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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. Here you’ll meet the city’s most famous resident – Michelangelo’s ‘David’, whose beauty and size must be seen to be believed. With your expert guide you’ll learn about the mysterious man who created this sculpture (perhaps the world’s most famous!), getting a glimpse into his methods with a visit to the unfinished ‘Slaves’. Emerging from crude lumps of marble, they give some idea of just how talented Michelangelo really was.

It’s another feat of craftsmanship next, with a visit to Florence Duomo. Enter with your guide to admire the world’s largest dome ever made from brick – whose construction required the architect Brunelleschi to reach back in time to discover a building method adequate to support its weight.

With skip the line access at the Accademia, we won’t waste time standing around. Instead, we’ll make the most of every minute we have together.

Piazza della Signora, visited on our Florence tours

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

Our adventure has only just begun though. After visiting the incredible gold doors of the Duomo Baptistery and hearing the story behind their creation, you’ll take to 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 notorious Medici family to feudal battles, self- defense in Medieval Florence, philandering kings and Renaissance masters.

You’ll visit such famous sights as 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.

We’ll give you a break for lunch to fuel up before our next adventure – you’re going to need it. Your guide will point you in the direction of some of their favorite local spots so you can try some real Florentine food while you’re in town (feel free to ask questions like this throughout your Florence tour – it’s one of the greatest benefits of spending the day with a local!) 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. Led by an expert local guide, you’ll walk through the ages, from early artworks to the Renaissance masterpieces of Raphael, da Vinci and (perhaps the gallery's most famous work), Boticelli’s ‘Primavera’ and ‘Birth of Venus’. You’ll see the details in each work that signal changes in how masters painted, and finally understand why the Renaissance was such a big deal.

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 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 605 Customer Reviews

Our guide was fantastic and we loved the your.
Eleonora was wonderful! Very passionate and knowledgeable about the art and history of Florence. She was very good at answering our questions and showing us how art evolved in the Renaissance.
She did wonderful! We enjoyed the tour and her knowledge about any question we asked was extensive!

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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Our guide was fantastic and we loved the your.
Eleonora was wonderful! Very passionate and knowledgeable about the art and history of Florence. She was very good at answering our questions and showing us how art evolved in the Renaissance.
She did wonderful! We enjoyed the tour and her knowledge about any question we asked was extensive!
Chiara was in every way as thoroughly enjoyable as a guide as was Susan in Venice. I do not know how you screen your potential guides but you do an amazing job in picking candidates who are passionate and knowledgable about their cities. When booking these tours I felt they seemed a little expensive, however after the walks in Venice and Florence I totally feel they were excellent value and well worth every penny. Very clear instructions on where to meet (important when you are seeing a city for the first time!) and the ability to avoid the long lines to venues was priceless. You guys rock! Positive feedback left on Trip Adviser.
Nebo was great, very friendly and answered all of our questions.
A wonderful tour with Nebo as guide. We enjoyed it very much!
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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Costanza. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
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We had Ismael as our tour guide and he was absolutely amazing. I am a very big fan of art and having someone explain in such detail all that we were seeing was a joy!. Also say thanks to the customer service, as we had an issue with our train from Rome and they answered immediately guaranteeing that we were going to able to take the tour no matter what and not miss out!
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Paolo our guide knew his art. His passion for Florence was very apparent and added an additional dimension to our tour.
Great tour. So interesting.
We did several guided tours with your company. We had another company tour us through Milan. Hands down your company is superior. The quality of your guides is outstanding. I will highly recommend your company. Thank you for providing us with perfect tours.
Paolo was perhaps our favorite tour guide of our entire European trip. Loved the tour! Great way to see Florence in a day if you've never been and are short on time.
We loved the tour of the galleries and the informative discussion! Perfect trip with a great guide.
Our tour guide, Matt, gave an amazing tour. So much info, so many fun facts, things that made you understand the culture at the time and put all the art work and architecture into perspective. Bonus, shorter lines to get in and smaller groups than most of the other tours we saw. We had spent the previous day sightseeing on our own, really wish we had done a tour of those sights. Highly recommend taking this tour (and getting Matt as a guide, if possible)!
Very good guide, having an impressive knowledge , displaying that in a very attractive and sympatic way. We have enjoyed this trip veruy much !
David was an AMAZING guide. He was so interesting and informative about the art, we were just blown away. Kudos to Walks of Italy for having a guide of this calibre!
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Antonio was a friendly guide with extensive knowledge. This was a fantastic experience and would highly recommend to others. A suggestion: If you were to mention that the tour uses radio headphones people could optionally bring their own headphones, saving u money and reducing waste, since the supplied ones are not returned.
Our guide was excellent.
We had the most amazing day! Paolo was the best tour guide! He was so knowledgeable about everything and you could tell he loved what he does as well. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Really liked our guide, Angelo. He was the best! So knowledgeable & into the tour.
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Gaia, Mat was terrific in all aspects of the walking tour!! Our group loved his passion for the history, art, architecture, and his explanations of an art piece or a time in history were better than any college class that I took!! Our group appreciated him also taking time to interact with each of us for questions and his personal insights into some of the Italian cultural perspectives and its response to events in history and how it played a part in shaping Italy's culture today. It was an amazing tour that we will never forget!
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Excellent tour and guide. Highly recommend.
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Angelo our guide made the history come alive with his enthusiasm and extensive knowledge. He was excellent 👍
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Angelo is the best tour guide we had our entire time in Europe. He made a potentially boring tour fun and interesting. He put the various styles and techniques of each artist in to context. I am going to request him for our next visit.
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Our guide was amazing. Took the time to explain all the little details most people would miss. He had anazing recommendations for dinner and provided tons of detail for all the art that fills Florence.
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Very knowledgeable guide.
Teresa was a GREAT tour guide - very knowledgeable and wonderful personality. Her English was excellent. We enjoyed this tour very much.
My son and I loved the tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgable with a wonderfully positive disposition. It was clear she was very committed and enthusiastic about her work.
Our guide was intelligent, knowledgeable and passionate about the information we were interested in and what we wanted to see. Trying to see a significant portion of the wonderful things in Florence in a day is impossible, but our guide did a wonderful job of getting us to the things we most wanted to experience. We used that as a springboard for what we spent our time on the remaining three days of our time there. Thank you so much.
Paulo was excellent and informative everyone had an amazing time
Ishmael was an exceptionally well informed guide but did not overwhelm us. We have quoted him several times when looking at other painting's and feel we learnt so much. Thank you.
We really enjoyed our tour with Angelo, he made learning about Florence history and art fun and informative. A great tour, highly recommended. Helen and Michael Australia
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