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Exploring Florence with a Guided Tour

There are so many things to see and do in Florence that everyone visiting the city can find it a challenge to decide which ones to visit, what to see and do! There are many museums, churches, piazzas and bridges to visit and explore, artisans workshops, boutique shops and local markets to buy a souvenirs to take back home and much more. A month-long holiday in Florence wouldn't be enough to discover all its wonders.

The best solution to this "problem": join a guided tour of the city to help you visit a selection of the city's best attractions and sights, making sure you do not miss the best of the Cradle of Renaissance!

You can book a guided tour of many of the city's museums, but particularly of the Uffizi Gallery , to better enjoy the marvelous works of art in the museum considered to be one of the most important in the world, skipping the long lines you always find at the entrance. See the best of Florence in a "highlights" or "best of" tour in walking guided tours and learn interesting details about the history of the city. If you prefer to tour the city with a little less walking, you could enjoy a eco-friendly electric cart tour or the flexibility of the hop-on, hop-off double-deck buses. How about a cooking class where you can learn to make pasta and then enjoy it as lunch? Food tours, wine-tastings, bike tours ... there is something for everyone , no matter which one you'll choose, it will make your time in Florence unforgettable !

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Visit the Uffizi Gallery with a Guide

With over 1,5 million of visitors every year, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is the most visited museum in Italy. Avoid long lines and enjoy your visit to the Uffizi with a tour guide that will explain and place into context the beauty and wonder of the masterpieces in the Uffizi.

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Top Guided Tours in Spring Starting in Florence Italy

Step up your game while in Florence this April, May or June and add one of our top tours for spring to your itinerary. We reviewed the list & offer you a selection of the best tours for exploring the city and its museums as well as beyond the walls into Tuscany, with a departure point in Florence.

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Guided Tour of the Accademia Gallery

Why consider a guided tour? Because it makes your visit to the museum to see Michelangelo's David fun and interesting! Plus, there is more to see than just the David , visiting with an expert guide makes discovering the rest of the artwork inside

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Small group Cooking Class & Market Tour

Try something new in Florence: learn how to make fresh pasta, have some fun while doing it and then enjoy the delicious food you've helped prepare! Then once back home, you can make it again for family and friends, adding both the experience and recipes to your repertoire of yummy homemade dishes.

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Wine Tastings in Florence & Chianti

Whether you have an hour or an entire day, don't leave Florence without doing some wine tasting! You can join a class in town on Tuscan wines and taste or go on a half or full day tour into neighboring Chianti or as far as Montalcino or Montepulciano to get your chance to taste great Tuscan wines.

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Walking Tours of Florence

One of the best ways to see Florence, especially if you're short on time, if to join a walking tour to see the highlights of the city and get an insider's view on local history. Then go back to the spots you enjoyed to spend more time there!

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Bike in Florence and Surrounding Hills

Ride the hills of Florence in the company of expert cyclists Piero and Elena and see the city from unique vantage views! Easy, moderate routes through the hills will make your ride fun and a dream come true.

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The best way to keep the family & kids engaged while exploring the beauty of Florence? Include one of our 5 tours for family fun. They are adventurous & exciting, but most of all a great opportunity to create unforgettable vacation memories.

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Wine Tasting and Dinner in Florence

Want to do wine tastings of the best Tuscan wines right in Florence? At the Piazza del Vino wine bar/shop/restaurant you can enjoy a great late afternoon aperitivo and taste Tuscany's great wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Bolgheri wines.

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Cooking Classes in Florence

Want to bring back home a special taste of Tuscany as souvenir of your holidays? Learn how to prepare typical Tuscan dishes and traditional recipes to try then back home with your family and friends and taste whenever you want the original flavours from Tuscany. Enjoy one of the many cooking classes organized in Florence, there are many that vary depending on the duration time and prices, take a look at our proposals below.

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Why visit Florence in the low season?

There are many reasons, including being more budget-friendly and enjoying less crowded sights! Read our article for more reasons why visiting Florence in its low season is a good idea.

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Museum Tickets and Tours

Florence's Uffizi and Accademia Galleries are among the most visited museums in all of Italy and this means long lines. Save money and time by booking your tickets ahead of time! Or better yet, get the most of these museums with a guided tour that will make the best use of your limited time as well as present the artworks in the best way possible.

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A Day Tour to Cinque Terre

If you have to absolutely go visit the Cinque Terre from Florence, we highly recommend this group day tour: travel faster by bus to have more free time in each town and then go on an absolute must, the boat ride!

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Twilight Itineraries: Florence Charm at night

Under the stars and the light of the moon, these 3 itineraries are best enjoyed as a relaxing stroll with no specific goal in mind. The summer sun can burn you out too fast & winter gets dark so fast, but these twilight itineraries can be rewarding and particularly romantic - even on your own.

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8 Ways to Enjoy Florence when it is Hot

Aimlessly wandering the summer streets of Florence can prove to be a bit much if you don’t like the heat. These are our top 8 choices for keeping it cool with an organized tour while on holiday in the beautiful Renaissance City.

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6 of the Best Tours This Fall

With the onset of cooler temps, Florence offers many new opportunities to explore both inside & outside the city. And the best thing of all? You don’t need to do it on your own. These professionally organized tours are great additions to your itinerary

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Top Winter Tours: Organising your Vacation in & around Florence

The winter weather shouldn't interfere with your holiday plans, especially when there are so many exciting things that can be organized in & around Florence with the help of a professional guide and tour agency. Here are our top ideas to jump-start your winter vacation.

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Join an exclusive tour of Florence's cathedral

Be sure to see it all! This private tour with an exclusive visit to the Rooftop Terraces of the Duomo in Florence is perfect. With this tour you can skip-the-line with your personal guide into the cathedral and to the terraces, then climb the rest of the way to visit the cupola, then the Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum on your own.

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Walking Food Tour: Small Group Tour of Food & Art in Florence

Art and food are the perfect mix in this guided tour organized in Florence: enjoy a walk through the streets of Florence with a local expert guide to learn cultural and historical trivia while also tasting its wine and food specialties of the city along the way with stops at wine shops, the San Lorenzo market, delis and gelato shop!

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What to see at the Uffizi? A guide can help you!

Have limited time to visit the Uffizi? A visit with a guide can help you make your way through the museum’s main rooms so you don’t miss any of the most important masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and more!

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Best things to do and see in Florence

Get to know Florence in a new and exciting way by doing a free walking tour at one of the most iconic places in the city. You don’t always get the same impression of a city, since each time you go is different and there are different aspects to the culture, language and the customs of the people who live there, which always makes the trip unique and one of a kind. Discover all the hidden secrets of the Tuscan capital with GuruWalk. That’s no easy task, nor one you can expect to do in a day. Florence is the highest populated city in the region and it could be considered as a museum in and of itself: art, history, science, and philosophy flood its streets which are commonly filled with tourists from all around the world. 

You can find a large variety of free walking tours that will take you around the different neighborhoods and winding streets of Florence. Like one tour, that visits the Saint María del Fiore Cathedral or walks around the Piazza del Duomo (The Cathedral Square) and over the Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio) and around the Old Palace. While others may visit the Pitti Palace, or the Republic Square, Michelangelo’s Square, and Signoria Square, or check out the Central Market. You can also choose to visit Boboli Gardens or stroll through the Squares and Gardens of the Santa Cruz Cathedral and the beautiful Saint Maria Novella Church. Among the options, the tour that takes walkers to visit  Michelangelo’s “David” is another unforgettable experience. 

Choose from a variety of the pay-what-you-want tours in Florence that take place every morning and afternoon and which are available in several languages, like English, Italian and many more. You can find other walkers' opinions and reviews about the tours on the Gurus profiles and decide which guided tour you would most like to do. You can book any of the tours at no cost on the GuruWalk page and you can do as many as you would like so that you can really get to know this beautiful Italian city. After, you may be interested in visiting other places like Naples, Palermo, Genoa or Turin to really get the most out of your Italian holidays!

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Best of Florence Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David and Duomo

  • Take this opportunity to see Florence’s best sights - this 2h tour gives you Skip the Line access to the Accademia as well as taking you to the amazing Duomo. Perfect for a short but sweet trip to this amazing city!
  • With an expert, English-speaking guide and audio headset, hear the city come to life before you as you listen to a fun and interesting commentary about the art and architecture found throughout Florence.
  • Discover the best Florence has to offer: from Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, to Giotto’s Campanile and Ponte Vecchio , there is so much to see in the City of Renaissance.

Enjoy your Walking Tour in Florence

What's included.

  • Small groups of 17 people or less
  • Skip the Line Entrance ticket for Accademia Gallery and all reservation fees
  • Visit of Florence Cathedral (the Duomo) from outside
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Audio headsets

Sites Visited

  • Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo’s David
  • Piazza degli Uffizi
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Leather Market
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Baptistry Doors
  • the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) from outside

Few cities in the world contain so many stunning works of art in such a small space as Florence. Cover all the highlights of this incredible city in just two hours on our Florence walking tours. We’ll admire the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge where colorful jewelry stores line the cobbled street. We’ll visit the leather market and rub the nose of Il Porcellino for good luck. With an expert, English-speaking guide to tell you the stories behind the sights, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Florence, bringing the city to life right in front of your eyes.

Visit the stunning Il Duomo

We’ll visit the Duomo Square, where the magnificent Florence Cathedral is, known locally as Il Duomo, for the stunning dome that crowns it. This incredible feat of engineering required a whole new process for its construction, which your guide will describe as you view it from the outside. The entrance to the Duomo is free and you can visit independently if you wish, as the guide provided you with a full explanation of it's inside and outside features.

We’ll see the gold doors of the Baptistery here before setting off on our tour around the city. With your guide leading the way you’ll visit all the most important sights, including the iconic Uffizi Courtyard and the sculptures at Piazza Signoria.

You’ll also see some less-visited gems of the city and hear some incredible stories from your expert local guide, a trained storyteller who will bring Florence to life for you throughout the ages – from the terrible Medieval era to the glorious Renaissance years.

Gaze at Michelangelo's David

For most visitors to Florence, visiting Michelangelo’s ‘David’ is top of the to-do list, a fact that leaves queues for this masterpiece hours long during busy periods. We have Skip the Line Access and a pre-reserved entry time at the Accademia Gallery for you so you won’t waste precious time better spent inside. With the help of an expert, English-speaking guide on hand during your tour and his full explanations, you’ll be able to spot the sculptures emerging from the rock and learn about Michelangelo’s technique in sculpting – an art form he considered far above painting.

Viewing ‘David’ for the first time is a memorable experience, you’ll visit not just ‘David’ but Michelangelo’s unfinished ‘Slaves’ too. Your guide will suggest you the best angles from which to view him and explain why this statue of the youth who slew Goliath is so different from thousands of others.

Of course, there’s more to Florence than ‘ David ’. Our Florence walking tours cover the best of the rest by foot with audio headsets so you can always hear your guide.

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Important Notes

  • Please note that the inside of the Duomo (Cathedral) is not visited on this tour.
  • On the first Sunday of every month, due to Accademia Gallery’s admission policies, we may not be granted admittance. If this happens we will offer an extended walking tour of the city. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

Cancelation Policy

This tour is subject to a 24-hour cancelation policy. If you wish to cancel or amend your booking, you can do so without charge by contacting us up to 24 hours in advance of your expected departure time.

On tours canceled more than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a refund for the full value of the tour.  This policy is valid across most of our tours, but is subject to some exceptions. In the case of a tour not being in line with this 24-hour cancelation policy, you will find this information in the "Know Before You Go" section of the specific tour page.   Tours cannot be canceled with less than 24 hours notice. We are unable to provide compensation for cancelations with the 24 hour window prior to your tour departure, nor can tour dates or times be amended. Bookings made with the 24 hour window are final .

A booking cannot be amended with less than 24 hours notice. Amendments made before this window are possible, but may incur a charge. Any bookings made within the 24 hour window are final and cannot be amended or subject to compensation.  This policy is valid across most of our tours, but is subject to some exceptions. In the case of a tour not being in line with this 24-hour amendment policy, you will find this information in the "Know Before You Go" section of the specific tour page. Tours cannot be amended/canceled with less than 24 hours notice. We are unable to provide compensation for cancelations with the 24 hour window prior to your tour departure, nor can tour dates or times be amended. Bookings made with the 24 hour window are final.

We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

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  • Kimberly H 1 contribution 0 5.0 of 5 bubbles Family trip to Florence Kiara was an amazing guide through the streets of Florence. We ate delicious food & drank the best wine. Best tour of Florence! Read more Review of: Florence Sunset Walking Tour with Wine & Food Tasting Written 9 June 2024 This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.


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Best of Florence Walking Tour with David & the Duomo

Visiting the Ponte Vecchio.

  • Experience the best of Florence in one unforgettable morning, including skipping the line at the Duomo and Michelangelo's David.
  • Explore the streets, piazzas, and bridges of the city (including the Ponte Vecchio) on a Florence walking tour.
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the interior of the Duomo, complete with skip-the-line access to help you get ahead of the crowds.
  • With small groups of just 18 people, your guide will be easy to hear and interact with for a more personal experience.

Preview the experience

Tour description, see the best of florence on an in-depth walking tour of the city's highlights..

Don’t miss a single one of the Tuscan capital's best sights on this Florence walking tour, including the Ponte Vecchio, skip-the-line access to the Duomo, and many more unforgettable attractions. After starting off with skip-the-line access to Michelangelo’s David, you'll make the most of every second we have together as your expert local guide immerses you in the stories and facts that bring the city to life.

Save time waiting in line to see David with express entry to the Accademia Gallery.

Your Florence walking tour starts with skip-the-line access to the Accademia. Once inside, your expert Walks guide will reveal the fascinating history of Michelangelo’s David, whose beauty and size have to be seen to be believed. You’ll also see Michelangelo's unfinished Slaves sculptures, which give unprecedented insight into the master's creative process.

Hear the unlikely story of how the cathedral's incredible dome came about on a skip-the-line Florence Duomo tour.

Another highlight is Florence’s famous cathedral, the Duomo, where long entrance lines stretching through the piazza are a common sight. Luckily, you get to skip the line into the historic building, where your guide will tell you the improbable story of Filippo Brunelleschi and how this Renaissance man rediscovered knowledge lost for more than a millennium to build the cathedral’s world famous dome—one of the largest on earth.

Before leaving the Piazza del Duomo, you’ll stop at the Baptistery. During a close look at the world-renowned Baptistery doors, dubbed the "Gates of Paradise" by Michelangelo himself, your guide will tell you the story of the cutthroat competition that created this glittering masterpiece.

Enjoy a Florence walking tour of the best piazzas, outdoor art and Ponte Vecchio Bridge.

Your Florence walking tour also includes a breezy city stroll past more of the highlights you can't leave without seeing. At the Piazza della Signoria, you’ll admire Florence’s other world-famous sight, the towering Palazzo Vecchio. Visit the original site of Michelangelo’s David, where an exact replica stands. Hear the stories behind the Leather Market, rub the Porcellino pig’s nose for good luck, and feel swept up by history at the Piazza della Repubblica—the Ancient Roman forum that later became the city’s Jewish ghetto. Top it all off by crossing the Ponte Vecchio, the most picturesque bridge in all of Florence—perhaps all of Italy.

By the end of your Florence walking tour, you won’t just have “seen” Florence’s most famous sights. You’ll have discovered their histories, stories, and what makes them so notable thanks to unbeatable insight from your friendly guide.

Please note that this description is an example and your experience may vary depending on the season, day of the week, and group size. Regardless of where your tour goes, you always have an excellent experience.

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Walks make it so easy to book and pay and the tours are outstanding with knowledgeable guides who have a sense of humour and good life experience. The small groups up to 20 make it easy to relate to other travellers if interested.

May 29, 2024

Our tour guide, Florinda, made this an exceptional city tour. She shared a great deal of historical context for the key Florence sites we saw in our half day tour. I highly recommend- one of the highlights of our Italian family vacation!

May 20, 2024

Some technology issues meant at times difficulties hearing the guide. Whilst Brenda was knowledgeable she did initially set off without an introduction or checking everyone was following. We nearly got left behind. I would also suggest Brenda uses a guides flag or similar as even with her hand up it was difficult to see her in a crowd.

May 13, 2024

a little long

May 06, 2024

Well done. This is the second Walks Tour. Both guides were well versed in subject.

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Check off all the major sites from Michelangelo’s David to the Duomo on this ultimate one-day itinerary for Florence. Finish with an unforgettable evening food tour in the city’s tastiest neighborhood.

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Florence: Captivating Walking Tours to Explore the Heart of Tuscany

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Jamp-packed with monumental sites and centuries-old attractions, these best walking tours in Florence take you on an authentic adventure, from history-focused excursions to expeditions highlighting Florentine cuisine.

In the table below, you’ll find our top picks . Whether you prefer a comprehensive exploration of Florence’s highlights, a unique culinary experience with a cooking masterclass or an enchanting evening atmosphere with a night photo walking tour.

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1 – Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Florence highlights and David walking tour

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 651 reviews )

“This was a fantastic way to get acquainted with Florence and get into see Michaelangelo’s David. Our guide, Giacomo, was very knowledgeable and just so pleasant to talk with. He was very good at handling the group and sharing his vast knowledge of the city and history.” Susan, Viator

Discover Florence’s iconic treasures, including Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ with Italian Vista Travel’s walking tour. Skip the lines at the Accademia Gallery for an exclusive viewing of this renowned sculpture. Explore other Renaissance marvels like the Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Stroll through vibrant landmarks like Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, where impressive sculptures await your admiration.

Summary of the tour:

  • Explore iconic landmarks like Piazza della Republica, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
  • Admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo’s world-famous David sculpture.
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  • Professional local guide
  • English, German, Chinese (traditional or simplified),  Russian, Portuguese, Italian,  French, Spanish
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon excursion
  • The tour includes skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery
  • It does not include entrance fees to the Cathedral and Dome
  • Headsets are available for groups larger than 10
  • You can upgrade to a private tour instead of a shared group one

After exploring the famous art gallery, the important landmarks, the designer boutiques along Via Tornabuoni and a handful of artist workshops in the Oltrarno neighborhood, you’ll feel like a proper local! With group size limits capped at 15, you’re able to move swiftly and efficiently through the city!

2 – Cooking Masterclass & Food Walking Tour

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Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 48 reviews )

“Wonderful experience, chef Catarina was very knowledgeable and taught us how to make some incredible Italian dishes in addition to providing lots of detail about the region’s cuisine, history, and local shops. Truly an incredible way to experience and learn Tuscan cuisine.” Audrey, Viator

Indulge in Florence’s culinary delights with Florencetown/Towns of Italy’s food-focused walking tour. Led by an expert chef guide, explore the historic bottegas of Oltrarno, sampling Tuscany’s finest produce along the way. Gather fresh ingredients for a hands-on cooking session back in the kitchen, where you’ll whip up a classic Italian three-course meal while savoring local Tuscan wine.

  • Experience a guided food tour of Florence’s historic food bottegas with a chef.
  • Sample the wares at traditional Florentine bottegas.
  • Learn to create dishes like gnocchi, cannelloni, and risotto under the guidance of an expert chef, followed by a delicious homemade lunch accompanied by Tuscan wines.
  • Guided tour with chef
  • Food tastings at the Bottegas are inclusive of tour costs
  • Receive a free booklet with recipes to take home
  • After your cooking class, you’re awarded a Graduation Certificate B
  • Group/class sizes are limited to 10 pax
  • Inform the tour operator of any food allergies/intolerances in advance
  • In the case when the bottegas close, enjoy extra food tastings during your lesson

It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or a pro chef, this tour and cooking class is for anyone with a passion for food! There’s nothing more authentic than hearing locals tell you about regional ingredients and the lay of the land! In case you were wondering about the dishes, they vary from the likes of gnocchi to cannelloni fiorentini .

3 – Night Photo Walking Tour with Photographer

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Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 15 reviews )

“This was an amazing experience, we really enjoyed Eva’s creativity, knowledge and learnt so much about settings and we benefitted from her local knowledge of Florence too. We would definitely recommend as it was one of our highlights of visiting the city and a wonderful photography experience. ” Mike, Viator

Explore Florence’s enchanting nighttime charm with YourDreamPictures by Eva Perocsenyi. Led by a professional photographer, capture the city’s illuminated beauty as ancient alleys and grand buildings come to life under the moonlight. Discover the best angles and lighting techniques for night photography while immersing yourself in Florence’s captivating architecture.

  • Explore the magical Renaissance capital of Florence after sunset on an evening photo tour.
  • Receive photography tips and techniques from a local photographer guide, suitable for any skill level and camera type.
  • Choose between 2-hour or 3-hour tour options for flexibility, with the option of a private tour for personalized attention and a customizable itinerary.
  • Professional photographer tour guide
  • English and Italian
  • Depending on the day, itineraries may vary
  • This is a private tour for your group only
  • This is not a guided sightseeing tour with commentary; it aims to highlight the best spots for photo-taking
  • Please bring your own equipment along; cameras, etc are not provided (you can use a digital camera or mobile phone)
  • Start times vary slightly depending on the season, in winter they begin a little earlier

the city), and your guide will show you all sorts of techniques, for example, the best angles and most photogenic backdrops! Florence feels completely different in the evening, transforming after sunset.

4 – Guided Walking Tour

guided walking tour in Florence

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 1126 reviews )

“Our tour guide, Ali, was great! He was knowledgeable and friendly, showing us many of the significant places including detailed history and anecdotes. Very enjoyable experience.” Robert, Getyourguide

Delve deeper into Florence’s iconic landmarks with My Green Tour srl’s informative sightseeing excursion. Explore the historic Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the renowned Piazza del Duomo, and the captivating Piazza della Signoria. Discover the stories behind these marvels and learn about the city’s influential figures and powerful families.

  • Live, expert tour guide
  • English, Italian, French, German, Russian, Spanish
  • A free luggage deposit is available if you need to store your bags
  • Join an open tour or request a private tour

For a complete serving of history, architecture, art and beauty, you can’t go wrong with this walking tour. It’s the perfect option if you only have a few days in Florence as it’s only 1.5 hours, but you get to see the most noteworthy tourist attractions in the Tuscan capital .

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5 – Mysteries of the Medici

mysteries of the Medici guided walking tour in Florence

Rating: ⭐️ 4.4/5 ( 591 reviews )

“The story of the Medici in a very exciting and graphic way and makes you want to hear more about Florence and its history. We also appreciated the recommendations for aperitif visits with a view. Although my kids – young adults – are usually not that enthusiastic about history and culture, they really enjoyed the tour with Viktoria.” Carole, Getyourguide

Explore the legacy of Florence’s renowned Medici family, who shaped the city’s destiny during the Renaissance. Delve into their history and influence on an excursion by My Green Tour srl, visiting their former residences and the Medici Chapels. Discover commissioned artworks and intriguing facts about this influential dynasty.

  • Live, expert multilingual tour guide
  • English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Russian
  • You have two options: a shared group or private tour
  • Admission to the Medici Chapel is included, but you must select this option when booking this expedition
  • Please be there 10 to 15 minutes before the starting time

From stories about how a banking family rose to such power to tales of rivalry between the Medicis and other Italian families like the Strozzi and Pazzi, walk away from this experience having learned something new!

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6 – Free Tour: Renaissance and Medici tales

Renaissance and Medici tales free walking tour in Florence

“The story of the Medici in a very exciting and graphic way and makes you want to hear more about Florence and its history. We also appreciated the recommendations for aperitif visits with a view. Although my kids – young adults – are usually not that enthusiastic about history and culture, they really enjoyed the tour with Viktoria.” Carole, Guruwalk

Explore Florence’s highlights with GuruWalk’s knowledgeable guides, delving into the city’s rich history and Renaissance heritage linked to the Medici Family. Led by passionate locals, uncover hidden gems and secret spots not typically found on tourist routes. Experience the iconic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Riccardi Medici Palace, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni, immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Although the tour only covers exterior views, numerous stops ensure a fulfilling experience.

  • free walking tours in Florence
  • Licensed tour guide
  • English, Spanish, Italian
  • Your tour guide will be holding a red flag at the departure point
  • Florence is the hometown of your guide
  • The excursion is free, but gratuities are always welcome/a nice gesture

This journey prides itself on directing participants away from the usual tourist routes! Some city explorations can become boring/stagnant, feeling more like a lecture. With this descriptive venture, time flies by as you’re fully immersed in the painted literary pictures. With free walking tours, gratuities are based on your experience, and if you’re unsatisfied with the tour, you won’t feel as if you’ve wasted a whole bunch of euros!

7 – Renaissance & Medieval Florence + mobile App

Renaissance & Medieval Florence walking tour plus mobile app

Rating: ⭐️ 4/5 ( 139 reviews )

“Helena was a great host and was very knowledgeable. We ticked all the main boxes with her. Highly recommended!” Katie, Viator

Discover Florence’s highlights on CAF Tour and Travel’s classic route, starting from the San Lorenzo neighborhood near Piazza del Duomo. Explore the historic center, Centro Storico, including the famous leather market and the Mercato Nuovo, where you can rub the nose of the bronze pig for good luck. Admire Giambologna’s ‘Rape of the Sabine Women’ sculpture, learn about Italian poet Dante at ‘Casa di Dante’ and Badia Fiorentina, and visit Bargello Palace, once a prison.

  • Local expert guide
  • The stops along your route may be reordered on the day
  • This city exploration comes with an extra mobile app self-guided itinerary (download VOX CITY from the App or Play Store)
  • Tour group size is capped at 20 pax

Differing slightly from the rest, this tour includes an extra audio Guided Tour app to download before the expedition begins for even more insights and details during the walk. Live commentary is included as well, highlighting the art of the Renaissance, antics of the Medici family and city politics spanning the last centuries.

8 – Private Florence Walking Tour

Florence private walking tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 54 reviews )

“Our guide Andrea was amazing! He knows everything about Florence and could answer all our questions. Three hours were gone as a few minutes. Thanks a lot Andrea!” Stephan, Viator

If there’s a particular facet of Firenze that you’re utterly fascinated with, private tours in Florence are the way to go!

Discover Florence’s iconic landmarks with CAF Tour and Travel’s personalized experience, tailored to your interests in art, history, or architecture. Visit symbolic sites like the Florence Cathedral, San Lorenzo district, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza del Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio. With the flexibility to choose your focus, you can explore at your own pace, pausing for further investigation at any point along the way.

  • Local professional guide
  • English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
  • The only participants are the ones in your private party
  • Personalize the stops on your itinerary but let the tour operator know when booking (this means the above route may differ)
  • A hotel pickup is included if your accommodation is centrally located
  • There are two tour time options: 9.30 AM and 2.30 PM
  • Earphones are available for groups larger than nine

Be amazed by just how much knowledge your guide is filled with, whether talking architecture or city sculptures! For a private tour, this one is very well-priced and is a wonderful option for couples or honeymooners. It feels like a pukka Italian experience more than a conventional group tour.

9 – Small-Group Food Walking Tour

small-group Florence food walking tour

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 346 reviews )

“Our family had a wonderful time on the food tour. Every spot was tastefully chosen and we would’ve never found such great food simply wandering around on our own. On top of that our guide, Veronica, was an excellent and lovely person who made us feel right at home in Florence! 10/10” Andre, Viator

Experience the essence of Florentine cuisine with Fat Tire Tours Holdings LLC – Italy’s food tour. Dive into traditional delicatessens, bakeries, markets, and cafes to savor the city’s specialties. At the San Lorenzo Market, mingle with locals and sample cheeses, cold cuts, olive oils, and balsamics. Indulge in authentic espresso and conclude your culinary journey with delectable gelato.

  • Local Guide
  • Food and wine tasting included (vino samplings are only for participants over 18 years old)
  • Bring extra spending money if you wish to purchase anything at the market
  • Tours are limited to 12 participants

Your spirited foodie guide makes you fall in love with Italian cuisine even more, and you get to see first-hand just how much food means to locals — ingrained into everyday life and a huge part of Italian culture!

You’re shown the hotspots frequented by Florentinians, from a local coffee bar to a delicatessen that’s been around since 1885! Here, melt into seventh heaven when taking a bite of its special truffle pâté sandwich ( panino tartufato )!

10 – Renaissance Secrets + Gelato

Renaissance Secrets Walking Tour with Gelato

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 17 reviews )

“Five stars for Rocher! A great tour, superb knowledge and really friendly chap. Very accommodating of us and our slightly grumpy baby. Excellent (and I mean faultless!) English. Humoured my attempts at Italian. Strong strong recommend. If we had more time we would have done more of his tours – don’t hesitate to book. Highly professional and well worth it.” Mariia, Getyourguide

Embark on a captivating journey into the world of Florentine art with Florence with Elvis! Delve into the transformative era of the Renaissance, which reshaped art in Florence, moving beyond religious themes. Explore the impact of influential families like the Medicis on the city’s artistic landscape.

  • Live tour guide
  • Headsets are provided for during the tour
  • No matter the weather the tour will take place
  • No oversized bags or luggage on wheels is allowed on this tour

Accommodating travelers of all ages, this affordable walking tour is baby-friendly. Your tour guide speaks excellent English and the incredible service keeps travelers returning to this tour operator! Learn more about important figures like the artists Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael and explorers such as Amerigo Vespucci.

11 – Heart of Florence Guided Walking Tour

heart of Florence guided walking tour

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 10 709 reviews )

“What an amazing experience… This is the perfect walking tour to know the history center of Florence and learn about it story. Deborah was an amazing guide and here enthusiasm was contagious. Worth it every minute!” Francisca, Guruwalk

Explore Florence like a seasoned resident with CAF Tour and Travel’s comprehensive walking excursion. Led by a knowledgeable guide, each site becomes a fascinating history lesson. Admire iconic landmarks like the Gates of Paradise and Loggia dei Lanzi’s sculptures. Stroll along Via dei Calzaiuoli, visit the Mercato della Paglia, and capture the beauty of the Fountain of Neptune along the way.

  • Live local professional tour guide
  • English and Spanish
  • If there are any participants who speak different languages, the tour guide will provide commentary in both
  • Headphones are available for groups larger than 10
  • A pre-organized/downloaded app audio guide is also available
  • Please dress accordingly for the sites included in your itinerary, specifically for religious institutes
  • A lunch option is available but needs to be selected when booking this tour (drinks not included)

Creating a concise route, this tour covers not-to-miss highlights that lure in thousands of tourists daily. Visit all the famous squares, such as Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Signoria, prized palaces like Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Medici Riccardi, religious institutes including the Cathedral, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and Orsanmichele Church, and the most attractive streets in town.

12 – Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

sightseeing walking tour with a Local guide in Florence

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 84 reviews )

“Our guide Aurora was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and encouraged questions with a friendly attitude” Anthony, Viator

Discover Florence’s highlights with ease on Raphael Tours & Events’ city tour. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll visit iconic sites like the Florence Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Along the way, soak up fascinating anecdotes and insights about the city’s rich history. By the end of this enlightening excursion, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for Florence’s status as the “City of the Renaissance.”

  • Local live guide
  • English, German, Italian
  • This is a private tour for your booked group only
  • Sizes are limited to 15 participants for a conducive and hyper-customized sightseeing excursion

If you’re short on time but can’t bear to miss out on any of the tourist attractions and Renaissance beauties, this two-hour tour is jam-packed! With all of the benefits of a private outing, feel no pressure if you want to pause to snap, like , a hundred selfies, posing alongside famous figurines!

13 – Dome Climb & Private Sightseeing Tour

Florence Dome climb & private guided sightseeing walking tour

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 9 reviews )

“Our tour guide Lio was excellent. He met us at our hotel and gave us a great tour of Florence providing us with a great history of the city. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about his city and its art work. The Dome climb was not to be missed. Amazing views in all directions!!” Christopher, Viator

Experience Florence’s iconic Duomo in a unique way with Private Tours of Florence . Led by a dedicated art historian, explore the historic center and learn about its rich cultural heritage. This private tour includes visits to landmarks like Piazza Santa Croce and Ponte Vecchio, immersing you in Florence’s art and history. The highlight is the Duomo , where you’ll skip the queues with included tickets and ascend Brunelleschi’s masterpiece. Don’t just admire its architecture—get hands-on with a climb up the dome for an unforgettable experience.

  • Local professional art historian guide
  • This excursion includes skip-the-line tickets and entry to all activities and attractions covered in the tour
  • A hotel pick-up is inclusive for participants centrally located
  • This is a private tour for your booked group only, and the expedition begins from your hotel
  • As you’re walking around for three hours, a decent fitness level is required

We’re mega fans of the combination of a walking tour and a climb up the icon of Florence, which feels slightly more immersive compared to other tours. As a private excursion and with such a remarkably talented guide in charge, you feel as if you’re in the best of hands!

14 – Artisan Workshops

artisan workshops, private walking tour in Florence

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 6 reviews )

“This was a unique opportunity to learn about the history of craftsmen in Florence and visit smaller artisans’ workshops that otherwise would be impossible or at least, difficult to visit on one’s own. I was impressed by the variety of types of art as well as the unique opportunities to speak with, tour the workshops of and see the processes of artisans, including many whose styles and techniques are unusual. A wonderful tour!” Sarah, Viator

Experience Florence’s rich artistic heritage with Artviva The Original & Best Walking Tour. Delve into the world of artisans as you wander through the city’s historic streets, visiting workshops and boutiques where creators practice their craft. From leatherworking to marbled paper and mosaic making, witness the skilled hands behind Florence’s renowned artisanal traditions.

  • Live professional personal shopper guide
  • This is a private and personalized experience for your tour group only
  • Bring extra spending money if you want to purchase any of the artisanal products
  • In case of a cancellation due to bad weather or low numbers, choose a new date or receive a full refund

The streets swarm with creatives, so this type of tour feels extra authentic! With your personal shopper, you’ll get to see how leather bags are constructed, or check out wood carvings in person! Other stops include a perfume shop, goldsmith, paper marbling workshop and a lithograph maker.

15 – Private Photo Walking Tour

Private Photo Walking Tour in Florence

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 25 reviews )

“Eva was great and I would highly recommend this experience. She was very knowledgeable and helped with photography composition and locations around Florence.” Elizabeth, Viator

Capture Florence’s beauty from the best angles with YourDreamPictures by Eva Perocsenyi. Led by a local photographer, this tour ensures you snap ultra-photogenic shots of the city’s magnificent architecture. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned photographer, the guide offers expert advice on settings and compositions. Cruise past iconic landmarks and through ancient alleys at your own pace, relishing the intimate experience of this private tour.

  • Professional photographer guide
  • There are multiple tour length options (select yours when booking your tour)
  • This tour focuses on photography, from bettering your skills to showing you the most photogenic spaces. It doesn’t focus on the history, art or food of the city.
  • It doesn’t include entrance fees to any landmarks or activities
  • Bring your own gear; mobile phone cameras are welcome (influencers)

This is an excellent option for novice photographers as well, with your professional guide there to aid and assist along the way. Walk away with a new skill set — even if you’re not in the industry- boost your social media pages, and learn how to shoot like one!

16 – Skip-the-Line Academy Guided Tour

skip the line Academy guided tour with walking tour in Florence

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 7 reviews )

“Manuela was an excellent guide – she navigated the logistics of access to the Academia with ease (no small thing!) and was great at pointing our and explaining the highlights that we were looking for.” Steve, Viator

Explore Florence without the hassle of long lines with Italy Pass tours’ skip-the-line option. Wander through iconic sites like San Marco Square and Palazzo Vecchio before heading straight into the renowned Accademia Gallery, one of the best museums in Florence .

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  • Private live guide
  • English, Italian, French
  • It includes skip-the-line tickets for the Accademia Gallery
  • Tour group size is capped at 19 pax
  • All entrance fees and any taxes are inclusive of this walking tour

Seeing some of the greatest works of art up close is goosebump-inducing, to say the least! Not only will you get to see Michaelangelo’s famous ‘David’ sculpture, but other works by the genius too, like Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Caravaggio and da Vinci.

17 – Inferno Florence Guided Tour

Inferno Florence guided tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 28 reviews )

“the guide was very knowledgeable of the history about the area and how the different locations fit into the Inferno movie, and how they were a little ‘tweaked’ in the book. She also had good answers to questions that were raised. Made me appreciate the book and the movie even more.” sosa, Viator

Embark on a thrilling journey through Florence with a walking tour inspired by Dan Brown’s novel “Inferno.” Discover hidden symbols and ancient secrets as you trace the footsteps of the protagonist, starting at the Fountain of Neptune. Marvel at landmarks featured in the book and movie, including the Cerca Trova and Dante Alighieri Death Mask at Palazzo Vecchio.

  • Sometimes, the tour may be operated as a multilingual excursion
  • Entrance ticket to Palazzo Vecchio is included
  • Participants need to have an average fitness level as it’s a walking tour
  • A hotel pickup is available for an extra cost
  • Tour size is limited to eight pax
  • Children need to be accompanied by an adult

Follow in the footsteps of Dan Brown’s “Inferno” on a tour of Florence, where much of the novel’s action unfolds. Explore the city’s monuments that inspired the plot, immersing yourself in the literary world of Dante Alighieri’s journey to Hell. Perfect for those seeking a unique twist on traditional sightseeing, this tour offers a surreal and intriguing experience.

18 – Sunset Walking Tour with Wine & Food Tasting

Florence sunset walking tour with wine & food tasting

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 1104 reviews )

“Martino was a phenomenal guide, giving us some of the history as well as the trivia and the personalities wherever we went. The food and wine was a great cross-section of Florentine culture. I would highly recommend anyone take this tour.” Adam, Viator

Experience the magic of Florence at sunset with Eating Europe’s guided food tour. Delight in local delicacies like pecorino cheese and handmade pasta, and learn to craft the perfect Negroni cocktail. Explore secret wine tours and enjoy tastings in the charming Oltrarno neighborhood. Cheers to a memorable evening filled with delicious food and stunning views!

  • Local foodie guide
  • All food samplings, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations are included in the price
  • If you want to purchase more drinks, you will need to pay for these individually
  • Travelers with dietary requirements or food allergies can email these to the tour operator beforehand
  • A minimum of two participants is required for the tour to happen, group sizes are maxed at 12 pax

Arrive hungry and thirsty for this tour, featuring 14 tastings across six locations. Experience the lively restaurant and bar scene as Florence comes alive. Highlights include visiting a centuries-old wine cellar and savoring Tuscan wines like Chianti Classico.

19 – Legends of Florence Tour by Night

legends of Florence 2-Hour walking private tour by night

Excellent Guide! Share the history of this beautiful city with a pro! Christine, Viator

Experience Florence in a whole new light with ACCORD Italy Smart Tours & Experiences’ private night tour. Explore the city’s legends and mysteries as historical buildings take on a new allure under the moonlight. Visit squares with dark pasts and hear chilling tales of Florence’s tumultuous history. Dive deep into the city’s secrets, from medieval execution sites to infamous crimes. It’s a unique journey through Florence’s hidden stories, perfect for those seeking a different perspective on this historic city.

  • Licensed guide
  • English, Italian, Spanish
  • In case the tour operates as a dual-language expedition, the duration is extended to 2.5 hours
  • If you require a tour that’s not in english, let the operator know when booking
  • Earphones are available for large groups
  • This tour is exclusively for your private group

Navigating the streets at night can be tricky, so having a guide is a smart move. Opting for a nighttime tour during the summer helps beat the daytime heat. Brace yourself for some gruesome topics—you’ve been warned!

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How to book walking tours in Florence?

A destination hotspot for travelers and explorers from around the world, there are many companies offering walking tours in Florence to keep up with the large crowds.

As a result, there are just as many travel websites selling these tour packages online, offering discounts and other extras.

Prices vary slightly from one tour operator’s website to the next. This is when our TourScanner search engine comes in handy!

Easily and efficiently compare offers, reviews and prices all under one online platform in just a few short clicks!

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A Romantic stroll in Florence

Florence is one of Italy’s top destinations to visit and there are plenty of reasons why. This Tuscan city oozes history, culture, and Italians even know a thing or two about romance. Whether you have a day or week to spare, there are so many things to keep busy with. Visit the prominent art museum, Uffizi Gallery beside the statue of David in Piazza della Signoria, catch the best panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo, wander Basilica di Santa Croce, and stroll through Giardino Bardini.

After your free walking tour with, climb to the top of Duomo for an alternative perspective of the city centre or admire the frescoes and architecture of the church from the inside. Just around the corner lies the famous leather market where you can find perfect souvenirs and practice your bartering skills. Celebrate your new finds with gelato, slice of pizza, or indulge in a Florentine steak at the many restaurants accompanied by a large glass of red wine. If nightlife is your thing, grab an aperitivo for dinner and then discover the countless bars across the centre.

There are annual events throughout the year which is why travelling to Florence in any season is ideal. In April, the whole city is alive for an entire evening called “Notte Bianca”- or “White Night”- dedicated to the arts & culture. Gorgeous city that caters to anyone, should see it for yourself!


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Free Florence Walking Tours

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Florence is full of history, and there are several notable sites that you can see and learn about on a walking tour of the city.

There are essentially 4 types of free walking tours in Florence (Firenze), a city overview tour, tours focused on the Renaissance, museums, and sunset tours.

This post is an overview of all of your options, including what you will see on each tour, as well as which companies offer them.


The main option is an introductory tour that covers the most popular landmarks in Florence.

You can also take a tour that provides a look at how the city played an influential role in the world during the Renaissance.

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We also offer our very own free, self-guided walk with optional audio below.

  • Overview + Schedules
  • Intro to Florence + The Renaissance
  • Sunset Tours
  • Museum Tours
  • Street Art/Alternative Tours

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Self guided tours.

For most people today, a “free tour” is a “pay-what-you-wish tour” or a “tips-based tour”.

You are under no obligation to pay for your experience, and it costs nothing to book a time slot.

At the end of the tour, if you enjoyed yourself, it’s customary to pay what you think the tour was really worth or what you could afford.

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According to online reviews, most people leave between €5-15/per person, but of course, you are not obligated to leave anything.

Keep in mind, however, that these free walking tours are both convenient and popular, so often have large groups of participants.

If you’d rather take your tour with a smaller group – which can allow you more interaction with your guide – you might consider taking a paid small group tour .

For a truly free option, check out our suggestions for self-guided walks .

We also offer tours throughout Europe, including:

Intro to Florence & Renaissance Tours

These free walking tours provide an introduction to Florence, giving visitors a range of information about the history of this city and in some cases even some tips on great attractions or restaurants to visit.

Ponte Vecchio

This section will also include information about tours that focus on the most important locations tied to the Renaissance. 

Both tours cover much of the same ground, but Renaissance tours are more about the Medici family and their impact on Florence.

But they also focus on the way of life that people experienced in this city during the 14th and 15th centuries.

You can expect to visit the following sites on most of these walking tours listed below:

  • Central Market
  • Paradise Gate
  • Republic Square
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza Duomo
  • S. Lorenzo Cathedral
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Old City Walls
  • St. John’s Baptistry
  • Medici-Riccardi Palace
  • Medici Chapel
  • Pitti Palace
  • Boboli Gardens

Our self-guided walk provides more details on what you could see on a tour like those listed below.

Another Florence

This company offers tours that cover Florence that locals know and love.

They do not stop by Ponte Vecchio or Piazza Duomo but bring you to beautiful and interesting places in Florence you might not otherwise find. 

While each tour guide and therefore each tour is slightly different, the average length of a tour is 2 ½ - 3 hours long. 

They offer tours in English, Spanish, and Italian every day at 10:30 am and 15:30 (3:30 pm). These outings are wheelchair accessible.

Learn more or book this tour .

Original Florence

This company offers an outing that covers a variety of interesting subjects like the Medici family, Florentine culture, the best food in the city, museums you might want to visit, and fun things to do after dark.

Guests have given this tour very positive reviews which suggest that they provide a lot of information about the history, art, and culture of Florence in addition to a more general orientation of the city.

This tour is a little over 2 hours long and it’s offered twice a day at 10:15 and 17:15 (5:15 pm) in English, Spanish, and Italian.

Click here for more details or to book this tour .

Free Walking Tours in Florence

This company offers what they call the best tour in the city, and that’s a bold claim, but they do have very positive ratings. 

In addition to covering the Renaissance and stories of the Medici family, this tour also serves as an introduction to the city, including some lesser-known sites.

They are well-reviewed by guests who indicate that they learned a lot about the history of this city and even received some recommendations on places to visit.

This 2-hour free walking tour is offered twice a day at 9:30 am and 16:30 (4:30 pm) in both English and Spanish.

Learn more here.

Florence from Above Walking Tours

As with some of the other tours on our list, this one is also led by just one guide, and reviews for his free Florence tour are all very positive.

Over 2 hours, you’ll learn about a variety of interesting subjects and locations on a tour route that will lead to the highest and best viewing points in the city.

This tour is available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 8:30 in the morning, making it an excellent option for anyone who wants an early bird experience.

Check our calendar above as the schedule for this tour can fluctuate.

Sunset Tours in Florence

If you’re interested in seeing the city as the sun goes down, there are a few different pay-what-you-wish walking tours in Florence that take place at sunset.

Florence Sunset Tours

Much like the introductory tours, these outings cover the history of the city, and you can expect to visit a variety of notable locations such as the following:

  • Piazza Santa Maria Novella
  • Piazza di Santa Croce
  • Piazza della Passera
  • Piazza Santa Trinita
  • Piazza Goldoni
  • Palazzo Strozzi

These tours focus more on great locations to take in the views than anything else.

However, you can expect to visit some of the most notable sites and see them from afar while on a sunset tour.

Enjoy excellent views of Florence as you learn about the city during sundown on one of these tours.

Free Tour Florence Sunset Tour

In addition to their introductory tour, Another Florence also offers a free sunset tour that also provides historical details about the city.

While their other tour doesn’t include a stop at Ponte Vecchio, you will have an opportunity to see this landmark from the Ponte Santa Trinita during this sunset outing.

Clocking in at 2 hours in length, this tour is available in English, Spanish, and Italian, and it’s offered every day at 19:00 (7 pm).

Book this tour or learn more .

Sunset in Florence

This is another tour provided by just one professional guide, Vincenzo, and it has received some pretty good reviews thus far. 

Although other free walking tours don’t visit this site, it’s worth noting that this service begins at Ponte Vecchio.

From there, you’ll visit a variety of other locations including Piazzale Michelangelo, San Miniato Church, and more. 

This tour is about 2 hours long, it’s usually available in English most days of the week except Monday at 17:30 (5:30 pm).

It's available daily in Italian and twice a week in Spanish.

Free Florence Museum Tours

If you’re interested in visiting some of the most notable museums in Florence, there are several tours available that will help you find some of the best pieces at each location.

Currently, there are two free museum tours covering the Duomo and the Accademia Gallery.

There are also a few free audio tours you may want to consider.

Free Florence Museum Tours

Although you’ll need to pay for admission to each museum on your own, the tour itself will be tip-based.

This means you get to decide what it was worth when it’s over.

You can save money on tickets for many of these museums by using a Florence tourist pass .

Landmarks in Florence

This service is provided by an independent and professional guide, who offers two free tours at 2 must-visit museums in the city: The Duomo Museum and the Accademia Gallery.

The 1-hour Duomo Museum tour covers the original pieces of the church and important works of art from artists like Michelangelo and Donatello.

This outing is normally offered daily at 16:30 (4:30 pm).

The 1-hour tour of the Accademia Gallery gives you an opportunity to see David, arguably Michelangelo's most famous work, with an expert tour guide.

This service is normally offered every Tuesday - Friday, and Sunday at 8:30 am.

Rick Steves Audio Tour

Rick Steves offers several audio tours you can download onto your smartphone. These are free and excellent and we recommend them.

In total, they currently provide audio tours of 4 different museums:

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Bargello Museum
  • Accademia Gallery
  • San Marco Museum

Each tour includes a map that you can download to help find your way around the museum.

For more details or to pick a tour that fits your needs, check this list of Rick Steves Florence Museum Audio Tours .

Street Art Tour

If you’re more interested in learning about the modern art and lifestyle of Florence, there is at least one free walking tour that covers this subject.

Street Art Tour Florence

You can expect to see a lot of interesting street art and learn about contemporary artists who have helped shape the future of art in this city.

Additionally,  you’ll also pass by several popular public squares, artisan stores, artist workshops, cafes, and more.

Alternative Free Walking Tours

This is another tour led by just one professional guide, and it is very highly rated.

Guests will learn about street artists and other artistic minds that have helped to shape the world of art in modern-day Florence.

Much of the tour takes place in Oltrarno, which is actually on the other side of the river from the more historic parts of the city.

There, you’ll learn about some of the most interesting workshops and street artists in the area, including hidden gems you might not see on other tours!

Although there are not a lot of reviews yet, this tour has received almost exclusively positive responses.

Guests say that this is a great way to learn about some of the best art in the city that you might have otherwise overlooked.

You can take this 1 ½ hour tour on Saturday - Thursday at 14:00 (2 pm) or on Friday at 9:30 am, and it’s only available in English.

In addition to the alternative street art tours, there are also some free guided outings that cover some of the more curious and mysterious aspects of the history of Florence.

These pay-what-you-wish walking tours are a great way to discover some of the best-hidden gems and learn more about the oft-forgotten cultural stories of the city.

This company offers a tour called "Medieval Tales - Curiosities of Florence," and it covers a lot of interesting cultural anecdotes and stories that will help you see the city in a new light.

After taking this tour, you'll be able to pick out symbols on various buildings or structures around the city and easily decipher their meaning as if you were a local!

You can take this tour daily in either English or Spanish at 10 am or 16:30 (4:30 pm). The tour should take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete.

Check our calendar above  as the schedule for this tour can fluctuate.

If you don't feel like taking a walk on someone else's schedule, why not go on your own time?

We offer our own self-guided tour to Florence but below are a few more options.

Visit Florence

Visit Florence offers three self-guided walking tour itineraries.

You can use these written guides and accompanying interactive maps to explore the historical center of Florence, the left bank of the Arno River, or the Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniato areas.

Self-Guided Exploration Game

This is a great alternative to a traditional walking tour, as it allows you to discover the most historic landmarks in Florence while attempting to solve a mystery.

Although these services are not free, at €10-€15 per game, they cost about as much as most people would tip their guide during a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.

  • Florence Medici Tour
  • The Serial Killer of Florence
  • Haunted Florence: Dante's Return

Small Group Tours

If you don't mind spending a bit of money, there are several small group tours available in Florence that you might want to consider.

This section will cover some of the best tours with small group sizes available throughout the city.

If you're looking for a walking tour with a more personal touch and additional activities/attractions, this company offers many different outings you may enjoy.

Best of Florence Walking Tour

  • €59/Adults | €56/Children, Students
  • Availability: Tue - Sun at 9:15 am & 1:15 pm
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Includes admission to the Accademia.
  • Group size of 14 or smaller.

Best of Florence w/ Special Duomo Access

  • €76/Adults, Students | €74/Children
  • Availability: Tue - Sat at 9:15 am & 1:15 pm
  • Includes admission to Accademia.
  • Includes No-wait access to Duomo.

Florence in a Day

  • €112/Adults | €106/Students | €102/Children
  • Winter Availability: Tue, Thu, Sat at 9:15 am
  • Summer Availability: Tue - Sun at 8:30 am
  • Duration: 7 ½ hours.
  • Includes admission to the Uffizi Gallery.
  • Group size of 19 or smaller.

VIP David & Duomo Tour

  • €115/Adults, Students | €105/Children
  • Availability: Tue - Sat at 8 am
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Includes early admission to Accademia.
  • Includes access to Duomo Terraces.
  • Includes skip-the-line Duomo climb.
  • Group size of 15 or smaller.

VIP After Hours Accademia Tour

  • €49/Adults | €46/Students | €44/Children
  • Spring Availability: Sun, Tue, at 5 pm
  • Summer Availability: Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri at 7:30 pm
  • Duration: 1 ½ - 2 hours
  • Includes after-hours admission to the Accademia.

Self-Guided Tour of Florence

This is an alternative to the free guided tours of Florence. This tour will cover multiple notable landmarks and locations in Florence.

Assuming you don't enter any buildings, this walk should take approximately 90 min. The walk is approximately 1.5 km (1 mi.).

Click on the map to expand or to download it to a smartphone.

We created this walk as a companion to Rick Steves's excellent audio tour of Florence. You can download his audio and his map here .

If you don’t have any headphones or prefer to read instead of listen, this self-guided tour provides a lot of useful information about the history of the city.

For an even more in-depth experience, consider downloading the audio tour.

1. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The first thing you’ll notice about this church as you stand in the plaza is its distinctive 15th-century dome, named after the man who engineered the structure, Filippo Brunelleschi.

We’ll cover the dome in greater detail a bit later.

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The cathedral itself was completed and consecrated in 1436. The architectural styles on display include Italian Gothic, Gothic Revival, and Renaissance.

If you were to look at the building from above, you could see how it was designed to form the shape of the Latin cross. At 8,300 sq metres in size, this is an incredibly large structure.

There are a lot of interesting pieces of art inside, including Donatello’s David and Saint John the Evangelist .

2. Giotto’s Campanile

This large free-standing campanile (or bell tower) is part of the complex of buildings in the area, and it stands right next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Designed by Giotto in 1334, this tower is an excellent example of Gothic architecture.

There are a total of 7 bells in the tower which were cast at various times from 1705 - 1957.

There are several beautiful pieces of artwork in the campanile, but they are all copies of the originals which were removed in the 1950s and 1960s.

The hexagonal panels on the lower level depict the history of mankind as described in Genesis, including the Creation of Adam and Eve.

You’ll also find four statues in the niches of all four sides of the tower, including figures such as David, Solomon, Moses, Abraham, and more.

3. Brunelleschi’s Dome

This distinctive feature of the cathedral is actually the third tallest dome in the entire world, and it also played an important role in the Renaissance.

The architectural choice to go with this design rather than a Gothic structure was one of the first major events in the Italian Renaissance, as it broke from the traditional style of the time.

Filippo Brunelleschi ran into trouble trying to make the dome a reality due to a variety of issues.

Eventually, he would work with Donatello to build a model that illustrated how the dome could be constructed.

This model is still displayed at the Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo, which is directly behind the cathedral.

Keep in mind that this structure was created before we knew much about the laws of physics and mathematical calculation for such construction.

So, Brunelleschi relied almost entirely on intuition and details he learned from building models such as the one at the museum.

The copper crown at the top was commissioned to Andrea del Verrocchio, who had in their employ a young apprentice by the name of Leonardo da Vinci.

Admission to the dome is included with some Florence tourist passes .

4. Baptistery & Bronze Doors

Located directly across from the cathedral, this building is the Baptistery of St. John.

As you may have noticed, the church is shaped like an octagon, giving it a unique and interesting style.

Although it is believed there was a Baptistery in this location since the 4th or 5th century, it wasn’t until the 13th-century that they expanded upon the original architecture and started constructing the structure that exists today.

Baptistery & Bronze Doors | Jebulon / CC0

One of the most interesting aspects of this building is its three bronze doors. The oldest is the South Gate, and the North Gate was the next one built.

The East Gate was entitled the Gate of Paradise by none other than Michelangelo.

The North Gate depicts scenes from the New Testament while the South Gate shows moments from the life of John the Baptist.

This Baptistery used to house notable works of art like the Silver Altar and Maddalena di Donatello, but you can now see these pieces at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, located behind the cathedral.

5. Via dei Calzaiuoli

This street runs from the cathedral to Piazza della Signoria, and there are a lot of notable sites to see along the way.

If you're also interested in going north from here, you'll find both the Basilica di San Lorenzo church and the San Lorenzo market, where you can grab a bite to eat before continuing on this self-guided tour.

Museums of note include the Loggia del Bigallo, Museo della Misericordia, and Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele.

We will be covering the last museum in greater detail at our next stop.

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There is also a lot of great shopping in the area, and you’ll note that there are several internationally known stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Chanel, the Disney Store, and more.

In addition to all the great shopping, there are also several excellent restaurants along the way serving a variety of dishes such as pizza, gelato, Italian sandwiches, wine, chocolate, and much more.

6. Orsanmichele Church

There have been many structures on this site in the past.

Before it was a church there was a grain market built here in 1337.

Before that, it was the kitchen garden of the monastery of San Michele.

The area was converted into a church between 1380-1404.

But, you can still see elements of its previous use in the arches of the ground floor, as they were originally used for the grain market.

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There are several sculptures to see here, but all of them are copies.

The originals have since been moved to the museum. That said, these copies are still beautiful and entirely free to enjoy.

You’ll find these sculptures located in niches around the building, including Donatello’s St. Mark and St. George , Andrea del Verrocchio’s Christ, St. Thomas , and Filippo Brunelleschi’s St. Peter .

Inside the church, you will find a Gothic tabernacle designed by Andrea Orcagna which has a copy of Bernardo Daddi’s painting of the Madonna and Child .

Admission to the Orsanmichele Church and Museum is included with some Florence tourist passes .

7. Donatello’s St. Mark

Whether you choose to simply enjoy the copy from outside or enter the museum to see the actual sculpture designed by Donatello, this is an excellent example of his work.

The statue of St. Mark is often regarded as the first Renaissance monument ever created.

One of the most notable features of this piece is its attention to detail and focus on realism.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that even the veins on St. Mark’s left hand are visible.

This style of realistic artwork was far different from the often unrealistic and dramatic Gothic art and architecture of the era, which is one of the reasons it is often considered one of the first examples of Renaissance art.

The niche where this statue can be found is also quite beautiful, but it was not designed by Donatello.

8. Piazza Signoria

Located at the Southern end of Via dei Calzaiuoli, this Piazza della Signoria square sits in front of Palazzo Vecchio, but that isn’t the only interesting structure to see in the area.

To the right of the palazzo, you’ll find the Loggia dei Lanzi, built in the 14th century for ceremonial purposes, which now serves as an open-air art gallery with Renaissance-era sculptures.

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To the left of the palazzo, you’ll see an equestrian statue that depicts Cosimo I, former Grand Duke of Tuscany.

The base of the statue depicts scenes from Cosimo’s life, including his coronation.

Behind the statue of Cosimo I, you’ll find the Gucci Garden, a museum dedicated to the fashion company of the same name which houses classic clothing and handbag exhibits.

Gucci Garden is located in the former Palazzo della Mercanzia, which once served as a courthouse where cases between Florentine merchants were disputed.

The original building was constructed in 1359 and restored in 1905.

To the right of the statue of Cosimo I and right next to Palazzo Vecchio, you’ll find the beautiful Fontana del Nettuno , which was designed and created during the 16th century.

There is also a plaque in Piazza Signoria dedicated to Girolamo Savonarola, who led the Bonfire of the Vanities in this very location in 1497. We’ll cover this in greater detail later.

9. Palazzo Vecchio

Originally built in the 14th century, Palazzo Vecchio is the seat of the Municipality in Florence, and it is one of the most famous civic structures in the world.

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Although it served as the seat of the Senate and other civic bodies in the past, most of this building is now used as a museum, but it still serves as the headquarters of the Municipality of Florence.

The statue of David by Michelangelo stood by the entrance from the year it was completed in 1504 until 1873 when it was moved to the Galleria dell Accademia.

Today, a copy of the statue remains in its place. Learn about how to see the Statue of David . 

Across from David is a statue of Hercules and Cacus which was crafted by Baccio Bandinelli.

Look under the arches of the gallery to see a series of nine coats of arms representing a variety of things including the Florentine people, the city, loyalty to the papacy, freedom, and independence, and other concepts.

Built in 1310, the tower of Palazzo Vecchio is around 94 metres high. Unlike other towers, such as Giotto’s Campanile, this one actually leans on the walls beneath it.

The museum inside features several beautiful frescoes, niches, tapestries, statues, and other fantastic artwork.

This is also the site of Michelangelo’s The Genius of Victory , which was originally intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II.

Admission to Palazzo Vecchio is included at no extra cost with at least one Florence tourist pass .

10. Savonarola Plaque

Located in Piazza Signoria, this plaque is dedicated to Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican friar who worked in Florence in the 1490s.

Although his presence was initially requested, he quickly became an enemy of the Medici house and played a role in their undoing.

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Savonarola was not a fan of the Renaissance, and he fought against what he saw as artistic excess and sin.

Starting in 1495, he began to host a bonfire of the vanities in Piazza Signoria during Carnival.

The bonfire of the vanities was an event where paintings, manuscripts, books, tapestries, musical instruments, and other works deemed inappropriate were burned in the public square.

During these bonfires, Savonarola was said to have destroyed the works of notable artists such as Dante, Ovid, Propertius, and more.

In the eyes of many church officials, Savonarola went too far with his approaches, and he was eventually excommunicated in 1497.

He was charged with heresy and sedition, for which he was hung on a cross and burned to death in 1498.

This plaque marks the exact location where his execution was carried out.

11. Uffizi Courtyard

As you walk toward the Uffizi Gallery , you’ll see a lot of notable sites alongside the Piazzale degli Uffizi.

The gallery itself is lined with statues of Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many other noteworthy Renaissance artists.

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Directly opposite the Uffizi Gallery is the Accademia dei Georgofili, an educational institution that has been dedicated to promoting the study of economics, geography, agriculture, and many other subjects since 1753.

The Uffizi Gallery itself was originally established in 1581, and it was one of the first modern museums ever established.

Over 4 million people visit this museum every year, making it one of the most visited museums in the world.

There are a lot of important works of art in the museum, including Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus , Andrea del Verrocchio’s The Baptism of Christ , Michelangelo’s The Holy Family , Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi , Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch , Caravaggio’s Sacrifice of Isaac , Rembrandt’s Self-portrait as a Young Man and many more.

Admission is included with some Florence tourist passes , and there is a free audio tour of the Uffizi Gallery by Rick Steves available as well.

12. Arno River & Ponte Vecchio

This is the largest river in the region, and it crosses the whole of Florence. In historical times, the Arno river flooded this city many times after excessive rainfall.

The Arno river is anything but predictable, as it could be quite slow one day and almost torrent like on the next.

Many consider this the most important river in Italy aside from the Tiber in Rome.

One of the most important bridges to cross the Arno is clearly visible from the riverside view of the Uffizi Gallery, and it is the next stop on this tour: Ponte Vecchio.

There has been a bridge here since at least the year 996, but it didn’t exist in its current form until 1218, and even after that it had to be rebuilt in 1345 due to flooding.

Since then, the bridge has largely stood the test of time. Even during WW2, this was the only bridge in Florence that was not destroyed during the retreat of the German army.

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Walking tour of Florence: stroll through the city and explore with a professional local guide!

discover the center of florence with our florence walking tour: walk through the center of the city and explore its unique secular heritage and breathtaking beauty with an expert and fun tour guide

  • Walking tour of Florence: visit all the main sites of the city!
  • Gelato! (Italian ice cream or espresso/cappuccino in Winter)
  • Earphones for groups bigger than 5 pax
  • Monolingual: only in English (or Spanish) to preserve the quality of the tour

Now available also in Spanish /  Ahora también disponible en español

EVERY DAY at 10.00am /from March 1st 2023 to February 29th 2024 also at 3.00pm

Approx. 2.5 hours


English - Espanol


A pleasant walk in Florence is just what you need to be introduced to the city and its splendor and secular heritage!

Explore the city center with our Florence walking tour : discover the magnificence of one of the most fascinating cities in the world, and its centuries-old heritage, with an enjoyable relaxed promenade in the footsteps of the Medici dynasty, that ruled the city in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Your experienced, professional guide will give an entertaining presentation about the city during the  walking tour of Florence : beginning with the fact that the city has been inhabited since prehistoric times, then became one of the most important centers of Etruscan culture, and later, a Roman city with the name "Florentia.” During the Middle Ages the city endured a long series of wars, but this was also the period when the city became famous and wealthy thanks to textile manufacturing and trade and the new and ambitious architectural projects.

Finally, under the astute leadership of the Medici family Florence enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity, which led it to be renowned as “the cradle of the Renaissance”. At that time rich bankers and merchants invested in fine palaces to replace their cramped tower houses, and paid for the adornment of churches.

The result was what you admire today: a stupendous outpouring of mesmerizing art masterpieces and stunning architecture. UNESCO World Heritage Site, enchanting, romantic and sumptuously enhanced by centuries-old architecture and artwork, Florence is a treasure chest of marvels, all there for you to discover for yourself.

Follow your guide and admire Piazza della Signoria, dominated by the striking Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's Cathedral - the Duomo - with the adjacent bell tower (the Tower of Giotto) and the Baptistery with its famous, magnificent gold paneled "Gates of Paradise". The visit continues on to Orsanmichele and the Santa Trinità Church.

After walking briefly along the river, you will arrive at the Ponte Vecchio, the world's most celebrated bridge. Once across the bridge you are in the Oltrarno neighbourhood, renowned for its picturesque atmosphere, artisan workshops and antique shops. And for a full overview of Florence's most authentic flavor, enjoy a relaxing, and delicious, break during this  Florence Italy walking tour  tasting the best typical products.

  • Florence walking tour with English (or Spanish) speaking professional guide
  • Gelato (Italian ice cream) (or espresso/cappuccino in Winter)

Meeting Point

  FLORENCETOWN BOOKING OFFICE , Piazza Mentana 2red FIRENZE (opposite the Arno River)  SEE ON MAP

Please note we do not visit the inside of monuments and museums. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.

Rain Policy

This tour runs rain or shine.

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Free walking Tours of Florence

Morning free walking tour, medici and michelangelo.

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A unique small-group free walking tour about the history of Florence. We take you inside every landmark on the way. This tour is off the beaten path, away from the tourist crowds. Max 8 people.

  • Learn about the Medici family
  • Understand the purpose of David
  • Hear the story of Michelangelo while seeing his first statue
  • Get helpful info on food and shopping in Florence

You visit: two churches, two shops, two palaces, two bridges and a cafe for a cappuccino.

After this tour you don’t need to come back to visit these landmarks again, you visit them with us.

The tour ends at 13:15 behind the Uffizi Gallery near all the sandwich shops

10:25 Check-in begins in Piazza Strozzi the square at the entrance of the Strozzi Palace, in front of the restaurant “Colle Bereto”

Interdependent tours

Afternoon Free Walking Tour

Geniuses of the renaissance.

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This is our best free walking tour. It explains evolution in art and the Renaissance. It is for technical nerds and people into visual arts. Max 8 people.

You see the most beautiful landmarks of the historic center. 

  • Story of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Donatello making all the firsts
  • Secrets of the Cathedral’s dome
  • Understand the Renaissance
  • Best Gelato in Florence

The tour ends near Santa Croce Square with bars and restaurants nearby

14:55 Check-in begins in Piazza Strozzi the square at the entrance of the Strozzi Palace, in front of the restaurant “Colle Bereto”

Our meeting point is Piazza Strozzi, next to the Colle Bereto restaurant.

About the booking

  • Booking is essential. We accept a maximum of 10 people per tour, after which the tour is sold out.
  • If you’re booking the tour right upon arrival to Florence, please note that your train will be late and your hotel check-in will take longer than usual. Trains in Italy are always late.
  • If you realize you can’t make it to the tour, please cancel your booking by replying to the confirmation email. Even if you realize that 10 minutes before the tour starts – let us know anyways.
  • Please provide an email address you actually check, as it is the only way for us to communicate with you in case the tour gets canceled, postponed or if the guide is late.
  • If you’re booking the Afternoon Free Tour months in advance the starting time of the tour in the timeline might be different from what was on the website. At the bottom of the confirmation email you have Event Details – there you find the correct starting time.

Who is this tour suitable for?

These private free tours are perfect for families, couples and solo travelers. People above the age of 30 enjoy our tours the most. It will be a huge plus if you’re also interested in art, since the Renaissance in Florence is all about art. Our tours are not accessible for baby strollers and wheelchairs, as you will be entering a lot of buildings with steps.

What is a private free tour?

  • Private free tour is the same as a private 300€ tour, provided using the “pay what you wish” model
  • The total number of tourists in the group must be a maximum of 10 people.
  • Guides don’t use a microphone with an earpiece or a microphone with a loudspeaker.
  • The tours are structured so that the group is taken inside every landmark available to visit for free or that is under 10 euros per ticket.
  • If the weather is really bad the guide will improvise a coffee stop in a bar

The tour is done in a dialogue format where you can ask questions talk and meet people. The guide is available to take photos of you and your family on your smartphone. If you need an ATM or WC the guide will take you there.

What is an average tip?

  • 20€ to 30€ per person tip makes these tours sustainable, as we limit our groups to 8 people.
  • The guide will be delighted if you’d like to tip more.
  • If you are on a tight budget, please consider a large group walking tour with more than 30 participants.

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Medici Tour Timeline

10:25   Check-in begins in Piazza Strozzi the square at the entrance of the Strozzi Palace, in front of the restaurant “Colle Bereto”

10:30 Guide’s introduction The tour starts with a map overview. If you are 5 minutes late, you can still meet the group at the meeting point

10:35 Strozzi Palace Contemporary art space

10:40 Santa Maria Novella perfumery World’s oldest pharmacy and perfumery

10:50 Santa Trinita church The Medici family in the 1400’s

11:30 Santo Spirito church Michelangelo’s earliest work

12:00 Pitti palace The Medici family in the 1500’s

12:20 Santa Felicita church Vasarian Corridor

12:35 Ponte Vecchio Crossing the jewelry bridge

12:45 Cappuccino stop David explained while enjoying a cappuccino

13:15 The last stop is Piazza del Grano Behind the Uffizi gallery near all the sandwich shops

You will have plenty of time before returning to our Genius Tour to see the northern half of Florence.

Genius Tour Timeline

14:55 Check-in begins in Piazza Strozzi the square at the entrance of the Strozzi Palace, in front of the restaurant “Colle Bereto”

15:00 Guide’s introduction Map overview

15:15 Odeon theater and cinema Introducing Leonardo da Vinci

15:30 The Church of Orsanmichele First Renaissance statue by Donatello

15:40 The Baptistry The Gates of Paradise

16:10 Piazza del Duomo the square of the main cathedral and the first Renaissance dome

16:40 Hot chocolate break Explaining the statues inside the Bargello museum

17:00 The Bargello prison Leonardo da Vinci conclusion

17:15 Santa Croce church The place of burial of Florentine geniuses

17:30 Aquaflor perfumery A perfect place to buy presents for your family

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Best Walking Tours in Florence

Top walking tours in florence.

Florence is easily one of the most recognizable places in Italy for tourists . The capital of the picturesque region of Tuscany , Florence has been important as early as the medieval times. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a highly touristy place with millions of visitors a year! And the throngs of tourists have a good reason, too.

At each turn, Florence offers an interesting piece of art and architecture that represents its deep history. As a haven of the arts, Florence is best explored on foot. This guide puts together some of the best walking tours in Florence you can have in the city. It’ll allow you an easy route to some of the greatest sights Florence has to offer.

Florence: Walking Tour

This tour’s unassuming name belies its perfect introduction to the tourist hive that is Florence. This takes tourists through some of the city’s most iconic sights, starting with the cathedral (Duomo) and the Baptistery of St. John. This side of Florence also includes the Sta. Maria del Fiore and its adjacent Giotto Bell Tower.

Another famous landmark (and influential art piece) the tour visits is the David sculpture by Michelangelo. Located at the Piazza della Signoria , this is also in the neighborhood of the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

The two-hour tour also takes you to the hidden side of Florence. With your professional guide giving you the lowdown on hidden places and other interesting nuggets most tourists don’t even have an idea of! The tour also includes a free scoop of traditional gelato as you pass by the La Strega Nocciola. 

Book this Florence walking tour here . 

Florence: Small Group History Walking Tour with an Aperitivo

This walking tour expands upon the idea set by the previous one. The three hour walk focuses not on the touristy places, but on the places instrumental to the birth not just of Florence of but of Italy in general. This history-buff-perfect tour starts at the Piazza della Repubblica, where Caesar first founded the city. You will also get a crash course in everything Florentian, from its architecture to its early politics.

Of course, you will also get a lot of eye candy. You will make your way to Ponte Vecchio, see part of the Vasari Corridor, stroll through the Piazzale degli Uffizi, enter the Palazzo Vecchio, and head to the Duomo, among others. You will also be treated to a cup of espresso and an aperitivo (plus a snack) during different points of the tour.

Book this Florence small group tour here .

Ultimate Uffizi: 2-Hour Priority Entrance Tour

If walking around a crowded city isn’t really your thing, this GetYourGuide Original tour will hit the spot. The Uffizi Gallery is famous for being the epicenter of Florence art, housing some of the most priceless art pieces in the world. Because of this, the queues here are often impossibly long, as hundreds of tourists clamor to get around the two-storey museum.

You can forget about the lines on this tour, though, which gives you priority access and a guide that will walk you through not just the museum’s highlights but also its secrets. Not only will you see masterpieces by da Vinci and Botticelli, but you will also know the history behind them. You can also gain access to all open exhibitions on the day you visit.

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Florence Dome Climb: 1-Hour Priority Entrance Tour

Another GetYourGuide Original, this takes you behind the scenes of one of the most famous cupolas in the world. Skip the lines and the crowds, and reward yourself with a breath-taking view of Florence as you reach the top! This is perfect for those who wish to have a rare bird’s eye view of the city.

Of course, the tour isn’t just about the climb. Hear the remarkable story behind the dome which took two centuries to complete. Marvel at both the artwork on the ceiling and the richness of materials used for the floors and pillars. The tour comes with a ticket to the rest of the Duomo, so you can explore the museum, the cathedral itself, the crypt, and the baptistry. It’s valid for three days, so if you have other plans you can skip and come back later!

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Academia Gallery: Reserved Entrance and Guided Tour

The beauty of Florence art and culture is that it’s just as interesting whether you choose a widespread or a focused approach. The Academia Gallery tour is an example of the latter, with the famous David statue being the focal point.

The tour gives you an in-depth look at the life and times of Michelangelo, the immortal artist of the Renaissance. The 1-hour tour unfolds as you visit the collection of his masterpieces, along with that of other illustrious painters of the time. And if you think that museum tours are boring academic sessions (the museum’s name can be misleading, after all), the tour’s licensed and professional guides will prove you wrong!

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Florence: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local Guide

This is another way to look at Florence, and perhaps this is the one that will have the most impact. Anyone can look at the sights and absorb all the trivia, but only a few will be able to truly look at Florence with the eyes of a local! This guide gets one of Florence’s passionate locals as your tour guide, and shows you their way of life which is just as interesting (or even more so) than the tourist attractions.

The tour can last anywhere from two to six hours and takes you around the neighborhood of your choice. This is perfect if you’ll be staying in Florence for an extended vacation. Know all the ins and outs, like the best places to dine in or to shop from. Get insider tips and tricks, and a complete picture of Florentian life!

All the walking tour itineraries mentioned here are just snapshots of the infinite wonder that Florence has to offer. Don’t be afraid to take a sudden turn, to look close or to stand back, to veer off from the beaten path. That’s the surest way to find something new!

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Florence Food Tours

Italy is known for its delicious food and people often try to remake it at home. However, while in Italy it’s best to get the real thing to experience those amazing flavors in person. What better way to do that than to go on a food tour in the lovely Florence, Italy. 

Florence Italy Sunset Food Tour  

When you’re spending your time in this town, you want to do as much as you can in your allotted time. During the day, you can take a culture tour and soak in the history. When the sun starts to set, I recommend this food tour. You are led around the city to the best restaurants and bars in town. For 3 and a half hours, you’re in a food and wine paradise. Not only do you get to taste the expertly cured meat straight from the local deli, you also get to see a live demonstration at the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina. This is a tour you won’t soon forget. 

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The Other Side of Florence  

This morning tour varies with the type of tour you want. If you bring along your family, there’s a tour for all ages. If it’s just you and your partner, the adult tour is for you. This 4 hour tour takes you behind the scenes of the well-known desserts and lets you sample Italian delicacies like fennel-spiced salami and the infamous Chianti wine. You really explore the other side of Florence on this awesome tours.

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Authentic Florence Home-Cooking Class

We all want to be able to show off our cooking skills at parties and holiday get-togethers. What’s even better is to be able to show off the cooking skills and recipes you picked up in Italy. Not only do you visit the local markets to pick up ingredients, you make an array of pastas and sauces from scratch while sipping on wine and making life long friends. In this 4 hour class, you cook, wine, and dine in a beautiful Florence home complete with a rooftop terrace. It’ll be a life enhancing experience.

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Best Walking Tours in Tuscany was written by Karina Angela Ramos. She is a former preschool teacher turned travel blogger/ travel consultant and social media manager. She writes at Karla Around the World  and  Hungry Travel Duo . People call her an energizer bunny, a never-ending source of energy and laughter, who is a lover of adventure. She was bitten by the travel bug early on and enjoys talking about my action packed and adrenaline filled experience. While traveling, Karla loves to experience local culture, trying out local cuisine, meeting new people, most of all adventure. Follow her Instagram  karlaroundtheworld and Facebook  karlaroundtheworld .

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Florence Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

Explore the famous sites of florence, with ponte vecchio, duomo, and skip-the-line accademia entry.

Looking for the ideal introduction to Florence? Then join our expert local guide for a private walking tour that’ll show you the best of Italy’s Renaissance city in just a few hours. You’ll hear fascinating stories of Florence’s history as you take in sites such as the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria. Of course, no trip to Florence is complete without seeing the iconic Statue of David, and you’ll have skip-the-line Accademia Gallery tickets to witness Michelangelo’s masterpiece!

Florence Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

  • A perfect introduction to Florence
  • Accademia and Statue of David
  • The Duomo and Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Baptistry Doors
  • Florentine gelato
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • The Bronze Boar fountain
  • Ponte Vecchio bridge
  • Orsanmichele Church
  • Dante's District
  • Dante's Church

Your friendly private guide will meet you at your hotel or another meeting point in central Florence, and you'll enjoy a short stroll to the popular Accademia Gallery. The main admission line here can be incredibly long at times, but your skip-the-line ticket lets you get inside much more quickly. Your guide will lead you through the gallery, telling stories of its history and the famous artwork housed here—the most famous being Michelangelo's David . Afterwards, you'll begin your private walking tour through the city.

Your guide will lead you through Florence at a pace that suits you, taking in iconic sites including the Florence Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio. Along the way, learn the fascinating history of Florence and gain local insights that'll help you make the most of your time in this beautiful city. This private tour also gives you the flexibility to make the tour your own, so if there's something special you want to see then just let your guide know and they'll do their best to make it happen!

Private Florence Walking Tour Description

Your 3-hour Florence walking tour includes:

Skip-the-line Accademia tickets with statue of David

A tailored private walking tour of Florence's highlights

See the Florence leather market, Dante’s district, Ponte Vecchio, and more!

Stop for a tasty local gelato (not included)

Knowledgeable English-speaking private guide

The Accademia Gallery

After a short stroll through the city with your guide, your private tour begins with skip-the-line entry to the Galleria dell'Accademia. Aside from the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery is the most-visited museum in Florence. This means that long lines to get inside are common. Luckily, we reserve your Accademia tickets ahead of time, meaning that the only line you'll stand in is the much shorter security line.

Your guide is an expert in bringing the gallery's masterpieces and exhibits to life with entertaining stories about their history and meaning, and they'll help you connect more closely with the stunning artwork you'll see inside, including the most famous piece of all, the statue of David .

Short delays at the security check may occur during the busiest months, June and July. However, our team of experts works to prevent delays as much as possible.

Michelangelo's Statue of David

When you enter the gallery in which the iconic statue of David stands, you'll immediately notice his height, smooth surface, and famously determined expression which reflects the moments before David went into battle with Goliath in the famous biblical tale.

As you enjoy your moment with this world-famous piece, your guide will explain how Michelangelo heroically carved this masterpiece out of a block of carrara marble that no other artist wanted to touch. Make sure you take a good look at David's hands and feet! They're out of proportion because David was supposed to be placed on top of the Florence Duomo.

The Duomo of Florence - Exterior

Your private walking tour continues towards another of Florence's most famous sites. This iconic Duomo is Florence's most recognized landmark, located in the heart of Florence's historical center. Florence's cathedral towers over the city and is topped by a magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Your guide will take you around the outside of this incredible structure, and you'll learn the amazing story of its construction, which began over 800 years ago. You'll also get a closer look at the famed bronze Baptistry Doors.

Piazza della Signoria and the Medici Family

Filled with statues, fountains and beautiful architecture, Piazza della Signoria is the historical and emotional heart of Florence. The most prominent feature of the piazza is Florence’s town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio—once home to the powerful Medici family. Admire the Loggia dei Lanzi and the beautiful exterior corridors of the Uffizi Museum as you learn about the Medici family’s deep impact on the history of Florence, Italy, and the Renaissance movement.

Hidden Gems of Florence

Your walking tour isn't only about world-famous galleries and landmarks. Your guide will also show you some of the city's lesser-known gems, including the beautiful Orsanmichele Church, the ancient leather market, and the popular Bronze Boar fountain. You'll even stroll past one of our favorite local gelato shops where you can buy yourself a refreshing treat. Get to know more of Florence with the insights of your local guide!

Dante's District and Church

Your private tour continues past the original house where Dante grew up, now converted into a museum. Plus, see the little church of Santa Margherita. It's said that this is where Dante and Beatrice fell in love. Dante writes about Beatrice in his most famous work, The Divine Comedy.

The Jewelers of Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Ponte Vecchio means “old bridge” in Italian, and it's appropriately named. Merchant shops have lined this famed bridge since the 13th century. Originally, the shops included fishmongers, butchers, and tanners, however these particular goods caused such a stench in the area that Ferdinand I proclaimed in 1593 that only jewelers were allowed to sell on the bridge. You'll feel as if you've stepped back in time as you stroll around this historic part of Florence.

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Our guide, Daniella, was fantastic. She gave us great information about the history of Florence. She was also wonderful with our 5 year old son and made every effort to make the tour fun for him.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Bring a little cash with you to try some gelato. Since this is a walking tour, you'll need comfortable shoes. Avoid bringing large bags, as the Accademia requires you to check them.

What if I don't see any availability?

If you are trying to make a booking up to two weeks in advance, the website will show no availability. However, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

I'd like to go on this tour at a different time. What should I do?

If you need this tour to start at a different time, just reach out and let us know. We'll do our best to accommodate you.

Is gelato included in the tour price?

Food is not included in the tour price. We suggest bringing a little cash with you so you can treat yourself to some delicious Florentine gelato though.

Do we get to go inside the Duomo?

This tour includes a visit to the outside of the Cathedral and a chance to see the Baptistry Doors. It does not go inside. We want to make sure we cover as many sights as possible in a day and consider the Duomo to be far more magnificent from the outside. If you wish to climb the dome, we do offer a Florence Highlights Tour that includes Dome Climb tickets.

Bring a little cash with you to try some gelato. Since this is a walking tour, you'll need comfortable shoes. Avoid bringing large bags, as the Accademia requires you to check them.

What if I'm concerned about my mobility?

This private tour is your best bet if you have concerns about your mobility. Our private tours offer more flexibility in terms of pace and special accommodations. Just get in touch before your tour if there's something we should know.

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