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Florence Renaissance Walking Tour

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Max 8
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 3 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: 2:00 PM
  • Price:
    Price: From 99 €
  • Cancelation:
    Cancellation: Free Cancellation*

Tour Overview

Step into Italy’s glorious past to discover the moments that defined her legendary history on our Renaissance Florence Walking Tour. The star of the show is without doubt Michelangelo’s David, to be followed by a slew of other must-sees like Florence Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria to name a few.


Tour Highlights

  • Michelangelo’s David
  • Florence Cathedral (outside)
  • The ‘Porcellino’ Statue
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Streets of Florence

What's included

  • Skip-the-line access
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 8 or fewer
  • All tickets and reservations
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly

What you’ll See Along the Way

Piazza della Signoria

Welcome to one of Italy's most famous piazzas, and an open-air sculpture gallery like you've never seen. From the stately Loggia to the impenetrable Palazzo Vecchio, there's no doubt that this is Florence's historic center of power. The statue of David is a replica commemorating the spot where the original stood for centuries.

Ponte Vecchio

No trip to Florence is complete without watching the waters of the Arno glide under Ponte Vecchio. This 14th century bridge was once reserved for butchers, then handed over to goldsmiths by the Medici. Jewelers still have there shops here, and the Vasari Corridor connecting Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace still runs overhead.

Streets of Florence

There's only one word for the streets of Florence, and that is enchanting. From Medieval alleys to elegant palazzi, Gothic cornices to Renaissance masterpieces, walking them is literally the exploration of 1,000 years of incredible history and secrets kept to time. As you wander, you'll feel you never want to leave.

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo began work on this 17ft masterpiece in 1501, when he was just 26 years old. Completed in 1504, this ode to the sublime beauty of the human form and symbol of Florence's brazen independent spirit was placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio. It has been housed in the Accademia since 1873.

Florence Cathedral (outside)

Also known as St. Mary of the Flower, or simply the 'Duomo', this fantastically vibrant church dominates the Florentine skyline. The structure itself, without the facade, took 140 years to complete from 1296 to 1436. Brunelleschi's gravity-defying buttressless dome is as innovative now as when it was unveiled.

Baptistery Doors

Florence's baptistery is rightly dedicated to the city's patron John the Baptist. Gaze upon the golden bronze of its eastern doors, dubbed the 'Gates of Paradise', and you'll be looking at the masterpiece that launched the Renaissance. When Ghiberti's biblical scenes were revealed in 1452, they were recognized as pure genius.

The 'Porcellino' Statue

Folklore is around every corner in Florence, especially at the Mercato Nuovo. As you make your way past the market stalls of colorful leathers and souvenirs, you’ll see the 'Porcellino’s' sheeny snout. More wild boar (‘cinghiale’) than 'little piggy', this bronze statue can ensure your return to Florence, all you have to do is put a coin in his mouth.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

A Walking Tour of Florence Poetry in Motion

Give Florence all the attention it deserves and you’ll get it back on our walking tour of Florence. What better way to see the world’s most sought-after statue, and one of the most beautiful cities on the planet? There’s a reason why Florence is a favorite for visitors from both Italy and abroad. It’s because no other place embodies the essence of Italian culture, history, art, and food the way Florence can.

So lace up your trainers, or sandals, as the season requires, and join us on a 3-hour escapade of its most famous sights and innermost secrets with a bona fide Florentine guide whose passionate storytelling is sure to enthrall. Gain skip-the-line access to Michelangelo’s David, see Florence Cathedral, stroll through Piazza della Signoria, and make dreamy eyes at Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, all in a semi-private group of no more than 8 guests.

Michelangelo’s David The Pride of Perfection

Arguably the world’s most famous sculpture, Michelangelo’s David touches a deep chord in all who lay eyes on it. Not only is it the culminating symbol of the Renaissance, it is also the climax of genius for the artist who created him. Hear the captivating narrative behind this statue of divine proportions from your personal art historian, after being granted direct Skip the Line access to the Accademia Gallery through pre-reserved tickets (included in price).

Sculpted between 1501 and 1504 from a nearly discarded monolith of Carrara marble, this stunning accomplishment would have never come to be had it never met with Michelangelo’s hammer and chisel. At the Accademia, you will also get a chance to see the master’s hands at work on the partially finished “Slaves”, enigmatic visions of Michelangelo’s creative process as he sought to “free” the figures imprisoned inside the blocks.

The Heart of Florence Cradle of the Renaissance

Welcome to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so much so that it has defined aesthetics across the globe. Hit the streets of this capital of the Renaissance with a passionate local expert guide to unlock its secrets. On this walking tour of Florence’s fascinating sights, you’ll make stops to admire the city’s cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, topped with Brunelleschi’s gravity-defying dome, as well as visit Piazza della Signoria to hear tales of the Medici and the struggles for political power in the city, before crossing the most unique jeweler’s market you can imagine, Ponte Vecchio.

All along the way, you will head to hidden corners of the piazzas and down alley-sized medieval streets to uncover the city’s magic. Whether it is the bronze doors of the baptistry that launched a new era in human expression, or the romantic meanderings of the Arno River as it passes under Ponte Vecchio, you’ll be left with an indelible image of this marvelous open-air museum to take with you forever.

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Florence Renaissance Walking Tour

What our Customers say...

Personal and Fun!

Ludovica's tour was so personal and fun! We left feeling amazed by the history and beauty of Florence. She left us with suggests on sights to still see in Florence, best food, and gelato. Her suggestions were spot on, and very much appreciated! Everyone on your staff was great and accommodating, you definitely made our stay in Italy amazing :)”

Great Tour Guide!

This tour allowed us to understand the progression of the gallery and why specific pieces were selected. Our guide was very knowledgeable and it was great to have a small group where we could ask questions and understand the art in more detail that just a basic audio tour or individual viewing”

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Our family of four met Francesca shortly after lunch on a warm June day. After quick introductions we were off on an educational, entertaining, and enchanting afternoon. From the Academy to the river, we covered lots of ground, lots of sights, and lots of information. Plus, we stopped for delicious gelato and the best granita in Tuscany!”

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