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!
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.
- Duration: 4 Hours
- Suggested start time: 9am
- Not available Monday
- Cost: €280 for guide + cost of tickets
- Tickets: Skip the line Accademia tickets cost €16 per adults and €4 for children.
- Book more than 3 half day tours or a travel consulting package to qualify for special rates.
- 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)
From the David to the Duomo, Florence’s city center is a Renaissance wonderland and we’ll start getting into the remarkable history of the city and her artists. We’ll adapt to your needs and interests so you can enjoy this tour whether it’s your first time to the city or you’re a regular visitor.
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 (definite!) 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 Dontallo. 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.
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 experience of pieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and more. Then we can visit some of the artisans that are keeping many of these artistic traditions alive.
- Duration: 4 Hours
- Suggested start time: to be decided based on order of visit
- 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.
Book more than 3 half day tours or a travel consulting package to qualify for special rates.
- 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
Skip the line at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence’s most famous museum on a tour that devles 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.
You’ll see artistic masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael… Giotto, Gentileschi, Titian and Caravaggio. What are the hidden meanings behind Botticelli’s Birth of Venus? How would Michelangelo have felt with his work displayed alongside his rival Raphael? And what’s the scandalous story behind the famous female artist Artemesia Gentileschi’s painting? The paintings found in the Uffizi are without comparison and with the details provided by your guide, you can gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation of these works.
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 during the 15th and 16thcenturies.
As this is a private tour, your guide can adapt to your interests, focusing in more detail on your favorites or picking up the pace to take in more of the gallery. We prefer to have a conversation with our guests so we can provide a unique and tailored experience of the Uffizi.
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 in the art they left behind.
- Duration: 4 hours
- Suggested start time: Time of day will depend on the day of the week as Medici Chapels alternate opening mornings and afternoons
- 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)
Book more than 3 half day tours or a travel consulting package to qualify for special rates
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 since 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.
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.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Suggested start time: 4:15pm
- Not available Sunday
- Cost: €210 for tour + tastings
- Tastings estimated at €35 per person
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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.
TOUR ADD ONS
Below you will find 1 to 2 hour tour additions that can round out the tours described above. Each of these additions will add 1 to 2 hours to a tour above so they don’t constitute as their own tour. You can also combine a few of these tour add ons to make 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 alive centuries old traditions. On this tour you’ll visit a Florentine mosaic studio (pictured), a gold-smith studio where they still make gold jewellery by hand, and the famous Florentine paper marbling technique. We could also visit a leather producer to talk about their leather making process or the famous silk producers of Florence.
- 1-2 hour additions
- no additional fee except for the silk manufacturers (price on request but about €200)
Art & Food
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 market and the city center. Tastings include coffee and pastry, salami and cheese, olive oil and truffle oil, Florentine specialties from the tradition of cucina povera, a glass of prosecco and, of course, gelato!
- 1-2 hour addition
- Tastings can cost €10-€25 per person, depending on where we decide to go!
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.
- 1 hour visit
- Open: Mornings
- Closed (get ready for this madness): The 2nd and 4th Monday of every month and the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of every month, New Years & Christmas
- Entry ticket:
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.
- A visit will take 1-2 hours
- Closed only the first Sunday of every month
- Entry ticket for Museum + Baptistry: €10 adults, €5 kids 7-10, free kids under 6
- This ticket gets you into the Duomo, the Baptistry, Giotto’s bell tower, and climbing the dome and can be used for 72 hours
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.
- A visit will take one hour
- Opening times: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 10am-1pm
- Closed: Tuesdays, Jan 7, Easter Sunday, July 16, August 15, Christmas Day, New Years day
- Entry ticket: €11 adults, €8 for 18-25 year olds, free under 18
- Suggestion: This might pair well with a visit up to San Miniato al Monte or the Pitti Palace as both are 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.
- A visit will take one hour
- entry: free
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.
- Closed: Mondays, Jan 1, Dec 25
- Tickets: €19 for adults, €3 under 18
- Ask about combined Uffizi Gallery ticket