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

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7.15 hours

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Why take this tour?

See the best of Florence in a day with an expert local guide. For 7 hours you'll be immersed in history, art & 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 Florence Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the outdoor sculpture gallery of Piazza della Signoria.

Take a day to explore Florence, top to bottom.

Florence is a small city with a big history and this tour let's 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 peak 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 let's 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 peak 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!

From 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 chronoligically. 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, its streets 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, visiting an outdoor sculpture gallery, a leather market, the remarkable Ponte Vecchio and seeing 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 understand why it was Florence, and 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 15 or fewer
Michelangelo's David
The facade of the Florence Cathedral
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Giulia was amazing from start to finish. So passionate and knowledgeable about everything we encountered. Thanks so much for a perfect day.

Angelo, the guide, made this tour. His wealth of knowledge was incredible and made the Uffizi experience extremely gratifying.


FAQ

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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.