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Florence: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Florence: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know Florence at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. Enjoy an ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children, or an activity that can be a great team-building experience. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Florence’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. Start your tour at the imposing Church of Santa Maria Novella. Visit the Basilica of Saint Mark with its mesmerizing facade. Photograph the San Lorenzo church which is more than a church and admire Florence's Cathedral with its unique architecture. The Piazza della Signoria will amaze you, it is one of the characteristic symbols of Florence. Arrive at Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Galileo are buried. Pass by the famous Galleria degli Uffizi. Admire the Ponte Vecchio, the picturesque medieval arch bridge. See the Ponte Santa Trinita, and finish up at the Piazza della Repubblica, a spot that is always busy and enchanting.

Florence: Dark Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

Florence: Dark Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the macabre side of Florence on this guided walking tour. Hear about local superstitions, conspiracies, saints, and miracles. Find out about the bloody serial killer known as the Monster of Florence and engage with unsettling topics like mysteries and torture. Meet your guide near the statue of General Fanti in the centrally-located Piazza San Marco. Make your way to the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata where you can admire the design created by Brunelleschi, the father of Renaissance architecture.  Pass through the colorful Via dei Servi street on your way to marvel at the iconic dome on the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Connect with the city's dark past as you walk along old streets like Via del Campanile, Via dello Studio, Via del Corso, Via Santa Margherita, and Via Proconsolo. Admire the Italian Gothic architecture of the Palazzo del Bargello and enter the political heart of the city at Piazza della Signoria. End your tour at the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

You will travel from Florence to Venice in a luxury coach and, once in the famed city, your full day exploration will begin. Following your tour leader into the heart of Venice, you will be amazed by the ornate detail of St. Mark’s Basilica standing tall in Piazza San Marco. After admiring the beauty of Piazza San Marco, make your way, at your own pace, to the Palazzo Ducale and see where Venice's powerful government once stood. As you discover the magic of Venice, it will be clear why it is loved by so many. Venice is built on water, so naturally, it is best viewed from a traditional Venetian boat, a gondola. As you float along the picturesque canals, you will be face to face with Venetian architecture and culture. A ride in a gondola (not included in price) is not to be missed. At the end of your day, meet your tour leader to head back to Florence.

Florence: Best City Attractions Self-Guided Audio Tour

Florence: Best City Attractions Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the majesty and culture of Florence, its fashionable shopping streets and its quirky, breathtaking, hidden gems with a handy and informative digital guide. This state-of-the-art, self-guided sightseeing app uniquely combines public transportation and walking tours with high-quality audio narration available in 6 languages, rich visuals, helpful text, and offline navigable mapping to transform your smartphone into an intelligent assistant and reliable travel companion. Experience the city at your own pace, while discovering more than any guide could ever tell you. Thanks to local storytellers, you can enjoy over 80 points of interest in the city, plus seek out the best photo-spots and free Wi-Fi areas. Highlights include: - Florence's Cathedral - Uffizi Gallery - Accademia Gallery - HolyCross Basilica (SantaCroce) - HolyCross Square - Ponte Vecchio - Galileo Galilei's House - Santa Maria Maggiore - Gate of St Nicholas - Cappella Pazzi - Fish's Lodge - The Great Synagogue - Piazzale Michelangelo - Medici Chapel - Boboli's Garden

Florence: Self-Guided Audio Michelangelo Walking Tour

Florence: Self-Guided Audio Michelangelo Walking Tour

Get under the skin of Florence with an self-directed audio guide walking tour. Download the app to explore the city at your leisure with a focus on the unforgettable art and stories of Michelangelo. Embark on a journey around the center of Florence through the story of its most famous son, Michelangelo. Begin your adventure in a beautiful square with a medieval church, Piazza Trinita and learn about the origins of David as a Biblical hero. Marvel at the Piazza del Duomo ad discover the story of the Opera del Duomo Museum. Learn how the young Michelangelo was honored with the mission of carving David out of capricious marble. Encounter the Piazza della Signoria, and admire the artwork of the hero guarding the Palazzo Vecchio. Head to the Medici Riccardi Palace and iconic Piazza San Marco. Visit the Galleria dell'Accademia, where the original David of Michelangelo is housed. Finish at the Casa Buonarotti Museum located in the family home acquired by Michelangelo himself. Listen to the stories about the genius' life and hear the secrets of his enigmatic personality. Benefit from the flexibility of a tour you can pause at any time. Avoid rip-off data fees with an activity which is fully accessible offline after you download it.

Florence: Wine Windows Walk with Wine Tasting and Appetizers

Florence: Wine Windows Walk with Wine Tasting and Appetizers

There are over 150 wine windows in Florence. Join us for an original itinerary to undercover some of these curious vestiges of the city's past. Meet our expert guide at our office to begin a 1.5-hour walking tour. The itinerary will follow a trail of wine windows, stopping at some of the city's most important landmark sites along the way. Learn about the history of the city and its leading families like the Medici and food culture in Florence and Tuscany. During the walk, make a stop at to enjoy a glass of wine served from one of the historic wine windows of a Renaissance Florentine Palazzo. Resume the walk and make your way to the last stop. Enjoy a 1-hour Wine Tasting and Wine Pairing Class with a local expert. Sample 3 Tuscan wines: Vernaccia/Vermentino, Bolgheri Rosso, and Chianti Classico Riserva, all served with a platter of Tuscan Appetizers including Olives, Bruschetta, Salami, and Prosciutto.

Florence: Accademia & Uffizi Tickets with Guided Tour Option

Florence: Accademia & Uffizi Tickets with Guided Tour Option

Discover the Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery in Florence with pre-reserved skip-the-line entry tickets. Choose to add guided tours of both sites and learn more about works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and da Vinci. Explore the history of art and follow in the footsteps of the masters. Discover a unique collection of art pieces and sculptures exclusively found in the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries in Florence. Admire some of the finest works of the Florence Renaissance era and see masterpieces like Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Leonardo's Annunciation, Michelangelo's Doni Tondo, David's Sculpture, and many more. Choose to add guided tours of both galleries and gain a comprehensive insight into the works on display.

Florence: Occult & Esotericism Walking Tour For The Curious

Florence: Occult & Esotericism Walking Tour For The Curious

Join your guide on a special tour of Florence that reveals the dark history of the city. Look for esoteric symbols and discuss all things magic and alchemy. See the basilicas of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, the Florence Baptistery, Piazza San Marco, the Museum of Masonic Symbols, and more. See the facades of the basilicas of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella for evident signs of science mixed with esoteric symbols. Spot the Latin palindrome engraved in the Florence Baptistery that remains to be a mystery. Study the deeds of Pazzino de' Pazzi, a crusader knight from 1050. Learn about the stones of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, which are still used for lighting the famous Brindellone, during the Florentine tradition of the Explosion of the Chariot on Easter day. Furthermore, analyze the arsenic poisoning that killed Pico della Mirandola and Agnolo Poliziano in 1494, intriguing intellectuals from the circle of Lorenzo the Magnificent, who rest together in the Church of San Marco in Florence. Then, listen as your guide sheds light on the Neoplatonic Florentine Academy, founded by Cosimo de' Medici, and its impact on the literary and artistic culture of Florence. Talk about the Florentine Studio, a place that once teemed with philosophers, theologians, and magicians. Get ready for more tales of killings, crimes, and punishments. Hear of Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican preacher, who was hanged and burnt at the stake in 1498 in Piazza della Signoria. Uncover the history of the Templars and Cathars in Florence and the city's first Masonic lodge. Get goosebumps as you learn about a dark period during which babies born crippled were rejected by families and killed in secret—never to be found— because the general belief suggested that they were children of the devil. Next, walk to Piazza Santissima Annunziata and try to count the bees on the statue of Ferdinand I. End the tour with a visit to the Museum of Masonic Symbols, the first Italian museum devoted to Masonic ideology. See a display of ritual objects with etched, embroidered, printed, and engraved symbols. 

The convent of San Marco in Florence: Private Tour

The convent of San Marco in Florence: Private Tour

The convent of San Marco in Florence is a church with many frescoes in the historic center of Florence. Comissioned by Cosimo il Vecchio De Medici for the architect Michelozzo, it is a reference point for the surrounding urban area. You will see 5 areas in this highly important structure: the church, the facade, the convent, the first, and the second cloister. The church was originally part of the large complex of the San Marco monastery, where many of the most important representatives of spirituality and fifteenth-century culture lived and worked: Cosimo il Vecchio De Medici, St. Antonino, Fra Angelico, Fra Bartolomeo and, above all, Fra Girolamo Savonarola.  The death of Savonarola was announced with the help of the famous bell La Piagnona (the crying one) named after the followers of Savonarola, who were constantly complaining about the Florentines.

Florence Classics Private Walking Tour

Florence Classics Private Walking Tour

Explore the iconic sights of Florence with a customizable half-day, full-day, or 2-day private sightseeing tour. Your guide will meet you in front of the monument of Manfredo Fanti at Piazza San Marco (half-day and full-day tours) or at your hotel (if the 2-day option is selected) and take you to the attractions that you want to see.  See one of the most visited landmarks in Europe at the Duomo, known for its dome by Brunelleschi. See the octagonal baptistery on Piazza del Duomo, and see the slender Campanile by Giotto. Skip the long lines to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's masterpiece statue of David. Enjoy fast-track entry to the Uffizi Gallery, and admire works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Discover wonderful examples of Florentine architecture on Piazza Signoria, and stroll past some of the city's most iconic landmarks, such as the Porcellino bronze fountain of a boar that is said to bring luck if you place a coin in its jaws or rub its nose. Cross the River Arno via the Ponte Vecchio, and enjoy visiting the shops and admiring the lovely view.

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Such a fun way to learn about Florence! You will appreciate Firenze in a whole new way after completing this tour. Do it early in your trip to gain a general sense of the layout of the city and some of the sites you might want to explore further. Great for every age.

We had a lot of fun doing around the city looking for the clues, especially our 7 year old boy was very excited and for once did not complain about walking around a city exploring. Great activity, fully recommended!

This tour was fabulous! We got to see where many of the wine windows were, active and inactive and learn about their history along the way. Our guide Laura was just fabulous!!

Francesca was a great guide! Lots of interesting stories. You pay what you feel is a good price post-tour; the charges up front are city taxes.

This was a fun evening tour and out guide was excellent!