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Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

1. Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

Known for influencing and promoting the arts, the Medici were one of the most powerful families in Florence. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the family’s historical power as you admire the cultural and architectural stamp they left on Florence. Your first stop is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444, the impressive building was built to be the familial home. Continue to Basilica di San Lorenzo, the oldest documented religious building in Florence. Your tour continues to other landmarks commissioned or influenced by the Medici family, such as the Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini, and Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata. Admire the Piazza della Signoria and learn about the building’s diverse history. Finish your tour at Palazzo Pitti. Purchased in 1550 to be the new Grand Ducal residence, the building symbolizes the Medici’s power over Tuscany.

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Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

2. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes your through a the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

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

3. 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.

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Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

4. 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.

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Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

5. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

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Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

6. Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

Hop on a Segway and prepare to be amazed by the highlights of the Renaissance City. Start your adventure at the local partner's office in the historical center of the city. After a quick safety briefing and training, hop on your Segway and set off on your adventure. Learn about the city from an English-speaking guide and go off the beaten path to discover the most charming streets and squares. The easy-to-use Segways provide a convenient way to explore the city and help you and your family create long-lasting memories of Florence. Explore places such as the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Visit Republic Square, the main square in Florence that has marked the center of the city since Roman times, as well as Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florence’s politics since the 14th century.

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Florence: History Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Florence: History Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore Florence, an open-air museum that conserving about a third of the planet's art and home to the finest wine traditions. With a stroll around the Historical Center and a trip to a wine cellar, combine history and wine in one tour to discover the real flavors of the city. Uncover the fascinating stories behind legendary artworks like David by Michelangelo and Perseus by Cellini. Learn about the story of success, the rise and fall of the Medici Family. Follow the traces of the dynasty members through the labors of Renaissance masters like Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, among others. Hear about the history of monuments such as Palazzo Medici, the first Renaissance building in the world. Pass through Duomo Square which conserves the 4th biggest church in Europe, Santa Maria del Fiore with the world's largest dome. Enjoy the public artworks at Signoria Square with original sculptures dating back to the 1500s. Get a glimpse of Florentine Renaissance and keep your cameras ready. After a pleasant stroll around town, pop in one of the hidden treasures of Florence. Follow your guide to one of the finest wine cellars located in the very heart of Florence. Taste the flavors of the millennial wine traditions. Pair it with typical appetizers for a complete sensorial experience.

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Florence: Golf Cart Tour with Panoramic Views

8. Florence: Golf Cart Tour with Panoramic Views

Meet your driver and get on an eco-friendly golf cart to discover the historic center of the city of Florence. Listen to the driver's explanations of all the monuments you see along the way. The tour includes headphones, therefore, you will not miss the smallest detail. First, visit Piazza del Duomo, the religious center of the city. Marvel at the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Take amazing photographs of the octagonal dome of the cathedral designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and the bell tower of Giotto. Continue the tour towards the Piazza della Signoria, considered the political center of the city. In this square, discover the Palazzo Vecchio, the Statue of David, and the Fountain of Neptune. Then, visit the Uffizi Gallery and the famous Ponte Vecchio. Finally, at the end of the tour, enjoy the breathtaking views of the hills from Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Florence: The Medici Conspiracy Exploration Game

9. Florence: The Medici Conspiracy Exploration Game

Discover Florence by following clues and discover amazing stories about the Medici family members and their enemies. Explore Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Medici, and Ponte Vecchio and uncover their hidden secrets by playing a quest with your friends. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you buy the quest, get your access code by e-mail, to be used in the app. The tour will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure! For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 551 reviews

Our guide, Anna, was very kind, knowledgeable and passionate. The tour lasted even longer than expected but this was also because we asked her for some insights that she was very willing to give us. I recommend it and then knowing the history of the doctors was really interesting and useful to be able to visit Florence with a completely different awareness

A really great, inspiring experience, the tour lived through the guide, who spoke so enthusiastically about his city and simply knew everything, he showed me so many small details that I would never have discovered without him. Thank you very much for that !!!!

Great tour through the centuries of the Medici. Victoria was very knowledgeable and was able to give us an interesting insight into the history of the city and art. Many many thanks.

It was a great way to get familiar with the city in a short duration . Our guide Michael was great too with funny stories to tell about the city ! Great value for the money spent

Great tour, guide was very kind and extremely knowledgeable. Florence is beautiful and so rich in history so this was a great way to get inside info!