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Private Lungarno Walking Tour
2 1/2 Hours
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun
ognissanti square, more details at booking
Your private guide will meet you in Piazza Ognissanti for a two and a half hour walking tour of the gorgeous Lungarni!
The Lungarni were built during the second half of the 19th century when Florence became, only for five years, the capital city of the newly born Italian Reign.
Your guide will unveil in front of your eyes the beauty of this city right from its heart: the Arno River. Here the Romans decide to erect a city; the marble used to build the beautiful edifices designed by Michelangelo and Brunelleschi arrived into the city by water!
Your tour will start from the beautiful Piazza Ognissanti where you can admire the gorgeous 12th century Church of Ognissanti, with its artworks from artists like Domenico Ghirlandaio and Sandro Botticelli. Heading south you will soon reach the Arno River; pass by Ponte della Carraia and you will find yourself walking through the elegant Lungarno Corsini, one of the most sophisticated place in Florence. Once you will reach the St. Trinity Bridge you will cross the river and visit Borgo San Jacopo with its unique houses that overlook the Arno. Your next stop will be Ponte Vecchio the most famous and photographed bridge in Florence! Here you will be able to admire the unique Corridoio Vasariano built in order to connect Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti. Cross the bridge and walk by the Uffizi Gallery and many other beautiful Palaces and Churches until you will reach Ponte delle Grazie. Pass on the left bank, the Oltrarno, your last stop will be the beautiful Terrazza di Villa Bardini from which you will enjoy a breath-taking view of this incredible city!
At the end of your guided tour continue to enjoy on your own this stunning and unique city! We suggest to visit the spectacular Boboli Garden: get lost in this inimitable park like generations of Medici Family members in the past!
– Expert local guide at disposal ( 2 1/2 hour)
– Piazza Ognissanti
– Ponte Della Carraia
– Lungarno Corsini
– St. Trinity Bridge
– Borgo San Jacopo
– Ponte Vecchio
– Corridoio Vasariano
– Uffizi Gallery
– Ponte delle Grazie
– Villa Bardini’s Terrace
– 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.
2 1/2 hours
Villa Bardini’s Terrace
Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore
At the end of the 13th century, the city council decided to replace the old Cathedral Santa Reparata by a new one, the actual cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. The project was first given to the architect Arnolfo di Cambio the construction had only started when he died in 1302. Then the architect Giotto pursued it along with several other architects after him.
A great problem appeared when it came to build a dome and it was finally the architect Filippo Brunelleschi who solved it and created a beautiful dome. The dome is octagonal and measures 112 meters and it took no less than 140 years to finish the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. As the dome is octagonal, Brunelleschi dedicated one team per side, so 8 different teams worked on this dome, they used approximately 4 millions of bricks. Bricks were put in “spina di pesce”, it means as a shape of fish bones, so not straight and it made the dome very strong. Brunelleschi thought his cupola for the dome very carefully. During the construction, no outside scaffoldings were used to build the dome but internal structures were built month after month while it was growing up. The construction was finished in 1436 but the lantern on the top of the cupola was only set in 1461.
Things to see
Giorgio Vasari was chosen to decorate the dome inside. He decide to paint the Last Judgement, however he died three years after he started the project. After his death, the work was given to Federigo Zuccaro. The Last Judgment was finished in 1579.
The dome can be climbed and visitors can appreciate a wonderful view over the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence roofs.
The façade which can be admired today is more recent and was realized during the 19th century.
More than a church, the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore became a sign of the rich and prosperous city of Florence. Since the Renaissance, the dome and the cathedral were the symbol of the city of Florence.