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Private Renaissance Discovery Tour of Florence
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Overview

Discover Florence’s artistic and architectural treasures with the help of a local expert on this private, 3-hour walking tour. Wander through a labyrinth of winding medieval streets as you learn the legends behind famous landmarks like the Palazzo Vecchio, Vasari Corridor, and the Duomo Cathedral. Set your own pace and take advantage of personalized attention from your guide for a fascinating introduction to the birthplace of the Renaissance.
  • Private, 3-hour morning walking tour of Florence
  • Explore the cradle of the Renaissance with an expert guide
  • Learn about Florence's rich artistic and architectural heritage
  • Visit the city's most important landmarks, including the Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and Duomo
  • Discover the mysterious Vasari Corridor
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Price is per group, up to 15 adults
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Private local guide of Florence
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Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

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Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Connect with your private guide at your Florence hotel in the morning, and set off by foot on a walking tour of the city’s historic heart, where time seems to have frozen for centuries. Make your way to the central square of Piazza Della Signoria, presided over by the towering Palazzo Vecchio. In the Loggia dei Lanzi open-air museum, admire statuary by renowned Florentine sculptors like Cellini and Giambologna.

Pass through the colonnade of the Uffizi Gallery, a former palace that now houses one of the world's most important collections of Renaissance art. Browse goldsmiths’ shops and take in views of the Arno River from the romantic Ponte Vecchio bridge, and explore the mysterious Vasari Corridor. One of Florence’s best-kept secrets, this passageway was once used by Medici rulers to travel discretely from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Pitti Palace across the river.

Pass by the former residence of famous poet Dante Alighieri on the way to Piazza del Duomo, where several of the city’s architectural masterpieces are clustered. Learn the fascinating history behind St. John's Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Florence Cathedral, capped by Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome. Throughout the 3-hour tour, your private group can set the pace and make ample use of your guide’s extensive knowledge of Florentine history and lore.
Itinerary
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Florence
There is no better way to discover the beauty, history, and culture of Florence than with a private local guide! Enjoy the personalized attention in which only a private tour can provide. Your art and history loving guide will meet you directly outside of your accommodation in Florence (if centrally located). From there, your journey throughout the “Cradle of the Renaissance” will begin!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza San Giovanni
As you stroll through the picture-perfect Florentine streets, your guide will lead you to one of the most historic and beautiful squares of Florence - Piazza San Giovanni! You will immediately be welcomed by the breathtaking view of Brunelleschi's Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the San Giovanni Baptistery, and Giotto's Bell Tower. Your guide will walk you around the cluster of buildings and share some interesting information about the buildings’ fascinating histories as well as some fun, local stories. Discover how this square grew from a single building into the intricate architectural masterpiece it is today. Then, spend a couple of minutes snapping photos of the incredible scenery - white, pink, and green marble decorations glowing throughout the whole square. Not only is this complex a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it is also an international symbol of Italy!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza della Repubblica
Follow your captivating guide to Piazza della Repubblica, right around the corner from Florence’s Duomo. This square is one of the most historic points in the city. Hundreds of years ago, and throughout various ruling families, Piazza della Repubblica remained the civic heart of Florence. As your guide explains its vivid history, imagine going back in time to when the ancient men and women walked on the same grounds in which you are standing. Although the square is now home to Florence’s luxury shops and elegant cafes, it was once a bustling, local marketplace. Your expert guide will be happy to answer any curious questions you may have about the fascinating Piazza della Republica.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Porcellino
Be sure to have your camera ready, your local guide will lead you through the most picturesque streets of the city until you reach Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. As you approach the marketplace, you can admire the historic Renaissance arches of this famous market. Although its name translates to, “New Market,” it has been standing for centuries! In fact, the market was originally opened in the 1500’s as a place for foreign silk and precious stone vendors. Now it is most famous for a very unique sculpture… Your private guide will lead you through the vendors to the “Porcellino,” or piglet statue, where it is good luck to rub the nose of the baby pig. Italy is home to many strange legends, and your guide will gladly share some of the local Florentine generational stories as you wait your turn to pet the nose of “Porcellino” for good luck!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Ponte Vecchio
Next, you will head to one of the undisputed symbols of Florentine beauty - Ponte Vecchio. Although it is now home to luxury jewelry shops, this bridge was not always such an elegant and lavish destination. For years, Ponte Vecchio was home to Florence’s smelly meat markets! Discover the story of the bridge’s transformation throughout time, as well as why it was the only bridge spared during the bombings of World War 2. Make sure to have your camera ready - the view from Ponte Vecchio is one of the loveliest in Florence!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pitti
If you would like to enhance your experience, ask your friendly guide to extend your tour to Pitti Square (not included in tour). Admire panoramic views of the Florentine skyline from along the Arno River until you reach the Oltrarno district. Here, you can find Pitti Square, dominated by the imposing Palazzo Pitti. This massive palace takes its name from the original owner, Luca Pitti. Later, it was expanded by none other than the powerful Medici family. Behind the palace, the natural slopes are home to the gorgeous Boboli Gardens.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Oltrarno
After visiting the most famous sites in Florence, you may be looking for somewhere to relax off-the-beaten-path. Upon request, your guide (not included in this tour) will gladly lead you to the Oltrarno district of Florence. Oltrarno translates to, “other side of the Arno, and this is a much less touristy area of the city, with local stores, restaurants, cafes, and markets. Enjoy the peace and tranquility away from the crowds. This part of Florence is home to many hidden treasures… There are always new things to discover in the capital of Tuscany!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Your private guide will meet you directly at your accommodation in Florence (if located in the historic centre)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Ciaoflorence Tours & Travels Srl

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Renaissance Discovery Tour of Florence?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Renaissance Discovery Tour of Florence?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Renaissance Discovery Tour of Florence?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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