Duration: Approx. 6 hrs 30 min (incl. lunch break)
Start Time: Times vary
The perfect way to see Florence in a day; exploring the most famous sights of the city plus those hidden nooks and 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 and 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 19 or fewer you are guaranteed a relaxing, engaging day
Your full-day Florence tour starts off 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 a rare insight into his methods with a visit to the unfinished Slaves.
The next stop is the Florence Duomo, where your guide will tell you the story of its enormous dome and how it went from near catastrophe to becoming the greatest architectural 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 queues.
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.
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 cuisine, 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 through the ages so you can see the flat, two-dimensional paintings of the Medieval era blossom into the beautiful three 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. Because, if you ask us, it’s not enough just to see Florence, you need to experience it, taking in its world-class art, fascinating history and stunning architecture.