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Private Florence Renaissance Walking Tour

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Max 8
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 3 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Price:
    Price: From 389 €
  • Cancelation:
    Cancellation: Free Cancellation*

Tour Overview

Get immersed in Italy’s glorious past to discover the moments that defined its legendary history on our Private Renaissance Florence Walking Tour. The star of the show is without a 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, fully tailored to your preferences by a personal guide.


Tour Highlights

  • Michelangelo’s David
  • Florence Duomo (exterior)
  • Baptistery Doors
  • The ‘Porcellino’ Statue
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Streets of Florence

What's included

  • Skip-the-line access
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Private customizable tour
  • All tickets and reservations

What you’ll See Along the Way

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo began work on this 17ft-tall 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 Duomo (exterior)

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.

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 and tanners, 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 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 find you never want to leave.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

The Mastery of Michelangelo’s David One of a Kind

Give Florence all the attention it deserves and get it back in return on our private Florence walking tour. What better way to see the world’s most famous marble statue, and one of the most beautiful cities on the planet?

Michelangelo’s David touches a deep chord in all who lay eyes upon him. Not only is he the culminating symbol of Renaissance Florence, he is also the pinnacle of genius for the artist who created him. Hear the captivating narrative behind this sculpture of divine proportions from your personal art historian, after being granted direct skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery through the pre-reserved tickets that come with this private tour.

Sculpted between 1501 and 1504 from a nearly discarded mass of lunar Carrara marble, this stunning masterpiece would have never seen the light of day had it not met with Michelangelo’s hammer, chisel and inspiration. And you’ll have to ask yourself, how he was made so perfect. Your guide will have all the answers to this and more.

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 trapped inside the blocks.

The Core of Florence Birthplace of the Renaissance

Welcome to one of the most dazzling cities on Earth, so much so that it has and does define aesthetics across the globe. Hit the streets of the capital of Renaissance Italy with a passionate local expert guide all to yourself to unlock its secrets.

On this walking tour of Florences’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 over to see 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, you’ll be left with an indelible image of this marvelous open-air museum to take with you forever with all the extra insight you crave from your private guide.

So, next time you wonder if something is really beautiful or not, ask yourself if it would hold a candle to the beauty you find in Florence.

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Private Florence Renaissance Walking Tour

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