Duomo Walking Tour, Florence (Self Guided)

Duomo quarter is located in the very heart of the Florence Historic Center. This area is deservedly considered the religious and the civic centre of the town. Most of the historic sites Florence is famous for are to be found here. Take this tour to explore all the masterpieces of the Duomo quarter.
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Duomo Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Duomo Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Florence (See other walking tours in Florence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: Daniel
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

1) Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (must see)

Overlooking the city of Florence is the beautiful Florence Cathedral that has famously the largest brick dome in the world. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, which roughly translates to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, is dedicated to Madonna or The Virgin Mary. This magnificent cathedral is noted for housing Domenico di Michelino's painting, 'Dante and the Divine Comedy', portraying Dante illuminating Florence with his famous poem. The painting is considered absolutely unique and one of the most important artifacts in the cathedral. The building itself is the product of about 170 years of sheer hard work. It was originally constructed to replace the withering structure of Saint Reparata which was founded in the early 5th century. The new church was built in a Gothic style by architect Arnolfo di Cambio who commenced construction of the cathedral in 1296. He was responsible for the construction of the three magnificent naves that spread under the dome. There were high hopes for the cathedral but all fell apart after the death of Arnolfo in 1302. The cathedral was left half built for nearly thirty years after which there were a series of renowned architects who modified and added their inputs to the design. However, it wasn't until 1420 that the true identity of the cathedral was found. Architect Filippo Brunelleschi was commissioned to build the Dome of the cathedral, a project many architects had given up on. The cathedral is many times referred to as Brunelleschi's Dome.

When you buy the ticket online, make sure to make use of the free one that comes with the main ticket to climb to the top. You have to make a booking for that too, separately, although free. There are museums as well, and you're required to finish visiting all other facilities within 72hrs of initial entry to Duomo or any other facilities.
You should make use of the free tour guides inside (typically art or history majors) that explain all the paintings within the Duomo, which are marvelously done.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 1:30-5pm
Campanile di Giotto

2) Campanile di Giotto (must see)

Giotto’s Campanile is a free-standing campanile that is part of the complex of buildings that make up Florence Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo in Florence. The tower is one of the showpieces of the Florentine Gothic architecture with its design by Giotto featuring rich sculptural decorations and polychrome marble encrustations.

This slender structure stands on a square plan with a side of 14.45 metres (47.41 ft). It attains a height of 84.7 metres (277.9 ft) sustained by four polygonal buttresses at the corners. These four vertical lines are crossed by four horizontal lines, dividing the tower into five levels. The Campanile has seven bells, the oldest one dating from 1705.

Why You Should Visit:
Out of the three main climbs in Florence (the other two being the dome and Arnolfo Tower in Palazzo Vecchio), this is the easiest climb. While the total amount of steps is 414, the bell tower's layout is such that there's an opportunity to rest along every level. This is because each level is home to a bell, with seven bells total (one for every musical note). Unlike the other two climbs, the dedicated resting areas are quite spacious and each floor offers opportunities to take in the spectacular views of the city.

Admission to the campanile is included in your combo ticket which also includes the other sites of the Duomo complex. Keep in mind that you have 72hrs from the time of first use to tour all the Duomo complex sites – if you want to do the dome climb, it is highly encouraged to attempt on a different day. Unlike the Duomo, no reservation is required though there is a line to enter the bell tower. This line is usually not very long as it goes by quickly.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:15am-6:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Battistero di San Giovanni

3) Battistero di San Giovanni (must see)

Commonly known as Florence Baptistery, Battistero di San Giovanni is located in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza di San Giovanni, diagonally opposite the Doumo cathedral. It was built in the 7th century over a Roman structure, believed to a temple dedicated to Mars. Symbolizing recreation, the baptistery is octagonal in shape and was decorated with green and white marble during its reconstruction in 1059.

The zebra-striped pilaster at every corner the baptistery has today is the result of the Romanesque look given to it in the 11th century. Each side of the octagonal structure has three small windows on the top, below which lie three huge arches having a window each. Under each window are three smaller arches. The baptistery is, however, known for its three sets of bronze doors.

Designed by Andrea Pisano, the south doors portray scenes from the life of St. John and beautifully depict in bronze the eight virtues of Christianity. The doors on the north side took Lorenzo Ghiberti 21 years to complete and portray the life of Christ. He was then commissioned for the east door and he worked on it for 27 years. Dubbed by Michelangelo as the ‘Gates of Paradise’, the ten panels on the door depict “the Story of Joseph”.

The structure is witness to baptisms of members of the Medici family, many Renaissance-era personalities and almost all Catholic Florentines until the 19th century. Visiting this architectural beauty is, therefore, visiting the Catholic history of Florence.

Why You Should Visit:
Worth a quick look around as the Baptistery is more elaborate than the basilica cathedral which is more simple.

Admission to the Baptistery is included with your standard ticket that covers the Duomo sights excluding the cathedral (which itself is free) within a 72-hour period.
A dress code is required; no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
To attend the daily mass, be there at around 10:30 at the door opposite of the main one and say "mass" or "messa" to the man on the door.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:15am-10:15am / 11:15am-7:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
House of Dante Museum

4) House of Dante Museum (must see)

Set in the heart of medieval Florence – presently the area between the Church of Saint Martino and Piazza dei Donati – is the Casa di Dante or the House of Dante Museum. The building, though erected in the 20th century, is believed to be seated on the birthplace of one of the most cherished poets in Italian history – Dante Alighieri.

The structure that stands today was built by the architect Giuseppe Castellucci in 1911, after which the museum was opened to the public in 1994.

The museum displays some of the most important works and covers the milestones of Dante’s life. It is spread across three floors, which depict the most important phases of the poet’s life. On the first floor, you get a glimpse of Dante as a child, an adolescent and a young adult. Details about the poet's christening, his early public life, his participation in public affairs, etc. are depicted in the form of the poet’s works.

On the second floor, one can find documents related to his exile in 1301, his visits to a number of cities, and the final years that he decided to spend in Ravenna. The third and last floor showcases Dante’s vast collection of documents and the fortune he collected over the years.

Why You Should Visit:
Not Dante's original house, but you can learn about his time and about casual details of his life.

Steep stairs, but there is a lift, which is not obvious when you enter.
On the top floor, there is a miniature copy of the 'Divina Comedia' – in fact, it's the world's smallest legible copy.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Badia Fiorentina

5) Badia Fiorentina

Badìa Fiorentina is an abbey and church now home to the Fraternity of Jerusalem situated on the Via del Proconsolo in the centre of Florence.

The abbey was founded as a Benedictine institution in 978 by Willa, Countess of Tuscany, in commemoration of her late husband Hubert, and was one of the chief buildings of medieval Florence. A hospital was founded in the abbey in 1071. The church bell marked the main divisions of the Florentine day. Between 1284 and 1310 the Romanesque church was rebuilt in Gothic style, but in 1307 part of the church was demolished to punish the monks for non-payment of taxes. The church underwent a Baroque transformation between 1627 and 1631. The prominent campanile, completed between 1310 and 1330, is Romanesque at its base and Gothic in its upper stages. Its construction was overseen by the famous chronicler Giovanni Villani.

Major works of art in the church include the Apparition of the Virgin to St. Bernard (c. 1486) by Filippino Lippi and the tombs of Willa's son Hugh, Margrave of Tuscany (died 1001) and the lawyer and diplomat Bernardo Giugni (1396–1456), both by Mino da Fiesole (latter completed c. 1466). The murals in the apse were completed by Giovanni Domenico Ferretti in 1734.
Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Bargello (must see)

Florence is not only a paradise for architectural enthusiasts but also a haven for art lovers and the Bargello Museum is a perfect blend of both. With an exterior of a fortress, the Bargello Museum houses some of the most important pieces of Renaissance sculptures and work of art.

Located in the Palazzo del Popolo, it is one of the oldest structures in the city of Florence and dates back to 1255. Throughout history, the building has served as a fortress, a palace, a prison and most recently a museum. Initially, the structure was used as the headquarters of the Captain of the People, the Peoples Palace, after which it served as the residence of Bargello in the 16th century. Later in the 18th century, the Bargello Fortress acted as a prison up until the mid-19th century, when it was converted into a museum.

The museum is home to some of the finest Gothic decorative art, where one gets to see works of great artists like Donatello, Michelangelo, Filippo Brunelleschi, etc. Among the treasures of Renaissance artists and craftsmen, the museum also houses rare pieces of artifacts from the Byzantine, Roman and medieval era, along with beautiful jewelry right from the Renaissance period down to the Islamic period.

Why You Should Visit:
Donatello’s David was the first male nude sculpture since ancient times. You can admire this turn in art history without an overwhelming amount of visitors.
Aside from the great display of statues, the Bargello has an interesting assortment of ceramics, glass, weapons, armor, and even some amazing locks and keys!
You can take your time here, as they have some fantastic works and there's no sense of pressure that you have to 'rush through' to 'see everything.'

To better plan your visit, checking opening days and pay close attention to their hours. Try to visit at night if you can. Sometimes they are open until late at night for special occasions, and there's something very special about wandering through this medieval building when it's empty and eerie at night.
Website: http://www.bargellomusei.beniculturali.it/musei/1/bargello/

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:15am-2pm (Nov-Mar); 8:15-5pm (Apr-Oct)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Complesso di San Firenze

7) Complesso di San Firenze

Fathers of the Oratorian order always had big plans for this small parish of San Firenze, which was started in 1174. To the parish, they wanted to add a convent, an oratory and a Church dedicated to St. Philip Neri, founder of the order. With passing time, architects changed and so did the designs. However, the limited availability of funds remained a major concern for the extravagant designs of the parish. Finally, in 1667 Francesco Silvani started work on the church. After his death, Ferdinando Ruggieri took over the project and completed the honey coloured façade by 1715. In the 1770s, a new oratory was built and Ruggieri’s work on the façade was duplicated by Zanobi del Rosso, to give us the building the way it looks today. The original parish then became an oratory of the new Church.

The donation arising out of the death of Giuliano Serragli initiated the work of the Church. His contribution, though inadequate to the plan, is respected by the Church and he has been recognised as the Church’s principal benefactor. The Glory of St. Philip Neri decorates the ceiling of the new church.

An occasional example of Baroque style of architecture in the city, this building is now primarily used by the state authorities as a court of law. A small part of the church is still maintained and should be visited, if you are around.

8) Orsanmichele

Orsanmichele is a church in the Italian city of Florence. The building was constructed on the site of the kitchen garden of the monastery of San Michele, now gone. Located on the Via Calzaiuoli in Florence, the church was originally built as a grain market in 1337 by Francesco Talenti, Neri di Fioravante, and Benci di Cione. Between 1380 and 1404 it was converted into a church used as the chapel of Florence's powerful craft and trade guilds. Inside the church is Andrea Orcagna's bejeweled Gothic Tabernacle (1355-59) encasing a repainting by Bernardo Daddi's of an older icon of the 'Madonna and Child'. The facades held 14 architecturally designed external niches, which were filled from 1399 to around 1430. The three richest guilds opted to make their figures in the far more costly bronze, which cost approximately ten times the amount of the stone figures.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Davanzati

9) Palazzo Davanzati

Palazzo Davanzati was erected in the second half of the 14th century by the Davizzi family, who were wealthy members of the wool guild. In 1516 it was sold to the Bartolini and, later that century, to the Davanzati family, also rich merchants (1578), who held it until 1838. After the suicide of Carlo Davanzati, it was split into different quarters and modified. After escaping the numerous demolitions of 19th century Florence, it was bought by Elia Volpi, an antiquarian, who restored it in (his impression of) the original style.

In 1910, Volpi opened the building as a private museum (Museo Privato della Casa Fiorentina Antica). The contents of this museum kept changing as Volpi sold the furniture at auctions, including a major one in 1916 in New York. In the 1920s, Egyptian antique dealers Vitale and Leopoldo Bengujat acquired the building and its contents. In 1951 it was purchased by the Italian state and kept open as a museum. By 1995 the museum needed to be closed for major restoration to keep the building from falling down. The museum was partially reopened in 2005 with the ground and first floors; by 2012 all the floors were open to visitors.

The palace consists of a facade that unifies a grouping of earlier, medieval tower homes that the owner purchased with the intent to put them together. It is constructed in sandstone, with three large portals on the horizontal axis, and three stories of mullioned windows. The topmost floor has a loggia supported by four columns and two pilasters that was added in the 16th century. The façade displays the Davanzati coats of arms and has traces of other decorations.The interior courtyard has arches, vaults, and capitals in 14th century-style.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Piazzetta del Limbo

10) Piazzetta del Limbo

Piazzetta del Limbo is a famous ancient square in Florence. It is located in the historic center of the city, not far from the church of Santi Apostoli. The piazza is described in details in Dante's well-known poem.
Galleria degli Uffizi

11) Galleria degli Uffizi (must see)

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. It is housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi first erected by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates — hence the name "uffizi" ("offices"). Construction was continued to Vasari's design by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti and ended in 1581. Today the Uffizi is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence. In high season (particularly in July), waiting times can go up to 5 hours. Visitors who reserve a ticket in advance have a substantially shorter wait. Here is just a tiny selection from the world-class collection of paintings: Cimabue (Maestà), Duccio (Maestà), Leonardo da Vinci (The Annunciation, The Adoration of the Magi). The collection also contains some ancient sculptures, such as the Arrotino and the Two Wrestlers.

Why You Should Visit:
While the paintings and statues are what most people come for, the decoration of the rooms, especially the ceilings, are just as spectacular.

Consider purchasing skip-the-line tickets before going (but do this from the official website or you will pay more).
Note that you're not allowed to take in any liquids and that the restrooms are at the entrance & exit with nothing in-between.
Also, don't just pass by the cafe, as the terrace offers great views that you won't see anywhere else.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 8:15am-6:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museo Galileo

12) Museo Galileo

The Museo Galileo (before 2010 known as the Institute and Museum of the History of Science) is a science museum housed inside an old palace named Castellani. It was founded in 1927 by the University of Florence. The museum is located in the Piazza dei Giudici, by the River Arno and close to the Uffizi Gallery.

The museum features many artifacts from the 15th to 19th century, mostly pioneering scientific instruments including world globes, stethoscopes, navigation instruments and telescopes with accompanying videos to the exhibits.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Sunday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm; Tuesday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chiesa di San Pier Scheraggio

13) Chiesa di San Pier Scheraggio

Chiesa di San Pier Scheraggio is a very old church in Florence. It was used for city's Council meetings before the other palaces were built. Dante attended many of these meetings during his life as a politician. Today the church is part of the Uffizi Gallery.
Palazzo Vecchio

14) Palazzo Vecchio (must see)

The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence. This massive, Romanesque, crenelated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Although most of the Palazzo Vecchio is now a museum, it remains the symbol of local government: since 1872 it has housed the office of the mayor of Florence, and it is the seat of the City Council. At the end of the hall is situated a small side room without windows. This masterpiece, the Studiolo of Francesco I was also designed by Vasari in a manneristic style (1570-1575). The walls and the barrel vault are filled with paintings, stucco and sculptures. Most paintings are by the School of Vasari and represent the four elements: water, fire, earth and air. Private Chamber of Eleanor was one of the private rooms of Eleonora of Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de' Medici. The paintings are by the Flemish painter Jan Stradan, better known under his Italian name Stradone. Against the wall is a cabinet with Florentine mosaic designs.

Why You Should Visit:
Essential in understanding the history & culture of the city, along with the Duomo complex, Palazzo Pitti, and the major art galleries.
You'll get a crick in your neck from some of the most gorgeous ceilings, room after room.

There are various add-on tours for not much extra; e.g. the 'Secret Passages' tour which lasts about 1h½ and allows access to parts of the Palace that are closed to the public.
If you book a tour, book directly with the museum by email with your date/time preference and wait for the confirmation. You'll pay when you pick your tickets up on the day.
When you have finished the tour, you can wander at leisure around the rest of the palace.
Also: don't miss the breathtaking view of the whole city from the top of the tower.

Opening Hours:
Fri-Wed: 9am-7pm; Thu: 9am-2pm
Piazza della Signoria

15) Piazza della Signoria (must see)

Piazza della Signoria is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. It was named after the Palazzo della Signoria, also called Palazzo Vecchio. It is the focal point of the origin and of the history of the Florentine Republic and still maintains its reputation as the political hub of the city. The square features many statues by Giambologna, Donatello, Bandinelli and a copy of Michelangelo's David.

The piazza was already a central square in the original Roman town Florentia, surrounded by a theatre, Roman baths and a workshop for dyeing textiles. Later there was a church San Romolo, a loggia and an enormous 5th-century basilica. This was shown by the archaeological treasures found beneath the square when it was repaved in the 1980s. Even remains of a Neolithic site were found.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the two most important centers of attractions in Florence, along with the Piazza del Duomo.
It might just host the finest collection of outdoor statues in the world and is surrounded by beautifully decorated buildings along with many "very good" to "world-class" museums.

Less than a stone's throw away is the impressive Loggia dei Lanzi, an outdoor museum of sorts, where you will find another collection of outstanding statues, including the famous Rape of Sabine Women, Ercole and Centaur, Perseus, amongst others.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Florence, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

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Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo spent over 20 years of his life in Florence during which he created some of the most beautiful masterpieces this city had ever seen. The most famous of them, the David, is also located in Florence along with a few copies. Take this tour to discover the Florence side of Michelangelo's artistic mastership.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Florence Museums

Florence Museums

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Florence, located in Italy, is believed to be the cultural capital of the world. Sometimes called the Athens of the Middle Ages and the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, Florence attracts millions of tourists every year. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most alluring attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Arno South Bank Walking Tour

Arno South Bank Walking Tour

Arno South Bank, also known as Oltrarno, what literally means "beyond the Arno", is a magical place, though not everyone knows about it. The many historical places located in this part of the city will amaze you. Take this tour to see some wonderful sites that you will never forget.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Novella Walking Tour

Novella Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Florence for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Florence has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Florence's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Florence City Pass issued by Musement and the Florence City Pass by TicketBar.

A city pass combines all or multiple Florence's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Florence hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Strozzi Palace Hotel, Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Hotel Pierre.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Florence, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Florence typically costs from around US$25 up to US$90 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Florence from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the route.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Florence on a 2.5-hour bike tour to visit the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Enjoy a day of art and sightseeing in Florence at a great discount on the Florence Super Saver tour combining two best-selling guided tours for the price of one! Be guaranteed to skip the lines to the Accademia (hosting David) and Uffizi Galleries.

- Get yourself “under the skin” of Florence and explore the city's ghosts and curiosities at night. On this 2-hour night walk you will see the famous Florentine attractions in a different light and hear historical anecdotes and stories associated with them.

- Make the most of your time in Florence with a 3-hour guided walk to the most prominent sights of this magical city, e.g. Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo's David, also discovering some of its hidden gems!

- Unleash your appetite for Florentine delicacies on this 3-hour food tour replete with tasting stops throughout the city. Follow an expert guide to eat and drink like a local, treat yourself to some of the top gourmet delights this city has to offer, including rich Italian coffee and gelato, explore the San Lorenzo Market, and so much more!

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Florence, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Pisa and Lucca, Assisi and Cortona, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, or Chianti. For as little as US$50+ to US$100+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cortona and other towns of Tuscany, set your eyes on the small piece of paradise on Earth manifested in five little villages hanging on cliffs above the sea, learn about the life of St Francis of Assisi, enjoy the sight of a unique landscape and taste the food and wines of Italy. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Florence, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.