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Explore the Duomo, Palazzo della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and the Accademia in Florence with excellent guides. Learn about its masterpieces through the life of the greatest patrons of the Renaissance.
Experience the Florence of the Renaissance and discover its greatest masterpieces
Our Florence tours take you on a journey through the heart of the Renaissance Florence, exploring the galleries and piazzas of the city centre. As you gaze up at Brunelleschi’s magnificent Duomo and encounter Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, you’ll discover why Florence has enchanted its visitors over the century. On our intimate small group you’ll walk through some of the most beautiful parts of the city, crossing the ancient Ponte Vecchio and strolling through Piazza della Signoria, and learn how art and politics were always closely intertwined in the Renaissance city. Your expert guide will also show you some of Florence’s greatest artistic treasures, such as a set of doors so beautiful that they came to be known as the “Gates of Paradise”.
In Florence the masterpieces are not only inside the galleries and churches but outdoors, in the piazzas and streets. Explore the city with us.
Admire the splendour of the Duomo and the Baptistery
The Duomo dominates the skyline of Florence, and on your tour of Florence you’ll learn all about the fascinating history of this impressive building, which has become one of the most iconic symbols of the city since its construction in 1436. The massive dome was the work of the great architect Brunelleschi, who had to convince the sceptical overseers of the project that he was capable of this incredible feat of engineering, which involved building one dome inside another. After admiring the beautiful, intricate facade of the cathedral, you’ll enter to discover a magnificent Gothic interior, and see the vast frescoes that cover the interior of the dome - the work of Vasari and Zuccari.
Built at the beginning of the 12th century, the Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. It is best known for its exquisite bronze doors, the “Gates of Paradise”, which are widely acknowledged as some of the most beautiful artwork in Florence. The doors, which depict various scenes from the Bible, were the work of the talented young Lorenzo Ghiberti, and they took him 21 years to complete. Michelangelo was so impressed that he was moved to comment that the doors would be worthy to be the Gates of Paradise. When you see the original doors in person, and admire the incredible attention to detail, you’ll understand why.
Encounter Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia
When you get up close to David on your Accademia tour, you’ll understand why he’s the most famous statue in the world. Sculpted out of a block of marble that was originally considered too flawed to be used, Michelangelo amazed the city with his creation, a statue which remains not just the highlight of the Accademia, but a must-see sight in Florence. Your expert guide will tell you the story of David’s creation, giving you an even deeper appreciation of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, before showing you some lesser-known but equally beautiful works in the Accademia. Michelangelo’s Slaves are some of the most moving artworks of the Renaissance; these unfinished sculptures depict bodies struggling to escape from their marble prisons.
A walk through Florence is an aesthetic experience like no other, and on your tour you’ll also visit the elegant Piazza della Signoria, which resembles an open-air art gallery, and admire the beautiful views of the city from the Ponte Vecchio.
Join our itinerary to discover the true meaning of the Renaissance - the beauty, ideas and humanity.
For an even more in-depth understanding of the art of the Renaissance, join our Uffizi Gallery tour.