Best of Florence Walking Tour with Skip-the Line Guided David & Duomo

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line into the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David with an expert local guide

  • Special skip-the-line access the Duomo di Firenze, designed by Brunelleschi, and stop by the Baptistry for a peek at Ghiberti’s golden ‘Gates of Paradise’.

  • During a guided walking tour of the city, you’ll see Florence’s most iconic sites like the Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

  • Learn the stories behind the incredible Palazzo Vecchio with guidance from an expert, English-speaking local.

  • With a small group of 15 people or fewer your experience will be relaxed and access to your guide easy.

Summary

On this small group Florence Tour you'll cover all the top attractions. Skip lines to admire Michelangelo's David and enter the Florence Duomo to learn how its dome and baptistery doors changed the course of history; explore the open-air sculpture gallery at the Piazza della Signoria; learn how the historic Ponte Vecchio came to be; and hear fascinating tales of the powerful Medici family.

Tour info

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
15
Pricing (From)
Adult: (15-99 years)
€74.00
Child: (2-14 years)
€69.00
Infant: (0-1 years)
€0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Piazza San Marco, Florence, 50121, IT

Dropoff location

Ponte Vecchio, Firenze, Tuscany

Why take this tour?

On this jam-packed Florence tour, we've packed all the top attractions into an engrossing three-hour stroll through the city, guided by an expert local.

Your experience begins in the Florence Accademia, where you'll skip the lines to take in Michelangelo's masterpiece, the jaw-dropping David. As you admire this larger-than-life statue, your expert guide will explain what makes it one of the greatest sculptures ever - and why Michelangelo was more proud of this than his work in the Sistine Chapel.

Your Florence tour continues to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as Florence Duomo. This incredible church was built in 1436 and still boasts one of the largest domes in the entire world. The story of how the dome was built is one of the greatest epics of the Italian Renaissance. You'll also skip-the-line here to enter the Duomo with your guide, stopping off at the Baptistery to see a set of bronze doors cast by Lorenzo Ghiberti that Michelangelo dubbed the 'Gates of Paradise'.

Having visited its top two attractions, you'll explore the third great wonder of Florence: its streets. Your guided walking tour takes you first to Piazza della Signoria, an open-air art gallery where Michelangelo's David was originally supposed to stand. He was quickly relocated, but you can still see a replica at the entrance to the titanic Palazzo Vecchio. Standing in the shadow of this fortress-like palace, your guide will teach you about the Medici; the family of bankers who underwrote the Renaissance - it wasn't all sweetness and patronage with them though. Your guide has some shocking tales to tell.

From Piazza Signoria you'll pass by the Uffizi Gallery and a handful of wonderful hidden sights, like Il Porcellino, the pig whose snout promises luck; the Leather Market; and of course, the Ponte Vecchio, Florence's most picturesque bridge. As you walk, your guide will tell you the stories that bring the city to life around you. And with headsets for every guest, you'll be able to hear them crystal clear. They'll also give you great restaurant recommendations and other tips to help you get the most from the rest of your time here.

Our Best of Florence Tour is a great option for anyone who wants to dive into one of history's most exciting chapters, and learn about the masters who willed the modern world into being.

Sites Visited: 
  • Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David)
    Florence Duomo (inside)
    Baptistery Doors (Gates of Paradise) 
    Ponte Vecchio
    Piazza della Signoria
    Palazzo Vecchio (exterior)
    Leather Market & Porcellino
    Piazza Repubblica

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • Skip-the-Line ticket to Accademia Gallery

  • Skip-the-Line ticket to the Florence Duomo

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Things to know

Before you book

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible with advance notice. Please contact us upon booking to arrange your visit.

  • We are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information

Before you go

  • This tour is in English.

  • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.

  • If you cannot join your tour at the last minute (running late, etc), please contact us. We may be able to reschedule your tour with a small amendment fee depending on availability.

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible with advance notice. Please contact us upon booking to arrange your visit.

  • All guests must pass through security. No weapons or large items are allowed inside.

  • Only small handbags are allowed inside the Accademia museum. There is no bag check or storage available.

  • We are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.

  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information

  • Due to the religious nature of the Cathedral, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for those denied entry.

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.