See the great Renaissance treasures of Florence on this 2.5-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, visit the Piazza della Signoria to gaze at the Palazzo Vecchio and replica of Michelangelo’s 'David' sculpture, and admire the exteriors of the Duomo, Baptistry, Ponte Vecchio bridge and more. Stop on route for a culinary tasting and discover the crafts neighbourhood of Oltrarno, all as your guide tells fascinating stories of the artists, rulers and life of the Renaissance-era city.
Meet your expert guide in central Florence and start your 2.5-hour walking tour around its glorious UNESCO-listed center.Dubbed the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ for its patronage of painters, sculptors and architects between the 14th and 17th centuries, the city’s piazzas and streets boast some of the world’s greatest Renaissance artistic and architectural masterpieces.As you walk, get the inside track on Florence’s history from Roman days to its flowering in the Renaissance. Hear intriguing tales about its Renaissance-era rulers, the wealthy Medici family, and how they cultivated artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.Listen to little-known stories about both artists, including da Vinci’s plans for the city, and hear about the events that shocked the Florentines of the day.Walk through Piazza della Signoria and admire the Palazzo Vecchio and replica statue of Michelangelo’s David that dominate the square.Marvel at the outside of Florence Duomo, crowned by Brunelleschi's dome, and take in the sight of Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its ornate, bronze ‘Gates of Paradise’ doors.Stop for a ‘surprise’ tasting of a regional culinary delicacy at a local eatery, and then pick back up on your sightseeing rounds, ambling down Florence’s hidden lanes and famous shopping streets to the next landmark.See the churches of St Trinita and Orsanmichele and continue to the Arno River to snap photos of the Ponte Vecchio bridge with its famous Vasari Corridor, a secret passageway built for the Medicis, running above it.Cross the Arno into buzzing Oltrarno, one of Florence’s workaday districts. Explore the streets and squares alive with markets and craft shops and then return to the original departure point, where your tour ends.You will also receive an interesting Florence City GuideBook, to give you fresh suggestions and make your stay in Florence and Tuscany even more memorable.