Renaissance Florence Walking Tour
Dubbed the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ for its patronage of painters, sculptors and architects between the 14th and 17th centuries, the city’s piazzas and streets boast some of the world’s greatest Renaissance artistic and architectural masterpieces.
As you walk, get the inside track on Florence’s history from Roman days to its flowering in the Renaissance. Hear intriguing tales about its Renaissance-era rulers, the wealthy Medici family, and how they cultivated artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
Listen to little-known stories about both artists, including da Vinci’s plans for the city, and hear about the events that shocked the Florentines of the day.
Walk through Piazza della Signoria and admire the Palazzo Vecchio and replica statue of Michelangelo’s David that dominate the square.
Marvel at the outside of Florence Duomo, crowned by Brunelleschi's dome, and take in the sight of Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its ornate, bronze ‘Gates of Paradise’ doors.
Stop for a ‘surprise’ tasting of a regional culinary delicacy at a local eatery, and then pick back up on your sightseeing rounds, ambling down Florence’s hidden lanes and famous shopping streets to the next landmark.
See the churches of St Trinita and Orsanmichele and continue to the Arno River to snap photos of the Ponte Vecchio bridge with its famous Vasari Corridor, a secret passageway built for the Medicis, running above it.
Cross the Arno into buzzing Oltrarno, one of Florence’s workaday districts. Explore the streets and squares alive with markets and craft shops and then return to the original departure point, where your tour ends.
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Florence Walking Tour
- Local guide
- Gelato or Coffee
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Interior visits to the buildings and monuments
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Reviewed by: Wendy G, Canada, September 2015
Good tour that took us to places we otherwise would not have seen or known about.
Reviewed by: Ian G, June 2015
this was a really good tour by someone who lives and breathes Florentine history. We did this tour on day one, and it gave us the perfect introduction to the city, and helped us to orientate ourselves ready for the rest of the stay. Highly recommended for anyone just arrived in Florence.