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Florence: Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, & Bell Tower

1. Florence: Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, & Bell Tower

Visit Florence's religious center on a guided tour inside the Baptistery, Cathedral (Duomo), and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Enjoy a comprehensive guided visit to the interior of Florence Cathedral, one of the largest and most important churches in the world. Construction began in 1296 and ended only in 1436, with the creation of the magnificent dome by Filippo Brunelleschi.  See the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, built in the Florentine Romanesque style. Then visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, a site that collects original masterpieces from the Duomo Complex. Among the most important works on display are the original Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti, and Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of Donatello's work in the world. Finally, climb the three-storied Giotto's Belltower and admire the city skyline dominated by Brunelleschi's immense dome.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

2. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Cruise by iconic sights in Florence on an eco-friendly electric golf cart tour. Roll past sights like Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Listen to an audio guide as you go. Choose from 1-hour tour or a 1.5-hour tour that goes to Piazzale Michelangelo. Hop on an electronic golf cart head to Ponte Vecchio and cross the Ponte Santa Trinita Renaissance bridge over the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Marvel at the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi Dome. See one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance façade.  Arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions.

Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

3. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes you through the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

4. Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

On this 2-hour guided walking tour you’ll follow in the footsteps of Robert Langdon, the main protagonist in Inferno, Dan Brown’s latest best-selling novel. Set on the streets and in the districts of Florence, this is an authentic and original program that takes you to locations that are intimately associated with the book. Your guide will reveal the secrets of the Inferno by telling you about the mysteries of Dante, the Florence Cathedral, the Gates of Paradise, the undiscovered sites of Pallazzo della Signoria and other monuments on the route through Florence. The story will unfold as your guide takes you to the medieval squares and along the streets of this atmospheric Renaissance city.

Florence: City Highlights and David Private Tour

5. Florence: City Highlights and David Private Tour

Make the most of your time in Florence with a 3-hour tour of the most important sites and monuments. Meet your guide at your hotel in Florence and explore the Piazza della Republica, where the ancient Roman Forum originally was. Walk to Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of the city and listen to the history of the Florentine Republic, the Medici family and the Palazzo Vecchio. Admire the sculptures that make this piazza one of the most famous in the world. Proceed to the Ponte Vecchio and admire its jewellery, and hear the unique history of the Vasari Corridor, passing above it. Arrive at the Pitti Palace which was once the private residence of the grand dukes and admire its splendour. Continue your walk though the Oltrarno, the bohemian area of Florence full of artists, workshops and lovely cafes. Cross the Ponte Santa Trinita and stop for a stunning picture to the Ponte Vecchio from this side. Continue along Via Tornabuoni, the fashion designer street where you will be amazed by the beautiful windows. Pass through Palazzo Strozzi's courtyard and admire the essence of the Renaissance architecture. Continue your walk to the Duomo, and admire the Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome and the Baptistery. Lines at the entrance of the Cathedral can be very long, and there is no possible way to skip them, so the guide will decide with you at the moment what you want to do according to the time you have at your disposal. Walk to the Accademia, and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to see the original Michelangelo's David and the Prisoners. Your guide will tell you of the secrets of the statues and Michelangelo's life. The tour ends outside of the Accademia Museum.

From Rome: Pisa and Florence Day Tour with Accademia Museum

6. From Rome: Pisa and Florence Day Tour with Accademia Museum

Departure from your hotel or apartment in Rome for the northern province of Tuscany. The full day tour that includes the city of Pisa, where you will see "Piazza dei Miracoli" with its famous Leaning Tower, the Duomo and, if accessible, also the Baptistery. At around 12 am, departure for Florence , the glorious city of the renaissance era. At approximately 3.00 pm, meet your professional guide for a guided tour of the Accademia Museum to see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo's David, and a walking tour in the city center. The tour ends with a panoramic view from "Piazzale Michelangelo". Departure for Rome

Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

7. Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

Step back in time and find inspiration in the art and architecture of Florence, Italy. Admire classical artworks, cross the famed Ponte Vecchio, and see such gems as Pitti Palace. Listen as your guide fills in historical details. Poke around Piazza Della Signori, an open-air museum where the Palazzo Vecchio stands. Check out the Loggia dei Lanzi, housing a vast collection of original statues by artists such as Cellini and Giambologna. Walk through the colonnade of the Uffizi Gallery and light upon Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city. Discover one of the well-kept secrets of Florence, the twisty Vasari Corridor, which connects Palazzo Vecchio to Pitti Palace. Follow your guide through the Medieval District, stop at the House of Dante, and feel giddy walking around Duomo Square. Learn about the construction of the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Brunelleschi’s Cupola before the tour's conclusion.

Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

8. Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s Duomo, considered one of the most important and gorgeous buildings in the world, on this guided tour. Start the tour by learning the fascinating stories of Florence and the cathedral from your licensed guide. Go inside and explore the interior decoration, learn how the Cupola was created, and admire the incredible fresco of Giorgio Vasari, the Last Judgment. After this, go inside the Baptistery, the holy place, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, where Dante Alighieri, the Medici Family, and other nobles and famous people were baptized. Following the guided tour, be led to the Cupola entrance, where you’ll be able to climb to the top at your own pace and admire The Last Judgment, the famous fresco by Giorgio Vasari. Once at the top, discover the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, from where you can see all of Florence.

Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Walking Tour

9. Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Walking Tour

Get the most out of your visit to the Duomo Cathedral of Florence on this expertly guided walking tour. Discover the beauty of the church with in-depth explanations. Begin your exploration by meeting your tour assistant at the meeting point. After a rapid check-in, enter the church and meet your guide. In 45 minutes, get to know the historical facts and information about the church and its frescoes while getting access to parts of the building which are restricted to other visitors.

Florence: Duomo Complex Private Tour without Climbing

10. Florence: Duomo Complex Private Tour without Climbing

Come and explore the entire complex of the Dome of Florence on a private guided tour. Learn the history of the Dome and Duomo Complex, visiting the Opera del Duomo Museum, Baptistery and the Crypt of Santa Reparata. Without Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower climbs, this tour will be much more interesting and less strenuous. Through this private tour, you will be able to admire the Opera del Duomo Museum, which inside it contains the original doors of the Baptistery (including the door of paradise/golden door), the original statues of the Cathedral and the Bell Tower, such as Michelangelo's Pietà and Donatello's Maddalena. After the visit to the museum, you will visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest buildings in Florence that still exists. Consecrated in 1059, it was dedicated to San Giovanni Battista, patron saint of Florence. Many Florentines were baptized there, including Dante Alighieri, the most famous Italian poet and father of the Italian language. The dome and apse of the Baptistery are decorated with splendid religious mosaics with a golden background. At the end of the tour you will be able to visit on your own the Crypt of Santa Reparata and the Cathedral, skipping the long lines.

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One of the best tours we ever had! Our guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell she is really into this topic. She answered all our questions and definitely overdelivered. We got way more than what we expected.

Amazing experience! The storytelling by Claudio was exciting and it gave us the feeling of being part of the history of Florence. Recommend it wholeheartedly!

The tour was very exciting and informative. The guide led with passion and was open to all questions and was able to give an answer to everything.

Educational and entertaining. The driver/guide was highly informed and very friendly. The highlight was viewing the city from the higher hills.

Great guide Aldo, funny without trying, gave us a great tour of the city. Really enjoyed it.