Walking tour of Florence

A stroll for admiring the historical, artistic and cultural highlights of the city.

Florence: a guided tour

The first experience to have when you arrive in the city is a nice walk and for this, I propose a guided walking tour of Florence to get a first impression of the city. The guided tour is on foot because the historic center of Florence is relatively sparse and strolling is the best way to get to know it.

We choose the starting point of the guided tour together and the guided walking tour of Florence usually lasts about three hours. Even if the historic center is not wide, at every step something is amazing to admire. Walking with the nose upwards is the best way to get to know the cradle of the Renaissance.

History, Art, Culture

The guided tour in Florence includes all the places of the historical, artistic and cultural importance of the city: the religious center, the political center, the palaces, the churches, the bridges. The itinerary of the guided walking tour of Florence is never the same but always includes the highlights.

The guided tour

The guided tour of Florence on foot allows you to enjoy the beauty of the city not running, slowly, according to the rhythm of the heart and above all respects all the needs that a person can have.

The religious center

During the walk, we visit the religious center of Florence: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its shining white, red and green marble slabs, with its magnificent red-brick dome and its majestic doors.

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The Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Bell Tower

The history of the Cathedral coincides with the history of the city and its brilliant artists: do you know how the dome was built in 16 years without using traditional wooden scaffolds? It was Brunelleschi who built it and I will explain how. Our guided walking tour continues with perhaps the most beloved church in Florence: the Baptistery of St. John the Baptist is located in front of the Duomo and is the place where all the Florentines of the past, from Dante Alighieri to Lorenzo The Magnificent, from Botticelli to the Medici were baptized.

Its mosaics have inspired Dante's “Divine Comedy”, its marble geometries have influenced Florentine architecture for centuries. Its gates started the Renaissance. Next to the Duomo stands Giotto's Bell Tower, with its mullioned windows that look like marble lace and its statues that tell us about the history of sculpture.

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The historical center

The guided walking tour of Florence then continues to discover the city. Proceeding on foot with the guided tour we pass through narrow streets of Florence where we can admire thousands of years old buildings: towers of important Florentine families, small churches, hidden corners of the city, unexpected views. How did the Florentines live in the Middle Ages? What was everyday life like in the city? With the guided walking tour in Florence, you will discover it together with stories and legends.

A few meters away, you seem to be walking in another city: the guided walking tour continues in the modern district of Florence, the area around Piazza della Repubblica with its wide streets and elegant buildings, cafes and charmful shops.

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Signoria Square and Old Bridge

Always on foot, the guided tour arrives in the iconic square of Florence, Piazza della Signoria: this square has been the center of political and civil life in the city since the thirteenth century. With the Palazzo della Signoria standing with its high tower, the square is an open-air museum: here you will find sculptures narrating the story of the city and the Renaissance, starting from Michelangelo's copy of David, the Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini, the Fountain of Neptune by Bartolomeo Ammannati, the Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna. Continuing our guided walking tour of Florence, the Piazzale degli Uffizi opens next to the square. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important museums in the world and you can visit it with me by skipping the long lines that usually occupy the square. The guided walking tour of Florence cannot fail to include a stroll on the Ponte Vecchio, one of the most romantic places in the city, a bridge that survived the floods and the destruction of the war to symbolize the strength and obstinacy of the Florentines but also their love of beauty.

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