01 Apr 16 - 31 Oct 16: Daily except Sunday
01 Nov 16 - 31 Mar 17: Monday, Thursday & Saturday
01 Apr 17 - 31 Oct 17: Daily
01 Nov 17 - 31 Mar 18: Monday, Thursday & Saturday
3 hoursStart time
Please make your way to Via dei Cimatori 9 Red, Florence.
Directions from the Duomo Cathedral Square: If you are facing the front of the church, turn right on Via dei Calzaiuoli and walk straight on, turn left on the 4th cross street which is Via dei Cimatori.
Directions from Piazza della Signoria: face the statue of the man on horseback, on your left there is a "superflash bank" and "il cavallino" restaurant. Take that street (via delle Farine) and turn right onto the second cross street which is Via dei Cimatori.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point.
Marvel at the magnificent octagonal dome of the great cathedral ( Il Duomo). View supremely elegant piazzas like the Piazza Santissima Annunziata and the wonderful statues in the Piazza della Signoria.
Pedal past splendid palaces built by great Florentine families to advertise their wealth and influence. And visit the Piazza della Repubblica (Republic Square), on the site of the ancient Roman forum, with its café culture and street theatre.
Independent spirits can take the option of a map instead of a tour leader and do the route at their own pace.
You should make your way to VIA DEI CIMATORI 9 RED, which is very close to the Dome.
Riding your comfortable rented bike, you will set off with your expert English-speaking personal guide. You will be able to stop and take pictures at the most photogenic spots.
Your route takes in the following highlights:
• Piazza Santissima Annunziata: one of Florence’s loveliest squares. It contains Santissima Annunziata, the church founded in 1235 by seven Florentine noblemen, who chose the religious life instead of the usual endless feuding between factions and families.
• Palazzo Strozzi (Strozzi Palace): the grandest palace in Florence. Completed in 1538, it was built for the wealthy Strozzi family who wished to assert their importance, especially to their rivals the Medicis. Now it is a temporary exhibition space.
• Santa Croce: The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), is the principal Franciscan church of Florence. It is famous for its Florentine artwork and the tombs of illustrious men, including Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Legend has it that Santa Croce was founded by St Francis himself.
• Pizza Santa Trinita: This square contains the Santa Trinita church, originally erected in the 11th century and modified over the next 300 years. The church you see today was completed at the end of the 14th century.
• Il Duomo: Santa Maria del Fiore (the Dome) is the cathedral of Florence, renowned for its vast octagonal dome by Filippo Brunelleschi. On completion in 1436 it was the largest dome of its time and it is still the world’s largest masonry dome. Brunelleschi’s statue nearby looks up at his greatest achievement.
• Piazza della Repubblica (Republic Square): on the site of the ancient Roman forum, later the Jewish ghetto. The maze of medieval streets once found here were swept away by nineteenth century modernization and many antiquities were lost. The square is home to the Caffé delle Giubbe Rosse, historically a meeting point for artists and writers.
• Piazza della Signoria: this elegant L-shaped piazza has been the political hub of Florence for centuries. It is dominated by the 14th century Palazzo della Signoria: The square is now an open-air museum with splendid statues including a copy of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and a bronze equestrian figure of Cosimo I by Giambologna.
• Piazza Beccaria: another charming Florentine square.
• Piazza Donatello: the site of the Swiss-owned, so-called ‘English Cemetery’ in Florence. Many famous poets and artists are buried here including Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
• San Niccolò: one of the oldest parts of Florence, on the left bank of the River Arno. It has some outstanding monuments and interesting nooks and corners.
At the end of your exciting bike tour of Florence you will be dropped off at the start point.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
if your child is younger than 10 years of age, we require the EXPERT LEVEL of biking and that he/she rides her/his own bike.
Our staff will have the right to decline accepting your child without any obligation to refund you for her/his tickets.
We have a wonderful time on the Best of Florence Bike Tour and would recommend this to anyone. It is great fun and a great way of seeing all the sites in Florence. The guide...Mrs S A Yeo
What a fabulous tour. The guide was wonderful and what a great way to see the city. I went with my sister, boyfriend and Mum and did not realise how much fun it would be. We...Mrs S A Yeo