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DUOMO (CATTEDRALE DI SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE)

ENTRY FEE:- Free

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 055 230 2885

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Tue - Wed - Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thur: 4:00 p.m., Sat: 4:45 p.m.; Sun: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza del Duomo

One of the most magnificent Gothic structures in the world, the Duomo or the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is Florence’s drawcard. With an impressive red-tiled Renaissance dome that was designed by the Italian genius Filippo Brunelleschi, the cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary of the Flower. The intricate pink, green and white marble exterior is a sight to behold, while the interiors are decked up in sublime mosaic patterns and stained-glass windows. Its bell tower is yet another embodiment of grace. While the construction of the structure took more than 150 years to complete, the Duomo is now the fourth largest cathedral in the world.

The highlight of visiting the cathedral is the rather steep, 463-step long ascent to the cupola that will provide you some of the most arresting views of Florence. However, only the fittest should go ahead with the climb.

Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore)

PONTE VECCHIO

ENTRY FEE:- Always open

LOCATION:- Ponte Vecchio 50125 Florence

An elegant stone bridge across the Arno River and an iconic landmark in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, or the Old Bridge once belonged to butchers, and is now a bustling tourist spot. Home to some of the prettiest views of the city over the river, the bridge is incredibly romantic and perfect for an evening stroll. While it was destroyed by floods on more than three occasions, Ponte Vecchio now stands tall in the heart of Firenze. Make sure you admire the beauty of the bridge from a distance before going ahead with the climb.

A perfect place to buy souvenirs, art and jewellery, the bridge also has a statue of the noted sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. Moreover, several padlocks that are supposedly fastened by lovers wishing to stay together till eternity can be found dotting the corners of Ponte Vecchio. 

Ponte Vecchio

GALLERIA DELL’ACCADEMIA

ENTRY FEE:- € 8; Reduced price: € 4

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 055 238 8609

OPENING HOURS:- Tue - Sun: 8:15 a.m. – 6:50 p.m. The ticket office closes at 6:20 p.m.

LOCATION:- Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50121 Firenze, Italy

Galleria dell’Academia is an art gallery most famous for housing the Statue of David, perhaps Michelangelo’s best-known creation. Although there are many replicas spread all over the city, the original resides in this museum along with many other sculptors by Michelangelo, paintings from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, and notable works of art from the Gothic and Modern eras. Other important works acquired by the museum comprise Giovanni da Milano’s 14th Century ‘Pieta’, Botticelli’s ‘Madonna of the Sea’ and Lorenzo Monaco’s 15th Century masterpiece called ‘Annunciation’. Book your tickets online in advance in order to beat the unending queues, and opt for a guided tour for a more immersive visit. Galleria dell’Academia is one of Florence’s most iconic museums and a must visit for any art lover.

Galleria dell’Accademia

PALAZZO VECCHIO

ENTRY FEE:- € 10; Reduced price: € 8

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 055 276 8465

OPENING HOURS:- Mon – Wed - Fri – Sun: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Thur: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze, Italy

Overlooking the Piazza della Signora, Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence, and one of the most recognizable landmarks in the historic centre. The palace was built to depict the power and importance of the city of Florence, and has since been one of the most prominent buildings in the city. The palace’s entrance lined with grand statues, the three courtyards with arched hall-ways and richly decorated walls are all worth seeing. Home to many works of artists like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Peter Paul Reubens, this notable Florentine palace is a haven for lovers of art, history and culture. A replica of the Statue of David also resides here.
With masterpieces by Donatello and Michelangelo, symbols of the Guilds of Florence, a Hall of Geographical Maps, the Chapel of the Signoria and the Death Mask of Dante, Palazzo Vecchio is a treasure worth exploring. Climbing the 400 plus steps of Arnolfo’s 95 metre Tower is a challenge you must sign up for.

 

Palazzo Vecchio

GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI

ENTRY FEE:- 8 €

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 055 238 8651

OPENING HOURS:- Tue - Sun: 8:15 a.m. - 6:50 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Florence

Rubbing shoulders with the likes of The Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Uffizi Gallery is a treasure chest of Renaissance art and one of the most famous museums in the world. With a collection of artistic masterpieces by legends like Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, the galleria is the gift of the Medici family to Italy. Sitting next to the Palazzo Vecchio, the name Uffizi literally translates into ‘office’, and was designed by architect Giorgio Vasari.

Expect to be enthralled by magnificent pieces like Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’, Michelangelo’s ‘Tondo Doni’ and Vinci’s ‘The Annunciation’. The Medici Offices and the Vasari Corridors are equally captivating. Owing to the fact that the museum witnesses a million visitors annually, you will – no matter what – be greeted by painfully long queues. Try to avoid the same by booking your tickets online.  

Galleria degli Uffizi

CENTRO STORICO

Florence is essentially the embodiment of the Renaissance, and a city that saw rapid cultural and economic progress during the 15th and 16th centuries under the Medici family. Home to a plethora of precious medieval sights that contain invaluable works of art that are more than 600 years old, the historic centre of Florence or the Centro Storico has been designated an important UNESCO World Heritage site. The names that come under this section include The Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace, the Church of Santa Croce, and the works of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Giotto and Brunelleschi. A guided tour through these sights will provide you a better insight into the cultural glory of Florence.

Centro Storico

CAMPANILE DI GIOTTO

ENTRY FEE:- € 15

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 055 2302885

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - SUn: 8:15 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza Duomo, 50122 Florence

The bell tower of the Florence Cathedral stands tall at 85 metres and is one of the four important structures along the Piazza del Duomo in Florence. With its conspicuous red, green and white exterior, it is supposed to be the most beautiful bell tower in all of Italy. Constructed by Giotto in the fourteenth century, this vertical campanile has seven bells and five levels that amount to 414 steps. Witnessing the brilliant panorama of Florence from the top makes the climb worth all the effort.

The bell tower was, interestingly, featured in Dan Brown’s popular novel ‘Inferno’ and is rightfully a beloved tourist spot in the city.

Campanile di Giotto

BASILICA SAN MINIATO AL MONTE

ENTRY FEE:- Free

OPENING HOURS:- Sun: 8:15 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Via delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Florence

One of the highest points of Florence and a church of unsurpassed beauty, the San Miniato al Monte Basilica is an absolute Tuscan delight. Its exteriors are adorned with green and white marble, just like the Santa Maria Novella and the Santa Croce. The focal point of the nave, on the other hand, has the excellent ‘Cappella del Crocefisso’ planned by Michelozzo, along with mosaics of ‘St Minias' and ‘Christ between the Virgin’. Apart from Taddeo Gaddi’s frescoes, the basilica also houses the tombs of Cardinal James of Lusitania and Collodi, the creator of Pinocchio.

Basilica San Miniato al Monte

GREAT SYNAGOGUE OF FLORENCE

ENTRY FEE:- 5 €

OPENING HOURS:- Sun - Thur: 10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.; Fri: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Via Luigi Carlo Farini, 6, 50121 Florence

A gift from poet David Levi, the Great Synagogue of Florence  blends in seamlessly with the magnificence of the city. Drawing influences from Islamic art of the Moors of Spain, this place of worship possesses unparalleled beauty. While the construction of this Jewish religious site can be attributed to Michel, Falcini and Treves, the interiors have artwork by the painter Giovanni Pati.

As a structure that has survived wars and floods to look like the elegant spiritual landmark that it is today, the Great Synagogue deserves to be a part of your Florence itinerary. Don’t carry your bags along as the security can be very strict.

Great Synagogue of Florence

MUSEO DELL’OPERA DEL DUOMO

ENTRY FEE:- € 15 (Includes all buildings on the Piazza del Duomo)

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Sun: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza del Duomo, 9, 50122 Florence

A relatively lesser known museum in Florence, the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral (also known as the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo) essentially houses several original artefacts that were created for the Florence Cathedral. Located close to the Duomo, this museum has some important sculptures including an unfinished Pieta by Michelangelo and the ‘Gates of Paradise’ that was designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the Florence Baptistery. Yet another interesting piece is Donatello’s wooden sculpture ‘Mary Magdalen’.

With twenty-five rooms spread out on three floors and more than seven hundred works of art, this museum is more of a modern phenomenon as it was opened as late as 1891. 

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

MUSEO GALILEO

ENTRY FEE:- €9

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Sun: 9:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tue: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Piazza dei Giudici 1, 50122 Florence

There is a little something for science nerds in Florence in the form of Museo Galileo. Located in the Piazza dei Giudici, the museum displays some excellent scientific instruments including artefacts that belonged to Galileo Galilei. Interestingly, most collections come from the Medici and Lorraine Dynasty, thus throwing light on the invaluable contribution of the Tuscan region in the fields of chemistry and electromagnetism. 

The museum is also home to a vast library and a multimedia lab along with several interesting exhibitions that aim to promote scientific learning. Journals like ‘Galilaeana’ that are published by the Museo Galileo may interest science geeks.

Museo Galileo

BASILICA DI SAN LORENZO AND THE MEDICI CHAPELS

ENTRY FEE:- €5 ; €7.5 (Church and Library); €8 (Medici Chapels)

OPENING HOURS:- Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Medici Chapels: 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., everyday

LOCATION:- Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9, 50123 Florence; Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, 50123 Florence (Medici Chapels)

The Basilica di San Lorenzo shares a deep connection with Michelangelo as it is home to the tombs of Giuliano Medici and Lorenzo, both of which were designed by the legendary artist. The church was reconstructed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th Century on what was supposed to be the oldest place of worship in Florence. Its pulpits were created by Donatello and the interiors contain the fresco of the Martyrdom of St. Lawrence by Bronzino. The Biblioteca Laurenziana is an equally impressive historical library within the complex which unfortunately, is not always open to the public.

The Medici Chapel, which is essentially the burial site of the Medici family, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and the patrons of the church is a part of the premises of the Basilica. Designed by Brunelleschi and Michelangelo, it is one of the most striking mausoleums in the world. The tickets for the same, however, are not included in the Church of San Lorenzo tour.

Basilica di San Lorenzo and The Medici Chapels

GIARDINO BARDINI

ENTRY FEE:- € 8

OPENING HOURS:- Tue – Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Villa Bardini, da Costa San Giorgio 2 Florence

A rather inconspicuous Renaissance garden in Florence, the Giardino Bardini some arresting views of the city. Nestled between the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio, this garden was once a property of the Mozzi family, and was later taken over by Stefano Bardini along with the ornate villa that is part of the estate. 

Today, the garden boasts of some pretty Baroque statues and olive trees along with a neatly terraced landscape. The presence of several benches and a cafe is a plus, especially if you are looking for a nice picnic spot in Florence.

Giardino Bardini

PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO

ENTRY FEE:- Free

OPENING HOURS:- Always Open

LOCATION:- Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Florence

Head over to the Piazzale Michelangelo for the most stunning views of Florence by virtue of the climb that begins from the Piazza Poggi in the San Niccolo neighbourhood. Established by Giuseppe Poggi in 1869 and dedicated to Italy’s favourite artist Michelangelo, the square has a bronze replica of the David adorning its centre. 

With a maddening number of stalls that sell fast-food and cheap souvenirs, this place is evidently a popular tourist spot and can therefore get very crowded. However, the splendid panorama of the city with the hills of Tuscany in the background makes up for all the inconvenience.

Piazzale Michelangelo

PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA

OPENING HOURS:- Always open

LOCATION:- Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Florence

The political and historical heart of the city and a representation of its civic life, the Piazza della Signora is essentially Florence in a nutshell. The square is embellished with beautiful sculptures and important structures, the Palazzo Vecchio being the most notable of all. This L shaped piazza also serves as the gateway to the remarkable Uffizi Gallery and is therefore one of the most visited Florentine sights. Yet another highlight of this beautiful place is the replica of Michelangelo’s David standing at the Palazzo’s entrance along with Hercules, the Neptune Fountain and a lion statue called The Marzocco. The latter is part of the Loggia dei Lanzi Gallery that adorns a corner of Signoria.

Created as early as the thirteenth century, the Piazza della Signora is now dotted with some of the most celebrated cafes and restaurants of Florence. 

Piazza della Signoria

MUSEO DI SAN MARCO

ENTRY FEE:- €4

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Fri: 8:15 a.m. -1:50 p.m.; Sat - Sun: 8:15 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza San Marco, 1, 50123 Florence

A Dominican monastery embellished with the many wonderful paintings of Fra’ Angelico, San Marco is now a museum that brilliantly embodies the confluence of Florentine culture and religion. Erected by the architect Michelozzo and the former home of the preacher Girolamo Savonarola, the complex includes a wonderful cluster of cells where monks once lived, a vast library and a hospice hall.

Angelico’s wall paintings for San Marco are some of the most celebrated works of sixteenth century art, and notable among these are the ‘San Marco Alterpiece’, ‘The Last Judgement’, ‘Madonna and Child’ and ‘Deposition’. The Annunciation Fresco that guides you into the dormitories of the museum is an illustration of faith and compliance. You can also find a small scale version of ‘The Last Supper’ by Ghirlandaio within San Marco’s premises.

Museo di San Marco

BASILICA DI SANTA CROCE

ENTRY FEE:- €8

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Sat: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Florence

Perhaps the most important Franciscan church in the city of Florence, the Basilica di Santa Croce is the resting place of Michelangelo, one of the greatest painters and sculptors of all time. Moreover, legends like Machiavelli and Galileo Galilei are also buried here. The striking marble facade of the church, which also has a memorial to Dante and Florence Nightingale, is a sight to behold. Constructed by Arnolfo di Cambio sometime in the thirteenth century, the basilica also houses works by premier artists like Donatello and Giotto.

Basilica di Santa Croce

MUSEO DEL BARGELLO

ENTRY FEE:- € 4

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Sun: 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Via del Proconsolo 4, 50122, Florence

A mecca for sculpture enthusiasts, the National Museum at the Bargello houses works by the likes of Cellini, Donatello, Michelangelo and Giambologna. ‘Saint George’ and ‘David’ by Donatello are some of the most prized possessions of this 19th Century museum. Michelangelo’s ‘Bacchus’ is yet another striking piece of art here, along with Giovanni's ‘Pietà'. Since this place is relatively less crowded, you can soak in all the art at leisure. 

 

Museo del Bargello

PALAZZO MEDICI RICCARDI

ENTRY FEE:- €7

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Sun: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

LOCATION:- Via Camillo Cavour, 3, 50129 Florence

What was once home of the Medici Family, the Palazzo Medici is now a shining example of Renaissance architecture. With a dominating stone exterior, the elegant Cappella dei Magi and the impossibly pretty courtyard of Michelozzo, the palace is an absolute treasure. The Capella dei Magi, which used to be the private chapel of the family, is adorned with elegant frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli. The palace also plays host to Filippo Lippi’s ‘Madonna with Child’. The palace is now called the ‘Plazzo Medici Riccardi’ as it was sold to the nobleman Gabbriello Riccardi sometime in the 17th Century.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi

PALAZZO PITTI

ENTRY FEE:- € 8.5 (Palatine Gallery and Royal Apartments); € 8.5 (The Gallery of Modern Art); € 7 (Silver Museum); € 7 (Porcelain Museum); € 7 (Costume Gallery)

OPENING HOURS:- Tue - Sun: 8:15 a.m. – 6:50 p.m. (Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art); 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Silver Museum, Porcelain Museum, Costume Gallery)

LOCATION:- Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Florence

A remarkable and imposing Renaissance palace that was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi for the Pitti family sometime in the 15th Century, the Palazzo Pitti is an important landmark in Florence. While it was majorly modified and sold to the Medici family in the 16th Century, the present structure houses valuable paintings and treasures. At the Palatine Gallery, you can see works by Baroque and Renaissance greats like Raphael to Pietro and Corregio. The Royal Apartments and Silver Museum are equally awe inspiring with their Medici household displays. The Gallery of Modern Art which is also a part of the premises, has everything from 18th Century to World War artefacts.

In order to enrich your visit, you must also see the Porcelain Museum and Costume Gallery which has a multitude of intricate princely porcelain pieces and costumes respectively. The iconic Boboli Gardens are a part of the Palazzo Pitti complex and you will therefore have covered a number of important Florentine sights in a day.

Palazzo Pitti

CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA

ENTRY FEE:- € 5

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Thur: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Fri: 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Florence

A perfect amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance art and architecture, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella was Michelangelo’s muse and also his ‘bride'. A few minutes from the Florence train station, this convent was built by Dominican monks between the thirteenth and fourteenth century. While the design of the impressive exterior can be credited to Leon Battista Alberti and Fra Jacopo Talenti, the colossal interiors were supposedly conceived by Brunelleschi who was also responsible for the dome of the Duomo. The premises include the Chapels of Filippo Strozzi, Della Pura, Bardi, Rucellai, Spanish, Gondi, Strozzi di Mantova and Sacristy. 

Interestingly, this was the first great church of Florence. Its artistic treasures range from Filippo Brunelleschi’s ‘The Crucifix’ to stained glass windows by Alessandro Agolanti.

Church of Santa Maria Novella

BATTISTERO DI SAN GIOVANNI

ENTRY FEE:- 15 € (Includes all buildings on the Piazza del Duomo)

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Fri: 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m; Sat: 8:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sun: 8:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza del Duomo, 50123 Florence

Supposedly the oldest religious site in Florence, the Baptistery of San Giovanni is part of the Piazza del Duomo, and was reportedly constructed over the ruins of a Roman temple as early as the 5th Century AD. This octagonal baptistery is dedicated to the Patron Saint of the city, and has three intricately decorated bronze doors including copies of the ‘Gates of Paradise’ as described by Michelangelo. The interiors house works by Michelozzo and Donatello along with an impressive mosaic dome. The great Dante and several members of the Medici dynasty were all baptised inside this minor basilica.

Battistero di San Giovanni

LOGGIA DEI LANZI

OPENING HOURS:- Always Open

LOCATION:- Piazza della Signoria, 50121, Florence

An open air gallery on the Piazza Signoria, the Loggia dei Lanzi has a vast collection of Renaissance art. Constructed in the 14th Century by Simone di Francesco Talenti and Benci di Cione, this exhibition has everything from impressive marble statues to some striking bronze figures. Popular names include the Medici Lions that serve as the symbol of Florence, ‘Rape of the Sabine Women’ and ‘Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus’ by Giambologna, ‘Menelaus and Patroclus’, and Benvenuto Cellini’s ‘Perseus’. 

You can also find several important Latin inscriptions on the walls of the Loggia. Owing to the fact that it is always open and free, you should expect people to come in large numbers.

Loggia dei Lanzi

BOBOLI GARDENS

ENTRY FEE:- € 7

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Fri: 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 pm

LOCATION:- Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Florence

Occupying a space of over 100 acres, the Boboli Gardens are situated behind the Palazzo Pitti premises and are the most popular gardens in Florence as they collectively form an open-air museum of sorts. With spectacular sculptures, fountains, oak trees and colourful blossoms, this place looks straight out of a fairy-tale. Make sure you explore the Amphitheater, the ancient Egyptian Obelisk, the Neptune Fountain and the Fountain of the Ocean.

Considering the abundance of fresh air and the most verdant trees, the Boboli Gardens are rightfully designated the ‘lung of Florence’. The only downside is the fact that picnics aren’t really encouraged on the site.

Boboli Gardens

PONTE SANTA TRINITA

MEALS FOR TWO:- Ponte Santa Trinita, 50100 Florence

OPENING HOURS:- Always open

The second most popular bridge in Florence, the Ponte Santa Trinita is comparatively more modest and connects Piazza Santo Spirito to the shopping street of Via Tornabuoni. While it was once a wooden structure with ornate statues that witnessed major destruction on several occasions, the present stone bridge is the work of Emilio Brizzi and Riccardo Gizdulich, and was finished only in 1958. The elegant statues of the Four Seasons can still be seen here. Not many people are aware of the fact that the Point Santa Trinita is the world’s oldest elliptic arch bridge.

Ponte Santa Trinita

PIAZZA DELLA REPUBBLICA

ENTRY FEE:- Free

MEALS FOR TWO:- Piazza della Repubblica, 50123 Florence

OPENING HOURS:- Always Open

One of the main medieval squares of Florence and a former Roman Forum, the Piazza della Repubblica is among the oldest structures in the city, and houses the Column of Abundance that dates back to the 15th Century. What was once a ghetto, this piazza is now bustling with tourists, fancy cafes and street performers along with an ‘Arc of Triumph’ that might just remind you of Paris. Visit after sunset for a good time.

 

Piazza della Repubblica

FLORENCE ELECTRIC CAR TOUR

OPENING HOURS:- 2 hours

LOCATION:- Via delle porte nuove 27/a, Florence

There is nothing quite like exploring the historic centre of Florence in an electric vehicle. Environmentally friendly and a unique experience, you must book one of these cart tours well in advance. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you throughout the trip and you would have to pay around 30 Euros for the outing.

Florence Electric Car Tour

RUNNING

OPENING HOURS:- 1 hour

The most popular running tour in Florence begins at the Piazza Duomo, past the Piazza della Repubblica, the Piazza della Signora, the Piazzale Michelangelo, followed by great views over the Arno river and ends at the starting point. The route is around 9 kilometres long and you must head out early in the morning. You will have a tour leader and the price is around 25 Euros.

Running

WALKING TOURS

OPENING HOURS:- 2 - 3 hours

Walking tours in Florence range from the Uffizi Gallery to the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo. A reliable guide will provide you a comprehensive insight into some of the best sights of the city, ranging from its artistic achievements and historical wonders to its architectural delights. The tours could either be absolutely free or could cost anything between 60 to 90 Euros.

 

Walking Tours

HIKING

OPENING HOURS:- 4 hours

There is no dearth of breath-taking nature trails around Florence. You could hike up to the sublime hills of Montececeri, go on a trekking excursion to the Cinque Terre villages or even hike around the pretty olive groves of the Tuscan countryside. You will have to pay anything between 60 to 100 Euros depending on the destination you choose and a tour guide will be provided.

 

Hiking

WINE TOURS

OPENING HOURS:- Mon - Sat: Prior bookings are imperative

If history is the heart of Italy, wine is the soul. Your trip to Florence will be incomplete without a wine tour of the Tuscan countryside. You could go right up to Chianti where your guide will show you around vineyards and let you sample delicious Italian wines while educating you on variants from several other parts of the world.

Wine Tours

HORSE RIDING

LOCATION:- Via Curtatone, 9, 50123, Florence

Take a day trip from Florence to the Tuscan countryside and have a whale of a time trekking on horseback. The guides will make sure that you are safe and comfortable, and the exciting adventure will be topped up with some wine tasting.

Horse Riding

BIKE TOURS

OPENING HOURS:- 2 hours

LOCATION:- http://www.ibikeflorence.com/

Bike excursions around Florence aren’t a rarity because of the number of English speaking guides who will gladly show you around the Tuscan countryside on a bicycle! You could even cycle your way around the historic centre of the city and soak in all the magnificent sights. Tours must be booked in advance.

Bike Tours

BOAT TOURS

OPENING HOURS:- 1+ Hours

LOCATION:- Piazza della Repubblica

Florence is one of the most romantic cities in the world and what could possibly add more charm to your experience than cruising down the Arno River on a wooden boat? You can look around historical wonders like the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery while sipping on a glass of wine with the cool wind in your hair. Tours come for around 40 Euros per person.

Boat Tours

COOKING LESSONS

The Italians love their food and there’s nothing like taking a few cherished local recipes home. You could perhaps sign up for a pasta making class or go for an entire week of cooking lessons if you are staying longer in Florence. Soon, you’ll be able to whip up a grand Tuscan dinner all by yourself! Bookings need to be made in advance.

Cooking Lessons

VESPA TOURS

OPENING HOURS:- 4 Hours

Ride a Vespa out of Florence through the Tuscan countryside with its splendid olive groves, medieval castles and vineyards. You might just feel like a local on one of these vintage vehicles. All the necessary instructions and safety information will be provided well in advance, right after you make your bookings.

Vespa Tours

SEGWAY TOURS

OPENING HOURS:- 3 hours

LOCATION:- Via dei Cimatori 9R, Florence

Segways (self-balancing electric vehicles) seem to have taken the world by storm and Florence is one of the many places to have embraced this fun mode of transportation. Check out the most iconic sights of the city with an experienced guide while steadying yourself on a Segway, and you might just feel like a character out of ‘Back to the Future’.

 

Segway Tours

RAFTING TOURS

LOCATION:- Piazza Poggi

Rafting in Florence is a well-kept secret. You could raft along the River Arno and relish in the views of the Ponte Vecchio, the National Library, the Piazzale Michelangelo and even the Uffizi Gallery. All the equipment will be provided to you, along with a licensed tour guide. For a more thrilling experience, head over to the Bagni di Lucca village in Tuscany and raft along the rapids of River Lima.

Rafting Tours

LEATHER-WORKING COURSES

LOCATION:- Via Bufalini 3 IT - 50122, Florence

Florentine leather has earned a global name for itself and you could sign up for a full day of leather-working class where you will learn everything about assembling and finishing leather products. The finished purse, an embodiment of your hard work, will be all yours to keep.

Leather-working Courses

VINTAGE MOTOR TOUR

OPENING HOURS:- 4 hours

Take a short break from Florence and hop aboard a retro Fiat 500 for a tour of the hilly Tuscan countryside to live the Italian dream. A delicious, authentic Italian lunch along with wine tasting opportunities is also a part of the tour if you choose a higher package.

Vintage Motor Tour