You can (and should) explore Florence on your own, walking the streets and taking in the beautiful architecture. But there is so much to see and discover in Florence if you take a Florence walking tour with one of our experienced tour guides.
Visit the Duomo, Florence
Our licensed tour guides will bring you into the heart of Florence, starting at the city’s most famous attraction: the Duomo. This breath-taking gothic cathedral has one of the world’s largest domes — in fact, after it was completed in 1436, the Duomo di Firenze (the Italian name for it) had the largest dome in the world and it still holds the world record for being the largest brick dome in the world. The great terracotta dome is situated alongside Giotto’s bell tower and the Romanesque Baptistery.
Follow your local Florentine guide along the streets Dante once walked. See through the eyes of a local and gain insights into the city’s colourful history. Explore the city’s piazzas, its markets, and the local shops. Take some time to admire the Piazza della Signoria — the political centre of the city — and the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most visited museums in the world. If Florentine art is of particular interest to you, you may like to also take our Galleria Accademia Florence Tour — this gallery boasts the greatest collection of Renaissance art from Florence, with many of Michelangelo’s sculptures, including his legendary work: David.
After this, you will cross the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge and take a moment to marvel at Florence’s artisan jewellery shops nearby before moving towards Palazzo Pitti, where the tour ends. Keep reading below to learn more details about this Private Florence Walking Tour — what’s included, what isn’t included, etc. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Start planning your Florentine adventure with Walkabout Tours!
Piazza della Repubblica, next to the carousel
You can add the hotel pickup service during the booking.
Meet your guide in Piazza della Repubblica, next to the carousel. Just look for your guide with the official CITYWALKERS YELLOW umbrella and T-shirt.
Piazza del Duomo
Admire the beauty of this UNESCO world heritage square and its buildings. It took only 140 years to complete the Duomo! The Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni are in fact the main tourist attractions of Tuscany's main city.
According to documentary evidence this is the house of the Alighieri family once lived. Dante is undoubtedly the most important Italian poet considered the father of the Italian language.
An old barn converted into a church, Orsanmichele was built on the land where the garden of the former San Michele monastery was located and now houses a beautiful collection of statues inside.
Mercato Nuovo and Porcellino
The Porcellino Lodge was built in the 16th century. It was used and continues to be used as a market where it is possible to find handicrafts products like bags, belts and leather accessories, silk objects, hats and much more. The Porcellino Lodge takes its name from the Porcellino, a bronze boar with a fountain.
Piazza della Signoria
This piazza is just like it has been for centuries with its medieval houses and its old stone pavement. You can imagine just how it has been for all the people walking here before you. The majestic Uffizi Gallery stands close and add an air of elegance to the surrounding.
The Uffizi Gallery contains one of the oldest and most famous art collections in the world. Built in 1560 by Giorgio Vasari, following the orders of Cosimo I de Medici, it had the initial purpose of housing the offices of the Florentine magistrates, as the Palazzo Vecchio was at one point too small.
Definitely the most photographed site in Florence, Ponte Vecchio is full of jewelry shops and was also the set of many movies. Listen to the story of how it survived the Germans and the Flood of Florence in 1966.
Palazzo Pitti is a Renaissance palace that was originally the urban residence of Luca Pitti, a Florentine banker. In 1549 it was bought by Leonor de Toledo, the Duchess and wife of Cosimo I de Médici, and it became the official residence of the grand dukes of Tuscany. In the 19th century, the palace was used as a military base by Napoleon I and then served for a short period as the official residence of the Kings of Italy.
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