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Private Florence Walking Tour
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Accademia Gallery or your hotel if central located
Your guide will meet you in front of the Accademia Gallery or your hotel, if central located, for a three hour walking tour of Florence. The city’s ancient centre will be the spectacular frame for this walking tour dedicated to Florence’s glorious past as well as its vibrant modern life. The slow pace will allow you to discover and enjoy the most important monuments of the birthplace of the Renaissance.
You will begin at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the famed Duomo whose dome built by Brunelleschi dominates the skyline. Nearby is the Baptistry of San Giovanni, renowned for its golden doors but especially the one nicknamed “Porta del Paradiso”, an exquisite beauty. As you continue the walking tour, you will see elegant palaces, fashionable shops and pass through a number of narrow but charming medieval streets. Piazza della Signoria, your next stop, has been the political complex of Florence since the 1300’s when Florence was considered the richest city in Europe. The L-shaped square is where you will find the Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia dei Lanzi and, a few steps away, the Uffizi Gallery. Continue to Ponte Vecchio, an ancient bridge that spans the Arno River and is recognized the world over. This bridge attracts much curiosity not only for its unique and charming appearance but also for the fabulous jewelry shops that line both its sides. The tour will end at the Accademia Gallery of Fine Arts Museum where you will have the opportunity to admire the symbol and eternal masterpiece of Florence: Michelangelo’s David. The museum also houses several of Michelangelo’s other works and an impressive collection of pieces by other masters such as by Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Sandro Botticelli.
From here, you are free to explore the city on your own. We suggest relaxing in the nearby Botanical Gardens or, if you are feeling hungry, making your way back toward the Duomo of Firenze and trying one of the restaurants around the cathedral piazza.
– Expert local guide at disposal
– Skip the line – reservation and entrance fees at Academia Gallery
– Visit of Academia of Fine Arts
– Visit of Duomo
– Visit of Piazza della Signoria
– Visit of Pontevecchio
– Academia Gallery
– Michelangelo David
– Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
– Piazza Signoria
– Loggia dei Lanzi
– Fountain of Neptune
– Ponte Vecchio
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in churchs and museums. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
Academia Gallery or your hotel if central located
Concludes at Ponte Vecchio
Possibly one of the most renowned sculptures from the Italian Renaissance is Michelangelo's David, a marble masterpiece created in the early 16th century. Over 5 meters tall, the idealized nude figure of the Biblical hero David towers over visitors from its pedestal within the Accademia Gallery, in Florence.
Made of smooth white marble imported from Carrara –a feat at the time, considering the size and weight of the block, and the distance between Carrara and Florence– the David was only one of a series of statues of biblical figures that would have been installed on the roof of the Duomo di Firenze.
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Originally commissioned by the art guild of the cathedral in question, the guild quickly realized that the sculpture’s size was too great to actually raise it to the roof. Instead, it was placed in the Piazza della Signoria, directly in front of Palazzo Vecchio, as a political symbol. In 1873, the original statue had to be moved from the Piazza to its current home in the Accademia Gallery in order to preserve it from further damage (both human and natural); the replica that took its place in front of the Palazzo Vecchio was not erected until 1910.
Today, the sculpture of David is one of the most famous silhouettes in the world, with replicas of all sizes and materials populating all sorts of locales, from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to casinos, hotels, resorts and sometimes even people’s homes.