Your LivTours Florence Full Day Tour starts by meeting your guide and your fellow travelers in the Piazza della Signoria. This L-shaped square in the heart of the city is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in Florence. You will have a chance to admire centuries of architecture as your expert local guide shares with you the history behind the facades. This important square holds buildings such as Palazzo Vecchio, Town Hall, Uffizi Gallery, with one of the most important art collections in the world, and Palazzo Uguccioni, whose facade was designed by the great Raphael. There is no better place to start your tour than in this all-important square!
Your first stop is the Uffizi Gallery – the former offices of the Medici Family. This once private art collection which consists of masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci decorated the walls of the Medici Family corridors. Opening to the public in 1765, it was officially turned into a museum in 1865 allowing visitors to enjoy one of the most world-renowned art collections.
Inside, your expert guide will show you masterpieces such as The Birth of Venus, one of the iconic depictions of the mythological goddess as she emerges from the sea on a shell. You will also see Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, the result of a commission from a prominent Tuscan family, showing a portrait of the Holy Family with the Virgin Mary at the forefront. Though you could spend hours, if not days, in the Uffizi, your LivTours guide will show you the most important masterpieces from this impressive collection.
TIME FOR A TUSCAN LUNCH
After marveling at centuries of artwork, you will have surely worked up an appetite. Have no fear, your LivTours guide will give you suggestions for some local restaurants accordingly. Enjoy some Tuscan classics while you refuel In Tuscany, dishes are usually made of regional products making each culinary experience fresh, local, and unique. Your LivTours guide is happy to make recommendations for local dishes. Lunch is not included in this tour.
After enjoying Tuscan lunch, it is time to continue your LivTours Florence Full Day Tour. On your semi-private tour, your expert guide will tell you the stories of Florence as you admire the melting pot of architecture from Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance. Take time to admire the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the oldest bridge in Florence now filled with jewelry shops and a secret centuries-old corridor.
Admire the exterior of the dome of the largest Italian Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi. Hear the anecdotes behind its construction and marvel at the dome that perfectly frames Florence. Learn about the famous Baptistery bronze doors and the history and legends they have left us behind.
No visit to Florence is complete without visiting Galleria dell’Accademia which houses the magnificent 17-foot marble sculpture of David by Michelangelo. One of the world’s most recognized and admired pieces of art and an ode to the human body, a craft that Michelangelo was known for.
UPGRADE YOUR TOUR & ADD THE DUOMO OR BELL TOWER CLIMB
Add the possibility of climbing the Duomo of Florence 30 minutes after the tour is over. By adding the optional add-on, we will provide you with skip-the-line timed tickets to climb the Duomo after the tour is over. In case the Duomo is sold out, you will be able to climb the magnificent bell tower of the Church. In addition, the tickets also include access to the Museo del Duomo. Please bear in mind that these are subject to availability and that we will need the full name and dates of birth of all participants in order to secure your climbs.