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Florence Sightseeing Tours

 

City Highlights

The best-known site of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city known as "The Duomo" built by Filippo Brunelleschi.

At the heart of the city in Piazza della Signoria is Bartolommeo Ammanati's Fountain of Neptune,which is a masterpiece of marble sculpture at the terminus of a still functioning Roman aqueduct.

The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), whose most striking feature is the multitude of shops built upon its edges, held up by stilts. The bridge also carried Vasari's elevated corridor linking the Uffizi to the Medici palace.

The Uffizi, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici. Waiting times can be up to five hours so take one of our tours and get on the express lane.

The Bargello concentrates on sculpture, containing many priceless works of art created by such sculptors as Donatello, Giambologna, and Michelangelo.

The Accademia dell' Arte del Disegno houses the Michelangelo's David and his unfinished Slaves.

Across the Arno is beautifully Pitti Palace lavishly decorated with the Medici family's former private collection. The art gallery contained a large number of Renaissance works, including several by Raphael. Adjoining the Palace are the lovely Boboli Gardens.

Interesting Dates

In 1301, Dante was sent into Exile from here (a plaque on one of the walls of the Uffizi commemorates the event).

26 April 1478 Jacopo de'Pazzi and his retainers try to raise the city against the Medici after the plot known as The congiura dei pazzi (The pazzi conspiracy) who murdered Giuliano dei Medici and wounded his brother Lorenzo; the florentines seized and hung all the members of the plot than could be apprehended from the windows of the Palace.

In 1497, it was the location of the Bonfire of the Vanities instigated by the dominican friar and preacher Girolamo Savonarola

the 23 of May 1498 the same Savonarola and two followers were hanged and burnt at the stake (a round plate in the ground commemorates the very spot were he was hanged)

In 1504, it was the original location of Michelangelo's David (now replaced by a reproduction as the original was moved indoors to the Accademia dell'Arte del Disegno), in front of the Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio).

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Private Tours
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Florence
Lucca €250 €325
Siena €425 €475
Pisa €250 €325
Arezzo €450 €525
Cinque Terre €575 €690
Rome €650 €750
Outlet Tour
Incisa Mall €50 € 60
Prada €60 € 70

 

 

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Florence Thru the Lens

Imagine yourself walking around Florence, the city of Renaissance, with an expert photographer making great pictures and visiting beautiful places while enjoying fabulous food and Italian culture. M.Touch Travel offers you a truly unique experience in an extraordinary setting and a rare opportunity to ask the expert about camera techniques used by a top professional.

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Learn how to taste and appreciate wine. Your wine experts will explain about planting, selection, growing, harvesting and the work process. You will discover how to read labels, which to choose and when to open certain bottles. In addition, you will hear about what's happening today in wine journalism.

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Florence Sightseeing Tours

On this page you will find each of the sections below a full range of escorted scheduled tours by coach, bike, segway or on foot. Everything from overview tours privet theme tours.

If you have a group or prefer a private guided tour or a more personalized tour with hotel pick up then please fill out the below inquiry form. Our private guides speak English and many other languages.

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Coach Tours

Choose a morning or afternoon tour – or book them both, with lunch included, for a comprehensive introduction to this classic Renaissance city. Or take the Shopping Tour and visit Prada and the Mall.

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Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 398hrs

Cost: $53.00 pp

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Choose a morning or afternoon tour – or book them both, with lunch included, for a comprehensive introduction to this classic Renaissance city. Even better, you'll gain quick access to the Uffizi and Accademia galleries and skip the queues.

Florence morning tour:
Your morning tour starts with a drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo to admire wonderful panoramic views of Florence. Next, you'll take a walking tour of the cathedral complex in the old city center, including Giotto's bell tower, the Baptistery with its bronze doors and the famous cupola by Brunelleschi. A short walk brings you to the Accademia Gallery (*) which houses the statue of David by Michelangelo. The morning tour concludes here, or you can choose to end your morning tour with lunch at a restaurant in the town center (optional).

Florence afternoon tour:
Your afternoon tour begins with panoramic views of Florence, Fiesole and the Arno Valley. Next, you'll visit the old city center to see the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce (exterior). A short walk through the heart of Florence brings you to the famous Piazza Signoria, where you can see the imposing Palazzo Vecchio (exterior) and the beautiful Loggia del Lanzi. Next you'll visit the Uffizi Gallery (**) to admire superb paintings by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Giotto. The tour concludes at the Uffizi.

Florence full-day tour:
A combination of the morning tour, including a light lunch, followed by the afternoon tour.

Please Note:
(*) Closed on Monday. Replaced with a visit to the Bargello Museum or the Medici Chapels.
(**) The Gallery is closed on Monday; and will be replaced with a visit to the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio.

 

Florence Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 2hrs

Cost: $23.00 pp

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Experience the perfect introduction to Florence on a comprehensive two-hour sightseeing tour. Sit back and relax in style aboard a comfortable air-conditioned coach, listen to the detailed commentary and watch as the rich tapestry of Florentine history and culture unfold.

You'll explore the birthplace of the Renaissance on this highlights tour of Florence. The tour visits the most important sites between the two most famous hills of Florence – Piazzale Michelangelo and Fiesole – highlighting the ancient heart of the city on the banks of the River Arno.

This tour is the perfect way to escape hot summer days in Florence and gain easy access to Fiesole, which otherwise is a steep walk. The views from Fiesole over Florence are a must-see for any visitor to Tuscany!

Sights include:

Santa Maria Novella Basilica-Piazzale Michelangelo-Forte di Belvedere-Palazzo Vecchio-Uffizi-Ponte Vecchio-Palazzo Pitti-Baptistery and cathedral-Fiesole-Santa Croce Basilica

Florence Shopping Tour to Prada and the Mall Fashion Outlets

Duration: 7hrs

Cost: $29.00 pp

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Go shopping! – you'll find fabulous designer clothing at bargain prices on this not-to-be-missed shopping tour from Florence. With your transport arranged, you can sit back and enjoy a hassle-free shopping trip to Italy’s famous discount outlets, and pay up to 50% less for the world’s most prestigious designer labels.

The first stop on your shopping tour is the Prada outlet, where you will stay for approximately 1.5 hours. Your tour then proceeds to the famous Mall (for approximately 2.5 hours), where you will find a score of prestigious high fashion outlets.

At the Mall you'll have two hours to shop for Agnona, Alexander McQueen, Armani Jeans, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I Pinco Pallino, La Perla, Loro Piana, Marni, Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney, Tod's, Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent.

 

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Walking Tours

Accompanied by expert commentary from your English-speaking guide, you’ll navigate medieval streets and squares to see Renaissance attractions.

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Florence Walking Tour

Duration: 2.5hrs

Cost: $31.00 pp

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First time visitors - orient yourselves with Renaissance inspired art and architecture on this two hour guided walking tour through the streets of Florence. 

Upon meeting your tour group, take in the multi-colored stalls and workshops characteristic of the Central market zone. Keep an eye out for the Medicean Chapels and Basilica di S. Lorenzo, church of the once influential Medici Family. 

Stroll through Piazza del Duomo and marvel at the vast Cathedral before stepping inside to admire the interior’s intricate Gothic detailing. There’s also time to view the dome, the bell tower and St John’s Baptistery.  

Continue through the medieval quarter to Palazzo del Bargello and Piazza della Signoria where sculptures beckon. Glimpse Palazzo Vecchio and the world renown Uffizi Gallery as you roam the open-air like museum.Visit the picturesque Mercato della Paglia (Straw market), home to the famous Piggy Fountain.

Your walking tour concludes after crossing Florence’s signature bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, at Pitti Palace. Alternatively, choose to package your walking tour with a light lunch at a charming restaurant in the heart of old town. Perfect after all that walking!

Please note the Cathedral is subject to closure during National Holidays.

 

Florence Art Cafe Walking Tour

Cost: $69.00 pp

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This morning’s meeting place is a famed Florentine coffee house, tucked within the town center. Get to know your tour group (maximum of eight people) over a coffee as your local guide delivers a brief lecture on the rich heritage and art history of Florence.

Afterwards, it’s time to put your findings into practice and see the sites up close. From Piazza della Repubblica to the Arno, you’ll catch a glimpse of a hidden piazzetta, walk along the elegant Via Tornabuoni and over Santa Trinita Bridge. Beyond the authentic Oltrano district you’ll encounter the Palazzo Pitti, noble residence of the Medici family.

Admire the elegant architecture as you cross Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Pass the Uffizi Gallery's courtyard to Piazza della Signoria, the historical and political center of town. 

Before your Florence Art Cafe Walking tour concludes, savor local specialties in a bottega (bar). From a terrace offering unrivaled views of the city, toast your fellow tour group, sip on Chianti wine and relive all that’s unfolded on today's unique walking tour of Florence

 

Hidden Florence Walking Tour

Duration: 2.5hrs

Cost: $31.00 pp

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Discover the real, hidden Florence on a morning walking tour to the city's secret corners. You'll visit sites that can't be accessed by tourist buses, and travel back in time to medieval and Renaissance Florence.

The 2.5-hour morning walking tour begins at the church of Santa Maria Novella, off the beaten track and with a fascinating inlaid marble facade that's one of the landmarks of Florence. Inside the church, you'll admire masterpieces by Giotto, Masaccio and Ghirlandaio.

Around the corner is your next stop, a famous old pharmacy that's still in use today! Smell and admire the potpourris and soaps made from natural ingredients, and see the old instruments and ceramic jars used by the Dominican monks of Santa Maria Novella.

Next, you'll explore the Rucellai neighborhood and the church of Santa Trinita. You'll see frescoes in the famous Sassetti Chapel that feature detailed examples of Renaissance Florentine dress and everyday life from the period.

The walking tour continues over the River Arno to the Oltrarno neighborhood, to explore alleyways lined with artisan workshops. After exploring what was once the Jewish neighborhood of Florence, the tour ends in the picturesque Piazza Santo Spirito, a beautiful Florentine piazza that’s often overlooked by visitors.

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Behind the scenes. Spend a day living like a Florentine. For example: shopping in some of Florence's famous 19th century historical stores or explores the tradition of the Italian garden architecture in the middle of the ancient center of Florence, or perhaps a walks and visit to some of the symbolic sites of the city, to discover how the renaissance Florentine artistic culture was closely connected with the gastronomic culture. Lunch with wine included.

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Discover Florence Thru the Eyes of the Great Renaissance Artists. On these tours not only will you discover wonderful views with a local artist but learn to draw and paint them. Even if you have never painted before, this experience will let you see Florence in a way you never imagined.

 

Florence by Bike

Bike & Segway Tours

Glide through the streets of Florence on the bike or a Segway! You'll have the time of your life while discovering the many wonders of this wonderful Renaissance city.

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Florence Segway Tour

Duration: 3hrs

Cost: From $82.00 pp

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Glide through the streets of Florence on the coolest ride of the 21st century – a Segway! You'll have the time of your life while discovering the many wonders of this wonderful Renaissance city. Far easier than walking, and more unique and private than a coach tour, getting around Florence on a Segway personal transporter is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

While you ride your two-wheeled electric Segway, which operates by self-balancing, you'll listen to your audio guide via a set of headphones and hear entertaining facts and anecdotes about the history of Florence as you glide.

You could almost consider this a private tour, since groups are limited to a minimum of two and a maximum of six, plus tour leader. You’ll have fantastic photo opportunities and excellent personal service from your professional guide.

Your tour starts with a 30-minutes orientation session. Once you feel comfortable riding the Segway, your journey begins to the historic center of town. Here you will have the opportunity to visit (exterior only) all the important areas of Florence while listening to your audio-guide comfortably through your headpiece set.

 

Florence Bike Tour

Duration: 2hrs

Cost: $37.00 pp

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View the Renaissance inspired Florence by the seat of your bike on this two hour small group tour. With a maximum of eight participants per guide, you'll venture from the city center, complete with earphones for a pleasant commentary.

You'll duck and weave between narrow streets and pedestrian walk ways, identifying famous monuments and lesser visited sites, including:

  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Palazzo Pitti
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • The Duomo
  • Piazza della Repubblic

There's time to stop at several vantage points so bring your camera to capture the sites and delights. Before the tour concludes in the city center, choose between a complimentary gelato or coffee in the Oltrano district. Relax and savor your treat…it's the ideal reward after all that pedaling!

 

Lazy Sunday Tuscany Bike Tour

Duration: 5 1/2hrs

Cost: $89.00 pp

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Sunday is the day of rest, so what better way to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany while exerting minimal effort on this down hill bike ride? A shuttle bus will bring you to today’s starting point at an elevation of 2700 feet. Admire unrivaled views, passing a 13th century monastery on your 12 mile (20km) tour. Gently glide past vineyard terraces and olive groves until reaching the picturesque hill town of Fiesole.

At the first sound of growling stomachs, settle in for a delicious Italian lunch including fruits, salads, meats, breads and pasta at an Authentic Florentine Restaurant. You'll have the opportunity to pair the feast before you with the Villa's very own Chianti and Vin Santo wines, before enjoying biscotti and an espresso.

After your Sunday feast, there's only a little more down hill riding before arriving back in Florence again.

 

Tuscany Wine and Bike Tour

Duration: 5 1/2 - 7 hrs Daily

Cost: $89.00 pp

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After traversing the artistic and architectural splendors of Florence, get on your bike and head for the Tuscan hills! Combine your love of fine food, local wine and the great outdoors on the Tuscan Villa and Wine Bike Tour.

Ideal for beginners and suitable for all ages, your English speaking guide will keep you informed, enthralled and off the tourist path on these fun and leisurely encounters with regional Tuscan life.

Then when you can't peddle anymore, settle in for a delicious Italian lunch including fruits, salads, meats, breads and pasta.

You'll have the opportunity to pair the feast before you with the Villa's very own Chianti and Vin Santo wines before enjoying biscotti and an espresso.

 

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