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Best of Florence: Renaissance and Medieval City Walking Tour

Firenze, Italy

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icon2 hours to 1 day  (Approx.)
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Explore the rich history and top attractions of Florence on a guided walking tour. Led by a local guide, hear about the rule of the influential Medici family during the Renaissance as you stroll through the neighborhood of San Lorenzo. Travel past the Medici Chapels, admire the iconic exterior of the Duomo, follow from the outside the entire path of the famous Vasari Corridor and see the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, now host to a hub of jewelry shops.
  • Central Florence walking tour, led by an expert local guide
  • Explore the San Lorenzo neighborhood and learn about the Medici family
  • See the Medici Chapels and the Basilica of San Lorenzo
  • Walk around the Duomo Complex
  • Stroll through Piazza della Signoria to see statues like Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women
  • Pass top Florence attractions like Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio, and Pitti Palace
  • Visit the elegant cloister designed by Brunelleschi, a green oasis of peace in the heart of the Medici district
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Local Professional Guides
Hop-on hop-off walking tour across 2 circuits
Unlimited access to the self-guided mobile city guide
Multilingual audio commentary of the itineraries and of the interest points
smartphone headphones
Entry to Attractions

Departure Point

1: Piazza della Repubblica, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
2: Piazza di San Firenze, Piazza di S. Firenze, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
3: Piazza di Santa Trinita, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
4: Piazza di San Lorenzo, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
5: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, di Santa Maria Novella, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
6: Piazza di Santa Croce, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
7: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
8: Piazza Pitti, Piazza de' Pitti, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
9: Piazza di San Giovanni, Firenze FI, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your walking tour begins in central Florence, where you join up with your guide. Travel first to the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, a popular spot with visitors and locals alike for its open-air market, which sells a wide array of leather goods, clothing and more. As you go, your guide will discuss the rule of the Medici family and their significant impact on the city's politics and art during the Renaissance. 

Admire the Medici Chapels designed by Michelangelo and Matteo Nigetti, where members of the Medici family are buried and discover the Palazzo Medici Riccardi with its charming courtyard, before to check out the Basilica of San Lorenzo with its gorgeous cloister.

Next, wander over to one of Florence’s most iconic landmarks, the Duomo, where Brunelleschi’s Dome famously sits.  Discover the beauty of the Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower while learning the history of the architecture.

The tour leads you then to “Il Porcellino”, the bronze piglet statue that offers luck to those who rub his nose, located at the Straw Market, before to reach the bustling square of Piazza della Signoria, home to the Palazzo Vecchio, outdoor cafes and a collection of famous sculptures, including Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women. 

From here your stroll gives you the chance to externally follow the entire path of the celebrated Vasari Corridor, passing through the gorgeous Uffizi Gallery courtyard, crossing the Arno River walking along the historic Ponte Vecchio and reaching the marvelous Pitti Palace. Finally, reach the Medieval Quarters of the city, where Dante Alighieri lived and where you also find the charming Badia Fiorentina and the austere Bargello Palace.

Please note that the order of the visits may change.
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Basilica di San Lorenzo
The church of the Medici family, where you visit the elegant cloister, designed by Brunelleschi, the architect of the famous Dome: a green oasis of peace in the heart of the Medici district.
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Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Designed by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo for Cosimo de' Medici, head of the Medici banking family
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Piazza San Giovanni
The wonderful square also called Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the impressive Cathedral with the Cupola del Brunelleschi, Giotto's bell tower and the Baptistery of S. John with the Gates of Paradise
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Fontana del Porcellino
One of the most famous monuments in Florence for its tradition and superstition, located in the Mercato della Paglia (straw market)
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Piazza della Signoria
The famous square which can be considered an "outdoor sculpture museum", dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio.
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi
One of the most important museums in the world, home to masterpieces of great artists like Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello and many others
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Ponte Vecchio
The famous "jewels bridge" , the oldest bridge in Florence
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Palazzo Pitti
The palace houses several important museums and was built in the second half of the 15th century probably on a project of Filippo Brunelleschi.
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Badia Fiorentina
The famous abbey and church now home to the Monastic Communities of Jerusalem situated in the centre of Florence. Dante supposedly grew up across the street in what is now called the 'Casa di Dante', in the medieval quarters.
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Museo Nazionale del Bargello
This austere crenellated building is the oldest public building in Florence and it served as model for the construction of the Palazzo Vecchio.
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Basilica of Santa Croce
The Basilica of Santa Croce, famous for being the burial site of some of the most illustrious Italians including Michelangelo and Galileo, is one of the city's most sought-after sights
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable shoes are suggested
  • Live Commentary: Italian & English
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Pre-recorded Audio Guides: English; Spanish; German; French; Italian; Chinese
  • Our Circuits depart every 90 minutes. You can track your nearest local guide at any time, using the Vox City App.
  • To follow our Guided itineraries you need to bring with you your own self phone and headphones
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY CAF Tour and Travel

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of Florence: Renaissance and Medieval City Walking Tour?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Best of Florence: Renaissance and Medieval City Walking Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Best of Florence: Renaissance and Medieval City Walking Tour.
What is the maximum group size during Best of Florence: Renaissance and Medieval City Walking Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Great Experience!
, Aug 2019
This was a fabulous way to understand Florence's history and get to know the city. The only negative was the tour people were not dressed according to what we were told not did they identify themselves which caused some confusion.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear weg00nvacati0ns, let us thank you for having booked one of our activities and shared your experience with us and our common readers! We are really glad to see your appreciation of our Best of Renaissance and Medieval Florence walking tour, the most exhaustive experience to enjoy all the most iconic and famous monuments of the city, led by a professional local guide! Your review fills us with great pride and represents the best reward for all the efforts and passion that we daily put in our job, since more than 60 years, to ensure our customers the most pleasant and professional experience! We hope to welcome you again in one of our activities, there's so much more to see and experience! Our Best Regards
Very informative and interesting!
, Apr 2019
Our tour guide was incredibly knowledge about the history of Florence. Each monument and the background was provided in detail. She seemed to have a real passion for Florence's history which is infectious. The only recommendation would that it would be great to be able to walk and talk more, as it was a chilly day and standing in a spot made me feel more cold.
We want a refund!
Ed K
, Jul 2018
Waste of precious vacation time and money. Was a total of 10 people. 6 French speaking and 4 English. The guide struggled with both languages and spent 70% with French folk and 30 with us English. The guide had trouble with both languages, but mostly with the english language. Trouble communicating about the subject matter. A refund should made!
Helena was a great host and was very...
Jenny H
, Apr 2018
Helena was a great host and was very knowledgeable. We ticked all the main boxes with her. Highly recommended!
Larisa our guide was very knowledgeable...
Loretta M
, Apr 2018
Larisa our guide was very knowledgeable and made it very interesting
This tour was amazing. The guide was...
Patrick M
, Jan 2018
This tour was amazing. The guide was very informative and with Florence’s history and ability to keep their treasures was well worth seeing
It was very informative however, the...
Anika P
, Sep 2017
It was very informative however, the guide was boring to listen too. She did not make it very exciting. Following I had no idea it they were going to speak in Spanish and English which made the tour even longer than it needed to be.
Relaxed small group tour - conducted...
Melanie F
, Sep 2017
Relaxed small group tour - conducted in both French and English. This did present some challenges - particularly hanging around in quite crowded areas while the guide switched between languages. However, she was very informative and worked hard to keep us engaged. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to start their Florence experience with an introduction to the main parts of the city or like me anyone with only a limited amount of time to look around.
Sylvia did a great job on this...
Laurie and Jack B.
, Mar 2017
Sylvia did a great job on this introductory tour to Florence. She will give you information on where to go during your stay and some inside tips.
It was us and another 3 Spanish...
Luke Z
, Feb 2017
It was us and another 3 Spanish tourists waiting for the guide so we figured we'd be split but to our dismay we were grouped together with an English and Spanish-speaking guide. Don't get me wrong the tour was very informative and the guide very fluent and knowledgable but we felt like we got half of what we signed up for. At each stop the same information was narrated in the 2 languages, so in practical terms, had it been an English-speaking only group which is what we imagined it would be we would have gotten double the information in the allotted time! The time spent narrating in Spanish and vice versa for our Spanish counterparts could have been used for additional information in English. We were truth be told quite disappointed by this as the guide had a lot to offer.

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