Spirit of Florence

Quick Details

Duration: 2 Hours

This tour runs every day

  • Morning tour leaves at 09:30
  • Afternoon tour leaves at 14:00

Meeting Point

Tours depart from the front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Your guide will have a signboard that says Walks In Europe. Here’s the address:



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Essential Walking Tour in Florence

Hit the streets in Florence with a local guide. No museums, no waiting in lines. Only the best to learn about Florence before you see David and the Duomo. This is the best Florence tour for first-timers!

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 exceptional 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 jewelry shops as you cross the River Arno via the Ponte Vecchio. Learn how the medieval bridge was intended to be an important city defense.

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 small 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 of 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 medieval 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.