Discover the magnificent treasures of Florence, “Athens of the Middle Ages”, on this captivating walking tour.
Stroll along timeless streets lined with medieval and Renaissance architecture. Cross the Ponte Vecchio to explore the historic civic and political center of the city. Visit the San Lorenzo Leather Market.
See stunning sculptures in the Church of Orsanmichele and visit the famous covered market. Pause to rub the nose of the legendary boar, “Il Porcellino” to ensure your return to Florence and visit Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum.
Gaze at the exquisite Baptistry Doors by Ghiberti, and see why Michelangelo described them as the “Gates of Paradise”.
Skip the queues and enjoy fast-track entry to the glorious Duomo (Cathedral) from which Brunelleschi’s dome rises to dominate the city skyline.
Enter the world-famous Accademia Gallery to marvel at Michelangelo’s work of genius, the 17-foot marble statue of David.
Your evocative Best of Florence Walking Tour experience begins when you meet your guide halfway across the Ponte Vecchio bridge, just next to the bust of Benvenuto Cellini, the famous sculptor and artist.
On this 3-hour walking tour of historic Florence, you’ll see the main sights of this beautiful city. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy the convenience of Skip-the-Line visits to the famous Duomo and the Accademia Gallery (home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’). Headsets are provided so that you can be sure of hearing what your guide is saying.
You’ll first see the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which has existed in various forms since 996. The bridge has survived floods and the devastations of World War II. Shops of various types, from butchers to jewelers, have always been on the bridge.
You’ll pass the Uffizi Gallery one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. There is not enough time to visit this treasure trove during your tour but you can come back another day.
Continuing your walk, you’ll see the Church of Orsanmichele, where you can admire splendid statues by artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti and Verrocchio.
You’ll see two legendary piazzas – Piazza degli Uffizi and Piazza della Signoria. The latter played a key role in the formation and history of the Florentine Republic and is still regarded as the political hub of the city.
You’ll also see the Palazzo Vecchio, the fortress-like building that is one of the city's most famous landmarks. It was built for the city council; construction began in 1299 and was completed in 1322.
At the Mercato Nuevo, the covered market, you’ll find Il Porcellino (The Piglet), a 17th century bronze statue of a wild boar. According to legend, anyone who rubs the shining snout of the boar will return to Florence.
At Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, you’ll discover a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists and locals. It was created at the end of the 19th century as part of an ambitious project to redevelop the historic center of Florence. Its most impressive sight is the Arcone, a triumphal arch.
At the Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistry of St. John), you’ll find the exquisite Baptistry Doors by Ghiberti, which Michelangelo called the “Gates of Paradise”. These bronze doors with relief sculptures, dating from the 15th century, consist of 28 panels depicting the life of Christ, the four evangelists and Saints Ambrose, Jerome, Gregory and Augustine.
You’ll enter the awe-inspiring Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, crowned by Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome. Built on a massive scale between 1296 and 1436, the mighty Duomo symbolized Florence's growing importance and is still one of the world’s largest cathedrals.
Then continue to the Accademia Gallery (entrance included) where you can marvel at the original marble statue of David by Michelangelo. One of the masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture, the figure was created in 1504 for the city of Florence and placed in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. In 1873, this statue was replaced by a replica and the original was placed in the Accademia Gallery to keep it safe from weather and acts of vandalism.
The tour concludes at the Accademia Gallery. From here, you are free to make your way back to your accommodation or onward to your next destination.
My wife, two kids (7 and 9) and I wanted a highlight tour of Florence and chose this one because it seemed to touch the important parts with out spending too much time in any one... Andrei Merisanu
Despite an early morning strike at Accademia our guide reorganised the itinery to include everything then took us to see David when the strike had ended. Such enthusiasm and... MRS JENNIFER MARY MEEHAN
Best of Florence Walking Tour 0900h:
09 Mar 15 - 31 Mar 15: Tuesday & Sunday
01 Apr 15 - 31 Oct 15: Daily except Monday
Best of Florence Walking Tour 1630h:
01 Jun 15 - 31 Oct 15: Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
0900h (09:00am) & 1630h (4:30pm)
Duration: 3 hours
Your guide will meet you at San Marco square, Piazza San Marco, in front of the monument to Manfredo Fanti, right in the middle of the square. (Piazza San Marco is located 100 meters from the Accademia and 500 meters from the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore.)
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour concludes at Ponte Vecchio.
Don’t forget to bring a camera! This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please be aware that entrance into some churches may require a dress code. For example, shoulders and knees should be covered, and no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for either men or women No photography is permitted during the Accademia Gallery portion of the tour
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please be aware that entrance into some churches may require a dress code. For example, shoulders and knees should be covered, and no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for either men or women. isango or its local partner cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.
Please note that on Sundays and during religious festivities visits inside the Duomo may be restricted in which case a detailed tour will be given from outside.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Please note that every first Sunday of the month the Accademia is free for everyone, and skip-the-line access is not guaranteed. In order to avoid long queues, we don’t visit the Accademia on those days, but we offer an extended walking tour of the city, including Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace (from outside), and the characteristic and typical area of Santo Spirito. You will receive a partial refund.
From 09th March 2015 onwards we will no longer include San Lorenzo Leather Market.
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