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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 40 Customer Reviews

Excellent tour! Just what I was looking for on my first night in Florence.
A great introduction to Florence. Antonio was very knowledgeable and friendly. We loved it.
Giulia was an amazing guide and offered personal insights and recommendations.
Angelo was fantastic! He is so passionate about Florence and was so great at explaining the history, were to eat and what to see. He gave a fantastic orientation to Florence and is commendable! Pls forward our sincere thanks to Angelo!
Excellent guide
Great first night intro to Florence history & key locations & tips.
Nebu was s great tour guide and really helped us find our way round Florence at the beginning of our stay. With restaurant recommendations too it was really a worthwhile tour
Great day and a fantastic guide!'
Awesome your digging in to the subtle parts of Florence as well as some of the most recognizable. Our guide made the tour extremely informative and entertaining at the same time.
Lovely, informative walk that was very useful in orienting me to Florence. Great recommendations on where to eat and things to see.
Ismael was a very knowledgeable guide with a funny personality! The stroll was the best way to end a long day before dinner and his recommendations on restaurants was on par! I would do it again if I hadn't already done it! Thank you
Our guide was very charming. I felt he informed us of places and areas we would not of otherwise known about. Another great experience with Walks of Italy. I would definitely recommend your tours to my family and friends. Your guides are your asset!
Wonderful tour and our guide was amazing!
We loved this your. Angelo was wonderful and so knowledgeable. I liked the laid back vibe of this tour and the gelato was a nice touch. Would recommend!
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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Excellent tour! Just what I was looking for on my first night in Florence.
A great introduction to Florence. Antonio was very knowledgeable and friendly. We loved it.
Giulia was an amazing guide and offered personal insights and recommendations.
Angelo was fantastic! He is so passionate about Florence and was so great at explaining the history, were to eat and what to see. He gave a fantastic orientation to Florence and is commendable! Pls forward our sincere thanks to Angelo!
Excellent guide
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Great first night intro to Florence history & key locations & tips.
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Nebu was s great tour guide and really helped us find our way round Florence at the beginning of our stay. With restaurant recommendations too it was really a worthwhile tour
Ismael was professional, friendly and interesting. He really gave a brilliant point of view of Florence! I learnt so many things amd got to see what i expected, another side of florence that i have no idea about, historically and geographically. So glad I took this tour, well worth the time and money spent!!
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Great day and a fantastic guide!'
Awesome your digging in to the subtle parts of Florence as well as some of the most recognizable. Our guide made the tour extremely informative and entertaining at the same time.
Lovely, informative walk that was very useful in orienting me to Florence. Great recommendations on where to eat and things to see.
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Ismael was a very knowledgeable guide with a funny personality! The stroll was the best way to end a long day before dinner and his recommendations on restaurants was on par! I would do it again if I hadn't already done it! Thank you
Our guide was very charming. I felt he informed us of places and areas we would not of otherwise known about. Another great experience with Walks of Italy. I would definitely recommend your tours to my family and friends. Your guides are your asset!
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This tour is a fantastic introduction to Florence which you shouldn't miss. Nebo, our guide, tried so hard not to overwhelm us with information, which is NOT easy as there is sooooo much history, & sooooo much to learn! Nebo frequently checked in with us regarding this, & intuitively led us to one of the best gelaterias in Florence for a re-couping of our energy. He is "THE SOURCE" of information on the best gelato, food & wine venues in Florence! Priceless information! You must do the tour to find out! :)) (& take notes!) Furthermore, the audio equipment worked perfectly which impressed me a lot. I had read reviews of OTHER companies which don't use reliable equipment, leading to poor performance & deeply disappointed customers. During my 4 day stay, I found that much of the info that Nebo imparted returned, as I recognised the areas we had covered. So, DO NOT underestimate your own memory. I am so pleased that I booked this tour & encourage you to do the same!
Wonderful tour and our guide was amazing!
We loved this your. Angelo was wonderful and so knowledgeable. I liked the laid back vibe of this tour and the gelato was a nice touch. Would recommend!
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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.