From the Duomo to the Ponte Vecchio: Take a walk with our certified guide to discover the monuments of the historic center of Florence, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and skip the line to access the legendary Uffizi Gallery
Our tour starts at the Piazza della Signoria , home of the imposing Palazzo Vecchio , the historic seat of the city government and the place where the artistic disputes of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci took place. Looking at the admirable works of art under the Loggia dei Lanzi, you will learn about the allegories and the emblem of the symbolic city risen from the Middle Ages. From here, we will reach the famous square of Santa Croce. Its **** church is famous for the funerary monuments of Dante Alighieri , Michelangelo , Galileo Galilei and many other illustrious Italians.
Following the external path of the Vasari Corridor , we will cross the picturesque Ponte Vecchio. Famous for the unique goldsmith shops that frame the bridge on both sides, it was rebuilt after the tragic flood of 1966. **** Our **** next destination will be the wonderful Palazzo Pitti — home to the Medici family and later the King of Italy.
Your guide will then show you the most authentic part of Florence: the Oltrarno and the neighborhoods of S. Frediano and Santo Spirito. World-known for their artisan shops , the districts boast some ancient tower houses that have remained intact to this day.
From the Ponte Santa Trinita we will reach Via Tornabuoni , the street considered to be Florence’s "Fashion Salon", and Palazzo Strozzi , a sumptuous example of splendid Renaissance architecture.
After a stop in the Piazza della Repubblica , our guided tour will continue towards the heart of Florence: the Piazza del Duomo. **** Admire the colorful marble decoration of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with **Brunelleschi 's **stunning Dome and Giotto 's Bell Tower, and take in the precious golden tiles of the Baptistery 's Paradise Gate.
While the streets of Florence are quite the open-air museum, some of the world’s most precious and famous art is home in one of the city’s galleries: Thanks to your “Skip the Line” ticket, your guide will lead you past the entrance queues and straight into the Uffizi Gallery. As you enjoy the premium view over Florence from the museum’s windows, you will learn more about the Medici family , who used to have their offices here. Not only did they own the largest collection of Renaissance paintings in the world — as you look at the portraits of the different family members, you will learn how they have changed and shaped the history of Florence.
Starting with the works of Giotto , we will admire the masterpieces of the most important artists of the Renaissance. From the different interpretations of “The Birth of Venus” , Botticelli’s “Spring” and the enigmatic works of Leonardo da Vinci to the construction of the Vasari Corridor : Your guide will let you in on the cultural, historical, and political phenomena that shaped the Florentine Renaissance.
Our tour will end on the museum’s terrace. Take a break over a cappuccino and enjoy the spectacular views over the Piazza della Signoria and Brunelleschi’s Dome — your museum ticket will be valid all day, giving you more than enough time to return to and admire your favorite works of art.
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