Florence private walking tour

florence walking tour

  • Piazza Santa Maria Novella

  • Cathedral of Florence

  • Piazza della Signoria

  • Ponte vecchio 

  • Piazza Santa Croce

Duration of the tour: 2/3 hours

Difficulty: low

Disabled Accessibility: yes

Suitable for children: yes

Difference in level: 5 metres

Other important information at the bottom (or click here)

A guided tour at no additional cost

A guided walking tour through the elegant historic centre of Florence enables you to discover a town that is unique in the world, a UNESCO heritage site and the cradle of the famous cultural phenomenon known as the Renaissance. In fact, thanks to the many art works even visible in the streets and squares, the city can in all respects be considered an admirable open-air museum.

Our guided walking tour of Florence starts from Piazza Santa Maria Novella, one of the best-known spaces in the city which is where the Santa Maria Novella church with its façade marks a first example to admire of Renaissance architecture; thanks to its elegant marble facing, designed by Leon Battista Alberti – one of the greatest theorists of the fifteenth century architecture –, Santa Maria Novella church welcomes you to Florence.

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Panorama di Firenze

The guided tour continues towards Piazza del Duomo

From Santa Maria Novella square we move towards the town centre; we walk through some of the medieval streets of Florence and discover some important traditions and habits of the city, such as that of the wine holes …

Walking along Via dei Cerretani, we arrive in front of the splendid Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, one of the most majestic churches in the world which, thanks also to its imposing dome, is among the monuments of Florence that you cannot miss.

From the religious to the political core of Florence

After discovering some of the curiosities about the ‘Duomo’, our walking tour of Florence moves on towards Via dei Calzaiuoli which is in this day the elegant Florentine shopping street; stopping in front of the Orsanmichele complex, we learn about the singular history of this church that originally worked as a barn

Reaching Piazza della Signoria, the ancient political core of Florence, you can admire the bulk of Palazzo Vecchio, the thirteenth town hall of Florence. This is an authentically suggestive space thanks to some Renaissance sculpture masterpieces that here are in full view, such as the Michelangelo’s David, the Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna, the Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini.

Narrating the historical events that took place here, we retrace the events of the two best known political parties in the history of Italy: the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. In the footsteps of the great artists and great political strategists, we will discover the stories of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Leo the tenth and Girolamo Savonarola …

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Piazza Santa Maria Novella 

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Ponte Vecchio 

The visit to Ponte Vecchio

Continuing along with the scenic Uffizi Gallery, we briefly retrace the events of the figures represented in the museum’s colonnade and that have made great the history of the Tuscany region.

Then, we visit one of the Florentine icons: Ponte Vecchio. The bridge is the oldest one in the town and it’s characterized by a truly picturesque aspect and; but, what mainly makes the bridge to famous is the series of the ancient goldsmith shops that have been surmounting its structure since the sixteenth century. 

From Ponte Vecchio towards Santa Croce

Thanks also to the view that from here it’s possible to have towards the other bridges of the city, staying on Ponte Vecchio allows you to take photos that will become beautiful postcards.

The last stop of our guided tour of Florence Is Piazza Santa Croce; if you visit Florence you cannot go away without having seen this symbolic place of the city which, in the course of history, has seen the passage of well-known personalities: from Dante Alghieri to Giuliano de ‘Medici, up to Galileo Galilei. The vicissitudes of all these great personalities of history – as well as those of other illustrious names such as Ugo Foscolo and Niccolò Machiavelli –, can be uncovered by a tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce and its famous tombs.

In Piazza Santa Croce, that is therefore one of the most important squares in Florence – also known for being the scenery of the renowned tradition of the Calcio Fiorentino (the Florentine historical football) –, is where we conclude the tour of Florence, an itinerary that enables you to get to know the places, the monuments and the figures for which Florence is so known and so loved in the world.

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The Rape of Sabine Women in Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria

Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria

Florence Guided Walking Tour

Detail of the Cathedral façade

important Information about the tour (click here)

In this Walking tour the entrance to the museums, as well as to the inside of the Cathedral, is not foreseen. However, this tour can also be booked in combination with the other tours and hiking routes available on Florence and Siena which can be consulted in the Menu, or the duration can be customised by including a visit to the inside of the monuments the client wants to see.

A convenient way to access all the museums or to use the Florentine public transport service is by the Firenze Card (temporarily not active).

The activity proposed here is not a joinable but a private tour that is carried out on request of individuals or groups organised with a tourist agency and can be customised for starting time, meeting place and duration. depending on the customer’s needs.

 

Duration of the private guided tour of Florence

The 2-hours tour begins in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and ends in Piazza della Signoria; the 3-hours tour always starts from Piazza Santa Maria Novella and ends in Piazza Santa Croce.

Radio rental compulsory from 6 people onwards

From 6 people onwards, to facilitate listening to the guide explanations and ensuring social distancing outdoors and indoors, it is strictly recommended to rent radio devices with transmitters that ensure perfect listening to the explanations of the guide even from a distance; if then we visit the inside of the monuments, the rental of radios is compulsory for 4 or more people. The service is booked by the guide when the guided tour is requested, but the rental cost, which is € 1.00 per person for 2 or 3 hours, is charged to the customer and can be paid directly to the guide who will then take care to pay the supplier.

Carers or teachers of school groups do not pay for the rental of the radio.

The guide does not provide private transport service, which entails the client needs to reach the meeting point established in the route on his own.

To get the contact of a licensed driver who provides private transfer service, as well as getting further information about the tour, please write to:

info@guidaturistica-michelebusillo.com, also on Whatsapp or Telegram

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Cost and reservation of the tour (click here)

 

Cost of the Florence private guided tour

The rate for a 2-hours private guided tour is 120.00 € (price in total and not per person), for 3 hours 150.00 € (always price in total and not per person).

For further information about the rates, also to check the deals available, please visit the dedicated section by clicking here.

 

 

How to book the tour?

The tour can be booked by writing an email, calling at +393332591526 or texting the guide (also via Whatsapp or Telegram) to check availability for the requested day. 

Once the day and time of the tour have been agreed with the guide, to book it is necessary to advance 50% of the tour value with a deposit to be paid by credit card.

Attention: pay the deposit only after agreed the date and the details of the tour with the guide. The remaining payment of the guided tour takes place after the tour by card, in cash or by bank transfer.

 

 

Cancellation Policy

It is the responsibility of the guide to guarantee the guide service in any case. If, even for personal reasons, the guide is unable to perform the service in the date set with the client, it will be his concern to contact a trusted colleague who can replace him and therefore guarantee the customer service.

The cancellation of the tour from the client can be done free of charge by giving timely notice to the guide before 48 hours from the date and time agreed for the service. In this case the deposit paid in advance by the customer will be returned by the guide. If instead cancellation is made by the customer when there are less than 48 hours before the date agreed for the service, the customer will lose the deposit paid.

Cancellation can be made by promptly communicating it to the guide with via email, calling the number +393332591526 or by texting (also via Whatsapp or Telegram).

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How to reach Florence Historic centre (click here)

By Car

Reachable via the A1 motorway (Firenze Scandicci exit and from there continue towards the center, reaching the area of the Santa Maria Novella station, where there is a multi-storey underground car park (reachable only for vehicles with engines from EURO 6 onwards). From the station underpass, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella can be reached in a few minutes.

As a cheaper alternative to the underground car park, there is the Piazzale Montelungo car park (always subject to charges). An excellent alternative to car parking near the center historic is to leave the vehicle at the Villa Costanza car park and from there take the T1 tram line which takes about 22 minutes to reach the Santa Maria Novella station. The T1 line has stops both before and after the Santa Maria station Novella that can be convenient to reach any accommodation For more information on the Tramvia timetables and stops click here.

 

By private bus lines

There are connections of private lines to reach Florence, such as Italbus and Flixbus which reach the Villa Costanza tramway station; from the latter the tram line takes about 22 minutes to reach Santa Maria Novella station. For more info on the Tramvia timetables click here.

 

By Plane

Florence can be reached by plane via the Amerigo Vespucci Airport. From here the historic center is connected:

With the Tram

The T2 line of the Tramway connects Florence Airport with the centre and arrives in Piazza dell’Unità italiana. For more info on the Tramvia timetables click here.

 

With Taxi service

Contatctable to the numbers +390554643159 al +390554242 or on the web site clicking here.

 

By train

Florence can be reached by train with the Trenitalia service. Depending on your accommodation needs, you can arrive in Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Firenze Rifredi or Firenze Campo di Marte. With the regional lines then Florence can also be reached from other cities of Tuscany.

 

Organised Groups with tourist coach

For organised groups by touristic bus, there are drop-off/drop-on points for passengers in the urban centre of Florence (click here to view the points).

Tourist coaches are subject to the payment of a checkpoint (more information here).

 

 

By Camper

Camper owners find car parks for campers (only some of these are equipped) in Via delle Porte Sante,, in Via delle Porte Sante, in Viale Abramo Lincoln, in Via Luigi Castaldi, in Largo Alcide De Gasperi, at the Largo Alcide De Gasperi (the latter connected to the center with the Nelli-Torregalli tram stop). For more info on the equipped Campervan areas around Florence click here.

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