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Welcome to Florence

Key Details

  • City: Florence
  • Duration: 2.5hrs
  • Start Time: 5PM

Tour Highlights

  • Wandering the streets of Florence, you’ll see top attractions like the Duomo & Ponte Vecchio.

  • Explore hidden parts of the city rarely seen by visitors like Dante’s old ‘hood and the Oltrarno area on the other side of the river.

  • Tips and recommendations on where to eat & visit will help you get the most from your vacation.
Ponte Vecchio Bridge Sunset over Florence Get a first view of Florence Duomo Santa Croce Church Santa Croce Church Piazza della Signoria Piazza della Signoria Piazza della Signoria Ponte Vecchio Bridge See sites not usually visited by tourists Palazzo Pitti Palazzo Pitti

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

SEE FLORENCE THROUGH THE EYES OF A LOCAL

Your first evening in a new city can be as intimidating as it is exciting. Make sure you get off on the right foot with Florence on our intimate city stroll. Meeting in the late afternoon, you’ll spend 2.5 hours with a local guide seeing the top attractions of the city, walking its most important streets and exploring those quieter neighborhoods that hold the best restaurants and bars.

Armed with a plethora of local tips you'll know how to navigate the city and track down the most authentic food from day one.

A BALANCE OF TOP ATTRACTIONS & HIDDEN GEMS

Your tour starts at an easy-to-find spot: Piazza del Duomo, the Square of the Dome. Your guide will give you a brief introduction before leading you into the quieter streets of the Santa Croce neighborhood. This is where Dante used to hang out and where Michelangelo both lived and was buried. Few visitors venture into this part of town but, as you’ll see, that’s their loss.

Along the way, your guide will point out Sant’Ambrogio Market which will be a definite must-visit for foodies but is also a good focal point for authentic and reasonably-priced restaurants on this side of the river.

Together you’ll see Piazza della Signoria, Florence’s most impressive outdoor sculpture gallery and the old home of Michelangelo’s David. Eventually, he proved too beautiful to sit outside but you’ll see a replica in its original position in front of Palazzo Vecchio.

Make your way towards the river and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge to the quiet neighborhood of Oltrarno. Again, few visitors ever see this part of the city and again, they're really missing out. You’ll see the foreboding Pitti Palace and get recommendations for some of the most authentic restaurants and bars in the city (with the most affordable prices).

Piazza Santo Spirito is a great area for eating, so this is where your guide will leave you at around 7.30PM. That’s dinner time in Florence, so what better time to test out their recommendations?

During your ramblings you’ll enjoy a gelato break to sample the city’s famous dessert and get some tips on how to tell a good gelateria from a bad one (hint, it’s all about the pistachios). In just 2.5 hours you’ll get to know Florence through a local's eyes, guaranteeing a better vacation all around.

Sites visited

  • Florence Duomo (outside)
  • Dante’s neighborhood
  • Michelangelo’s house (outside)
  • Piazza Santa Croce
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (outside)
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Palazzo Pitti (outside)
  • Piazza Santo Spirito
  • Note: All sites are visited from outside

Included

  • Gelato
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Small group of 15 or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 16 Customer Reviews

The tour was very informative for a first time comer. The guide Julia was terrific.
Giulia was fantastic. She is very knowledgeable, relaxed and made the tour fun and memorable. For a casual visitor, tourist, there's nothing like getting a guided tour from a local. Highly recommended. Grazie Giulia
Ismael did a great job taking us to interesting places and had very helpful insights. The tour was well paced and he was very patient. This tour was a very good overview in a relatively short period of time of Florence and the places you want to see.
Very nice introductory walk on our first evening in Florence. Elvira was very pleasant and an enjoyable guide.
My family and did the Twilight city stroll in Florence. This tour was very good, and relaxing. I recommend all this toursand this company to anyone visiting Italy!
We took this tour with Bernardo and it was fantastic. He told us so much about the history of the buildings in the old part of Florence, even pointed out that the Canadians were the first over the Ponte Vecchio during the liberation of Florence in WWII. Great introduction to Renaissance Florence!
Our Welcome to Florence tour with Costanza was a great way to start our stay in this beautiful city. Thank you Walks of Italy
We had a wonderful walk around the historical center of Florence with Teresa. She was very knowledgeable and shared so much information in an interesting and easy way.
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The Tour was very well thought out and our guide very knowledgeable , informative and thorough . She gave us a lot of very helpful information which made our stay in Florence all the more enjoyable and the instructions on where to meet were very helpful . However , I have 2 observations . The instructions you sent us told us to be at the meeting point 15minutes before the start of the Tour ,which we did,but our guide did not arrive until a couple of minutes before the start time, which we found a little disconcerting . The price for the tour was on the high side bearing in mind we had done a similar Tour in Venice with a different company a couple of days earlier which only cost us a total of some 17 Euros .
The tour was very informative for a first time comer. The guide Julia was terrific.
This is a great tour and introduction to Florence, it's history and best eateries. I only wish I had a map at the end of the tour of where we went, as the lanes are narrow and winding (and it is getting dark at the end of it). We spent days trying to retrace our steps to find that fantastic gelato store and some of the cafes and restaurants that Angelo pointed out to us. Angelo was very informative and helpful (even when we collared him in the street two days later). If it wasn't for him we probably would not have enjoyed a Florentine Steak.
The guide was passionate about Florence and we were able to learn so much about the city in a short time. Only recommendation would to change meeting points - the current one is confusing and can be tough to see.
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Giulia was fantastic. She is very knowledgeable, relaxed and made the tour fun and memorable. For a casual visitor, tourist, there's nothing like getting a guided tour from a local. Highly recommended. Grazie Giulia
Ismael did a great job taking us to interesting places and had very helpful insights. The tour was well paced and he was very patient. This tour was a very good overview in a relatively short period of time of Florence and the places you want to see.
One of the most interesting city tours I've ever been on. My guide was great! (Unfortunately I forget his name.) We were told that this is one of the newer tours; I hope you consider keeping it and creating more like it in other cities. I travel quite a bit and wish I had taken this tour on one of my first days in Florence (as recommended by the title) instead of one of my last days. It provides a solid context for tours of the Uffizi and churches that makes everything make a lot more sense. Loved this tour, loved the Pristine Sistine I took a few years back -- I tell everyone I know who's headed to Italy to go on your tours!
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We did the evening Welcome to Florence tour with Charles. Due to scheduling, this was on our last night in Florence, so Charles had to adapt his normal welcome talk. We ended up having a wonderful walking tour learning lots of background information about the city and its architecture. Overall, Walks of Italy provided stellar guides, and tours that really made the trip worthwhile. We'll be using you again on our next trip!
Very nice introductory walk on our first evening in Florence. Elvira was very pleasant and an enjoyable guide.
My family and did the Twilight city stroll in Florence. This tour was very good, and relaxing. I recommend all this toursand this company to anyone visiting Italy!
We took this tour with Bernardo and it was fantastic. He told us so much about the history of the buildings in the old part of Florence, even pointed out that the Canadians were the first over the Ponte Vecchio during the liberation of Florence in WWII. Great introduction to Renaissance Florence!
Our Welcome to Florence tour with Costanza was a great way to start our stay in this beautiful city. Thank you Walks of Italy
We had a wonderful walk around the historical center of Florence with Teresa. She was very knowledgeable and shared so much information in an interesting and easy way.