Florence by night Guided Walking Tour
Dante Alghieri’s Quarter
Santo Spirito Square
Ponte Santa Trinita
Duration of the tour: 2 hours
Suitable for children: yes
Accessibility for different ables: yes
Difference in level: 5 metres
Further information at the bottom (or click here)
A night tour to discover a new image of Florence
Thanks to a Florence by night tour you have the unmissable opportunity to discover the city in an alternative way and in all its beauty, a city full of stories to discover and unpublished images to see. It’s all that you can enjoy staying away from the confusion of the daytime hours, when Florence is assaulted by crowds of tourists.
When the air coming from the Arno river refreshes the atmosphere it will be the time we can begin this journey discovering the monuments of the historic centre, admirable under another light and from another perspective. At sunset, we can go through the medieval alleys of Florence and observe, with the appropriate calm that this requires, what can be deciphered from the building’s façades, from the inscriptions on the walls and from the signs on the floor. The spaces of the Florentine streets are silent custodians of the important events of men and women who lived here; therefore it is only by a tour by night that you can have a vision of the historic centre of Florence as you cannot have during the day, when tourists’ queues hamper you from admiring the outside of the monuments in all their splendour.
Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini in Piazza della Signoria
The charm of Piazza della Signoria
We start the tour of Florence by night from Piazza della Signoria, the core of the historic centre, where the monuments and works of famous artists such as Michelangelo, Cellini, Giambologna or even Palazzo Vecchio – suggestively illuminated – will reveal a different ‘story of Florence’, a different story from the one that tourists hastily claim to discover during the day; there are many events and secrets that need to be revealed about what you see – and what you don’t see – inside this square.
We will then move to one of the medieval quarters of Florence, in the area between Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo.
The Florentine night in the “Oltrarno”
In the area between via del Corso and Piazza de’ Cerchi we will discover the events of some of the well-known families involved in quarrels in Middle Ages, in many cases mentioned by Dante Alghieri in the Divine Comedy; they wrote one of the most dramatic – though engrossing – pages of the medieval history of Florence.
After seeing the reasons that turned the Florentine families against each other, we approach the Arno river passing through Via Por Santa Maria; stopping at the Mercato del Porcellino (the market colonnade), we will see a detail of the loggia you cannot notice during the day because it is hidden from the sellers’ stands: the white marble disk in the centre of the floor was used in the past on very special occasions by merchants… we will discover together which one it was.
We will cross the Arno via Ponte Vecchio, one of the symbols of Florence which, being the oldest bridge in the city, is the repository of secrets that escape to the most of visitors frequenting it during the day. A visit to the Oltrarno area – or di là d’Arno (beyond the Arno), as it is called by the Florentines – will finally give you the image of a less touristy and more ‘popular’ Florence. The whole area of the left bank of the river is, in fact, the most frequented by the locals: in the hours after work, the Florentines love to spend time chatting in a pleasant place where they can find their usual company, sipping a glass of good wine taken from a Vinaio, the typical Florentine tavern.
Detail of the tower of Palazzo Vecchio
Detail of Michelangelo’s David in Signoria Square
The streets with particular names …
You can savour the pleasant atmosphere of the Florentine night when we pass through Piazza Santo Spirito, the best-known place in the Florentine nightlife, where many restaurants have excellent food deals accompanied by a good drink; there are many particularly suggestive places in this area of Florence. From Piazza Santo Spirito we move around to discover the lesser-known things of the town, such as the curious names given to some streets in the neighbourhood: in fact, there are here toponyms such as Via Toscanella or, some fairly ambiguous, Piazza della Passera, referring to important personalities, or to ‘very old jobs’ having taken place here for some time …
Ponte Santa Trinita and the panoramic view of the Lungarno
The visit of the Oltrarno is in short one of the most salient stages of the Florence by night tour, this precisely because in this area you have the opportunity to get to know another face of the city and, above all, you can meet the locals. We will head back to the Arno to return to the river right bank; we do this by passing through Ponte Santa Trinita, another Florentine place rich in history which is where important events toke place – some of these are even related to the name of the street that is walked to reach the bridge: Via Maggio. On Santa Trinita bridge is where the meeting between Dante Alghieri and a very special character took place; he – or she – was so special that the ‘supreme poet’ mentioned him/her in the Divine Comedy…
Ponte Santa Trinita is also a place from which you can enjoy a picturesque view of the Lungarno (that is, the public walk on the river), but also of some beautiful buildings in Florence, such as Palazzo Spini Feroni, or the monumental Palazzo Corsini, visible on the right bank of the river. In the end, looking towards the east, you cannot fail to be enchanted facing the view of Ponte Vecchio – spectacularly illuminated.
The hour is late, the silence has fallen. Now Florence is showing itself in all its magic …
View of Ponte Santa Trinita
View of Ponte Vecchio from Santa Trinita Bridge
important Information about the tour (click here)
In this Walking tour the entrance to the museums, as well as inside the Cathedral, is not scheduled. All the same, the tour can also be booked in combination with the other available tours on Florence and Siena which can be consulted in the Menu.
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 pre-organised tour 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.
The tour of Florence by night can be booked from April 15th to October 15th. The start time can be customised according to the customer’s needs.
Duration of the private guided tour of Florence
The duration is 2 hours and it begins in Piazza della Signoria and ends in Piazza Santa Trinita.
Cost of the Florence private guided tour
The rate for a 2-hours private guided tour is 110.00 € (price in total and not per person).
These rates are applied to individuals and small groups of up to 9 people. For groups of more than 9 people see the rates page. The tour can be booked by writing an email, calling or texting the guide (also via Whatsapp or Telegram) to check availability for the requested day. Payment for the tour can be made after the guided tour by card, bank transfer or cash.
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.
The service is booked by the guide when the guided tour is requested, but the rental cost, which is € 1.00 per person, is charged to the customer and can be paid directly to the guide who will then take care to pay the supplier.
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:
How to reach Florence Historic centre (click here)
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.|
Florence can be reached by plane via the Amerigo Vespucci Airport. From here the historic center is connected:
With the Tram
With Taxi service
Contatctable to the numbers +390554643159 al +390554242 or on the web site clicking here.
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.
|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.|