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Florence

The soul of Tuscany brims with Renaissance influence evident in its myriad architectural and artistic wonders.

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Our most recommended things to do in Florence

  • Florence: Uffizi Gallery and City Walking Tour

    1. Florence: Uffizi Gallery and City Walking Tour

    Start your day with a two-hour guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy a brief overview of its history and how it came to be a gallery from your local guide. See and learn about the paintings of the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, the Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, and the only panel painting in the world by Michelangelo. Listen in fascination to your guide as they tell you about the secrets, legends, and interesting facts behind the many paintings on display in the gallery. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.  Later in the afternoon, meet your guide in front of the Hard Rock Cafe to start your walking tour. Discover the history of this Renaissance city and how the incredible cultural movement of the Renaissance transformed not only Florence but eventually the whole of Europe. Begin in Piazza Della Republica, the main square of Florence, before walking straight to the Pi...

  • Afternoon Tour of the Chianti Wine Region in Tuscany

    2. Afternoon Tour of the Chianti Wine Region in Tuscany

    Not far from Florence you’ll find Chianti, famous for both its wine and beautiful countryside – and there is no better way to experience the beauty of Chianti than by taking our guided deluxe van tour. Having been picked up from your hotel in Florence in the early afternoon, your driver tour escort will whisk you away to the winding roads and rolling hills of Chianti, considered to be some of the most beautiful countryside in Tuscany. For centuries these hills were used as battlefields for wars between Siena and Florence, but now they are used simply to make Chianti Classico, one of the best wines Italy has to offer. As you travel the stunning countryside, take in information about art, history, wine, food, and local traditions from your officially-licensed guide.You will have your first chance to taste some of the local product during a visit to Greve in Chianti, a charming, quiet town...

  • Florence: Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

    3. Florence: Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

    Discover masterpieces of art at one of Italy (and the world’s) greatest art museums, and enjoy priority entrance at the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Marvel at Italian Renaissance art by some of the greatest artists of all times. See paintings by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio, and others. Go to the gallery’s most renowned room to see the stunning collection by Botticelli. Admire his “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” and reflect upon his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. Escape the hassle and hurry of organized group tours, and explore at your own pace. You are free to stay inside the museum for as long as you like.

    This was one of the most memorable experiences. It was great to be able to walk through the Gallery on our own without the structure of a tour guide. This way everything was flexible and we could choose the areas and artists we wanted to see. We will definitely go back, it's a lot to see and not possible to see it all in one day. We love it!!! Incredible Place!!!

  • Florence: Skip-the-Line Uffizi Small Group Tour

    4. Florence: Skip-the-Line Uffizi Small Group Tour

    The Uffizi Gallery is an absolute must when visiting Florence. Built in 1560 and known as the oldest museum in the world, it was designed by the famous renaissance architect Giorgio Vasari, but originally had a different purpose. The grand duke of Tuscany Cosimo I de Medici decided to re-establish the authority of the Medici family. The great industries of Florence such as wool, silk, and banking had a huge influence on the politics in Florence. After Cosimo I eliminated most of his rivals he decided to collect the rest of them in one single building and give an office to each of them. In fact, Uffizi means offices. Cosimo's idea was to keep his eyes and ears on all of them. After Cosimo's death, his children lost interest in politics. His eldest son, Francesco I, brought his private collection of art works and made the Uffizi his private museum. In this tour Uffizi tour with a profess...

    The tour was fantastic! There is so much to see in the Uffizi that having a guide really helped me focus on extraordinary pieces snd take a perspective on them that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Dhe answered all sorts of questions.

  • Uffizi Gallery: Tour

    5. Uffizi Gallery: Tour

    Enjoy skip-the-line entry and meet your guide for a tour of the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. This is a unique experience for those who want to immerse themselves in the artistic heritage of Florence.   Visit one of the most beautiful museums in the world with your expert local guide, who will share the stories behind the main masterpieces in the gallery. Learn about the development of Italian art throughout the centuries and marvel at well-known paintings by masters like Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and many others. You will have the opportunity to discover the secrets of the greatest paintings spanning from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. After your tour, take the time to explore the museum at your own pace.

  • Florence Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

    6. Florence Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

    Take in the sights of Florence over 24, 48 or 72 hours from the top of an open-top double-decker tour bus. You can choose the places to visit and the things to see as you travel in comfort and convenience. Learn about the city’s past from the multilingual audio commentary available on board. You can hop on or off at any of the stops on all 2 lines with your ticket. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River and is known for its role in the development of art and architecture during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The city’s museums, churches, and palaces house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 1 Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore (to substitute Stop 1 Stazione, Via Fiume 8-10) Stop 2 Libertà Stop 3 Donatello Stop 4 Beccaria Stop 5 Santa Croce Stop 6 T...

    Only 1 route was available. Unfortunately the buses weren’t allowed to run in parts of the ok’d town so some of the major sights were missing. I took the bus about 12 years ago and there seemed to be more historic information

  • Uffizi Gallery: Small Group Tour

    7. Uffizi Gallery: Small Group Tour

    Escape the herds of tourists and explore the world’s oldest museum, the Uffizi Gallery, in a small and intimate group. Start the tour with priority skip-the-line entry, and immerse yourself in one of the world’s greatest collections of Renaissance artworks. Explore the gallery’s many rooms filled with priceless artworks dating back over the centuries and listen to your guide share stories and anecdotes. Admire some of the most incredible masterpieces ever created, including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s Annunciation, and Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, just to name a few. Learn from your experienced guide how to understand and appreciate the arts on a profound level, and engage in thought-provoking conversation about the meaning behind the artworks.

    The company was extremely helpful when I had difficulty finding the meeting place. Someone walked out and found me! The tour guide was super enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He gave everyone a good sense between the different artistic eras. Plus, he shared iconic stories about each artist and the subject of the art. I highly rate this company for the Small Group Uffize Tour.

  • Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Audioguide

    8. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Audioguide

    Palazzo Vecchio is the heart of Florence. Built in 1299 to house the leaders of the medieval city it is the symbol of the city’s history. The golden age of Palazzo Vecchio began when the Medici family decided to turn it into a real palace, making it the family residence. During your visit, you’ll be able to admire the architecture of the palazzo, and its sculptures and paintings, and learn about its rich and complex history over the centuries. Your 2-hour visit to the Palazzo Vecchio will be enhanced with a multimedia guide in the form of a 7-inch tablet that provides fascinating audio-video narration with images in high definition and spectacular 3D re-creations.

    La visita e tutti i servizi (per esempio audioguida) erano buonissimi. Raccomando a tutti!

  • Florence: Duomo Small Group Tour with Dome Climb

    9. Florence: Duomo Small Group Tour with Dome Climb

    Join in on this exciting adventure discovering the Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral complex. Your expert local guide will share with you the stories, legends, and secrets behind this incredible architectural monument.

    Enjoy a typical Florentine gelato as you stroll around the square and its monuments, like the stunning façade of Duomo. The tour then culminates with an extraordinary view from atop one of the largest Domes in the world.

    As you climb up the famous 463 steps, enjoy stunning views of the Cathedral interior and 16th-century frescoes.

    The small group setting of 10 people or less allows for the guides to provide you with a more personalized tour that will allow you to better understand Florence. Learn more and get the most out of your experience in a small group. 

    Climbing up 300+ stairs was tough, probably the first time and last time, but it is worthy.

  • Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

    10. Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

    The Accademia Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David.  Admire the 5.17-meter marble statue representing the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in Florentine art. The statue soon came to symbolize the defence of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family.    In the adjacent rooms, which were part of two former convents, important works of art are collected here from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents.  Recently the Gallery has been further enriched by the important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Department of Musical Instruments.

    Its a must have for who likes arts, i dont, so nothing amazing, just some paintings and estatues

Frequently asked questions about Florence

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Planning Your Visit

  • How long should you stay in Florence?

    A minimum of four nights will allow you to see the top sites without rushing from one to another. Give yourself a week or more for a full Renaissance immersion.

  • Getting around the city

    The heart of Florence is compact, and you can easily explore all that the city has to offer by foot. The historical center is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and traffic is restricted from entering. If you're planning to rent a car for a trip around Tuscany, you'll have to park outside the "Limited Traffic Zone." Consider 15 euros extra per day for a parking garage space, since free parking is a rarity.

  • How expensive is Florence?

    Keep in mind the entrance fees for the all the top sights, including the majority of churches. Although it's free to enter the Florence Cathedral, you'll have to buy a ticket to go up the dome for the breathtaking views. Restaurants in Italy also add a service fee called "pane e coperto" (literally "bread and cover"). It's an extra few euros charged per person seated at the table, but it's not a tip for your server.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    By October, the weather is still warm, but the tourist rush is winding down.

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