Below are some of our best selling private tours in Florence with options for customisation. At the bottom of the page are 1 hour tour additions where you can mix and match to create your own tour. Choose your favourites or use these suggestions as a jumping off point to create a tour experience customized entirely to you and your group.

Minimum tour time is 4 hours and rates are per group, NOT per person.

Note: April-October is traditionally 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!

For more ideas of tours, don’t forget to check out our Tours of Pisa & The Tuscan Coast and our Tuscany Art, Food & Wine Tours.

Michelangelo's David

Florence City Center & Michelangelo’s David

Skip the line at the Accademia to explore the highlights of Florence’s city center from the Cathedral Square to the medieval district, Signoria Square and Ponte Vecchio.  

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Start time: 9:15am or 2:00pm
  • Not available Monday
  • Cost: €280 for guide + cost of tickets
  • Tickets: Skip the line Accademia tickets cost €16 per adults and €4 for children.

Special Rates

  • Book more than 3 half day tours or a travel consulting package to qualify for special rates.

Customisation Options

  • Add/substitute wine or food tastings (1 hour)
  • Add/substitute a visit to the Opera del Duomo Museum (1 hour)
  • Add/substitute a visit to Santa Croce Church (1 hour)
  • Add/substitute a visit to the Palazzo Vecchio (1 hour)

Tour description

From the David to the Duomo, Florence’s city center is an open air museum, a testament to the remarkable history of the city and her artists. Whether it’s your first time to the city or you’re a regular visitor, we’ll adapt to your needs and interests, focusing on highlights or off the beaten track treasures. 

Skip the line at the Accademia to see one of the most famous statues in the world: Michelangelo’s David. The political history of Florence and the individual personality of Michelangelo himself are both on display in this statue that has embodied the soul of the city for centuries. 

Then we’ll make our way to the Piazza del Duomo. One of the things that made Florence the center of artistic invention in the Renaissance was her artists and, of course, their rivalries. In the Piazza del Duomo you’ll hear the story of how Michelangelo and Leonardo argued over the block of marble that would become the David and how Brunelleschi and Ghiberti’s numerous clashes led to the creation of two of the greatest works of Renaissance art: Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise on the baptistry and Brunelleschi’s Dome on the cathedral. 

After a possible gelato or coffee break, we’ll visit the medieval district with the square of Dante and ancient tower houses as well as the medieval church of Orsanmichele with her famed statue of Saint George by Donatello. Next we’ll visit the Signoria Square, considered Florence’s open air sculpture garden where you’ll see the original location of Michelangelo’s David and conclude the story of the rise and fall of the Medici family. You’ll finish the tour by strolling to the center of the Ponte Vecchio bridge for a view over the Arno river. 

Art & Culinary Tour of Florence

This is the tour for those of you who would like a little bit of everything – some art, some history, and of course, to enjoy some of the best food and wine of Florence! Start your morning off with a tour that will double as lunch.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Start time: 9:15am
  • Note that on Sundays the markets are closed
  • Cost: €280 for guide + cost of tastings
  • Tastings can cost €10-€30 per person depending on where we decide to go
  • Entry tickets: not necessary for city center, additional if we customise this tour to include museums

Special Rates

Book more than 3 half day tours or a travel consulting package to qualify for special rates.

Tour description

One of our favourite things to do is mix our love of food with our love of art. So we created a tour that does both! 

You’ll dive into Florence’s delectable culinary traditions while enjoying a stroll through a historic covered market and the city center. Tastings can include coffee and pastrysalami and cheeseolive oil and truffle oil, Florentine specialties from the tradition of cucina povera, a glass of prosecco or wine and, of course, gelato!

This tour can include an introduction to Florence’s city center or entry to one of Florence’s main museums like the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia to see David. Or, we can use this time to visit the Bargello sculpture museum, the Brancacci chapel in the Oltrarno, Santa Croce or Santa Maria Novella. Let us know what you’d be interested in and we can customise this aspect of the tour.

Uffizi Gallery & Artisan Workshops

Skip the line at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and discover the largest collection of Renaissance paintings in the world. With a private guide enlivening the gallery highlights with anecdotes and historical context, you’ll gain a more thorough and textured understanding of pieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and more. Then we can contrast thisvisit of historic masterpieces with visits to some of the artisans that are keeping many of these artistic traditions alive.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Start time: 9:15am or 2:00pm
  • Not available Monday (Uffizi) or Sunday (artisans)
  • Cost: €280 for guide + cost of tickets
  • Tickets: The cost of Uffizi tickets changes during the year. From March-October they are €24 per adult and €4 per children under 18 with ID. From November-February they are €16 per adult, €4 per child). These prices all include the €4 booking fee required to reserve in advance.

Special Rates

Book more than 3 half day tours or a travel consulting package to qualify for special rates.

Customization Option

  • Uffizi By Night: The Uffizi Gallery is also available during summer nights which is a wonderful time to visit. If you’re visiting during the summer, ask us about these options!
  • You can also combine the Uffizi with the Accademia gallery or another museum or the city center or food and wine

Tour description

Skip the line at the Uffizi Gallery on a tour that delves into the heart of Renaissance art and history. The Medici family built the Uffizi and started the art collection that today has grown into the largest collection of Renaissance paintings in the world. Your private guide will help navigate this vast collection, both in terms of bringing you straight to the highlights but also in understanding the history behind the paintings, their style, their subjects, and the political or religious atmosphere in which they were created.

With each piece laid out in chronological order you can easily follow the changes in society and history as we trace the changes we see in the paintings, making this less a tour about listing names and dates as a starting point to understand some of the great changes going on in Florence and Europe at some of the most exciting times in history. 

After we visit the Uffizi, we’ll head out of the museum and into the artisan workshops to see unique craftsmen in action. We can visit a Florentine mosaic studio, a gold-smith studio where they still make gold jewellery by hand using Renaissance technics, the historic Florentine leather school, the famous Florentine paper marbling, or talk with modern jewellery designers about their craft. Depending on availability, we could schedule a visit to the historic “Florentine Setificio” (silk manufacturers), do a perfume making class or a ceramics class. Let us know your interests when booking and we’ll customize this portion of the tour to you.

Michelangelo & The Medici

No family has influenced the development of Florence more than the Medici. Not only did they make their mark on the architecture and monuments throughout the city, it was their patronage that set a young Michelangelo on the path to greatness. On this tour, you’ll trace the history of both Michelangelo and the Medici and how they influenced Florence.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Start time: 9:15am or 2:00pm
  • Not available Sundays & Tuesdays
  • Cost: €280 for tour + entry tickets
  • Ticket cost: Adults: total of €34. Children: between €3-€22 depending on age *See details below
  • Price of the ticket for the Palazzo Vecchio (€13.50 per adult, €11 for 18-25 year olds, E0 for under 18 with photo ID)
  • Price of the Ticket for the Medici Chapels (€12 per adult, €5 per young adult 18-25 years old, €3 children under 18 with photo ID)
  • Price of the Ticket for Santa Croce (€8 per adult, €6 per child 12-17 years old, free for children under 12 with photo ID)

Special Rates

Book more than 3 half day tours or a travel consulting package to qualify for special rates

Tour description

Skip the line at the Medici Chapels, perhaps the greatest hidden gem of Florence that contrasts the show-stopping Medici prince chapels of the grand dukes with the artistic majesty of the New Sacristy, known as Michelangelo’s “Essay on architecture.” His statues Day, Night, Dusk and Dawn reveal the transformations of the artist after he sculpted the David.

The walk across town reveals innumerable anecdotes such as the courtyard of the Palazzo Medici that Michelangelo would have been familiar with, the disastrous Pazzi conspiracy against Lorenzo de Medici which centered around the cathedral and how Ghiberti’s style on the Gates of Paradise may have influenced a young Michelangelo. 

Then we’ll take you into one of the most historic buildings in Florence: The Palazzo Vecchio. Once the center of government for Medieval Florence, it became the home of the Medici during the Renaissance. Here you’ll see the enormous Hall of the 500 where Michelangelo and Leonardo were set to have the showdown of the century. You’ll see frescoed halls where the Medici lived, the death of mask of Dante, the Hall of the Maps and the start of the Vasari corridor. 

The tour ends with entry into one of the city’s most famous churches: the imposing Santa Croce and the tomb of Michelangelo himself, paid for by, of course, none other than the Medici family. As this is a private tour, your guide can adapt their storytelling to your group based on your interests.

Evolution of Art: Duomo & Bargello

Visit two of the most underrated of Florence’s museums. While the crowds flock to the Uffizi and Accademia, we’ll head off the beaten track to the Duomo Museum and The Bargello.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Suggested start time: 9:15am or 2:00pm
  • Cost: €280 for tour + tickets
  • Entry ticket cost: €21 per adult, €9 or free per child + ticket for either dome climb or bell tower (see below)
  • Entry ticket at the Bargello: €11 per person + €4 possible booking fee during busy season (not always necessary)
  • Entry ticket for Duomo Museum + Baptistry: €10 adults, €5 reduced (7-10 years old), free kids under 6
  • Entry ticket to climb the dome: €20 adults, €10 reduced
  • Entry ticket to climb the Bell Tower: €15, €7 reduced

Tour Description

If the Uffizi is centered on Renaissance painting, the Duomo Museum & Bargello are the treasure trove of Renaissance statuary and architecture. See the original golden “Gates of Paradise” from the baptistry, Donatello’s Mary Magdalenerare wooden statue, Michelangelo’s Pieta which was possibly intended for his grave, wooden models for the facade of the duomo and models on how Brunelleschi built the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore. The entry ticket will also allow you access into the baptistry with incredible mosaic work that is said to have inspired Dante himself.

Stroll through the Medieval district, passing the house of Dante and some of the original medieval houses in Florence on your way to the Bargello: Florence’s Sculpture Museum. Located in a historic building, this museum contains theoriginal panels for the baptistry door competition that is considered the start of Renaissance art. Donatello’s David(pictured), Verrocchio’s David, and numerous sculptures by Michelangelo and Giambologna and will complete this deep dive into Renaissance art.

Oltrarno: Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Hidden Churches & Artisans

Follow the Vasari Corridor across the Ponte Vecchio into the Oltrarno District, famous for the imposing Palazzo Pitti, vast Boboli gardens of the Medici family, it’s quintessential artisans and impressive views from the church of San Miniato al Monte. Let us know where your interests lie, and we will adapt this tour to you!

Tour description

  • 4-6 hours
  • Start time: 9:15am or 2:00pm
  • Cost: €70 per hour + tickets
  • Entry ticket to Palazzo Pitti: €11 (closed Mondays)
  • Entry ticket to Boboli Gardens: €6
  • Brancacci Chapel: €11 (closed Tuesday)

Tour details

The Pitti Palace started as the home of the Pitti family, historic friends turned rivals of the Medici before Cosimo I bought it in the 15th century, turning into the residence of the grand dukes of Tuscany. It then passed to the Hapsburg Lorraine whose extravagant style is still evident in the Royal Apartments. The palace even houses a bathroom made specifically for Napoleon. This palace houses an exceptional collection of Renaissance paintings including the largest group of Raphael paintings in Florence. A visit to the Pitti gives you the sense of how the Grand Dukes and eventually the Kings of Italy lived. A visit to the Boboli Gardens completes our full immersion in Florentine royal style that was copied all over Europe!

Oltrarno is famous for its artisans and we could spend the remainder of the tour jumping from cobblers to paper marblersleather workers and jewelry designers as we speak to craftsmen about their work before ending the tour with a rooftop aperitivo. Or we could focus on the numerous off the beaten track churches from the Brancacci Chapel to Santo Spirito or climb the hill to San Miniato al Monte for a view over all of Florence. Let us know what you would like to see and we can custom-tailor this tour to your interests.

Wine Tasting with Florence views

This private tour takes a traditional wine tasting to the next level with tastings to compare Italian sparkling, whites and reds in three iconic locations across the city and with a certified sommelier and licensed tour guide at your side. Learn about Italian and Tuscan wines while enjoying some sensational views at each stop alongside tales and curiosities from Florentine history as you stroll across the city.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Start time: 4:15pm
  • Not available Sunday
  • Cost: €210 for tour + tastings
  • Tastings estimated at €35 per person

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Tour description

On this tour you’ll enjoy a full Italian wine tasting experience with a certified sommelier and licensed tour guide in three charming locations across Florence. This tour is all about “compare and contrast” as you sample two types of wine at each stop and alternate between tasting and strolling across the city as the late afternoon fades to evening.

The first stop on this wine tasting experience will compare two types of Italy’s sparkling wine – the famous prosecco and a classical method “champagne style” sparkling wine from the north of Italy, sipped while overlooking the best hidden rooftop view of the Cathedral of Florence. Stroll through the city center with your guide pointing out a few curiosities and anecdotes that color Florentine history as you make your way to the second stop in the Oltrarno district. 

Tucked into a cozy wine shop decorated with floor to ceiling bottles, you’ll compare two white wines, a fresher light bodied white and a more full bodied varietal, paired with cheeses as you discuss food and wine pairing tips and tricks. After a stroll through the Oltrarno district with a view of the imposing Palazzo Pitti, we’ll end the tour with a comparison of some classic Tuscan reds while enjoying a spectacular view over the Arno river of the Ponte Vecchio.

By the end of this tour you’ll have tried six different Italian wines for a total of 3-4 glasses of wine per person paired at each location with bites to eat, making this a kind of deluxe Italian aperitivo, the traditional drink and snack before dinner. 


Below you will find 1 to 2 hour tour blocks that can be added to the tours described above or you can mix and match them to create your own tour. Think of it as a menu where you can pick and choose what you like. Just remember, the shortest tour time we have is 4 hours and tours are €70 per hour.

Artisans of Florence

Meet the artisans on this special access tour of Florence where you’ll see craftsman keeping centuries old traditions alive. We can visit a Florentine mosaic studio (pictured), a gold-smith studio where they still make gold jewellery by hand using medieval technics, the historic Florentine leather school, the famous Florentine paper marbling technique, or talk with modern jewellery designers about their techniques or customizable jewellery options.

Luxury artisan options with entry fee: historic Florentine silk factory, perfumery workshop

Bargello Sculpture Museum

Florence’s Sculpture Museum. Located in a historic building, this museum is incredible. The original panels for the baptistry door competition that is considered the start of Renaissance art in Italian history books. Donatello’s David (pictured), Verrocchio’s David, and numerous sculptures by Michelangelo.

Duomo Museum & Baptistry

The duomo museum is one of my favourite museums in Florence. It contains the original golden “Gates of Paradise” from the baptistry, Donatello’s Mary Magdalene statue in carved in wood, Michelangelo’s last Pieta which was possibly intended for his grave, wooden models for the facade of the duomo and models on how Brunelleschi built the dome. The entry ticket will also allow you access into the baptistry itself with incredible mosaic work that is said to have inspired Dante himself.

Brancacci Chapel

A must for art history lovers. The chapel that changed art history, started by Masaccio, the father of Renaissance painting, finished by Filippino Lippi. It’s known as the Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance and is located in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in the Oltrarno district.

San Miniato Church & View over Florence

San Miniato is one of the oldest churches in Florence, offering visitors a glimpse of early Renaissance architecture and exceptional mosaic floors. Perched on top of the hill it commands a view over the whole city. This is a must visit on any trip to Florence.

Pitti Palace Art Gallery & Boboli Gardens

The Pitti Palace started as the home of the Medici family rivals before they bought it for themselves in the 15th century. It became the residence of the Medici grand dukes of Tuscany, the Hapsburg Lorraine grand dukes of the 18th and 19th century and it even houses a bathroom made specifically for Napoleon. It is famous for the connecting Boboli gardens. It’s an exceptional collection of art kept in the original style of floor to ceiling paintings.

*Currently the grand apartments and costume galleries are closed due to Covid restrictions.


Learn from local and expert craftsmen and create something you can take home with you!

The following workshops in Florence are available upon request:

  • Ceramics
  • Leather making
  • Florentine paper marbling
  • Perfume making
  • Learn to weave (location: Pisa)