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Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Pitti Palace is the former home of the powerful Medici family, the lavish Renaissance palace now hosts an extraordinary collection of art. Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens. Today, the Pitti Palace houses some of the most important museums in Florence: on the first floor is the Palatine Gallery, containing a broad collection 16th and 17th century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. The Gallery of Modern Art, located on the second floor of the Pitti Palace, has a fine collection of paintings and sculpture, mostly Italian, dating from the late 18th century to World War I. The elegant rooms, which were inhabited by the Lorraine grand dukes, are decorated with works of the neo-classical and romantic periods.

Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

2. Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

Cycle through the city of Florence to discover the hidden treasures of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence so rich in history and art. Discover the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Then visit the Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that has formed the city center since Roman times. Also, visit Michelangelo Square, to take in the best panoramic views of the city. Discover the captivating history of the city that gave birth to incredible artists and amazing scientists.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

3. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Cruise by iconic sights in Florence on an eco-friendly electric golf cart tour. Roll past sights like Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Listen to an audio guide as you go. Choose from 1-hour tour or a 1.5-hour tour that goes to Piazzale Michelangelo. Hop on an electronic golf cart head to Ponte Vecchio and cross the Ponte Santa Trinita Renaissance bridge over the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Marvel at the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi Dome. See one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance façade.  Arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions.

Florence: Evening Wine and Food Tour with Dinner

4. Florence: Evening Wine and Food Tour with Dinner

Begin the tour in the atmospheric but little-visited Oltrarno neighborhood, where you'll meet your guide who is a local foodie passionate about Tuscan produce. Now it's time to get acquainted with the building blocks and key ingredients of Tuscan cuisine. Start at a family-run wine bar with a medieval cellar boasting an impressive 15,000 bottles, and sample a few of them alongside homemade olive oil and local truffle products. As you eat, your guide will explain regional subtleties and what you should be looking for in your food - both here and at home. After this warm up, it's on to the Piazza Santo Spirito, central Florence's most authentic piazza, where locals come every evening to eat in the shade of their beautiful church. You'll stop at another local favorite wine bar for an aperitivo of local wines and Tuscan cold cuts. Now you're ready for dinner. Sit down at a Florentine restaurant to try one of Tuscany's famous soups and a main course that will showcase Florentines' famous love of meat. Since you're in the birthplace of gelato it is a must-do when you are in the city. Take a quick stroll to one of the city's famous gelaterias for a cup or a cone of Italy's most beloved frozen treats. As you explore Florence's delis, restaurants, and eateries, your local guide will tell you the story of Florentine food and how it evolved from humble beginnings as cucina povera, or "poor food," into one of the world's most beloved cuisines.

Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

5. Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence by bike and see more of the city in less time. This bike tour follows unbeaten paths too far to reach by foot and too narrow for busses. In 2.5 hours, encounter Florence's most important historical and artistic places. Meet your guide at the agency, wear your helmet, and get on your bike to start touring Florence. Your guide will lead you to reach some of the most amazing and secluded monuments in the historical center of Florence. On this tour visit major points of interest in the historical center including Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cappelle Medicee, Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, Santo Spirito, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Casa di Dante, and Piazza del Duomo. Also explore the city's different districts of San Lorenzo and Oltarano. Throughout the tour, you will stop at several locations to learn about the city's history and some fun facts. You'll also be shown the best places to find gelato, bistecca alla fiorentina, and truffles. The highlight of this bike tour is a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo to experience stunning views of Florence.

Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

6. Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

Enjoy a full-day private shore excursion of Pisa and Florence from Livorno Port and discover the cradle of the Renaissance, one of the most important periods for art and architecture in history. Sit back and relax as you drive through the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. As you approach Florence, drive up the Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most impressive views of the city. Follow an uphill road, bordered by ancient walls, to Forte Belvedere, built by the Grand-Duke Ferdinand to protect his Medici villas. Enter the city via the Porta Romana to Pitti Palace, home to the Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Coach Museum, and Silver and Porcelain Museums, as well as the magnificent Boboli Gardens. The next stop is the Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by historical literary cafés. Following the Via De'Calzaiuoli, admire masterpieces of Renaissance architecture around the Duomo. Your driver is completely at your disposal and will be happy to take you to Piazza Santa Croce to visit the Santa Croce Church to see where many famous Italians are buried. Cross the elegant Ponte Vecchio, still home to gold and jewelry vendors. For shopping hounds and hungry souls, explore the stores and trattorias of the city center, and sample a scrumptious plate of pasta or grab a smart new leather jacket. The most important street for shopping is Via De' Tornabuoni, with designer boutiques like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Cartier, and much more. You can also discover local crafts in small workshops in the Santa Croce or Santo Spirito neighborhoods. Or practice your bargaining skills at the San Lorenzo outdoor market. In the afternoon, you will drive to Pisa and explore the gentle town as it recalls the days of the Pisan Republic. See the astonishing Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), home to the medieval Duomo, Baptistery, and legendary Leaning Tower.

Florence: Guided Tour by Bike with Gelato Tasting

7. Florence: Guided Tour by Bike with Gelato Tasting

Explore Florence on a small-group bike tour led by your expert tour guide. Discover the city's four districts with detailed explanations about the history and the architecture. Start the journey and pass by Piazza del Duomo to discover the famous Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Also, visit Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. Then cross Ponte Vecchio to reach Palazzo Pitti. During every stop there will be time for pictures and your guide will be glad to answer any questions. Considering that the city center of Florence is totally flat, everyone who knows how to handle a bike can join the tour, with a very low muscular effort. At the end of the tour, taste one of the best ice creams in town.

Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

8. Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

Explore the heart of Florence on a guided bike tour around the city’s most unforgettable spots. Ride down characteristic streets, through popular squares, and across historic bridges. Learn about the city through commentary from your local guide. The itinerary begins where the Medici family began to wield their power in Florence. See their stately palace and the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Next, pass by the medieval baptistery on your way to Piazza della Republica, the site of the ancient forum where the city’s history began. Then, reach the Arno River stopping to admire the Renaissance architecture. Cross the bridge designed by Michelangelo and get a stunning view of the famous Ponte Vecchio. Continue on to explore the other side of town. Ride through Piazza Santo Spirito and stop to admire the grand Pitti Palace. Ride alongside the Arno to cross back over the river and proceed to Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria. Later, head to Cathedral Square as the tour circles around the landmark site with its incredible dome.

Florence: 3-Hour Private Wine Tour

9. Florence: 3-Hour Private Wine Tour

The tour starts on the Ponte Vecchio and continues on to Oltrarno, Santo Spirito, San Frediano districts as you listen to stories about the old bridge, Vasari Corridor, Pitti Palace and the Medici dynasty. These districts are further afield from the usual tourist places with beautiful squares, gardens, palaces, and history. Your guide will help you feel the atmosphere of Florentine life happening here. Then, you will reach your first stop for an aperitif of typical Tuscan Chianti wine accompanied with special snacks known as crostini prepared for you by a local cellar. This is a magical place so you will proceed to explore the area while enjoying the wine and see true Florentine life filled with artisan shops, goldsmiths, and restorers that kept alive this city for centuries. You will pass another brigde, Santa Trinita Bridge, and stop for a magnificent view of the Ponte Vecchio.  The tour will continue to the classical historic center of Florence, where the cradle of the Renaissance was born, and also visit the political and religious city center. Here, you will definitely stop to fill your glasses with, this time, organic wine and continue your exploration of the city. You will stop again to fill your glasses with wine.

Florence: Michelangelo Walking Tour with Art Workshops

10. Florence: Michelangelo Walking Tour with Art Workshops

Discover Oltrarno with a local guide. The neighborhood has a quiet atmosphere with secret gardens, great views and charming narrow streets. Also, it is the perfect spot for art lovers. Artisans have worked in this part of Florence since the Middle Ages. The tour begins in the spectacular Piazza Pitti. Learn from your guide all about the creation of the famous marbled Florentine paper. It is a long-standing tradition that is used in a vast variety of designs and colors. Then, visit a unique Florentine mosaic workshop and learn about this technique. Continue exploring and discover the charming and picturesque Piazza Santo Spirito. Visit the beautiful Church of Santo Spirito and admire a crucifix, carved by Michelangelo. After fully enjoying this masterpiece, top this experience with a final stop at a workshop of a craftsman.

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What people are saying about Basilica di Santo Spirito

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 979 reviews

We liked it very much, especially when there is little time and it is very hot. We received a lot of information, saw the main sights and the guide was very friendly and funny. We can only recommend.

The exhibits in the original and no waiting times for the tickets through online orders. Clear information about exchange at the ticket counter makes entry easier.

Educational and entertaining. The driver/guide was highly informed and very friendly. The highlight was viewing the city from the higher hills.

Great guide Aldo, funny without trying, gave us a great tour of the city. Really enjoyed it.

Very nice visit Too bad the costume gallery is closed