History of Florence Walking Tour with an Aperitivo

Adult (12+)
€90
Child (6-11)
€90

Looking for an introduction to one of the world’s most beautiful cities? Then this is the tour for you! Get the lowdown on the fascinating history of Florence (think murder, family rivalries, and the Black Death!), find out why it’s known as the Cradle of Civilisation and explore some of its most beautiful and iconic architecture. Reward yourself for a morning well spent with a refreshing Italian aperitivo as we watch the world walk by. Perfezione!

Highlights

  • Spend a memorable morning exploring the most iconic monuments in Florence
  • Gain insight into the rich history of this great renaissance city with an expert local guide by your side
  • Walk in the footsteps of world luminaries such as Julius Caesar, Leonardo di Vinci, Michelangelo and Donatello
  • Learn the secrets of the mysterious Medici family
  • Sit back and enjoy a glass of prosecco or an Aperol spritz as you process all you have learned!

Language: English

Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide and a glass of Campari, Aperol spritz or prosecco alongside a traditional Italian snack such as bruschetta and olives

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: Piazza della Republica in front of the column. View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 9 a.m.
  • Ending point: Piazza del Duomo
  • Chevron down Full Itinerary
  • The historical centre of Florence is like one big open-air museum, with some of the most important artists, architects and inventors in the world having been born here. Michelangelo grew up in the foothills of the city centre, Leonardo da Vinci studied here with Italian painter, sculptor and goldsmith Andrea del Verocchio, and Donatello’s workshop is situated in the square where the magnificent Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore was built. This cathedral is the fourth largest in the world and took over 300 hundred years to build. This should give you a good sense of the sheer depth of history you’ll experience on this tour.

    We’ll start in the Piazza della Repubblica where Julius Caesar founded the city in 59 BC. Today, you’ll see architecture from the unification of Italy in 1837 that represents the grand square where the original forum once stood.

    Next, we’ll make our way along the Via Roma toward the iconic Ponte Vecchio, once lined with butchers and fishmongers. See part of the Vasari Corridor, an 800-metre walkway used by the powerful Medici family who ruled Florence for 350 years when Tuscany was a separate city-state. The Corridor was a private passage from the town hall (Palazzo Vecchio) to the Pitti Palace, the last home of the Medici.

    Our next stop is the Piazzale degli Uffizi where we’ll stroll down a walkway surrounded by the impressive Uffizi Gallery, designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560. See the monuments of famous Florentine personalities that surround the museum including Dante Alighieri, Galileo Gallilei, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Leon Battista Alberti, to name a few. See the Lanzi Lodge, an open-air sculpture gallery that houses original sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini along with copies of sculptures by Giambologna.

    At some point, we’ll make a quick stop to enjoy a proper Italian coffee, stand-up of course, as the locals do! There are many historical cafes in the city centre; we’ll take you to our favourite for a locally roasted caffe macchiato (or whatever else you fancy).

    Then we’ll make our way to the Palazzo Vecchio to see the entrance to the medieval town hall along with its room of maps with original paintings and a layout of the city. We’ll then continue along the main street toward the Cathedral where you’ll get the chance to see (and snap some pics of) the architectural masterpiece that is Brunelleschi’s dome, the largest dome in the world.

    Before the tour comes to an end, heads and Instagram feeds filled with the historic beauty of Florence, we’ll enjoy an aperitivo of prosecco or Aperol (including a seasonal snack such as bruschetta and olives). Don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in the city.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide and a glass of Campari, Aperol spritz or prosecco alongside a traditional Italian snack such as bruschetta and olives

    Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide

    Dress standard: Casual smart

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page

    Dietary Notes

    We can cater for vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant and gluten-free travellers.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +39 345 088 2826
    Email address: [email protected]