The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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The Best Tour in Florence Renaissance and Medici Tales
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  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the best of Florence, learn all about the Medici family and their role in shaping the Renaissance, and see the city’s hidden corners, too—this immersive walking tour is designed to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the city. Meet your guide in central Florence, and set off on foot: you’ll see highlights like the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile, and Palazzo Vecchio, and will learn the stories behind the sights.
  • This budget-friendly tour offers an affordable way to explore the city
  • Discover many of Florence’s top attractions and lesser-known landmarks
  • Learn the stories behind the sights from your guide’s commentary
  • Exploring on foot makes it easy to soak up the city’s ambiance

What's Included

  • Licensed Guide
  • You can choose how much you want to pay to reward the guide (some people leave 10€, some people 50)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R
    Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    The meeting point is in front of the façade of SAN LORENZO church (main entrance, not the entrance of the Medici chapels) next to the marble statue of Giovanni de' Medici who is sitting on a small throne. Look for a small red flag.

End point

  • Piazza della Signoria
    P.za della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

What To Expect

Basilica di San Lorenzo

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Palazzo Medici Riccardi

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Battistero di San Giovanni

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Campanile di Giotto

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Cupola del Brunelleschi

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Museo Casa di Dante

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Piazza della Signoria

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Palazzo Vecchio

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Gallerie Degli Uffizi

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour is based on donations. This means that if you like the tour you can leave a tip (you choose the price) to reward the guide.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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3,287 reviews
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Amazing tour
Aleksandra_C, Sep 2023
A really great tour! Our guide was amazing. Funny and full of interesting stories. I would recommend this one 100%!
Very casual and cost effective
Leslie_D, Sep 2023
Alberto was very knowledgable and passionate sharing the history of Florence and the Medici connection to its development.
Kevin_C, Sep 2023
Awesome! I see florence through a whole new lens. The guide made sure to take us everywhere that showed significance. I just wish we had time to ask questions
Way too crowded!
LuzPatricia_S, Sep 2023
The tour was way overcrowded, I was not able to enjoyed at all. They join two big groups into one with one guide and it was really disorganized…I left it be ausencia felt overwhelmed!
Great tour!
BarbaraSmith_T, Sep 2023
This was a last minute decision to take this tour and it was great. One of our favorite tours. Wish we had taken it on our first day in Florence vs. our last day. But highly recommend this tour.
Excellent guide
Amy_W, Sep 2023
Guide outstanding. Storytelling helped understand history of Florence. Behind the scenes tour with efficient movement of group.
Would do again
Shaina_M, Sep 2023
We really enjoyed this tour, and it was one of the best tours we've had. Highly recommend the experience. The only thing we didn't care for was how many times the group was stopped to talk about reviewing the tour. Once or twice is passible, but it happened 3 times. Felt like this took away from the total time of our tour we could have learned/looked at other things.
Great starting tour
Sergio_G, Sep 2023
Manuel was a great guide, and even with a fairly large group (40+) and no headphones (the partner company didn’t show up) he managed to find good spots and made sure we all listened. Highly recommend this tour as a starting point to Florence.
Walk into history!
Kerry_P, Sep 2023
Camilla, our guide was fabulous! She was easy to understand, extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic! She brought the story of the Medicis and the history of Florence to life.
Very good
Laura_P, Sep 2023
Wonderful guide Camilla was passionate and gave just the right amount of info. Recommend! We enjoyed our experience.
Great Tour -- Great Guide
Linda_H, Sep 2023
The Guide was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. This is a tour of hidden gems -- places and sites one wouldn't normally see on a visit to Florence. The guide provided lots of good stories and background on the history of Italy. Highly recommend this to anyone coming to Florence for the first time or even the first time in a long time.
Truly was the BEST FLORENCE TOUR thanks to ALBERTO, our guide!
Stephanie_H, Sep 2023
Our guide was prompt, spoke perfect English, used a microphone and asked for questions at every stop. He provided a robust overview of Florence and Tuscany in the 13th-17th centuries. Then he went deep into many topics, including the Medici Family, distinguishing between architectural styles, secular importance of churches, navigating Italian cities (e.g., start with the square named after the largest church, the main cathedral door always faces east), famous artists, the meaning behind statues and so much more. He was incredibly knowledgeable, highly educated, and passionate about sharing his love of city and country. He provided dining and sightseeing recommendations when asked, and described best routes to some of the best views of the city. He also kindly shared how he makes a living as a tour guide and recommended tipping standards. He was friendly, helpful and I felt went above and beyond with his knowledge of the city. He stopped at concrete locations and pointed out valuable tools for navigating and understanding what we were seeing and how to identify what we learned after the tour (e.g., the Medieval map in the center of the old market square, the style of arches on the castles, the color of the building material, a 14th century statue wearing attire in a nod to Roman ancestors). I can’t say enough about how much we learned and appreciated our magnificent guide!
Enjoy Florence
Regina_B, Sep 2023
Enjoyed hearing the tales of Florence history and the pictures of Medici family. This is a great way to start your Florence trip!
Medici tales brought to life!
Steve_H, Sep 2023
The Medici story is incredible and Majuel tells it with passion and deep knowledge. The sites are beautiful and the weather was perfect.
Debbie was great, really...
Callum_T, Sep 2023
Debbie was great, really engaging tour and the recommendations throughout and at the end were top notch!
Very interesting tour
Richie_M, Sep 2023
We spent two great hours walking around Florence with our new friend and expert guide, Giacomo. He really made all the history come to life for us.
Lots of history
Patti_M, Sep 2023
Great and informative - learned a lot about Florence! Would recommend to anyone - and not too much walking so good for most travelers
Tour around Florence
Patty_K, Sep 2023
Alberto is a great tour guide! He shared so much of his knowledge and any question that was asked, he was able to answer. He made the tour fun and interesting the whole way thru. He also took some time to make some great recommendations for things to see in and outside the city. He also took the time to actually type in names of restaurants into our phones. I would take another tour with him again!
Gigi_W, Sep 2023
Camille, our guide, was awesome. She shared history that we probably would not have heard anywhere else. Pointed out details that we would never have noticed. I notice balls all around Florence now!
Take your own
Kevin_H, Sep 2023
The singing was excellent along with the pianist, however the church was extremely hot with only a couple of air con units to try and cool it Drinks available in the intermission! However only 2 bottles of wine to go between around 70 people ran out of water too , so advice take your own

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