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Full-Day Tour of Florence with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Typical Lunch

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Full-Day Tour of Florence with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Typical Lunch
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Spend a day exploring the Tuscan hills, marveling at art masterpieces, and tucking into Italian cuisine on this full-day tour of Florence. Look out over the city from hilltop Fiesole, admire the architecture of Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy a delicious lunch (included) of typical Tuscan specialties. Then, discover why Florence is nicknamed the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’ with skip-the-line tours of the city’s two leading art galleries—the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery.
  • Enjoy views over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo and the Fiesole hills
  • Admire landmarks such as the Duomo, Basilica di Santa Croce, and Piazza Signoria
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and da Vinci with skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries
  • Tuck into a delicious Tuscan-style lunch
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Journey by fully-fitted GT Coach
Combination of Florence morning & afternoon city tours
Professional guide
Typical Tuscan lunch with drinks included
Earphones for bigger groups
Skip the line Accademia and Uffizi tickets
Walking tour of Florence
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Piazzale Montelungo, Firenze FI, Italy

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

50122 Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Meet your guide in central Florence and hop aboard an air-conditioned coach for the journey to Fiesole. Soak up the scenery as you climb up into hills just north of Florence, then jump out to admire the views from the high vantage point.

Hop back on the bus and make a beeline for Piazzale Michelangelo in the Oltrarno neighborhood, another prime lookout point. Gaze out over the Arno River, spot landmarks like Brunelleschi’s Dome and Palazzo Vecchio from afar and pose for photos by the bronze statue of Michelangelo’s David.

Continue your tour in the historic center of Florence and keep your camera close by as you pass the magnificent Duomo and Baptistery, the striking Basilica di Santa Croce and the palazzos of Piazza Signoria. After your morning tour, break for lunch at a local restaurant and refuel with a scrumptious menu of traditional Tuscan cuisine.

Start your afternoon tour with a visit to the first of Florence’s two great galleries—the Accademia Gallery, and beat the crowds with skip-the-line entrance. Inside, be captivated by works from artists like Michelangelo, Giambologna and Botticelli, but be sure to visit the gallery’s star attraction—Michelangelo’s original ‘David’ sculpture, upheld as the symbol of Florence.

The final stop is the Uffizi Gallery, home to Renaissance wonders including Titian's ‘Venus of Urbino’ and Botticelli's ‘Primavera’. Skip the queue with priority entrance, then feast your eyes on priceless paintings from the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Caravaggio. Your tour ends here, so either stay on to further explore the galleries or make your own way back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Florence
There is no better way to acquaint yourself with the “Cradle of the Renaissance” than by immersing yourself into our most comprehensive tour of Florence. Be sure to have your camera ready! Meet your friendly, local tour guide at Piazzale Montelungo Bus Terminal in the morning. Piazzale Montelungo is located 5-10 minutes walking distance from Santa Maria Novella train station. Grab a seat on the comfortable coach bus, and you will shortly depart for Piazzale Michelangelo! During the short drive uphill, your guide will dive into some interesting information about this popular, breathtaking square.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazzale Michelangelo
The bus will drop you off right at Piazzale Michelangelo, saving you the time and effort of walking up a steep set of stairs. Your guide will explain that it is famous for the incredible, panoramic views of the Florentine skyline. In fact, you may want to return here on your own for sunset later in the evening, as the locals do! Your guide will point out some of the prominent landmarks in the skyline - such as Brunelleschi’s dome, Palazzo Vecchio, countless Romanesque-style churches, and the rolling hills and fortresses in the distance. You will have some free time to admire the panorama from various viewpoints, and of course - take plenty of memorable photos!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fiesole
Find your seat on the comfortable coach bus, and you will be on the way to your next destination! As your guide discusses some things to do and see in Fiesole, you can admire views of the villas and vineyards throughout the Florentine countryside. In about twenty minutes, you will arrive in this charming, hilltop town. While Fiesole is home to plenty of hidden gems, it is most well-known for the breathtaking, panoramic views overlooking the entire Arno Valley. If you look close enough, you can see Brunelleschi’s Dome dominating the city of Florence. Your guide will point you in the direction of the lookout point along the ancient, cobblestone streets.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Galleria dell'Accademia
After a dream-like morning in the enchanting hills of Florence, the coach bus will take you back to Florence. Follow your guide to the Accademia Galleria, a true treasure chest of Renaissance glory. Your guide will usher you past the long line with skip-the-line passes, and you will begin on your 1.15 hour journey in one of the most famous art galleries in the world… Your expert guide will lead you directly to the Hall of Prisoners. This hall is lined in Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures. The ancient marble will forever remain unfinished, portraying the unique art form of “non-finito.” Michelangelo wanted the viewer to experience the emotions of the art, as the characters are trapped in marble, waiting to emerge as a masterpiece. You can admire the exact spots where Michelangelo worked with his chisel and hammer hundreds of years ago. Discover the interesting stories of each of the “Prisoners” in this hall, as your guide leads you to the finale - “David.”
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Galleria dell'Accademia
With much suspense, your guide will introduce you to the unmissable "David," dominating above the tiny viewers. Weighing over 12,000 pounds and at 17 feet tall, this is one of the largest, and most important pieces of art of all time. Discover the secrets behind this epic sculpture, while you learn more about Michelangelo and his intriguing life. Did you know Michelangelo was at the shy age of 26 years old when he finished “David”? You will visit the intriguing and complex sculpture, “Rape of the Sabines,” by Giambologna. Then, visit works of art by Renaissance masters such as Sandro Botticelli, Jacopo di Cione, and Pacino di Buonaguida. By the end of your tour of the Accademia Gallery, you will undoubtedly have a new appreciation for Renaissance art, and you will be ready to see more!
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza del Duomo
Time for some fresh air during a picturesque walk! Your guide will lead you through the most lovely streets in Florence until you reach the unmistakable Piazza del Duomo. You will be welcomed by the white, green, and pink marble… a sight impossible to forget! Your guide will introduce you to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Giotto’s bell tower, Brunelleschi’s dome, and San Giovanni’s Baptistery. Follow your guide around the square to learn all about these iconic buildings, their rich histories, and even some local legends!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Duomo
The first half of your tour will finish in front of the iconic Florence Duomo, where you can ask any questions to your friendly guide! After taking some more photos, follow your guide to a nearby restaurant for a relaxing and delicious break.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Florence
After a delicious lunch and short break to relax and regroup, head to Piazza San Firenze to meet back with your guide. This small, triangular piazza is located in the heart of Florence, just a couple minutes away from the Duomo, San Lorenzo, and the Arno River. From here, you will begin the second half of your comprehensive and captivating tour! Follow your expert guide through some of the medieval streets of Florence, complete with artisanal shops, gelato stands, art boutiques. You will make your way to one of the most important churches in the city - Basilica di Santa Croce. The spellbinding square will take your breath away at first glance - Florentine, medieval architecture surrounding a majestic church covered in pink, green, and white marble, similar to the Duomo. During its peak, Santa Croce was frequented by some of the most famed characters, including Dante Alighieri. Now, it is home to the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Niccolo Machievelli, among others.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Florence
Your guide will lead you to the front of the church, where you can learn about its intriguing history, lovely facade, and some local legends. Next, you will head to one of the undisputed symbols of Florentine elegance - Ponte Vecchio. Although it is now home to luxury jewelry shops, this bridge was not always such a lavish part of the city. For years, Ponte Vecchio was home to Florence’s smelly meat markets! Discover the story of the bridge’s transformation throughout time, as well as why it was the only bridge spared during the bombings of World War 2. Make sure to have your camera ready - the view from Ponte Vecchio is one of the most picturesque in Florence!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza della Signoria
Next, your guide will head in the direction of Piazza della Signoria. This historic, L-shaped square is a beautifully decorated open air museum, where the history of Florence unfolds. Throughout time, this was always the civic heart of Florence - where people heard news of the government, where they defended their city from rivals, where they feasted for holidays, and where they met with friends. Because of its importance, the powerful Medici family decided this was the perfect place to build Palazzo Vecchio, and ultimately, Loggia dei Lanzi, home to priceless, famous sculptures. Did you know that the “David” sculpture by Michelangelo was originally supposed to be placed in Piazza della Signoria? Learn all about this special corner of Florence from your passionate guide!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Uffizi
After a full day of discovery in the heart of Florence, finish your tour in the most famous museum of the city - the Uffizi Gallery. Save time by following your guide past the lines, and enter the treasure trove of Renaissance art! Your guide will lead you through the elegant halls and rooms in chronological order, from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century - making sure you spend the most time at the most famous works, out of the nearly 2,000 masterpieces showcased in the Uffizi. Between halls, you can admire ancient Roman and Greek sculptures, the frescoed ceilings, and the lovely views from the large windows. Your 1.45 hour Uffizi Gallery tour will begin in the 13th century, the birth of the Renaissance era. Discover world-famous Gothic artworks covered in gold, and beautifully depicting images of Madonna and the child. The breakthrough into the Renaissance began with Giotto, who used three-dimensional elements in his masterpiece, forevering changing artistic style.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Uffizi
Next, your guide will lead you to the hall of International Gothic masterpieces, most notably, “Adoration of the Magi,” by Gentile da Fabriano. This was another turning point, when art began to tell a story, instead of simply depicting characters. Your guide will truly bring the art to life, pointing out small details you may not have noticed before. Then, continue through the centuries into the 1400s, when artists began experimenting with three-dimensional space. The best example of this progression in art can be found in “Battle of San Romano,” by Paolo Uccello. Your guide will point out two of the most famous works of art in the Uffizi, “Madonna with Child and Two Angels,” by Filippo Lippi; then, “Dukes of Urbino,” by Piero della Francesca. These artists began to idealize the features of men and women in paintings, which greatly influenced later artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Uffizi
It is impossible to visit the Uffizi without seeing the extensive and fascinating Botticelli collection, with their mystic scenes of nature. Your guide will go into detail about each of his masterpieces and the artist’s tie to the powerful Medici family. Spend plenty of time admiring the two most famous paintings, “The Birth of Venus,” and “Primavera.” Dive into the vibrant Renaissance, with works of art by da Vinci and Michelangelo. While the paintings in the Uffizi are not these artists' most famed works, it is still emotional to be inches away from masterpieces by men of their prestige. Enjoy learning all about the artists and the works, “Tondo Doni” by Michelangelo; and “Baptism of Christ” and “The Annunciation” by Leonardo da Vinci. The rest of your tour will lead you to three giant halls containing numerous works of art by Raphael, Titan, and Caravaggio. Each artist has varied styles and mysterious backgrounds.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Uffizi
The Uffizi Gallery is truly a window into the history of Florence. Through the collections of art, you can discover the different eras of time, as well as the culture and traditions that still exist in the soul of Florence today. At the end of your tour, feel free to stay inside the Uffizi to independently explore, or grab a cappuccino or spritz from the gallery’s own cafe and enjoy the terrace overlooking Palazzo Vecchio and the Florentine skyline.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please note that on the busiest days the entrance into the museums may experience some short delays
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • English and Spanish are always guaranteed. In order to confirm the tour in Italian, French or German a minimum of 2 passengers is required
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Covid-19 Mesures: A safe distance of one meter between clients will be maintained whenever possible. All our vehicles will be deep-cleaned and disinfected before and after each service. The use of masks is mandatory; clients must bring their own mask. Alcohol gel will be available on all our vehicles. Temperature will be checked for staff and visitors. Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use. Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough; it is not necessary to print it out.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ciaoflorence Tours & Travels Srl

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Tour of Florence with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Typical Lunch?
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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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Tour of Florence with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Typical Lunch?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Tour of Florence with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Typical Lunch?
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This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Most of the morning tour was done in...
Rhys I
, Apr 2018
Most of the morning tour was done in Spanish then broken English so felt we missed a lot also a lot of waiting around a lot of people dropped out with anoance finishe 12 to meet 2.15 then hang round till 3 then Spanish and English together again but the Patrica done great and we enjoyed that part
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Overall, it's a good trip. What...
Galina M
, Jan 2018
Overall, it's a good trip. What could be better? 1. To give some time for Etrurian Archeoljgical Museum. Without this, spending time for Fiesole is totally useless. 2. To give more time for Uffizi. We had to go in where group tours enter, but we had to wait 40 minutes while other groups enter. I think, this is a lack of tour organization. 3. Lunch was extremely bad. White bread slices, which you never eat at home, you have to wait for 20 minutes. And additional 20 minutes for pasta is a little over our patient. Shortly, we had a lunch in another osteria. Hope, it will be fixed.
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Had a great tour. Both galleries...
Elliott B
, Oct 2017
Had a great tour. Both galleries were excellent and had the opportunity to see Michelangelo David and painting by him and Da Vinci in the same day. Florence is a beautiful and historic city and with the tour we got to see a great deal of it. The restaurant for lunch was very nice taste of Tuscany.
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We had a wonderful tour in Florence...
Jennifer M
, Aug 2017
We had a wonderful tour in Florence. Our tour guide was informative, full of personality and just made this visit a pleasant experience. Florence is a must see and please use this tour. Jennifer
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This is a must see experience for...
David V
, May 2017
This is a must see experience for Florence. If you have limited time to spend in this fabulous city then this tour is ideal. The highlights are the Michelangelo Terrace overlooking the city, The Galleria Accademia and Galleria Uffizi. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and made the experience exceptional. There is so much to see I would not recommend anyone without prior experience tackling this without a guide. The skip the line part is wonderful as well. With limited time to spend in the city you really do not want to spend your time waiting in line to access these great galleries. The lunch break at midday was pleasant and gave your feet a chance to rest before you tackled the next gallery. The guided tour made our trip to Florence special.
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Well organized and informative. A...
Monica N
, Apr 2017
Well organized and informative. A great way to see a lot in a short amount of time.
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The overall tour was good but bet to...
Qasim
, Feb 2017
The overall tour was good but bet to long and idea of leaving you by yourself after lunch for couple of hours seem waste time.
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We were tired, so we did not take...
Joseph H
, Sep 2016
We were tired, so we did not take the entire tour. Everyone was extremely flexible with us which was nice, we were able to meet up with the group later in the day. The tour guide Deborah was very knowledgable and one of the best tour guides we had in Italy. The restaurant for lunch was very very good-but the included lunch was nothing to write home about- one glass of wine, bruschetta, main course was a bowl of greasy pasta and dessert was a lemon slushy... We ordered a pizza and it was one of the best we had, but it was not included.
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Great day overall! Good way to get...
Myles W
, Sep 2016
Great day overall! Good way to get a taste of Florence as well to see the amazing Academia and Uffizi.
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