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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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Overview

Discover the best of Florence, learn all about the Medici family and their role in shaping the Renaissance, and see the city’s hidden corners, too—this immersive walking tour is designed to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the city. Meet your guide in central Florence, and set off on foot: you’ll see highlights like the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile, and Palazzo Vecchio, and will learn the stories behind the sights.
  • This budget-friendly tour offers an affordable way to explore the city
  • Discover many of Florence’s top attractions and lesser-known landmarks
  • Learn the stories behind the sights from your guide’s commentary
  • Exploring on foot makes it easy to soak up the city’s ambiance
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You can choose how much you want to pay to reward the guide (some people leave 10€, some people 50)
Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R , Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

The meeting point is in front of the façade of SAN LORENZO church (main entrance, not the entrance of the Medici chapels) next to the marble statue of Giovanni de' Medici who is sitting on a small throne. Look for a small red flag.

Piazza della Signoria , P.za della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY All Around Florence
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.

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star-5
Great family walk. Not too long, not too short.
daniel_e
, Jun 2022
Great storytelling about the history of the city. Good to do when you first arrive here before going on site tours. Walked through city, understood the various building types over the ages and progression of cathedral building. Cool quirky facts that made us notice things that we didn’t know about as we looked at the architecture. Just right for our family with kids age range from 17 to 11. Audio equipment worked well even as we were a large group and spread out. The cost is cheap and he works mainly by tips. We really enjoyed it and we felt he deserved a big tip.
star-5
Entertaining Tour
njarvissmith
, Jun 2022
Best part of our trip to Florence. Manuel is very knowledgeable but also entertaining. Would recommend to anyone to go on this tour!
star-5
This tour is a must!
Donna_B
, Jun 2022
This was an amazing tour - the guide was engaging and knowledgeable. This was my 5th time in Florence and I learned new things! Highly recommend.
star-5
The story hidden in the walls of Florence
Sara_M
, Jun 2022
Manuel was the BEST tour guide! He really changes the concept, and the tour becomes a story: the story about the past of Florence, about the Middle Ages, the artists that flourished here and, of course, the Medici. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Put Florence in context
Yash_D
, Jun 2022
The tour was highly informative and extremely engaging. Highly recommended for all ages. we really enjoyed it.
star-5
A ‘must do’ if you want some background on how Florence evolved and social history. Interesting and witty.
Brenda_M
, Jun 2022
We loved the tour. My only regret was not doing it on our first day in Florence instead of our 3rd. Our guide Manuel was excellent. I would have liked to have booked other tours with him. He was enthusiastic and full of information not necessarily easy to find in usual guide books. I’d highly recommend this tour.
star-5
FANTASTIC
Hannah_F
, Jun 2022
Lorenzo was a FANTASTIC guide. He is a natural story teller, and I learned so much about the history of Florence. It was a perfect tour for me and my friends! Would definitely want to go on another tour with Lorenzo!
star-5
Great Florence history walking tour with Manuel
caramandeville
, Jun 2022
Highly recommend this tour. Manuel was a passionate, knowledgeable, entertaining story teller. This tour greatly increased our understanding of the history of Florence and the Medici which made our time in Florence even more enjoyable.
star-4
Great guide, too large a group
SuYiSophia_H
, Jun 2022
Manuel was an excellent guide. Too bad he had to take on the burden of a missing colleague’s group and the tour became a huge group of over 45 people, which took up a lot of time at the start and during the tour to wait for people.
star-5
Be taken back in time with Manuel through the takes off Florence and Medici
Poh_L
, Jun 2022
Manuel is a wonderful story teller who knows his history and culture intimately. He will show you Florence from the eyes of a local and take you down the narrow alleys and share nuggets of back stories that take you back to the medieval times. Definitely worth the trip. Remember to tip generously!
star-5
An expert at his craft!
Keith_M
, Jun 2022
Excellent history of Florence. He tied everything in so well together. Super informative & great storytelling!
star-4
Good starter
Cheryl_D
, Jun 2022
This was a worthwhile first tour upon arriving in Florence. It put much of the history into perspective and provided context for the rest of our trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Manuel was telling the...
monika_s
, Jun 2022
Manuel was telling the city history in a funny and inspiring way . Great way to discover the city and see it in a different way
star-1
Tour didn't happen due to lack of info
Galina_Z
, Jun 2022
Did not happen since the location of the guide wasn't clear and we did not find the group. Also content of the tour, and cost of what is included and what's not were not defined
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly Recommend, We Loved Camilla!
Christy_G
, May 2022
Camilla is a wonderful tour guide! Very passionate and knowledgeable about everything Florence. We learned a lot and had fun.
star-5
Great tour and informativ
MANFRED_D
, May 2022
First the history of the Medicis. Then the buildings how it was created. The signs in the walls and their stories. And all was done in a perfect way from our great tourist guy who made it for us very interesting.
star-5
Great tour, very enjoyable
Jun_H
, May 2022
Great tour with stories and informative history of the city, pointed out some things that are lesser known to tourists.
star-5
Superb Tour
Claire_H
, May 2022
A really superb walking tour. Manuel is an outstanding story teller. He doesn't rehash the stuff you probably already know, he shows you the small details that you would definitely miss in Florence. Possibly one of the best walking tours have been on.
star-5
Loved learning about the...
Ann_M
, May 2022
Loved learning about the history of Florence and the Medici family! Really gave insight to all the places we visited.
star-5
Loved it :)
Amanda_C
, May 2022
Fabulous and fascinating. Camilla was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour took us around some of the most famous sites and I learnt so much that wasn’t in the guidebook :). It was an easy walk for me who is not the most fit of people. Definitely recommend to anyone!

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