Skip the main admission lines at Florence’s Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ and then discover the city’s must-see monuments on a 1.5-hour guided walking tour. Enjoy fast-track access to the Accademia to view ‘David’ and more of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. Then, after a 3-hour break to explore, relax, and have lunch (own expense), stroll around Florence’s other treasures, including the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria.
Travel independently to the Accademia Gallery to meet your guide at 10:15am. Bypass the main admission lines with your skip-the-line ticket, and head straight inside.Hear about the Accademia’s collection, and admire I Prigioni, San Matteo and other sculptures by Michelangelo. Then, marvel at Michelangelo’s original David, carved from a single marble block between 1501 and 1504 as your guide reveals how it was created.After a 75-minute tour, enjoy approximately three hours’ free time. Perhaps use the break to continue exploring the Accademia, stroll around Florence’s center, and enjoy lunch (own expense) at a restaurant or café.At 2:45pm, rejoin your guide at the Loggia del Bigallo overlooking the Piazza Duomo for a 1.5-hour walking tour. See the Duomo topped by Brunelleschi’s Dome, and view Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery before strolling along the lively Via Calzaioli to the gothic Orsanmichele Church.Rub the nose of the Porcellino (pig) at the Mercato della Paglia (Straw Market), toss a lucky coin into the fountain, and take in the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s oldest bridge, lined with jewelry shops.Your tour then concludes in the Piazza della Signoria, admiring the Fountain of Neptune, sculpture-filled Loggia dei Lanzi, and majestic Palazzo Vecchio.