tour interactive. She noticed I was struggling as I had been walking non stoop for about 9 days and was quick to point out places I could rest but still hear her through the radio. I also liked how she could answer our questions. I have had previous guides with different companies in different countries that just shrug and say they aren’t sure. It’s obvious that the guides in Italy (for good tour companies) are very passionate about the art and the history. I’ve already suggested this tour to another friend who plans to visit Florence! The group was fantastic with only 7 of us (2 no shows) and it has given me a huge appreciation for Florence.
Fantastic tour well worth it.
Taking this tour enabled us to skip the line and learn so much more than what an audio would have provided. Guilia was a wonderful guide, always cheery and very knowledgeable.
Ismael did an incredible job. Smart and funny. Great highlights and deep granular analysis of the key spots in Florence. The talks on the David, Renaissance, the Duomo, the doors of the Bapistry, Ponte Vecchio, and selected works in the Uffizi were TOP NOTCH. This was a great day exceeding all expectations