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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 90 Customer Reviews

We enjoyed this tour. The guide was easy to understand and she gave us information that we would never have learned unless we were on this tour.
The gelato stop was our fav gelato from our 4 weeks in Italy
Angelo was wonderful. Enjoyed our walking tour and he gave us great advice on things to do, restaurants and good gelato places. Loved it
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We enjoyed this tour. The guide was easy to understand and she gave us information that we would never have learned unless we were on this tour.
The gelato stop was our fav gelato from our 4 weeks in Italy
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Angelo was wonderful. Enjoyed our walking tour and he gave us great advice on things to do, restaurants and good gelato places. Loved it
Enjoyable tour and loved the gelato in the middle of the tour.
Very nice evening with tons of information! Thank you.
This was a great tour for us to get acquainted with Florence on the day we arrived. Everything is easily walkable and our guide provided us with a quick overview of the history of the buildings and landmarks.
On our first night in Florence, this tour really helped us get our bearings. It rained but our guide (Paolo) was great and was able to keep our minds off the rain and on the medieval history of Florence. I loved seeing all of the architecture and hearing the stories. I would highly recommend. I believe we visited all of the neighborhoods mentioned in the tour description. Although, there were only a few restaurant recommendations along the way. My husband and I did, however, end up at the pasta bar he recommended in Piazza Santo Spirito that evening for dinner and it was amazing. The only real issue I have (and the only reason for the 4 rating) is that the description specifically mentioned, "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)." The tour ended at a gelateria where we could try some gelato - but it was treated as an afterthought to the actual tour. So, there was no real conversation on how to tell a good gelateria from a bad one. What does it have to do with pistachios? I really wanted to know!
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Our guide was so passionate and very knowledgeable about Florence. It was a pleasure being on this walk and we learnt so much!! Thank you!
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Viola was amazing, knowledgeable, easy to understand, caring, attentive and all around perfect. The tour was everything we hoped for and more; and gave us the best understanding of Florence on our 1st nite in the city. Will recommend !!
Viola was wonderful. We have been to Italy 4 times, and this tour may be our favorite yet. My husband has a hearing loss yet he understood everything because she articulates very well. Thank you for a lovely evening.
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Great tour giving a good overview of the city and suggestions for the rest of the trip.
Very informative. Angelo took us to some little, and lovely side streets we would never have found on our own. Enjoyed his droll observations and comments. Your tou came on the heels of a horribly disappointing Cinque Terre Day tour from Florence with My Tours run by Viator. Thanks!!!
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Our guide was Elana April 19, 2018 at 5 pm. Elana was very informative about the art and museums in Florence. We loved the tour and learned so much about the art. After that we knew a little about getting around, it is complicated with all of the small and interrupted streets. We highly recommend this tour. Elana was awesome, she is a wealth of knowledge. Also, she was correct about the best gelato shop. It was delicious.
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Great introduction to Florence! Chiara was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable!
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The walk is too long and we were left too far from the starting place.
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Alessia was a gracious and very informative guide on our walk through Florence. It was a wonderful introduction to the city and I’d very much recommend it.
We had a wonderful evening and got a lot of back story on Florence. Wonderful tour!!!
Angelo gave a wonderful tour around Florence. Even with as much as we researched and the history we knew of the city, Angelo provided little known stories we didn't know.
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Angelo was great! He mixed history and made it live with the modern day life in Florence. A charming storyteller and personality.
Excellent knowledge of the city, nice and friendly Valentina AND excellent gelato! Just long enough before dinner.
Very knowledgeable & friendly!
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I enjoyed this tour quite a bit! Angelo was a great guide and managed to get in the history and also keep a modern touch to it.
My guide was excellent. Extremely informative with a good sense of humor which was delightful. Could not have asked for better tour guide.
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I appreciated the fact that the size of the group was small. Chiara, our guide for the afternoon was excellent and she enthusiastically shared Florence with us by giving us tips on where to change money, have dinner and must-see places to visit. This tour is the perfect introduction to Florence for any first time visitor.
Valentina was also wonderful, we loved all her insights. She recommended a restaurant we loved so much, we went back there for dinner on our last night in Florence.
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Matt was great! We got a lot interesting historical information on Florence, as well as some fun trivia he knew from being a long-time resident. Had good restaurant and activity suggestions to boot.
What a great way to get introduced to Florence. Our guide Mat was great and even helped us improve our somewhat lacking Italian language skills. Multo bene.
Costanza was delightful. She was informative and humorous and made the time fly by. Having the tour later in the day was great as the crowds weren't there. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.
She was knowledgeable and friendly.
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Our guide was absolutely brilliant. So knowledgable and so willing to help with our questions and other Info requests. A real credit to your company.