Florence is a city that has nothing to envy other Italian cities such as Venice or Rome. The capital of Tuscany is the ideal place for a weekend getaway in Italy, especially for art lovers. Churches, markets, squares, palaces, museums... in Florence there are many corners of the Renaissance and essential places that you can visit with the free tour 'The Best of Florence'.
The Basilica of San Lorenzo, the work of the architect Filippo Brunelleschi,
Inner courtyard of Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore also known as the Duomo
Neptune statue in Piazza de la Signoria
Galleria degli Uffizi, the most frequented art gallery in Italy
Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River, one of the few inhabited bridges that remain
Throughout history Florence has been the cradle of power, art and architecture. This visit will take you to discover the magnificent treasures found in the city that was the cradle of the Renaissance.
The first essential corner of Florence that we will see is the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Located in the square of the same name, the construction of this church was the decision of Cosme Medici. Its construction began in 1418 but the works did not end until approximately 1470. During all this time, various architects were in charge of the development of the church of San Lorenzo: Filippo Brunelleschi, Michelozzo and Antonio Manetti.
During the visit, our guide will ask you to pay more attention to the Medici Chapel. It is made up of two structures that were added to the first design of the Basilica made by Brunelleschi. Today this chapel houses the National Museum of Bargello and is also the burial place of the Medici family.
Inside the Museum you can see:
- The New Sacristy, designed by Miguel Ángel.
- The Chapel of the Princes, an octagonal room with marble and precious stones.
- The Crypt, where the Medici and their relatives remain.
- The Crypt of Lorraine, with the remains of the Lorraine family and a funerary monument dedicated to Cosme, the ideologue of the Basilica of San Lorenzo and “Pater Patriae” of the Médici.
To learn more about the local life of Florence, we will visit the Central Market, known as San Lorenzo Market. It is the largest and most important market in the historic center of Florence, inaugurated in 1874. It is divided into two spaces, one open and the other closed. Food, clothing, accessories are sold in the open area.
We continue the visit by making a stop at another historical place linked to the Medici: the Medici Riccardi Palace. It was commissioned, once again, by Cosme de Medici. Built on the Via Larga, very close to the Church of San Lorenzo. Its historical relevance is due to the fact that it is considered the first Renaissance building erected in Florence. Since 1972, the Palace has had an exhibition area where it is possible to learn more about Florence's link with modern and contemporary art. One of the most outstanding works of the Palace are the frescoes by Luca Giordano in the great hall, an example of Baroque architecture in Florence.
We will also visit what is undoubtedly the most important church in the city: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. When its construction was completed in the 15th century, it was considered the largest church in Europe, which allows us to have an idea about the importance of religious power in Florence. Inside you can see scenes of the last judgment in the dome. In addition, from the dome you can discover one of the most impressive viewpoints in the Italian city.
Nor can we forget another of the essentials of Florence: the Ufizzi Gallery. We will see the outside but we have to remember that inside we can enjoy one of the most important art collections in the world. Originally it was another of the Medici palaces in Florence but it has become an internationally renowned museum that houses works by the best Italian artists of all time. Some of the most important works of art in the Ufizzi Gallery are The Birth of Venus, by Botticelli; the Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci or The Venus of Urbino, by Tiziano. To avoid the long queue, it is recommended to book your ticket in advance.
During our free tour ‘Best of Florence’ we will also visit some of the most popular squares in Florence:
- Republic Square. In ancient times, the main streets of the Roman city met in this square.
- Signoria Square. Terraces and restaurants cannot steal our attention from the true monuments of this square: The Loggia with its sculptures; the Palazzo Vecchio and the Fountain of Zeus.
- Piazza Santa Croce. In the square we can find the Church of Santa Croce, in a Gothic style and covered in white, red and green marble (typical colours of Tuscany). It is the second largest church in the city after the Duomo.
We will also discover the famous Ponte Vecchio, a great place to walk at sunset near the Arno River, which divides the city in two. Although there are other bridges to cross Florence, the Ponte Vecchio is the only original that has been preserved and is also considered one of the oldest bridges in Europe.
Piazza Dell’Unitá Italiana in front of Grand Hotel Baglioni.
Address: Piazza dell'Unità Italiana 50123 Firenze FI, Italia
Piazza dell'Unità Italiana
- 50123 Florencia, Italia
May 1 to Sep 30
- 10:15 h & 17:15 h - Every day
Oct 1 to Apr 30
- 10:15 h & 14:45 h - Every day
- 2h30 mins approx
- English guide
- Tip Based
- Cancellation is free but if you are not going to be able to attend the Free Tour ‘Best of Florence’ or have changed your mind, please cancel the reservation as the guide will be waiting for you.
Covid 19 Travel Health
The service complies with local regulations and the necessary hygiene measures to avoid infections related to the coronavirus
Pets are Welcome on the walking tour