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Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour

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Firenze, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

The excitement, artistry and intrigue of medieval and Renaissance Florence truly come alive on this walking tour. Stroll through glorious piazzas and meandering backstreets while hearing tales of feuding painters, Medici rulers and religious fanatics who all left their mark on the city. Learn about the impressive engineering of Brunelleschi’s Dome as you step inside Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, and get tips on the best shops, restaurants and gelato spots from a local guide.
  • Top-rated walking history tour of Florence
  • Get insider tips on the best places to shop and dine
  • Great introduction to the city for first-time visitors
  • Led by a friendly, English-speaking guide
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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Local professional guide
Gratuities

Departure Point

Via dei Sassetti, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Your walking tour begins in central Florence, where you’ll greet your guide and receive an introduction to Italy’s prettiest city. As you visit highlights such as Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptsitery (Battistero), and the iconic Duomo, you’ll listen to tales featuring to affluent Medici family and the history of Italian cuisine.

Stroll through quaint piazzas and down hidden backstreets, and collect insider tips regarding the best restaurants and bars from your guide. The walking tour concludes at a location in central Florence.

Please note, shoulders and knees must be covered when entering sacred sites.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza della Repubblica
Immerse yourself in history and listen to medieval stories with a three-hour walk around Florence’s essential sights.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
Visit the churches of Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore*, a true Renaissance wonder. Amazing architecture, stunning sculptures, and fascinating frescoes
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palazzo Strozzi
History of Strozzi palace, visited from outside.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Piazza Santa Trinita
Entry to Santa Trinita church
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ponte Vecchio
History of Ponte Vecchio
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Corridoio Vasariano
Seen from outside
Stop At:  
Piazza della Signoria
Follow the footsteps of Florence’s vibrant past on our Florence tour. Who did they bury alive near the Duomo? What did Leonardo da Vinci do that Michelangelo could never forgive? How did the Medici family use famous artists throughout the centuries? And what propelled Florence to become one of the greatest art cities the world has ever seen? Together, we’ll peel back the centuries while witnessing some of history’s greatest testaments.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza del Duomo
Take in the San Giovanni Baptistery, Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, and Giotto’s bell tower. And, of course, admire Brunelleschi’s dome, and learn the story behind it. How did a goldsmith and untrained architect create the Renaissance’s greatest wonder? It’s a story we cannot wait to share with you, among so many others. (Climbing the Dome is not included)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless/backless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Group cannot enter churches (including the Duomo) during mass/other closures
  • From April 2017 onwards, new priority entry regulations to the Duomo require viewing a mandatory 30-minute video at a theatre nearby. ArtViva management has thus decided to omit entering the cathedral during the walking tour until these regulations are repealed/changed.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Artviva The Original & Best Walking Tour

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour.

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Very informative tour
Flyer552128
, Dec 2019
My husband and I attended this tour on October 1st, 2019 in the morning. Our tour guide provided a TON of information about the detailed history of Florence! There was a ton of walking involved but we enjoyed being able to see all of the sights. Definitely recommend this tour!
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Florence walking tour
Stewburger
, Oct 2019
Confusing as to were to meet and we almost missed the tour. But overall Laura the Tour guide was very nice and informative.
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Mario definitely made it fascinating
dsb1986
, Oct 2019
Our guide Mario was very passionate and knowledgeable about Florence. He was the perfect person to introduce is to the city. We learned about the Medici family and their influence, Florentine history and secrets, all while enjoying ourselves.
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Wonderful visit with Mario!
Shelley P
, Sep 2019
We took the express tour with Mario a few days ago! He was so wonderful! Very intelligent, wellspoken, a great story teller and really brought the history of Florence to life! Would definitely recommend him and any ArtViva tour!
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Superb walking tour
Voyager524513
, Aug 2019
Angelo our guide was superb entertaining us on the history for Florence !!! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend It to everyone. We were so impressed that we have booked More tours with this company
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3 crucial things you need to know after booking!
SingaporeanTourMan
, Jul 2019
1. Wear shorts! Despite what the description says, you do not need long pants or covered shoes. I showed up in both during a 35degC summer, and was really regretful :( many others from my group were in shorts and slippers, and they were able to enter all the buildings. 2. Wait for your tour guide at LEVEL 1 - at the building. They say their offices are at level 2, but after walking up a long flight of stairs to find them, they will tell you to wait at the ground level 1 for the tour guide to arrive. 3. Bring your own high quality earphones! If you own a pair of nice in-ears, the headsets they give you use a regular 3.5mm output. They will supply you with apple earpod style earphones, but a nice sealed in ear will make your tour much more enjoyable. Beside that, the tour was AMAZING. Hands down the best money I've spent in Florence. Without them, you'd be walking around the street going "oh cool hole in the wall". My tour guide, Tatiana, was a former actress who gave us a tour with extreme enthusiasm and candor. She was amazing thank you so much! This might have been the best tour I've ever taken! :)
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Excellent tour!
Getaway00368657617
, May 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 hour walking tour of Florence, Manoli was our tour guide and he was amazing! We learnt so much, and had such a great time walking around the beautiful Florence. I cannot recommend this tour enough.
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Excellent professional walking tour
YurySch
, May 2019
We enjoyed the tour with Angelo on a cold morning in Florence. Angelo is very knowledgeable, funny and enthusiastic - he makes you fall in love with Florence, its art and history (if you weren't already). The tour uses radio receivers for audio, which is very convenient. It works really well and makes the best use of the tour's time - the stream of information doesn't stop! The meeting point in the tour operator's offices, which also proved very convenient - the place is easy to find, and if one comes before time, there's a place to rest and the reception desk, where one can get information. We highly recommend this tour!
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the first time I went to Florence I...
pattiflaherty
, Jul 2018
the first time I went to Florence I took this tour and thought it gave a wonderful. guide to Florence. when I took my son back this year I booked this again as I knew it would show him things that he wouldn't see just walking around. Hilda was our guide and she was great to work with. I highly recommend her and this tour.
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Hilde was a fantastic guide. She...
Jill M
, Mar 2018
Hilde was a fantastic guide. She really brings the city to life in a very interesting and unexpected way. There are so many things to discover about Florence, you'll never learn them all, but you will see and learn about a number of very interesting places, people and things. It's easy to catch Hilde's passion for the city as she shows you around one of the most fascinating cities in the world. This tour was well worth it.
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