Below are some of our best selling tours in Flroence. Choose your favorites or use these as a jumping off point to create something new. Let us know what your interests are and we can create a tour experience customized entirely to you and your group. Guided tours start at €80 per hour plus any necessary skip the line entry tickets. Contact Lauren to get started.
Note: April-October are peak season in Florence and tickets to the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries SELL OUT FAST! We want to be able to satisfy your requests so the sooner we can start planning the better!
Full Day Florence Tours
Day Trip to Florence from Rome
In less than an hour and a half you could be stepping off the train straight into the heart of Renaissance Florence! Your guide will meet you directly at the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station for a tour that will show you a bit of everything that makes Florence special from tastings at a local market to skipping the line to see David at the Accademia Gallery to the largest Renaissance painting collection in the world at the Uffizi Gallery. Along the way we’ll see the magnificent Duomo, the medieval district, Signoria Square and the Ponte Vecchio. We can even stop in on artisans and craftsmen at work in their workshops.
This tour can last from 4 to 8 hours depending on what you would like to see. At the end of the day you can head straight back to Rome or choose to stay for dinner in the city. Have a look at the half day itineraries below to get some more ideas and you can pick and choose what you’d like on your tour menu for the day.
- Tour Info: 4-8 hours, depending on what you would like to see.
- Possible Tickets: Accademia: €16 adult, €4 child, Medici Chapels: €8 per person, Uffizi Gallery: €24 adult, €4 child. Tastings: €10-€40 per person depending on where we decide to go.
- Train Info: We recommend getting the Italo train from 7:55 in Roma Termini to arrive in Firenze Santa Maria Novella station by 9:31. For a full guide on how to book your tickets, click here.
Full Day Florence Tour
Spend a whole day exploring Florence with us! Combine two of the following half day tours or pick the elements that sound the most interesting to you and we will customize a tour to your interests.
- Tour Info: 6-8 hours depending on what you’d like to see.
- Tickets: additional
Half Day Tour Ideas
Art & Food of Florence: An Introduction
Florence is the capital city of homemade cuisine, exceptional red wines, and some of the most famous art in the western world. On this tour you'll enjoy a taste of everything Florence has to offer. Artistic highlights include the Ponte Vecchio, the outdoor sculpture garden that is the Signoria Square, the medieval district with Orsanmichele Church and of course the stunning Duomo itself. With our comprehensive ticket, we’ll pop into the Baptistry to see the intricate golden mosaic dome, then into the exceptional Duomo museum itself to confront Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise and the two other bronze doors of the baptistry, understand the details of how Brunelleschi constructed a dome that remains the largest of its kind in the world and see statues by Renaissance masters Donatello and Michelangelo.
While walking the paths of Florence’s great artists, you’ll also experience the genuine flavors of Tuscany as you please your palate with olive oil, tartufo and balsamic vinegar at a historic local market before heading to hole in the wall spots to try the best coffee and pastry, focaccia and finally: salamis and cheeses directly from a local producer whose farm is just outside Florence. And don’t forget, gelato was invented in Florence!
- Tour Info: 4 Hours
- Tickets: Duomo Museum: €20 per adult, €5 for children between 6-11, free for 5 and under.
- Tastings can range from €15-€30 per person depending on where we decide to go... and how much you'd like to try!
- Duomo Ticket Note: The ticket for these sites can be used for 72 hours from first use and with it you can also book your time to climb the dome (outside of the tour), enter the cathedral, and to climb the bell tower.
Uffizi Gallery & Artisan Workshops
Skip the line to visit the Uffizi Gallery and experience artistic masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael. This famous museum houses the largest Renaissance painting collection in the world, laid out in chronological order so we can easily follow the changes in society and history as we trace the changes we see in the paintings. Our approach in big museums like this one, is to have a conversation with our guests. The focus is on interaction and following artistic trends and styles not on listing names and dates! At the end you’ll have the tools to talk about Renaissance paintings in context.
Then, from viewing artworks themselves we’ll pass to their production by visiting artisan workshops around the city to see modern day craftsman at work in keeping alive the city’s artistic traditions. Depending on the day of the week, we could visit an incredible mosaic studio where they are still making pieces in the style that was actually invented for the Medici Prince Chapels (see the following tour), a hole in the wall goldsmiths shop where they still use traditional metal working techniques to produce one of a kind pieces, or the famous leather school in Santa Croce church. Depending on your interests we could also include entry to Santa Croce itself, burial place of Michelangelo and Galileo among others.
- Tour Info: 4 Hours
- Tickets: Uffizi Gallery: €24 per adult, €4 under 18 with ID. Possible Santa Croce: €8 per adult. Artisan visits free.
Michelangelo & The Medici
Visiting Michelangelo’s statue of David is a must when in Florence! We’ll skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to see this masterpiece on a tour that is all about Michelangelo and the Medici, the vastly wealthy and powerful family that set him up for success and whose story mixed money, art and power to shape the city we see today.
We’ll pass through the Medici Palace courtyard where characters like Cosimo the Elder became the richest man in Europe and Lorenzo the Magnificent took in the young Michelangelo and recovered from a dastardly plot on his life. Here we can decide whether or not to enter the palace to see Gozzoli’s frescoes of the Medici family dressed as the Three Magi, blending religious symbolism with family ambition. During a quick stop at the peaceful San Marco monastery you can admire the meditative frescoes of Fra Angelico adorning the monk’s cells in contrast with the story of the “fire and brimstone” preacher Savanarola who eventually led to the first downfall of the Medici … before his own untimely demise.
Finally, we'll reach the grandiose Medici Prince Chapels to see one of Florence’s best kept secrets. Constructed after the family’s triumphant return to influence this monumental chapel conveys the sheer unadulterated power of the 16th century Medici and contrasts perfectly with Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, located in the same complex. Known as his essay on architecture, we can see how the artist’s style matured and changed after David and his work in Rome on the Sistine Chapel, and how throughout his life his path crossed that of the family that made his reputation.
- Tour Info: 4 hours
- Tickets: Accademia: €16 adult, €4 child, Medici Chapels: €8 per adult, free under 18; San Marco: €11 per adult, free under 18. Optional entry to Medici Palace: €10 per adult, free under 18.