The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales


2 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket

Overview

This tour is the best walking tour that you can ever have in Florence. It is a great introduction to the city for both first-timers as well as returners. It covers the main attractions of the city and also the hidden gems that are well and truly "off the beaten track" and gives you facts you wouldn't know or notice walking around by yourself.

While you'll be led through the city you will be even accompanied through three centuries full of thrilling stories about the Medici family who influenced Florence’s history; little by little the Renaissance will become alive in front of you.

You will not be involved in a boring, neutral lecture, but in a pleasant stroll through the center of Florence, in a friendly and easy-going atmosphere.

This tour, except the small commission for TripAdvisor, is based on donations. This means that if you like the tour you can leave a tip (some people give 10€, some people give 50€, you choose the price) to reward the guide.

Inclusions

  • Licensed Guide

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Basilica di San Lorenzo, Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence Italy

The Basilica di San Lorenzo (Basilica of St Lawrence) is one of the largest churches of Florence, Italy, situated at the centre of the city’s main market district, and the burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family from Cosimo il Vecchio to Cosimo III.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Camillo Cavour 1-3, 50129, Florence Italy

The Palazzo Medici Riccardi was designed for Cosimo de' Medici, head of the Medici banking family, and was built between 1444 and 1484.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Battistero di San Giovanni, Piazza San Giovanni, 50122, Florence Italy

The Florence Baptistery, also known as the Baptistery of Saint John stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza San Giovanni, across from Florence Cathedral and the Campanile di Giotto. The Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in the city, constructed between 1059 and 1128 in the Florentine Romanesque style.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Duomo, Duomo, Florence, Tuscany

Florence Cathedral, formally the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral of Florence (Italian: Duomo di Firenze). It was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to a design of Arnolfo di Cambio. The cathedral complex, in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile. These three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence and are a major tourist attraction of Tuscany.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Campanile di Giotto, Piazza del Duomo Historical Center, 50122, Florence Italy

Giotto's Campanile is adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry of St. John. This tower is one of the showpieces of Florentine Gothic architecture with its design by Giotto, its rich sculptural decorations and its polychrome marble encrustations.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Cupola del Brunelleschi, Piazza del Duomo Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, 50122, Florence Italy

This dome is one of the biggest mystery in art and architecture of every time. It was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Museo Casa di Dante, Via Santa Margherita 1, 50122, Florence Italy

Dante Alighieri wrote the Divine Comedy. This book is widely considered the most important poem of the Middle Ages and the greatest literary work in the Italian language.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Piazza della Signoria, 50122, Florence Italy

Piazza della Signoria is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. It is the meeting place of Florentines as well as the numerous tourists, located near Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza del Duomo and gateway to Uffizi Gallery.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, 50122, Florence Italy

The Palazzo Vecchio ("Old Palace") is the town hall of the city. This massive fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Overlooking the square with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi, it is one of the most significant public places in Italy, and it hosts cultural points and museums.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Piazzale Degli Uffizi 6, 50122, Florence Italy

The Uffizi Gallery is an art museum located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria and it is one of the most important Italian museums and the most visited, it is also one of the largest and best known in the world and holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance. The building of Uffizi complex was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici so as to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrates, hence the name uffizi, "offices".

Duration: 10 minutes

Meeting point

Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Exclusions

  • You can choose how much you want to pay to reward the guide (some people leave 10€, some people 50)
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Lorenzo
  • Entry/Admission - Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • Entry/Admission - Battistero di San Giovanni
  • Entry/Admission - Campanile di Giotto
  • Entry/Admission - Cupola del Brunelleschi
  • Entry/Admission - Palazzo Vecchio
  • Entry/Admission - Gallerie Degli Uffizi

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Vidur_A
May 2022

Amazing way to explore the city and see the highlights for detailed visits later. The guide was very friendly and gave some good food/drink tips.

837alisoni
May 2022

Learnt so much on this tour. Manuel was a brilliant guide and even my husband, who usually gets bored and wanders off, was rapt. The history of the buildings, the people and what to look for to learn more. For the rest of our trip my husband thought he was an expert “it’s all about the corners”. ...

BarbaraAllison88
May 2022

What a great tour! Manuel was excellent - lots of interesting stories and info about the history of Florence. We did the trio on our first day and it really helped us understand so much more about the city when we went to sites and galleries. A great list of recommendations too for restaurants, ...

69yuliag
May 2022

I loved this tour so much! The guide Manuel gave us excellent stories and details about Florence and Medici family (you won't find it in Wikipedia) with passion to his loved city, its history, culture and art. In addition, Manuel's nice sense of humor made the tour lively and fun! Many thanks, hi...

Judith_d
May 2022

This tour is actually amazing. You must take this, you learn so much and also get to travel to several parts of the city. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable about all things florentine history and also where to find the best olive oil/wine in the city to buy/ship to family as gifts among...

Nii A
May 2022

Fantastic walking tour of Florence, highly recommended early on your trip to this remarkable city. Manuel helped bring the architecture and more importantly the story behind the architecture to live.

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