Experience the beautiful walls of Duomo and admire the architecture of the stairway in the tallest building. Enjoy the beautiful view of the whole city from the top of the Cupola buiding.
Initially, you will start with a one-hour guided tour to the Cupola. The guide will talk you through the exterior view of the Cupola, which is a showstopper, but the only way to see the inside of the dome up close and enjoy the extraordinary view of Florence is to climb its 463 steps.
On your way up, discover the design of the Cupola and how it was built by Brunelleschi in 1418, find out why the corridors are so narrow and admire Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9). Look down and on the base, just above the drum, you'll see the balcony that was started, but never finished, in 1507. Hear about the fascinating story of the balcony and the unfinished eighth side from the guide.
Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, get enchanted by the panoramic views of the Florence in front of your eyes. The guide will talk about the history and art of Duomo Square and answer any of your questions about Duomo.
Later in the afternoon, you'll meet the guide in front of the Hard Rock Cafe (See below in the Meeting Point) to start the walking tour. After meeting up with the guide, you will receive an insight into the history of this Renaissance city and how this incredible cultural movement of the Renaissance transformed not only Florence but eventually the rest of Europe. The guide will start with Piazza Della Republica, the main square of Florence that marks the center of the City. After a little talk of history and the changes of the Piazza Republica since its origin, you will walk straight to the Piazza Della Duomo. A showstopper of Filippo Brunelleschi, Giotto, Arnolfo & Francesco Talenti.
Whilst passing the Duomo Square, the guide will lead you straight through the old buildings and some of the historical landmarks of Florence to Palazzo Vecchio, where Michelangelo's "David" sculpture (the original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia) is reproduced outside of the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici.
Afterward, as you walk past the Palazzo Vecchio, the guide will talk you through the Uffizi Gallery, one of the greatest museums of the world, before you reach the most famous old bridge of Florence known as Ponte Vecchio.
Your next stop is at Palazzo Pitti, the enormous palace of Florence's largest architectural monuments of Filippo Brunelleschi and the former household of the Pitti Family, and later of the Medici's. Walking through the narrow roads of this ancient city with lots of hidden treasures, the guide will answer all the curious secrets of the city and you will explore many more interesting points of attraction to help you get the best out of your stay in this city.
Finally, the guide will talk you through the artists, architects, thinkers, and political figures who led to the Renaissance, before your last stop to La Strega Nocciola for a delicious gelato offered to you by Star Florence.
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