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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 678 Customer Reviews

Matt is a fantastic guide that is very enthusiastic about what he is doing. He also has a great sense of humour. We enjoyed his tour very much.
It was the best tour I ever took. Laura was exceptional! She was passionate knowledgeable and very friendly. Hands down the best tour I ever took.
Teresa was great! Incredible nice and so knowledgeable about everything we saw. We absolutely loved learning about Florence.

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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Matt is a fantastic guide that is very enthusiastic about what he is doing. He also has a great sense of humour. We enjoyed his tour very much.
It was the best tour I ever took. Laura was exceptional! She was passionate knowledgeable and very friendly. Hands down the best tour I ever took.
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This was definitely a longer tour than some of the other experiences we had with Walks of Italy. Even though this was a longer tour, we were a little disappointed that we were not able to actually go into the Duomo. However, we understood the rationale of the long lines during the busier, tourist season. Our tour guide was very informative throughout the tours of Academia and Uffizi but I was actually looking forward to more of the history on Firenze and the different architectural sites of the city. Again, these comments are minute as the tour represented a good portion of the majority sites of Florence in several hours.
Teresa was great! Incredible nice and so knowledgeable about everything we saw. We absolutely loved learning about Florence.
Guide was amazing. She did much more than just provide the facts. Would definitely recommend.
Matt is a gem! His passion and love for Florence and the arts shines through and very brightly at that. We really appreciated his perspective during the tour and he made the arts”come alive” as he took us through Florence and it’s history. It was a real treat to spend the day learning all about Florence with him.
Angelo was fantastic! So knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Florence to book onto one of your tours.
Excellent tour! Guide was fun and gave us an abundant amount of interesting information. We enjoyed every minute. I would definitely recommend Walks of Italy to my family and friends. Well done!
Mat was outstanding! Knowledgeable and personable! Great job, Mat!!
Good tour to avoid lines and see highlights of the museums. Would have liked to spend a bit less time at the Uffizi and see more highlights of the city instead. Very knowledgeable guide.
Valentina was a great guide, very knowledgeable about Florence history and art. She was friendly and answered questions and kept us together. Really enjoyed her tour and will recommend to others! A little disappointed that we didn’t get to go Duomo, but she made up for it by taking us other sites. Good job to Valentina!
Angelo was absolutely terrific. His knowledge and sense of humor kept me glued to every word.
Vanessa was an excellent guide. Her depth of expert knowledge about Renaissance art and her enthusiasm for her native Firenze really came through. I like the way the tour is structured, with a break for lunch to relax and the rejoin the tour in the afternoon. I was glad that we finished inside the Uffizi, so we could go back to see a bit more of our favorite artists. I highly recommend the Walks in Italy tours!
Paolo was terrific - his explanations and commentaries were thorough, interesting, informative and enlightening. Of course the subject matter was extraordinary, but Paolo taught us so much about the evolution of painting and sculpture and he really made the artists and their subjects come alive.
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Antonio was very informative and helpful. Would recommend this tour to get the highlights of Florence checked off, or pointed out for later in your stay.
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Hi, very good tour with fabulous guide. I would suggest having a big sign up with the tour name by it as we spent a couple of minutes panicked when we arrived and didn't see any. There were a lot of people about and took a few minutes to find the tour.
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Wonderful tour guide Vanessa. Combined art history with dramatic story telling. Made our time in florence even more glorious. Thankyou. Lee-Anne and Gavin
We were disappointed not to be able to go into the Duomo. Our guide was a fun personality & kept the tour upbeat! Great stretch of history that she covered with good details.
Paola was an outstanding guide. He was so knowledgeable. We learned so much in a short amount of time. He was also very personable. 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for Paola!!
Excellent and informative guide! I
It was a great tour! Our guide, Paulo, was terrific. He had great knowledge and enthusiasm for the area, art, etc. Highly recommend!
Our guide (I think that his name was Matt?) was wonderful. His enthusiasm and knowledge were greatly appreciated. Our whole family (myself, my husband, and our two young adult children) greatly enjoyed this tour. Thank you so much.
Mat was a wonderful guide and made this full day tour an amazing experience for us! Mat gave us so much information about all the things we were seeing and made the sculpture and artwork really enjoyable to see and experience. We highly recommend Mat and this fantastic tour!
Chiara was a fabulous guide. We are so happy we took the tour.
The guide was excellent,knowledgeable and very articulate.
Wonderful day. The guide was fantastic
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Led by Mat who is the most informative and passionate about the subject guide. One of the best tours I have taken; learned so much and will remember forever. Could not have been a better experience.
Loved Elenora. Great personality, obviously loved her job, her city and the art.
Vanessa was the most amazing guide. She brought art and history to life with her immense knowledge and amazing sense of humour. We had two teens with us who she managed to keep engaged and interested through the entire day tour - not an easy feat! We are so pleased and LOVED the tour. Thank you!
Federico was wonderful and gave us a 5-Star walk through Florence!
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! The tour was very well organized. Vanessa, was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, enthusiastic about her city, and a fantastic story teller! We cannot say enough good things about her. She is the best tour guide we have had on our Italy vacation. we look forward to returning to Firenze and doing a tour with Vanessa and walks of Italy :)
Loved this tour. Viola was terrific. Everything was efficient on time well organized interesting and educational.
Manuela was a fabulous guide- interesting, educational, and fun!!! We truly enjoyed our day with her!!
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That was not the name of our tour guide. I think it was something like Viola. She was great.
Great personality, great knowledge, great guy!!!!
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With our guide Mat, it was,gently, his way or the highway. And what a powerful journey. With his passion for all forms of art, his well grounded knowledge base in art history and the history of Florence and in particular the Medici Family influence on Florentine history, it was a truely valuable tour. I loved every minute of it. Neil.
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Well informed tour guide!
Mat was an extraordinary tour guide who is passionate about what he does. He went above & beyond! Mat deserves a raise!!!!
Our guid was so passionate and knew her art history! I would take her tour again and again!
Elenora was absolutely amazing. Best tour guide ever!