Each tour suggested on this page can be carried out individually or combined to others, for example:
Walking tour + Uffizi Gallery lasts a total of 3 hours = Half Day
Walking tour + Accademia Gallery lasts a total of 3 hours = Half Day
3-hour walking tour + 2 museums of your choice in 3 hours lasting a total of 6 hours = Full Day
In addition to the itineraries suggested (which are just examples), ), personalised tours are available upon request to accommodate your needs whilst in Florence and its Province.
WALKING TOUR: Florence, its origins and its curiosities
Starting from Piazza della Repubblica (ancient centre of the Roman "Florentia"), we will walk through the political centre of the city (piazza della Signoria, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio), through the religious centre (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Baptistery and Giotto's bell tower), and the so-called Dante's Quarter with its "case-torri" (house-tower) dating back to Medieval Florence.
Clearly, this classic tour of the city will be enriched by anecdotes and curiosities that will surprise you and will make your experience through history unique.
This itinerary can be complemented with a museum of your choice (for example: walking tour + Uffizi Gallery lasts a total of 3 hours = Half Day, walking tour + Accademia Gallery lasts a total of 3 hours = Half Day, walking tour + Santa Croce basilica lasts a total of 3 hours = Half Day or: 3-hour walking tour + 2 museums of your choice in 3 hours lasting a total of 6 hours = Full Day
The UFFIZI Gallery: discover one of the most important art collections of the world
The "Uffizi" building was founded to house the offices of the Duke of Tuscany, only in a second time it was transformed into a gallery of sculptures, paintings and precious objects.
From Giotto to Caravaggio, passing through Botticelli, Leonardo, Raffaello and Tiziano: we will discover together the masterpieces famous all over the world.
Inside the Uffizi is preserved a unique painting called the "Tondo Doni": the only painting on a movable support by Michelangelo.
Accademia Gallery (it's not just Michelangelo's David!)
Tour of the Accademia Gallery.
The Accademia Gallery was founded in 1784 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo who brought together several art schools in order to form the new Academy of Fine Arts.
Following this tour you will be able to admire the famous David by Michelangelo as well as another six sculptures by the same artist: the Four Slaves (also called Prisoners, that are a fine example of his unfinished work), Saint Matthew and the Pieta from Palestrina.
This museum also holds a vast collection of Renaissance and Medieval paintings and (in the 19th Century Room) many plaster casts by Lorenzo Bartolini.
The Palatine Gallery: collections of three dynasties
Inside the suggestive Pitti Palace, tour of the Palatine Gallery, once residence of the members of the Medici family, the Lorraine and the Savoy family.
The gallery preserves a large collection of paintings by Raffaello and other artists (Tiziano, Rubens, Caravaggio) and also beautiful furniture.
From its windows you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Boboli garden, loved by Cosimo I Medici and his successors.
Palazzo Vecchio: the Medici Family like the Gods on Mount Olympus - tour of the Monumental Quarters
Tour of Palazzo Vecchio, otherwise known as Palazzo della Signoria, that has been the political core of the city since the 1300s.
Built from the design of Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 1200s (1299) to house the Priors of the Arts, it was then enlarged during the centuries to become the residence of Cosimo I de Medici (since 1540).
After admiring the magnificence of the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred), we will proceed to the so-called "Monumental Quarters" transformed by Vasari in the apartments of Cosimo I and his wife Eleonora from Toledo.
The Quarter of the Elements celebrates Cosimo I and the Medicean dynasty using mythological figures.
At the end of the tour, a masterpiece: the statue of Giuditta and Oloferne (Judith and Holofernes) by Donatello, the copy of which is situated in front of Palazzo Vecchio.
The most charming gardens in Florence: Bardini and Boboli
The tour begins with the panoramic Boboli Garden which is named after the famous antiquarian and collector Stefano Bardini.
This garden offers a spectacular view of Florence and its hills and is surrounded by the city walls dated to the 1300s.
The tour moves on to the Forte Belvedere and then goes into the wonderful Boboli Garden, originally called the "Orto de' Pitti"("Pitti Orchard"), which belonged to the Medici family, the Lorena, Elisa Baciocchi and finally to the Savoia family.
You will be able to admire the amphitheatre, the fountains, the path of the cypresses, adorned with beautiful sculptures, and the Buontalenti's Grand Grotto.
The Medici Chapels and the Church of San Lorenzo
The tour of the Museum of the Medici Chapels includes the Chapel of Princes (which contains the funeral monuments of the Grand Dukes who belonged to the Medici family), and Michelangelo's New Sacristy-which was commissioned by Pope Leo X Medici to honour his ancestors and holds the famous sculptures Night & Day and Dusk & Dawn.
Following this, the tour moves on to the Basilica di San Lorenzo (one of the oldest churches in Florence) that contains masterpieces by Donatello, Bronzino, as well as the Old Sacristy by Brunelleschi, a wonderful example of Renaissance art.
The National Museum of Bargello
The Bargello is one of the oldest public buildings in Florence and was built in the mid-thirteenth century.
It became a National Museum in 1865 (when Florence became Italy's capital city) and is currently one of the most important museums in Florence that contains sculptures.
Amongst the pieces of its collection there are marble sculptures by Michelangelo (David-Apollo, Bacchus, Brutus and Tondo Pitti), by Donatello (David, Atys, St. George, Marzocco), and Verrocchio.
There are also interesting collections of ivories and majolicas, works of the Islamic tradition, bronzes of various origins and the notorious glazed terracottas by Della Robbia.
Guided tour of the Municipal Archaeological Museum of Fiesole and the Archaeological area
Guided tour of the Municipal Archaeological Museum with rooms dedicated to findings in Fiesole that range from the prehistoric age (IInd millennium b.C.) until the Longobard (7th century a.C.) and Late Middle Ages ( Xth century a.C.).
Guided tour of the Fiesole archaeological area with the Roman theatre (Ist century b.C./ Ist century a.C.), the Roman baths, the Etruscan temple, the Roman temple and the Longobard necropolis.
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