Intro

Florence’s famous son, the poet Dante, compared his city’s political struggles to a sick man forever shifting position in bed. Unrest, murder and corruption, the history of Florence is as enthralling as its unrivalled food scene  – and we are here to help you discover both! Join a friendly local guide for a fascinating (and delicious) introduction to the wonders of Florence.

Highlights

  • Visit the main tourist sights in Florence with a local guide
  • Get off the beaten path and explore some of the city’s lesser known neighbourhoods
  • Discover the stories behind the history, art and food of Florence
  • Taste Tuscany’s best sweet and savoury treats with a glass of local wine in hand

Quick tour view (3 hours)

  • 1

    Meeting Point

    Santa Maria Novella Square next to the column in front of the church

  • 2

    Main itinerary spots

    Visit Cathedral and Signoria Squares, the medieval district, Old Bridge, the fascinating Santa Croce area and the vibrant local food market

  • 3

    Culinary journey

    Start with Italian breakfast in an old bakery. Continue with some fast snacks in the food market and to end with a glass of wine paired with crostini in a local vineria

  • 4

    Ending Point

    Sant’Ambrogio District

Scheduled details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: Santa Maria Novella Square next to the column in front of the church
  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point: Sant’Ambrogio District
  • How many: Max number: 12 people / min 1 person
  • How much: Adult 65,00 € – child 32,00 €
  • When: Monday- Saturday from 1/3/21 to 31/12/21

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, food samples (including sweets, cakes, and a selection of crostini), a hot drink (tea or coffee, or cappuccino), and a glass of wine.

Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for the guide.

Full description

We will meet in one of the most enchanting squares in Italy, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, which is home to the stunning Basilica of the same name. Here under the shadow of the oldest facade in the city, your guide will introduce you to the stories and characters of Florence.

We will then head to the Duomo, unquestionably the most famous landmark in Tuscany, where we’ll talk about the mammoth effort it took to build this spectacular cathedral (the fourth largest in Europe).

Our next stop is Signoria Square, where the political volatility of Florence is best encapsulated by the piazza’s array of statues, including Michelangelo’s iconic David (now a replica, the original is kept in the nearby Accademia art gallery).

As we continue our walk towards the River Arno, we’ll pass beautiful Renaissance palaces before ending up at the Ponte Vecchio. Round the corner, we’ll visit one of our favourite local bakeries for some Florentine sweet treats.

Next we’ll explore the Medieval and Santa Croce districts, gazing up at the architecture as your guide gives you the inside scoop on the lives of the famous residents, bankers and merchants who once roamed these streets.

Finally, we’ll head east to the Sant’Ambrogio district to explore the local’s favourite food market and chat with local stall holders as we try some local products.

An introduction to Florence is not complete without trying a glass of wine from one of the many famous terras that surround us. Together, we will visit a typical vineria for a food and wine tasting and raise our glasses to Florence, the pinnacle of Italian culture. Saluti!

Additional information

Dress standard: Please wear casual dress and comfortable shoes for walking. Bring a waterproof jacket or an umbrella in case of rain.

Accessibility: Yes

Physical rating: Low

Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 4 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 4 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 4. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

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