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The Ultimate Florence in One Day Tour

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Max 8
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 5 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: 9.00 AM
  • Price:
    Price: From €
  • Cancelation:
    Cancellation: Free Cancellation*

Tour Overview

Experience the splendor of the birthplace of the Renaissance on our Florence in One Day Tour. Skip the line at the Accademia for Michelangelo’s David with an in-depth walking tour of Florence to see the Cathedral, Baptistry Doors, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio. Then jump another queue at the Uffizi Gallery for the most complete collection of Italian masterpieces in the world, both led by a passionate local guide to put you in the picture.

Tour Highlights

  • Michelangelo’s David
  • Florence Cathedral (Exterior)
  • The Baptistery Doors
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • The Uffizi Gallery
  • Botticelli’s Birth of Venus
  • Botticell’s Spring
  • Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Annunciation
  • Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch

What's included

  • Skip-the-line access to all sites
  • 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

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 (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.

The 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.

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.

The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is filled to the brim with an unbelievably vast collection of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. Originally the administrative center of Medici power in the city, from Uffici, or 'offices' in Italian, the top floor was dedicated to the family's private treasure trove of art, which grew to occupy the entire building.

Botticelli's Birth of Venus

Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (1482–1485) is one of the world's great works of art. It does not depict Venus' birth, but her arrival on Cyprus. She 'hangs five' on the rim of a huge oyster shell, pushed to shore by the breath of Zephyrus and Aura. The winds lend a fantastic sense of movement most noticeable in the rippled water, scattered roses, billowing fabrics and flowing hair.

Botticell's Spring

Spring (1477-1482), another remarkable item in the Uffizi Gallery’s Botticelli collection, was painted just years before the Birth of Venus. Though the two are not part of any specific artistic series, they are often discussed together. Again, Venus is at the center of a natural landscape surrounded by Cupid, Flora, Mercury, Zephyr and others.

Michelangelo's Doni Tondo

The Doni Tondo (1503-1504), a.k.a. the 'Holy Family', is Michelangelo’s only painting on panel. It was commissioned by the wealthy banker Agnolo Doni once again to celebrate a marriage. The painting depicts the Madonna turning to take baby Jesus from Joseph’s arms, creating a circular flow that leads the viewer’s eye seamlessly through the colorful scene.

Leonardo Da Vinci's Annunciation

The Annunciation (1472-1475) was completed when Leonardo was just 20 years old. The popular Biblical scene was unique in the context of a garden outside. Another interesting feature can be seen in the angel’s wings, which look more like a bird's. Da Vinci's vision of marriage between religion and science is nearly omnipresent in this early masterpiece.

Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch

The Madonna of the Goldfinch (1506) is a stunning example of High Renaissance art depicting Mary with an infant Jesus and John the Baptist in a tenderly balanced scene. Though everything seems peaceful at first glance, hidden symbolism hints at Jesus' fate with St. John holding a goldfinch, symbol of the crucifixion, and Mary’s open book revealing his future.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

Mastery of Michelangelo’s David One of a Kind

While in Florence you can’t miss one of humanity’s crowning artistic achievements. With a skip-the-line entry to Michelangelo’s timeless David statue at the Accademia, you’ll lay your eyes on what is probably the world’s most famous marble sculpture.

Hear the captivating narrative behind this symbol of the Renaissance, and the pinnacle of artistic genius, as your personal art historian tells you all there is to know from symbolism to craft. You’ll also have the chance to get up close and personal with Michelangelo at work on his “Prisoners” statues, enigmatic visions of the master’s creative process as he sought to “free” the figures that were trapped inside these massive blocks.

Our One Day in Florence Tour Takes You Full Circle

With the Accademia’s recent history now, you’ll take to the streets of Florence to unlock their hidden secrets. On this walking tour of its fascinating sights you’ll make stops to admire the city’s breathtaking cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, crowned by 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, all in the shadow of imperious Palazzo Vecchio.

Then wander towards iconic Ponte Vecchio spanning the banks of the shimmering Arno. All the while you’ll head through magnificent piazzas and down alley-sized medieval streets to uncover the city’s magic with the indelible image of this marvelous open-air museum painted by your guide.

Exploring the Uffizi Altar of Renaissance Art

The Uffizi Gallery is home to the most comprehensive Renaissance collection in the world. Art aficionado or not, your senses will awaken when you step into the first masterpiece-laden corridor. See how one of the most influential periods in history began, in its home town, through the private collection of the family that was patron to it all. With skip-the-line tickets, you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with fascinating commentary from a Florentine art expert to trace every phase of its inception, crescendo and finale.

On this journey into the Uffizi Gallery’s artworks, you’ll ponder the iconography that characterized the late Middle Ages, with Giotto’s Madonna Enthroned, then follow your guide on a time-lapse journey to the late 1400s to see Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Spring, plus a flurry of Madonnas that are nothing less than exquisite. Examine the mystical naturalism of Da Vinci’s Annunciation, Papal politics in Raphael’s portrait of Pope Leo X, the tenderness of the Madonna of the Goldfinch, and the prose of Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo. Close the tour with Titian’s seductive Venus of Urbino, and the arcane gaze of Caravaggio’s Medusa. This Uffizi tour puts you at the center with perspectives you will not find on other tours.

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