Best of Florence Walking Tour with Michelangelo’s David & the Duomo

Experience the Best of Florence with Michelangelo’s David & the Duomo

Florence is packed full of world famous sites and our Best of Florence Tour is designed to let you see them all (and learn the stories behind them) in a single morning or afternoon.

We’ll start by skipping the long line at the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David, which can only be fully appreciated in person. Your guide will give you the hidden stories and details to understand the importance and magnificence of this famous sculpture. You’ll also hear stories of Leonardo da Vinci and the powerful Medici family whose patronage made Florence the center of the Renaissance.

Next, you’ll head to the massive and impressive symbol of Florence, the Florence cathedral, which Italians call the Duomo - but not for the reason you think. As you admire the famous dome from the outside, you’ll hear the story of how its architect Brunelleschi recovered ancient construction knowledge and expanded the realm of what was deemed humanly possible.

After the Duomo, you’ll take to the streets to see some of Florence’s iconic landmarks including the towering Palazzo Vecchio, the statues of the Orsanmichele church, the Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza della Signoria, the Porcellino pig (rub his nose for good luck!), and of course, Italy’s most picturesque bridge, the Ponte Vecchio.

As you walk around Florence with our expert guide, the sites will come to life. In an intimate group of 15 people or fewer, you will have plenty of time to ask questions and learn about the incredible history of this unforgettable city.

Tour Highlights

  • Skip-the-Line to Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David)
  • Florence Duomo (exterior)
  • Piazza della Repubblica
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Orsanmichele Church
  • Expert Live Guide
    • Live Guide
    • Skip-the-line access tickets for the Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David)
  • Adults (age 15+) €59.00
    Children (ages 2-14) €54.00
    Infants (up to 1 years) €0.00
  • The tour meets in Piazza San Marco, by the statue in the middle of the square. This is a centrally located square adjacent to Via degli Arazzieri and Via Giorgio la Pira, about a 10 minute walk north from the Florence Duomo.

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Due to the exclusive nature of our skip-the-line tickets, we do not have the luxury of waiting for guests, or catching them up after the fact.

  • English
    • Please note that guests can only carry small handbags inside the Accademia. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas are not allowed. Please also note there is no cloakroom inside the Accademia Gallery.
    • This tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. Please contact us to make further arrangements.
    • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    The tour meets in Piazza San Marco, by the statue in the middle of the square. This is a centrally located square adjacent to Via degli Arazzieri and Via Giorgio la Pira, about a 10 minute walk north from the Florence Duomo.

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Due to the exclusive nature of our skip-the-line tickets, we do not have the luxury of waiting for guests, or catching them up after the fact.

  • Expand/Collapse What does 'Fat Tire Tours Approved' mean?

    We've been perfecting our tours since 1999, and we are always looking for new ways to improve our tour menu for our guests. We are committed to expanding the activities offered during your stay in Paris to make for an unforgettable experience. So for all of the experiences that we aren't able to deliver on our own, we've hand-selected the best local providers to offer a wide-range of unique and fun activities for our guests. With anything Fat Tire Tours Approved, you still receive our spectacular customer service ready to assist you in any way we can, 24/7, as well as the guarantee that we have hand selected the best possible partners to supplement our tour menu.

  • Expand/Collapse Does this tour go inside Florence Cathedral?

    No - due to time-constaints, visits the outside of the Duomo, where your guide will tell you fascinating stories and anecdotes about Florence's most famous cathedral.

  • Expand/Collapse Can I bring my bag/backpack on tour?

    Guests can only carry small handbags inside the Accademia. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas are not allowed. Please also note there is no cloakroom inside the Accademia Gallery.

    Please only bring what you can easily carry within the gallery guidelines, as there is no place for baggage storage on this tour. 

  • Expand/Collapse What time do I need to get there for my tour?

    We ask that all guests arrive 10-15 minutes early for the scheduled tour.


    Due to the timed nature of our special access entry, we do not have the luxury of waiting for guests, or catching them up after the fact.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We offer 100% refunds on all tours if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. We do not offer refunds for any reason once we are within 72 hours of the scheduled tour.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy? What if it rains?

    Our tours run rain or shine, and we encourage all guests to consult the weather forecast and plan your dress accordingly.

    In the summer months, please prepare for the heat by bringing/wearing adequate sun protection, and staying hydrated. Even if you are accustomed to high temperatures, air-conditioning is not always available in Italy.

  • Expand/Collapse Are reservations required?

    Yes, reservations are required for all tours. 

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour offered in any other languages, or only English?

    All scheduled tours are in English, but private tours can sometimes be scheduled in other languages, given we have a tour guide who speaks the language of your choice.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Yes, this is a great family activity, offering a comprehensive overview of Florence's great history in a short amount of time!

  • Expand/Collapse What is the number to call if I am lost and trying to find the meeting point?

    If you are having difficulty finding the meeting location for your tour, please call us at +39 334 548 0264 and our staff will be happy to help you find your way.

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