Private Day Tour of Florence | City Highlights
LivTours Private Day Tour of Florence | City Highlights in a Day allows you to see the best of this stunning Italian city, known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, in a day. This comprehensive tour has been uniquely designed to show you the highlights without rushing and allowing you to make the most of your time in Florence. With your expert local guide by your side, you will see the real Florence starting with the Renaissance masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery with exclusive VIP access.
You will explore the real Florence as you stroll through the cobblestone streets as your expert guide shares with you the history and anecdotes of this amazing city, including the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the awe-inspiring Duomo with Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome. No visit to Florence is complete without admiring Michelangelo’s 17 foot David in person and LivTours makes it easy for you with exclusive access to the Academia.
- Understand Renaissance history as you explore Florence with your private expert guide
- Admire Michelangelo’s world famous sculpture of the 17-foot David from just feet away
- Walk across the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge and explore the charming colorful shops
- Marvel at the Renaissance masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery with exclusive entrance
- Enjoy a Tuscan lunch as you recollect your favorite anecdotes from this private tour
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Your LivTours Florence Full Day Tour starts by meeting your guide in the Piazza della Signoria, the very heart of the city. This square is surrounded by some of the most important buildings of Florence and you will have a chance to admire the centuries of architecture as your expert local guide shares with you the history behind the facades. This small square is home to the Palazzo Vecchio, Town Hall, the Uffizi Gallery, and Palazzo Uguccioni, hosting a facade designed by the great Raphael.
Your first stop is the Uffizi Gallery with its world-renown Renaissance art collection. Once a private art collection with masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio 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.
Admire the 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 and the only painting of Michelangelo’s in Florence, Doni Tondo. The result of a commission from a prominent Tuscan family, it is a portrait of the Holy Family with the Virgin Mary in 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 giving you a great overview of Renaissance art.
A STOP FOR LUNCH
After leaving the Gallery your LivTours guide will give you suggestions for local restaurants where you can enjoy some Tuscan classics. 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 of local dishes that you might want to try. Lunch is not included in this tour.
After refueling, it is time to continue your LivTours Private Day Tour of Florence, as your expert guide regales 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 which you will surely learn about. Continuing your walk, you will come face to face with the largest Italian Cathedral, the Duomo with its unique facade and a dome designed by Brunelleschi. Hear the anecdotes behind its construction and marvel at the dome that makes the perfect backdrop to Florence. Admire the famous Baptistery bronze doors and hear about the history and legends they have left behind.
The last visit on your private tour is the 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 made from one piece of leftover marble.
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.
ADD ON HIGH-SPEED TRAIN TRANSFER | FIRST CLASS
LivItaly guests have the option to ADD ON a high-speed train transfer to and from this tour city. Enjoy the luxury of Italo Railway First Class where you will be met with spacious, cushioned seats in a section designed to offer the maximum amount of privacy and comfort.
First Class guests on Italo Railway are also given the option of changing their train ticket time, so if you would like to leave a bit later (or even earlier), you can take advantage of this flexibility to best optimize your tour day. Please be aware that you will have to change your ticket at the Italo desk at the train station before your original departure time, and change is dependent on the availability of seats. We strongly advise you to request your change as early in the day as possible.
Guests who choose this ADD ON will be sent their instructions and train tickets via email to print out and upon arrival at your destination city, will be met with our LivItaly tour guide. All you need to do is enjoy your ride in First Class. On your return, your guide will accompany you to the train station and you can enjoy a stress-free return journey.
- Skip-the-line tickets to the Uffizi Gallery
- Skip-the-line tickets to the Accademia
- Uffizi Gallery highlights
- Free time for lunch
- Walking tour of Florence highlights
- Michelangelo's David
- Duomo climb (optional)
- Offered in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Please specify under “Additional notes” if you wish to book the tour in a language other than English.
- Once train tickets are purchased, they are non-refundable and do not fall within the refund criteria of our cancellation policy. We cannot guarantee that all travelers will sit together, especially for last-minute bookings.
- Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
- There is no flash photography allowed in some or all areas of this tour.
- Backpacks are not permitted in the Museum.
- The Florence Cathedral is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies.
- Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
- LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.
*Our Tuscan motorcycle tour and some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.
Make your day even more unique and comfortable by upgrading your tour with a customizable LivTours optional add on!
Highly recommend LivItaly private tours
"We recently used LivItaly Tours at the recommendation of a travel professional, and we could not have been more pleased. Both tours were with a private guide, and both was well worth the additional cost. You cannot get the full experience or personal interaction by being part of a group. The guides, Barbara in Florence and Federica in Rome, were absolutely five-star. They were charming, friendly and extremely knowledgable. My wife and I strongly recommend these private tours by LivItaly."
Terry Summa - Australia
Best way to experience Florence
"We had an outstanding walking tour of Florence with Rafaela, This is really the way to experience Florence. A guide takes you to the places that you want to see (and some that you don't even know about) all the time, chatting and sharing her passion for this marvelous city. Be sure to ask for Rafaela. p.s. Out driver Florin was just as outstanding, he acted as a tour guide during the drive to/from Florence."
Hilary J. - USA
LivItaly is the greatest!
"We have had the most wonderful tours with Barbara at the Vatican and with Raffaela for the Florence tour. Thank you. LivItaly's guides are so engaging, knowledgeable and kind. Our daughter was walking through the streets holding Raffaela’s hand as though she has always known her. We have had 3 terrific experiences with this company (including John last year) and we are so grateful that we can rely on booking a great day every time we use them. We most certainly recommend LivItaly to anyone traveling to Italy."
Kira - USA
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