Florence In A Day With David, Duomo, Uffizi & Walking Tour

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7 hrs 15 mins

Max 20

Why take this tour?

See the best of Florence in a day with an expert local guide. For seven hours you'll be immersed in history, art and architecture; skip long lines at precious Renaissance sights like Michelangeo's David, the Uffizi Gallery; then take to the streets to experience the endless charm of Florence at the Florence Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the outdoor sculpture gallery of Piazza della Signoria.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.See all of Florence's major sites in a single day
  • Created with Sketch.Marvel at Michelangelo's David at the Accademia
  • Created with Sketch.Skip-the-line access to the Uffizi Gallery for some of the finest Renaissance works of art
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city's streets
  • Created with Sketch.Learn why Florence, not Rome, was the focal point of the Renaissance

Take a day to explore Florence, from top to bottom

Florence is a small city with a big history and this tour lets you explore it all: in just one day.

You'll start with skip-the-line tickets to the Florence Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David. After learning the story behind the world's most recognizable statue, you'll also see some of Michelangelo's unfinished Slaves for a fascinating peek inside the tortured mind of the great artist. Having an expert art historian on hand pays dividends here - Michelangelo was not just the most talented artist to come out of the Renaissance, he was also the most fascinating. Who else would defy a pope? And more than once!

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Florence is a small city with a big history and this tour lets you explore it all: in just one day.

You'll start with skip-the-line tickets to the Florence Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David. After learning the story behind the world's most recognizable statue, you'll also see some of Michelangelo's unfinished Slaves for a fascinating peek inside the tortured mind of the great artist. Having an expert art historian on hand pays dividends here - Michelangelo was not just the most talented artist to come out of the Renaissance, he was also the most fascinating. Who else would defy a pope? And more than once!

After the Accademia, your Florence In A Day Tour continues to the Cathedral, a.k.a. Florence Duomo, where your guide will tell you the story of its enormous dome and how it went from a near catastrophe to the greatest building achievement of its age. You'll also see the Florence Baptistery, home to the set of bronze doors that were thought so beautiful, Michelangelo called them the "Gates of Paradise".

N.B., The Florence Duomo does not offer skip-the-line tickets so unless the entrance lines are very short, we do not step inside. If you do want to go in, your guide will give you some tips on when to go in order to beat the lines.

When lunch rolls around, your guide will recommend some of their favorite eateries nearby and give you ample time to go relax and refuel before regrouping in a central spot.

In the afternoon you'll skip the lines into the (incredibly busy) Uffizi Gallery to see some of the best paintings from the Renaissance. The Uffizi makes for a fantastic visit because its galleries are organized chronologically. As you move through the rooms, your guide will be able to demonstrate the development of artistic styles from Medieval times to the Renaissance and after. They'll show you how modern paintings bursting with colors and emotions developed from the flat, cold, compositions of the middle ages. Don't expect a lecture: our guides are much more fun than that. Their focus is on injecting character into your experience of the Uffizi (and everywhere else), so you understand not just the paintings, but the masters and the culture that created them.

Florence is one of Italy's most atmospheric cities and its streets are bursting with history and beautiful architecture. Outside of the obvious big attractions, this is a big part of your Florence In A Day Tour: street life. You'll enjoy a guided walking tour of the city, visit an outdoor sculpture gallery, a leather market, the remarkable Ponte Vecchio and see the Vasari Corridor, made famous by Dan Brown, from outside (the inside is rather unremarkable anyway). You'll hear tales of the notorious Medici family outside their fortress-like palace, and come to understand why it was Florence, not Rome, that was the cradle of the Renaissance.

There's a lot to see in Florence, and a lot of stories to be told. If you're short on time our full-day tour is a great option, optimizing your time with skip-the-line access at the major attractions plus small group sizes and headsets to guarantee maximum interaction with your guide.

  • Sites Visited
  • Michelangelo’s 'David' in the Accademia Gallery
  • The Uffizi Gallery
  • Florence Duomo
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (from the outside)
  • Piazza della Repubblica
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip-the-line Accademia tickets (Michelangelo's 'David')
  • Skip-the-line tickets for the Uffizi Gallery
  • Expert local guide
  • Small groups of 20 or fewer
Showing off the famous Gates of Paradise on the Florence Baptistery
Michelangelo's David
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Our guide (I believe her name was Viola) was wonderful! She was engaging and funny and very knowledgeable about Florence, including the important sites and history of the city as well as all of the artwork that we saw. Her expertise and enthusiasm made a special tour even more special. We also loved having easy access to the Uffizi and L’Accademia. Overall it was a wonderful experience!


FAQ

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.
Is lunch provided on this tour?
No. You get a 1.5 hour break for lunch during which you can eat wherever you please. Your guide will be happy to give you recommendations for nearby restaurants to suit any price range.
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.
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 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.