Florence
5 hours
Times vary
Max 15

Highlights

  • This tour is the perfect way to see Florence in a day, exploring the most famous sights of the city plus the 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 on a deeper level.
  • See highlights such as Michelangelo’s "David"; masterpieces by da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery; and the exterior of the awe-inspiring cathedral with its stunning dome.
  • We’ve arranged express access and pre-reserved tickets at all the sites, and with group sizes of 15 or fewer you are guaranteed a relaxing, engaging day.

Tour description

Immerse yourself in history, art, and architecture on our carefully crafted Florence in a Day tour.

If you only have one day to see Florence's top artistic and architectural gems, you'll want to make the most of every second—and on this tour, you will. With pre-reserved express entry tickets to the Accademia and Uffizi, you'll breeze past the long lines at Florence's most renowned art galleries, leaving you more time to explore the treasures within. Coupled with an expertly guided stroll through central Florence—where highlights like the Duomo, the famous leather market, and a few of the city's liveliest piazzas await—you'll see and experience it all in one unforgettable morning.

Hear the untold stories behind Michelangelo's larger-than-life David and discover one of the world's oldest galleries.

Your Florence in a Day Tour whisks you past the long queues and into the world famous Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David, and the Uffizi Gallery. 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 sculptures that line the far side of the room.

Meanwhile at the Uffizi Gallery, feast your eyes on masterpieces by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus. Organized chronologically, the Uffizi collection offers a rare opportunity to watch art develop over the course of several centuries. 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.

Stroll picturesque streets and piazzas to experience the life and soul of Florence.

Your Florence in a Day Tour also includes a guided walking tour of Florence. You'll pause outside the imposing cathedral (Duomo) where your guide will tell you how its enormous dome narrowly avoided catastrophe to become the greatest architectural achievement of its age. You'll also see the Florence Baptistery, home to a set of intricately decorated bronze doors so beautiful that Michelangelo himself called them the "Gates of Paradise."

From there, you'll continue your breezy stroll through the heart of Florence, where outdoor artwork and busy piazzas await around every picturesque corner. Your guide will bring the streets to life with stories from Florence’s checkered past—from the mighty Medici family to philandering kings and Renaissance masters. Along the way, you'll stop at the famous 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 swing by the famous Leather Market (and meet its lovable bronze mascot: Il Porcellino).

Between the city walking tour and your second museum visit of the day, you'll take a short break for lunch. It isn't included in the tour price; however, your guide will point you in the direction of some of their favorite nearby spots.

Seeing Florence in a day is no easy feat. But with a carefully planned itinerary and a small group size of only 15 people or fewer, your full-day Florence tour will be relaxed and easygoing. Because it’s not enough just to see Florence. You need to experience it, taking in its world-class art, fascinating history and stunning architecture with a local expert whose stories will stay with you for years to come.

Sites visited

  • Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia
  • Florence’s famous Duomo (outside)
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • The Uffizi Gallery
  • The Baptistery Doors
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (outside)
  • Piazza della Repubblica
  • Mercato Nuovo
  • Leather Market
  • Il Porcellino
  • Vasari Corridor
  • Loggia dei Lanzi

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Sandra

May 02, 2024

Our tour guide Angelo was fantastic he really brought to life all the art we saw. I especially liked the back story on Michael Angelo and the David.

Julia

Apr 30, 2024

We just had a great experience with Walks Tours, I highly recommend them!

Anthony

Apr 28, 2024

Tour guide was very knowledgable and very personable. Tour was lovely!

Alice

Apr 14, 2024

tour guide, Ishmael, very informative and pleasant

Janet

Apr 12, 2024

Our guide, Regina, was fabulous! She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the artwork and sculptures we visited. She is extremely engaging and friendly. She made the tour perfect for us! Highly recommend.

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