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Best of Florence Walking Tour With David & The Duomo

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3.5 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?

On this small group Florence tour you'll cover all the top attractions. Skip lines to gape at Michelangelo's David; visit Florence Duomo to learn how its dome & baptistery doors changed the course of history; explore the open-air sculpture gallery at Piazza della Signoria; learn how the historic Ponte Vecchio came to be; and hear fascinating tales of the powerful Medici family.

Take a walk around Florence to see every major attraction.

On this jam-packed Florence tour we've packed all the top attractions into an engrossing three-hour stroll through the city.

Your experience begins in the Florence Accademia, where you'll skip the lines to take in Michelangelo's masterpiece, the jaw-dropping David. As you gape at this larger-than-life statue your expert guide will help you interpret it and explain what makes it one of the greatest sculptures ever - and why Michelangelo was so much more proud of this than his work in the Sistine Chapel. Before you leave, you'll also see some of Michelangelo's unfinished work in his 'Slaves'. These half-formed men and women, dramatically emerging from stone, are the perfect tool to...

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On this jam-packed Florence tour we've packed all the top attractions into an engrossing three-hour stroll through the city.

Your experience begins in the Florence Accademia, where you'll skip the lines to take in Michelangelo's masterpiece, the jaw-dropping David. As you gape at this larger-than-life statue your expert guide will help you interpret it and explain what makes it one of the greatest sculptures ever - and why Michelangelo was so much more proud of this than his work in the Sistine Chapel. Before you leave, you'll also see some of Michelangelo's unfinished work in his 'Slaves'. These half-formed men and women, dramatically emerging from stone, are the perfect tool to learn about Michelangelo's sculpting methods - and your expert art historian guide is the perfect person to teach you.

Your Florence tour continues to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as Florence Duomo. This incredible church was built in 1436 and still boasts one of the largest domes in the entire world. The story of how the dome was built is one of the greatest epics of the Italian Renaissance. You'll hear the whole thing as you take in the church from the jaw-dropping Piazza del Duomo. You'll also stop off at the Baptistery to see a set of bronze doors cast by Lorenzo Ghiberti that Michelangelo himself thought were so beautiful he dubbed them the 'Gates of Paradise'.

Having visited its top two attractions, you'll explore the third great wonder of Florence: Its streets! Your guided walking tour takes you first to Piazza della Signoria, an open-air art gallery where Michelangelo's 'David' was originally supposed to stand. He was quickly relocated but you can still see a replica at the entrance to the titanic Palazzo Vecchio. Standing in the shadow of this fortress-like palace, your guide will teach you about the Medici; the family of bankers who underwrote the Renaissance - it wasn't all sweetness and patronage with them though. Your guide has some shocking tales to tell.

From Piazza Signoria you'll pass by the Uffizi Gallery and a handful of wonderful hidden sights, like Il Porcellino, the pig whose snout promises luck; Orsanmichele Church; and of course, the Ponte Vecchio, Florence's most picturesque bridge. As you walk, your guide will tell you the stories that bring the city to life around you. And with headsets for every guest, you'll be able to hear them (and never get lost). They'll also give you great restaurant recommendations and other tips to help you get the most from the rest of your time here.

Our Best of Florence Tour is a great option for anyone who wants to dive into one of history's most exciting chapters, and learn about the masters who willed the modern world into being.

  • Sites Visited
  • Michelangelo’s 'David' and 'Slaves' in the Accademia
  • Florence Duomo (outside only) & Baptistery Doors
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (from outside)
  • Orsanmichele Church (from outside)
  • Piazza Repubblica
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip the line Accademia tickets (Michelangelo's 'David')
  • Expert local guide
  • Small groups of 14 or fewer
Michelangelo's David stands proudly in front of the tortured artist's unfinished 'Slaves'
Michelangelo's sculptures feel more like a reveal than creation
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FAQ

Does the Florence Duomo ever close unexpectedly?
The Cathedral of Florence occasionally closes for special celebrations/festivities, including Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary that includes an explanation of the Cathedral from the outside and extra highlights of the city center. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts if the Cathedral closes unexpectedly.
Can I bring my bag into Florence Duomo?
Larger backpacks are not allowed inside Florence Duomo. Please make sure to only bring small handbags on this tour.
Does the Florence Duomo have a dress code?
Yes. The Florence Duomo is a holy place and as such, you are expected to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees when you enter.
Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes, but we require advance notice in order to accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. After booking, please contact us so that we can organize a private tour for you. If we cannot find a guide to lead you that day we'll offer you the same tour on the next avaialbe date or give you credit for another tour anywhere else in the world.
Do I need to bring my ID with me on this tour?
Yes! This is especially important if you have purchased a student ticket because the museums will check when we arrive.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.