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Florence Photography Tour – Palazzo’s and Palaces

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Key Highlights

  • Discover the treasures of Florence through the eyes of a professional photographer
  • Capture stunning Florence art and architecture on this 3.5 hours photography tour
  • Photograph Florence’s top attractions, like the Pitti Palace, Repubblica Square and Ponte Vecchio
  • Learn insider tips on how to use your camera expertly
  • Enjoy the photography tour with an expert photographer guide with in-depth local knowledge
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily except Sunday

    Duration

    3.5 hours

    Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 0800h (08:00am)
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: 0930h (09:30am)

    Meeting Point

    The tour starts from Pitti Palace in front of the entrance with the ticket for the garden (9 euro)
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at S.Trinita bridge

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    A center of medieval European trade and finance, Florence is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture. It is said that, of the 1,000 most important European artists of the second millennium, 350 lived or worked in Florence. In fact, the city has also been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. The historic Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982.

    This specially designed photography tour will help you to discover and experience a city through the eyes of a local photographer.

    Your guide-cum-photographer has an in-depth local knowledge, a passion for the city and for the art of photography.

    Bring your basic film or digital camera and discover how to use it to make great photos and take home memories of a lifetime! Discover the myriad treasures of Florence though the eyes of a world-class photographer. Let each photograph carry your distinctive signature!

    Itinerary

    The tour starts from the entrance gate of Pitti Palace. This photography tour will take you to the following places:

    Pitti Palace: Pitti Palace is one of the largest in Florence and was built for the Pitti family by Luca Fancelli around 1460; it was acquired by Medici in 1549 and was expanded and then connected to Palazzo Vecchio by a corridor passing over Ponte Vecchio. Today it houses several museums.

    Boboli’s Garden: Boboli’s Garden, behind Pitti Palace, is based on a design by Niccolò Tribolo and was begun in 1549 when the Medici family acquired the palace. The work continued until 1650; it is a typical Italian garden, and spectacularly placed on a hill with a fabulous view of the town.

    Signoria Square: This square has been the central point of the political life of Florence through the centuries with Palazzo Vecchio, the fortress-like city hall and the huge Fountain of Neptune by Ammannati; the statues like Michelangelo’s David and the ones in the Loggia dei Lanzi make it a fascinating outdoor gallery.

    Ponte Vecchio: This bridge was built in the 14th century to replace an earlier bridge destroyed by flood and housed butchers, grocers and other merchants. Ferdinando I decided to throw out butchers and the other merchants to install goldsmiths and jewellers who continue to ply their trade there.

    Repubblica Square: This square marks the site of the ancient forum, the core of the original Roman settlement and now home to the most fashionable and expensive cafés like Paszkowsky in Florence and still the centre of the life in the town.

    Orsanmichele: This place has a long story. It was originally a grain market which became a church at the end of the 14th century, after the arcades were closed and two additional stories added; the statues on the exterior represent the work of many Renaissance artists.

    S. Trinita Bridge: This bridge was built in its elegant curves by Ammannati in 16th century, probably using Michelangelo’s drawings, but was rebuilt in 1952, using again the original stones, after being destroyed during WWII.

    At the end of the session your photographer will review some of the photos taken. You will have learnt the basics of composition, the importance of light in photography, how to take balanced and attractive images, and simple techniques to take "creative" images.

    The tour ends at the S.Trinita bridge.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Bilingual photographer/guide in English and Italian

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pickup & drop off
    • Entrance fees of 9 euros to Boboli’s Garden in front of Pitti Palace
    • Camera
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please email or send an sms the tour operator at least 72 hours prior to start of the tour to re-confirm. Details in your voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Great photography tour

      Fantastic tour. Our photographer taught us about our cameras, Florence, how to take interesting pictures. We got some great pictures, I would take this tour again....

      Joanna M Beck