Tours & Sightseeing in Italy
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Tour description

Walk with your Certified Guide to learn about the secrets and monuments of the historic center of Florence, UNESCO World Heritage Site, such as the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio and then skip the line to access the legendary Uffizi Gallery and discover the treasures of the Italian Renaissance.

Our tour starts from Piazza della Signoria, where stands the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, the historic seat of the city government and which was the site of artistic disputes by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci; the allegories concerning the admirable works of art under the Loggia dei Lanzi will be told and you will discover many anecdotes about the emblem of the symbolic city risen from the Middle Ages. From there we will reach the famous square of Santa Croce with its church, famous for the funerary monuments of Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and many other illustrious Italians. Following the external path of the Vasari Corridor we will cross the famous Ponte Vecchio, with its unique goldsmith shops, rebuilt after the tragic flood of 1966, and then reach the wonderful Palazzo Pitti, the building that was the residence of the Medici family first and then of the King of Italy. Your Guide will then show you the most authentic part of Florence, the Oltrarno and the neighborhoods of S.Frediano and Santo Spirito, famous throughout the world for their artisan shops and for the ancient Tower houses still intact. From the Ponte Santa Trinita we will reach Via Tornabuoni, the street considered to be the "Fashion Salon", and Palazzo Strozzi, a sumptuous example of splendid Renaissance architecture. After a stop in Piazza della Repubblica, our guided tour will continue towards Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the colorful marble decoration of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with the stunning Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower and the precious tiles of gold of the Baptistery's Paradise Gate. With a walk through the heart of Florence, your guide will take you to the Uffizi Gallery, where you will access avoiding the queue. From the windows of the museum you could enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Florence; the Museum houses the largest collection of Renaissance paintings in the world that belonged to the Medici family, who had their old offices here. Our guide will tell you the anecdotes and will show you the portraits of many family members who changed the history of Florence. Starting from Giotto we will admire all the masterpieces of the most important artists of the Renaissance. You will learn about the many interpretations of The Birth of Venus and Botticelli's Spring and discover what made Leonardo da Vinci's paintings some of the most enigmatic works of art in the world! You will learn about the construction of the Vasari Corridor and you will have the opportunity to stop for a coffee or a cappuccino on the terrace overlooking Piazza della Signoria, from which you will have a splendid view of Brunelleschi's dome. At the end of the tour, you will not have to leave the museum, on the contrary you can stay until the closing time and you will have all the time you want to admire your favorite works.

What's included

  • One-language tour conducted by Tourist Certified Guides
  • Earphone to clearly follow the explanations of the guide
  • Walking tour in the historic center
  • Uffizi Gallery guided tour

What's not included

  • Gratuities