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Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

1. 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.

Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

2. 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.

Hidden Florence: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

3. Hidden Florence: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Explore some of the most famous sites from Florence’s centuries-old past as you learn about the city’s mysteries on this 2-hour guided walk. Visit the ancient center of the city, where some of the most interesting secrets are kept. At the Baptistery, Duomo, and Cathedral, you’ll hear about the Miracle of the Flowering Tree and the Bull and the Baker. At a spot near Dante’s home your guide will tell you about the Church of Dante and Beatrice. Stop to see Palazzo Vecchio, the location of the guilds, and the Medici family political court. Continue on to the lovely Piazza della Signoria, site of an open-air museum with many statues, including a copy of Michelangelo’s David, and other noteworthy works, including the often unseen Profile, carved by Michelangelo. Walk through the wings of the Uffizi Gallery, and follow along the Arno River to the Ponte Vecchio, famous for its gold jewelry shops. The tour ends in front of the iconic Palazzo Pitti.

Florence: 2-Hour Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio & Signoria

4. Florence: 2-Hour Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio & Signoria

Discover with your guide the extraordinary beauty of one of the most renowned and photographed squares and historical palaces in the world: Piazza della Signoria with the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia dei Lanzi. It is an incomparable "open-air museum" and the elegant Palazzo Vecchio with the embattled tower has been the political headquarters and one of the symbols of the city for centuries. Founded in 1299, it later was transformed by the famous deMedici family, which became the forefront of their home palace. The square is filled with sculptural wonders and its massive, Romanesque buildings make for impressive photos. Your guide will share with you the history and excitement behind its construction over the centuries, and you will leave with a new found appreciation of the Florence we live and love in.

Palazzo Vecchio: Magnificent Private Tour

5. Palazzo Vecchio: Magnificent Private Tour

Take a 2-hour tour with a private guide to discover the must-see Palazzo Vecchio. The famous medieval castle is filled with history and houses an incredible collection of Renaissance artworks. Meet your guide outside the palace to start your magnificent tour. Admire the high decorated ceilings and the stunning frescoes in the Hall of the Five Hundred. See impressive Renaissance statues by Donatello and Michelangelo, visit a hall filled with ancient maps, and discover private rooms as you learn about the Medici family’s power. Wander through the extensive apartments and halls with a knowledgeable guide, as you learn about the palace’s history and everyday life there. Listen to stories and myths from the Renaissance period, told by your expert guide.

Florence: Private Half-Day Guided City Tour & Uffizi Gallery

6. Florence: Private Half-Day Guided City Tour & Uffizi Gallery

Meet your private driver and guide at your hotel for a chauffeured tour of the unparalleled beauty of Florence. Stop first at the Piazzale Michelangelo to admire the wonderful panoramic views of the city. From here, the tour will continue to the old city centre for a visit to the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. A short walk through the historic streets in the heart of Florence will bring you to the famous Piazza Signoria, where you can admire the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, an immense medieval building that is Florence's town hall. Then, stop by the Loggia del Lanzi, and admire the beautiful sculptures in the outdoor gallery under its impressive and ornate columns. From here we will continue to the famous Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's most important art collections. Here you can admire superb paintings by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, and many more Italian Renaissance masters. The tour will end inside the museum, leaving you well places to continue exploring the beautiful streets of Florence.

Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

7. Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

Begin your tour with a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery. Explore this historic institution, one of Europe's oldest art and drawing academies, and home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures. Admire some of Michelangelo's most beloved masterpieces including the famous 'David' and other important works such as 'I prigioni,' 'San Matteo,' and the 'Palestrina Pietà'. After visiting the Accademia, your guide will lead you first to discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize Florence's religious center: Florence Cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), and the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli in the heart of the city, where you can admire the imposing and singular Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. Continuing on, delight in the romantic, picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, with its renowned jewelry shops. Finally, arrive in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city. In this true “outdoor museum”, be amazed by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune and then, looking around, the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Dominating all this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio with its crenelated Arnolfo tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence that you will be able to enjoy in all its magnificence. The wonderful perspective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square. Finally, you simply can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most important art collections in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. Explore this famous art gallery housed in a historic building, and marvel at incredible works of art by great Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, and many others. See two of the world’s most famous paintings, Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and 'Birth of Venus,' along with countless other magnificent paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The guided tour ends at the Uffizi Terrace where you can enjoy an amazing and exclusive view of the city’s most important monuments. Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum. Please note that the order of the visits may change. After the walking tour, you can enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in a historic restaurant in the old city (if option selected).

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What people are saying about Salone dei Cinquecento

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Amazing walking tour through the city. We learned so much about the city and history of Florence that isn't covered by the museums and attractions. Our guide Erica was amazing, filled with passion and knowledga about all things Florence. This is a must do tour upon arriving in Florence to give you a great backdrop of the city and its sights. We left with a new perspective on one of our favorite cities in the world!

Very detailed, fascinating tour!! Highly recommend it! There were so many things I would have never known about Florence had I not taken this tour.

We loved the palace!!!! Our guide was very good but sometimes it was difficult to listen to her since we did not have headphones....

The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Experience to recommend

the guide is so helpful and patient. She speaks fluent English