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Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Audioguide Tour

1. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Audioguide Tour

Standing majestically over the Florence skyline, the Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most recognized symbols of the city. Built during the Middle Ages, it still preserves the austere architecture of the 14th century, and provides the highest viewpoint in the city from Brunelleschi’s Dome. Enter the elegant courtyard by Michelozzo, and admire the beautiful “Hall of the 500.” See an intimate study of Francesco I de’ Medici, as well as the private apartments of Eleonora of Toledo and Cosimo I de’ Medici. Explore the extravagant boardrooms with their stunning frescoes, paintings, and statues of the greatest Renaissance artists, such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio, Vasari, Ghirlandaio, and Bronzino.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

2. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Museum

3. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Museum

Explore the town hall of Florence on a 2-hour tour of the Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Visit the private apartments of the Medici family and enjoy the atmosphere.  Admire the impressive murals that decorate the walls of the Salone dei Cinquecento — the Hall of the Five Hundred — and discover classic art from medieval masters to those of the Renaissance.

Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

4. Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

Trace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty on a 2-hour walking tour of Florence and learn how they used their wealth and power to patronize the arts and lay the foundations of the Italian Renaissance. Hear anecdotes about their intrigue, power struggles, betrayals and incredible foresight. Admire their former palaces and visit streets and squares where members of the family lived. Walk the same narrow streets they used to walk along to landmark monuments such as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in the San Lorenzo district. Take a look at the church where they worshipped and built their mausoleum at the Medici Chapels in the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning dome. Continue to the Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria, where Cosimo I de' Medici moved his official seat in May 1540, signaling the security of Medici power. Follow the route of the Vasari Corridor from the outside and learn more about the elevated passageway that allowed the Grand Dukes to move between the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti without being seen by the citizens. Arrive at the Palazzo Pitti and its magnificent Boboli Gardens for a look at the last residence of the Medici family at the end of your tour.

Inferno Florence Private 3-Hour Tour

5. Inferno Florence Private 3-Hour Tour

Florence is the birthplace of the Great Poet DANTE, a city that  is full of mysteries and secrets and you will discover it in so unusual way. We will follow the clues of the main character of the book, Robert Langdon, deeper and deeper in the Hell... One symbol after another, one place after another until the discovery of the last secret. You'll move among old palaces, squares, buildings, galleries and works already known worlwide, such as in open-air museum. Exploring this mysterious past will help you understand what is hidden behind "Inferno", the world-famous book by American writer Dan Brown. You will visit the inside of the Palazzo della Signoria, the Baptistry and Cathedral of Florence  Science, literature and art are here mixed together. You will see a unique Florence and learn a completely new Dante as you immerse yourself in the Florence of the Middle Ages. Search and find the truth!

Inferno Tour In Florence

6. Inferno Tour In Florence

Enjoy our INFERNO walking tour in Florence, led by an expert local guide and discover Palazzo Vecchio: the town hall of Florence. Follow Robert Langdon's steps, in Dan Brown's latest novel and released Tom Hanks' movie, to discover fascinating secrets of Florence. You’ve read the book or seen the film. Now, plunge deep into the secrets of the world of Dan Brown, strolling through the darkest side of Florence, the Medieval town! You’ll learn all the secrets used in his novel - a tour of mystery and suspense. Walk Florence's striking city center in all its splendor from a uniquely captivating viewpoint, gape at the details of the city's exciting history and centuries-old legacy, hear all about the great Medici dynasty and their political intrigues, admire the Palazzo Vecchio one of their grand palaces and other imposing landmarks described in the novel. You’ll be led through the beautiful “Salone dei Cinquecento”: this “giant chess piece that has become an inimitable symbol of Florence” will have you as one of its players. You will feel as though you’re actually walking side-by-side with novel characters Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks, experiencing a Dante Alighieri’s "Divine Comedy", You’ll have time to admire the Hall of Geographical Maps and Dante’s death Mask. This is a must not just for Dan Brown freaks but for anyone who wants to know more about the secrets of Florence and astonishing paintings and so on...

Palazzo Vecchio: Museum and Tower Guided Private Tour

7. Palazzo Vecchio: Museum and Tower Guided Private Tour

Discover the history and art of the Palazzo Vecchio on this private tour. Meet your guide outside the palace, skip the lines and learn about the many roles of this emblematic building throughout Florence's history. Visit the incredible collection of Renaissance artwork, marvel at the exquisite ceilings in the Hall of the Five Hundred, and explore a hall filled with ancient maps. Travel through time to the end of the 13th century when the palace was built, and then follow its path to becoming the seat of the Florentine Republic, and later the residence of Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici. Tour the Government Halls and the Granducale family's private rooms, renovated by Giorgio Vasari, and explore the apartments of the Grand Duchess Eleonora of Toledo. Climb Arnolfo's Tower for panoramic views of Florence.

Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

8. Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

On this private 3-hour tour you will explore the highlights of Florence before entering the Uffizi Gallery with your pre-booked fast-track ticket. To start off the tour you can admire the marvelous Duomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles. Explore the Baptistery, Giotto’s Campanile, and Florence Cathedral with the great dome by Brunelleschi. You will proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Church of Orsanmichele in which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively Mercato della Paglia with the famous "piglet", and discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza della Signoria with the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia dei Lanzi and the imposing Palazzo Vecchio with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous symbols of the city. The wonderful prospective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square, and in this famous museum you can admire countless works of art among which the most loved painting in the world: the beautiful “Birth of Venus” by Botticelli. At the end of the guided tour you can remain in the museum to explore further at your leisure.

Florence In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

9. Florence In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

Join the group at the Accademia gates to start your tour. There will be a maximum of 12 people so it is always an intimate experience. Learn the story of David and its creator Michelangelo.  Hear about the purpose of the museum which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Understand the influence and legacy of the ruling Medici family, and learn how this collection was bequeathed to the people of Florence by Anna Maria Lodovica, the last of the Medici. Challenge your guide about the 16th-century art school in this Academy of Fine Arts. Enjoy the Accademia Galleries and head to the famous Cathedral of Florence. Walk through the beauty of priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art as you see the imposing Duomo dominating the skyline. Savor the artistic wonder for its size and for its amazing marble decorations.  See the Baptistry famous with its doors right in front of the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore. These are the Gates of Paradise but what you’ll see here are only the copies ( originals are in the Museum). Include a pre-reserved visit to the Dome at the end of the tour and climb the dome at your own leisure to admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany. End the tour at one of these Squares so you can ask your guide for options of the best places to eat or drink an aperitivo. This tour is a great investment to save your time and to appreciate the potentially overwhelming series of artworks with a scholarly local guide who manages to be fun at the same time. Learn from your guide how you can use the Brunelleschi Pass which is valid for 72 hours to see the Museum and the Baptistery of the Cathedral.

Experience Florence by Foot - Guided Tour

10. Experience Florence by Foot - Guided Tour

Florence is a city of delights, and walking its streets is the best way to get a sense of its pleasures. Of course our guides will take you to the most important sites around town, but they'll also share with you the intrigue, gossip and historical anectodes this city has lurking under its surface! Florentines have a long history of greatness. From Michelangelo to Da Vinci, these streets have played home to some of the most influential thinkers and creators of the modern world. We will explore the historical and architectural evolutions from Roman times through the medieval centuries and into the Renaissance, when Florence really blossomed into what it is today. People often consider this the very birthplace of the Renaissance, and we feel that you'll soon understand why. The romance and intrigue of its streets are enough to make any person jump up and grab a paint brush! As we walk through the center of this UNESCO Heritage Cities, we will stop for a surprise "tasting" to learn about the culinary and wine aspects of Florence's rich culinary traditions. We will also see the Piazza della Signoria, with the town hall Palazzo Vecchio, with its massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace. It is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany! We stop by the famed Duomo, the Baptistry and "Gates of Paradise", as well as the picture postcard perfect Pontevecchio. This icon of our city will amaze you with its grandeur and beauty! Make sure to stop and have a gelato at one of the incredible shops lining the streets! There are plenty of other treasures to explore along our way, and our guides will make sure to point out each one and explain its importance and history to you. Finally, we will arrive at the famous shopping streets of the Oltrarno, which is a part of the historic center of Florence, and is known for its exquisite hand-made crafts. We depart ways here, and hope that you've discovered what makes our city something really special. Ciao!

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4.4 / 5

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Laura is great, very knowledgeable and friendly. She showed us so much about Florence, and I am extremely glad that we have her as our tour guide. Thank you Laura

Sylvia was prompt, very friendly, and very knowledgeable of the history and significance of the sights. Would definitely recommend!

Christine is an excellent guide. She is very knowledgable and navigates the hoards of Florence with true skill.

Great tour that was very informative and nicely paced. Highly recommend.

Totally recommend it was fantastic! Our guide was amazing.