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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 20 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 20 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 20 or fewer
  • Headsets when needed
  • Expert local tour guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 858 Customer Reviews

Guide was EXCEPTIONAL!!! So knowledgeable, passionate about his city, art, and history. I so enjoyed the city and art we saw even more with a better understanding!! He was just fantastic, and would highly recommend anyone visiting to take his tour. THANK YOU!!!
Angelo was absolutely fantastic his knowledge & passion of Florence was brilliant we couldn’t have asked for a better guide. We came away from the tour eager to find out more of Florence & wishing we could have stayed a day longer to explore more. Thanks so much !!!!
Angelo was amazing! He was a well of knowledge and very passionate about the subject matter. He delivered the information with good humour, which was very entertaining!

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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Guide was EXCEPTIONAL!!! So knowledgeable, passionate about his city, art, and history. I so enjoyed the city and art we saw even more with a better understanding!! He was just fantastic, and would highly recommend anyone visiting to take his tour. THANK YOU!!!
Angelo was absolutely fantastic his knowledge & passion of Florence was brilliant we couldn’t have asked for a better guide. We came away from the tour eager to find out more of Florence & wishing we could have stayed a day longer to explore more. Thanks so much !!!!
Angelo was amazing! He was a well of knowledge and very passionate about the subject matter. He delivered the information with good humour, which was very entertaining!
Angelo was the best tour guide I’ve ever had. His narration skills and how he used universally-known analogies was so moving. I would take numerous tours if I could. His knowledge and customer service was out of this world. He is an asset to Walks!!!
The walking tour with Caterina was wonderful. We saw major sites in Florence with a very knowledgeable guide who also had a good sense of humor. We enjoyed the tour very much and would highly recommend it to to others.
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Theresa was absolutely superb- vivacious, extremely knowledgeable and engaging- best guide I’ve had!
Angelo was a fantastic tour guide! He was very knowledgeable, engaging and personable.
The guide was very interesting and loved his work. He would answer any question. A great way to see the high points of these museums.
Excellent tour, Aniko was very knowledgeable and a great presenter.
Awesome tour!
Excellent tour and guide
We thoroughly enjoyed our walk thru Florence. Caterina did an exceptional job and was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with.
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The guide was wonderful-pleasant, knowledgeable and very nice. Highly recommend him
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Without a doubt Stefanie was the best tour guide I experienced during my 18 day tour of Italy. She is very earnest and a wealth of information. Her is English is great and I am very happy I went on this tour. Any question I had she was sure to answer very clearly.
Eriza did an awesome job managing a full day with multiple stops. She did a beautiful job sharing her art history knowledge in both the Academia and Uffizi, adding in humorous bits of cultural history which added context to the art. I especially appreciated the amount of time she was able to carve out to appreciate David (the handsomest man in Italy!). I was afraid we would be scooted in and out, but we had ample time to enjoy and appreciate this and many other sculptures. Great tour to get your bearings! Plan on spending extra time at the Uffizi at the end, since you are already there.
Julia was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the tour and content. Very competent, but also only focused mainly on specific works in the galleries. My only suggestion is to tune the “free time” to roam the gallery in case your interests vary from the focused items.
This tour is for people who are visiting Florence for the first time and are physically fit enough to enjoy the tour. We had been before, and we got tired. What saved the day was Viola, who was excellent. We would hope to hire her for a small group private tour in the future, which would take us to places in Firenze that we have not visited before.
Teresa is great! The best guide of all of the tours that I did with Walks. You should hire more guides that are not Italian.
It was a long and exhausting day but worth every minute. Our guide was absolutely wonderful. She made it such a good experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone--but be prepared to be on your feel all day!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and professional. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.
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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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