- City: Florence
- Duration: Aprox 6hrs 30min (incl. lunch break)
- Start Time: 8:30 AM
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.
EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION
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.
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.
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.
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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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