Spirit of Florence – Guided Walking Tour In Florence, 2hrs
There’s nothing to dislike in Italy: perfect food, friendly people, lovely weather and the stunning art. There’s so much exquisite art and architecture in Florence that it’s difficult to know where to start. We put all these together and our local guide takes you around this very special city of Florence.
Imagine exploring Florence in the company of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable local. That’s what our small group Walking Tour of Florence is all about! This Spirit of Florence Tour gets beneath the touristy veneer surrounding the main highlights of Florence to uncover a deeper understanding of the history, wealth and spirit of this UNESCO listed Renaissance city.
We appreciate that many visitors want to visit the Duomo Complex, the Uffizi, and the Accademia ; Spirit of Florence Walking Tour complements these itineraries perfectly. Once you have done the main attractions, our informative and friendly local guide will take you on a journey of discovery that few tourists ever get to experience.
We’ll introduce you to the Piazza della Signoria near the impressive Palazzo Vecchio where you will learn how the square got its name. A short stroll away you’ll find yourself among the pint-sized jewellery shops as you cross the River Arno via the Ponte Vecchio. Learn how the mediaeval bridge was intended to be an important city defence.
Enjoy the fascinating tale about the bridge’s hidden passageway that was built for the wealthy Cosimo I de Medici. He was transported in a tiny horsedrawn carriage from the offices in the Palazzo Vecchio to the family home in the Pitti Palace without having any contact with the common people of Florence!
See the inscription by Dante marking the site of the Amidel murder and absorb 2,000 years of history as you visit the Roman Forum, now the Piazza della Repubblica. Learn about the Renaissance awakening of artistic and cultural appreciation in Florence during the 15th century and hear about residents such as Machiavelli, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Donatello and Petrarch and the mark they left through their literary and artistic talents.
Our tour takes you to lesser-known spots such as the artisanal Oltrano Quarter where you will spot some wonderful backstreet cafes and delis to return to later. Dive down narrow passageways to emerge in quiet quarters of the city where everyday life rumbles on at an unhurried pace.
Join the hustle and bustle in the Mercato Centrale where fresh produce, cheese, meat and fish provide a wonderful aroma such as only Italian foods can generate! Smell the leather as you walk through the Mercato Nuovo and learn the stories of tanners and leathersmiths who relied on the river for their livelihoods. Our Spirit of Florence Walking Tour touches on all the senses as you find hidden nooks and delightful experiences that few visitors ever get to see.
From the mediaeval Orsanmichele Church with its monasterial connections to the famous Il Porcellino (bronze fountain of a boar) you will be transported through time on a thought-provoking journey around Florence.
Immerse yourself in the very atmosphere, history and culture of this glorious Italian city on our exceptional Spirit of Florence Walking Tour. We promise you this will be the best two hours of your visit!