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.
At a Glance Why You’ll Love It
|See all of Florence in one day with pre-reserved entry to Michelangelo’s David, a walking tour including the Cathedral, and Skip the Line access at the Uffizi Gallery.|
|Immerse yourself in the charms of Florence with unforgettable stories told by a passionate local guide, and an itinerary where major sights and hidden gems abound.|
|Truly interact with your guide in a semi-private group of just 8 guests or fewer, with plenty of space to satisfy your individual curiosity without feeling lost in the crowd.|
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 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 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 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 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.
What you’ll See Along the Way
- 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
- Skip-the-line access to all sites
- Expert English-speaking guide
- Small group of 8 or fewer
- All tickets and reservations
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly