- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 3 hours
- tour type Group Tour
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Spend a memorable morning exploring the most iconic monuments in Florence
- Gain insight into the rich history of this great renaissance city with an expert local guide by your side
- Walk in the footsteps of world luminaries such as Julius Caesar, Leonardo di Vinci, Michelangelo and Donatello
- Learn the secrets of the mysterious Medici family
Looking for an introduction to one of the world’s most beautiful cities? Then this is the tour for you! Get the lowdown on the fascinating history of Florence (think murder, family rivalries and the Black Death!), find out why it’s known as the Cradle of Civilisation and explore some of its most beautiful and iconic architecture. Reward yourself for a morning well spent with a refreshing Italian aperitivo as we watch the world walk by. Perfezione!
The historical centre of Florence is like one big open-air museum, with some of the most important artists, architects and inventors in the world having been born here. Michelangelo grew up in the foothills of the city centre; Leonardo da Vinci studied here with Italian painter, sculptor and goldsmith Andrea del Verocchio; and Donatello’s workshop is situated in the square where the magnificent Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore was built. This cathedral is the fourth largest in the world and took over 300 hundred years to build. This should give you a good sense of the sheer depth of history you’ll experience on this tour.
We’ll start in the Piazza della Repubblica where Julius Caesar founded the city in 59 BC. Today, you’ll see architecture from the unification of Italy in 1837 that represents the grand square where the original forum once stood.
Next we’ll make our way along the Via Roma toward the iconic Ponte Vecchio, once lined with butchers and fish mongers. See part of the Vasari Corridor, an 800-metre walkway used by the powerful Medici family who ruled Florence for 350 years when Tuscany was a separate city state. The Corridor was a private passage from the town hall (Palazzo Vecchio) to the Pitti Palace, the last home of the Medici.
Our next stop is the Piazzale degli Uffizi where we’ll stroll down a walkway surrounded by the impressive Uffizi Gallery, designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560. See the monuments of famous Florentine personalities that surround the museum including Dante Alighieri, Galileo Gallilei, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Leon Battista Alberti, to name a few. See the Lanzi Lodge, an open-air sculpture gallery that houses original sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini along with copies of sculptures by Giambologna.
At some point, we’ll make a quick stop to enjoy a proper Italian coffee, stand-up of course, as the locals do! There are many historical cafes in the city centre; we’ll take you to our favourite for a locally roasted caffe macchiato (or whatever else you fancy).
Then we’ll make our way to the Palazzo Vecchio to see the entry to the medieval town hall along with its room of maps with original paintings and a layout of the city. We’ll then continue along the main street toward the Cathedral where you’ll get the chance to see (and snap some pics of) the architectural masterpiece that is Brunelleschi’s dome, the largest dome in the world.
Before the tour comes to an end, heads and Instagram feeds filled with the historic beauty of Florence, we’ll enjoy an aperitivo of prosecco or Aperol (including a seasonal snack such as bruschetta and olives). Don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in the city.
- English-speaking guide and a glass of Campari
- Aperol spritz or prosecco alongside a traditional Italian snack such as brushchetta and olives.
- Additional food and drinks
- souvenirs and personal shopping
- tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Full payment of 100 USD is required to confirm this tour.Travel Insurance
History of Florence Walking Tour with an Aperitivo tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this History of Florence Walking Tour with an Aperitivo tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : Piazza della Republica in front of the column. Meeting end point : Piazza del Duomo.