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

7.15 hours

Max 15

685 reviews

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.

Showing off the famous Gates of Paradise on the Florence Baptistery Michelangelo's David The facade of the Florence Cathedral The imposing Palazzo Vecchio A view of the Ponte Vecchio The lions are two of the most iconic statues in the Piazza della Signoria The inside of the Florence Duomo You can see the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore from almost anywhere in the city The Piazza della Signoria is festooned with beautiful statues Botticelli's Birth of Venus in the Uffizi The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most impressive art museums in the world.
  • 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

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!

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.

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685 Verified Reviews

It's hard to see everything in a day on your own, so this tour was absolutely perfect.

It was well planned (timing of entry to sites), the guide was knowledgeable guide and all in all we had a beautiful day made. It was a great way to see Florence.

This was a fantastic tour!

It was a great way to see both museums and some of the best sites Florence has to offer all in one day. My guide was fantastic. An absolute highlight of my vacation.

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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.

The Perfect Guide, Every Time

We take care to assign our guides to the perfect tour for their particular skill set; so you’ll always have the perfect companion for your experience. Here are a few of the guides that regularly lead this tour.

Angelo

FLORENCE, EUROPE

While most guides need years to achieve their guide certification, Angelo holds three; for Florence, Rome, and his home city of Naples.

Costanza

FLORENCE, EUROPE

While studying art history at university Costanza found that he had a knack for public speaking. From there it was a hop, skip, and a jump to becoming a guide. 10 Years later, she's still going strong.