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Florence: City Pass 20+ Attractions, Uffizi, & Accademia

1. Florence: City Pass 20+ Attractions, Uffizi, & Accademia

Explore Florence hassle-free with the Florence City Pass. This all-inclusive pass lets you visit over 20 attractions, including Uffizi Gallery, Academia Gallery, Leonardo Interactive museum, Jewish museum and Synagogue, Franco Zeffirelli museum, and join a guided Florence walking tour. Take the stress out of planning your trip to Florence, and get to know the city's rich history, culture, and unique atmosphere through museums, churches, tours and gastronomy. Explore the city at your own pace, and take 3 days to do so. The pass includes free admission to top landmarks, including the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Florentine Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo (exclusive audio guided) and many more. The following attractions are included: Museums and galleries: - Uffizi Gallery (Mondays and first sunday of each month closed) - Accademia Gallery (Mondays and first sunday of each month closed) - Museum of Musical Instruments - Jewish Museum and Synagogue - Leonardo Interactive Museum - Marino Marini Museum - Museo Casa Buonarroti - Museo degli Innocenti - National Archaeological Museum - Museo Franco Zeffirelli - Museo di San Marco - Opificio delle Pietre Dure Landmark and Monuments: - Santo Spirito Complex - Sacristy - Santo Spirito Complex - Basilica - Casa Martelli (museum - house) - Orsanmichele (Church) - Florentine Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo (Audio guided) Guided Tours: - Walking tour Florence (english) Activities & Leisure Attractions: - Shuttle Bus - Barberino Designer Outlet Discount Partner (save until 20 % off): - Salvatore Ferragamo Museum - Palazzo Strozzi - Guided bike tour trough Florence - Chianti half day wine tour - Cinque Terre day trip - Day trip: E-bike tour trough Chianti region and wine tasting - Day trip: Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza and wine tasting

Florence: Guided Walking Tour in the Footsteps of the Medici

2. Florence: Guided Walking Tour in the Footsteps of the Medici

Experience the Delight of a Stroll Through Florence's Splendor and Timeless Heritage! Embark on a delightful walking tour of Florence, the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage city that brims with history and allure. Our expert and engaging tour guide will introduce you to the city's remarkable secular legacy and its breathtaking beauty. Our tour will unravel the layers of history and architecture that have shaped Florence, from its Roman origins through the medieval era, the golden age of the Renaissance, right up to the vibrant Florence of today. Gain insight into the Medici family, the revered masters of Florence, who rose to global prominence during the 14th and 15th centuries. The Medicis emerged during a time of profound social and economic disparity, revolutionizing the status quo with their innovative banking practices that facilitated the rise of a burgeoning middle class and immense wealth. With their unprecedented power and resources, the Medici clan challenged conventional norms, ushering in a revolutionary era of art and science - the Renaissance - that left an indelible mark on human history. Our knowledgeable guide will lead you to iconic locations where great minds and artists once stood, drawing inspiration. Along the way, you'll witness landmarks such as Piazza della Signoria with its majestic Palazzo Vecchio, the awe-inspiring Duomo, the Baptistery featuring the 'Gates of Paradise,' Giotto's elegant bell tower, Brunelleschi's iconic Dome, Santa Trinita, and the Orsanmichele Church. You'll also stroll across the legendary Pontevecchio Bridge and catch a glimpse of the hidden Vasari Corridor, as well as explore famous shopping streets and the Oltrarno district, renowned for its artisanal craftsmanship. As an added treat, we'll pause for a surprise 'tasting' – a delectable break during your delightful stroll through this captivating city.

Florence: LGBTQ Renaissance Walking Tour with Mila

3. Florence: LGBTQ Renaissance Walking Tour with Mila

Discover the secret lives of the queer community of historic Florence with local guide Mila. Visit the Piazza della Repubblica, admire the Ponte Vecchio, and see Cellini's Perseus with the Head of Medusa. Meet Mila at the Piazza della Repubblica and learn about the punishments and fines given to those deemed guilty of the crime of sodomy. Discover how laws have changed over the centuries as Italy's political and social climate has evolved. Cross the Santa Trinita bridge and reach the Pitti Palace Square. Learn about the Medici family, focusing on the last male member, Gian Gastone. Hear why he became one of the most controversial figures in European history. Continue to the Ponte Vecchio, and hear how this now-famous landmark used to be one of the most popular places for "cruising" in Medieval and Renaissance times. Head to the ancient Gay district, near the Piazza dei Signori. Marvel at a copy of Michelangelo's David and Cellini's Perseus with the head of Medusa. Walk to Orsanmichele Church. Hear how the Church hung special boxes to denounce members of the LGBTQ community, especially gay men. Return to the Piazza della Repubblica with Mila with a greater understanding of the rich history of queer culture in Florence.

Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales Guided Walking Tour

4. Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales Guided Walking Tour

Uncover the secrets of Florence on this guided walking tour. See the city's top sites and decode its hidden symbols with the help of your guide. Dive into the story behind attractions like the iconic Dome of the Catedral de Santa María del Fiore.  Meet your guide in the elegant Piazza di San Lorenzo where you can see the distinct mixture of Renaissance and Romanesque architecture of the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Listen as your guide shares little-known, fun facts about the city and how it gave birth to the Renaissance. Be transported back in time as you hear about the intrigues of one of the most powerful dynasties of all times, the Medici family. Explore the traces of their astounding impact on the city. Learn how to eat, shop, and drink like a local with tips and tricks from your guide. Find out how to avoid leather scams and where to buy some delicious gelato. End your tour outside the famed Uffizi Gallery. 

Florence: Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery

5. Florence: Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery

Discover Florence’s historic center on a walking tour including the imposing Duomo, elegant Uffizi Square, the renowned leather market, and the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David. Stroll along the streets lined with the architecture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, admire the city in its continued glory, and discover its hidden gems. Begin with a walking tour and learn about the fascinating history of Florence as you visit the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center, famous for its ancient statues and glorious fountains. With your guide leading the way, visit all of Florence's top sights, including the iconic sculptures at Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Uffizi Courtyard. Walk towards the astounding Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, from where Brunelleschi’s dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress. Gaze at the Baptistry Doors by Ghiberti, coined the “Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo, and get an up-close view of the Duomo, where your guide will tell you interesting facts about the building. Benefit from skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery where you will have the unique opportunity to see Michelangelo’s statue of the Slaves and his magnificent 17-foot marble masterpiece, the David.

Florence: Full-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

6. Florence: Full-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

Explore the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance on a walking tour of Florence, and visit some of the city's fabled sights. Look at the historic statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi on Piazza della Signoria, and make your way to the Ponte Vecchio, famous for its goldsmith shops. Head to Piazza del Duomo to see the Baptistery, Gates of Paradise, Giotto's Bell Tower and the dome of the cathedral Then, follow in the footsteps of the poet Dante to get a better understanding of life during the Middle Ages. Look inside stunning churches, such as the Duomo and Santa Croce, and get access to the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's miraculous David.

Florence: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

7. Florence: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Florence on a walking tour with a local guide. Feel the charm of the city that's known for its beautiful Renaissance monuments. Stroll through the city squares, learning about fascinating Florentine history and culture.  In a small group, cross the famous Ponte Vecchio while admiring the small jewelry shops, an integral part of this area. Your guide will tell you interesting stories and facts about Florence, and the artists that have shaped the city. Visit numerous sites, including the Uffizi Gallery from the exterior, the Vasari Corridor, Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Duomo Complex with Giotto's Bell Tower. Marvel at the Church of Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Baptistery, and the Dome, designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi.  Continue the tour from the Dante Alighieri Quarter to Orsanmichele's church. Finally, you will visit Piazza Santa Croce and the fascinating facade of the Gothic-style Basilica, where artists such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini are buried.

Florence: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

8. Florence: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Join a panoramic walking tour through Florence's city center in the company of your own local and private guide. Get new perspectives on the rich Florentine history in medieval, Renaissance, and modern times as you walk to some of the best spots of the city. This tour offers a great opportunity for first-time visitors to immerse themselves in Florence's history, arts, and anecdotes. Get the most out of your tour as you explore spots like the Piazza Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza Pitti alongside a guide with local know-how. As you explore, hear about the buildings and artworks commissioned in the name of the entire community and others in the name of wealthy, powerful Florentine families, among which the Medici stands out.

From Venice: Florence Day Trip By Train with Walking Tour

9. From Venice: Florence Day Trip By Train with Walking Tour

Visit Florence with a comfortable day trip from Venice.  Depart in the morning from Venezia Santa Lucia train station and in just 2 hours you will reach the heart of Florence, the city of Renaissance! Reach your local professional guide, and start a comprehensive Walking Tour, discovering the most iconic sights of Renaissance and Medieval Florence. You will first explore the Medici district, with the ancient San Lorenzo Church, admire the beauty of the monumental complex of the Duomo, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the iconic Brunelleschi's Dome, the elegant Giotto's Bell Tower and the beautiful Romanesque Baptistery of San Giovanni. The tour then goes through the characteristic streets of the medieval district where you can also admire the imposing Church of Orsanmichele, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. You will be led to the picturesque Straw Market: don’t forget to rub the nose of the famous “porcellino” (little pig). Going on, you will find yourself in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world where you will be fascinated by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune with the imposing marble statue of Ammannati and by the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi.  Dominating the square, the majestic Palazzo Vecchio before arriving to the romantic and picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Then, have a break and enjoy a delicious Tuscan Lunch in a typical restaurant located in the old town (if option selected, otherwise free time for lunch). The rest of the day is at your leisure: you can enjoy your free time going for some shopping and discover unique art crafts in the numerous Florentine artisan shops, taste local products in one of the restaurants on the first floor of the Central Market or just sit at the table of a historic café in Piazza della Repubblica.

Florence: Heart of Florence Guided Walking Tour

10. Florence: Heart of Florence Guided Walking Tour

Check out some of the most iconic sights in Florence on a guided walking tour that explores the heart of the city and visits many of its top attractions. Learn all about the history of Florence as you see the most famous artwork and architecture it has to offer. Begin in the ancient Medici Family District. Admire the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the family's first residence in the San Lorenzo District, where you can also find their church and mausoleum chapels. A few steps away are some of Florence's most famous monuments: the cathedral with its incredible dome by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Gates of Paradise, and the Giotto bell tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli. See the imposing Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine gothic art before reaching the bustling Mercato della Paglia (straw market). Don’t forget to rub the nose of the famous pig and toss a coin into the fountain to bring you good luck. Continuing on, admire the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Finally, arrive at the Piazza Signoria, the political center of the city. In this true 'outdoor museum', see the beautiful Fountain of Neptune with the marvelous marble statue by Ammannati. There are also the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi, including Cellini’s Perseus and Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines. Dominating all of this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio and the Arnolfo Tower, one of the most emblematic symbols of Florence.

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What people are saying about Orsanmichele

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based on 855 reviews

Fantastic to see the city with a particular perspective. Lots of historical detail. Loved the stories about particular people in history. Loved the romantic stories and saddened by the tragedies. Mila was fantastic. By chance our family had a private tour which was lovely. New radios were particularly new and clear.

Was a great experience. Our guide Constanza enthusiastically told us all the interesting insights behind the beautiful architecture and art and in general we were well received. Definitely recommend this tour

We learnt a lot about Florence! Our guide was very kind and knowledgeable! :) he answer all of our questions! And even at the end gave us some tips of where to go and what to do in Florence :) love it !

very informative tour with Stephanie, gave lit of historical information and very engaging

Small group of just 2 and a fun and knowledgeable guide. Great intro to Florence.