Sites and Insights: An Expert-Led Florence Welcome Tour

Discover Florence side by side with a local guide
From US$274 privately
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Tour Details
2 hours
Product Type
  • Ospedale degli Innocenti
  • Florence Duomo
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Piazza della Repubblica
  • Ponte Vecchio

"The perfect start to our short stay"

"Context is amazing! Federica provided an outstanding tour of Firenze on our first night in the city! It was very helpful to learn the layout and history of the city, as well as the locations of the important things to do and see. It was the perfect start to our short stay in Firenze"

-Philip S.

"Deeper than just names and dates"

"The crowds thinned as the sun went down. The walking was easy and I was able to get a good view of the landmarks. My guide provided me with insights into the history of the landmarks that went deeper than just names and dates of construction."

Alexia G.

"Knowledgeable, personable and flexible"

"Laura gave us the perfect introduction to Florence! She was knowledgeable, personable and flexible. Such a great tour!"

Susan G.
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Tour Description
In this introductory, two-hour Florence tour you will join one of our Florence guides for a walk through the city center, passing the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and other major sites. You will get a first orientation of the city, and learn the histories of the artists, merchants, and politicians who influenced Florence over the centuries.
You will start from the Piazza SS. Annunziata, an integral public space in the Florence city center, to look at the Ospedale degli Innocenti, a historic building designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. You will then stroll down the shop and cafe-filled Via dei Servi to check out the exterior of Brunelleschi's later masterpiece, the Duomo, where you will learn about the importance of the cathedral and nearby Baptistery in Florentine art and civic history. 

From here, you will move deeper into the center, to Piazza della Signoria, the government center of Renaissance Florence, and Piazza Republica, which is home to firebreathers, jugglers, and some of the most famous cafes in Florence. 

Talking about anything from fashion or coffee to the Medicis or Michelangelo, your passeggiata will end on the magnificent Ponte Vecchio bridge, where you may want to finish with a glass of wine or gelato to fully enjoy the city's atmosphere. 

By the end of your tour, your guide will have fostered an experience that gives you a deeper understanding of this most fascinating city and leaves you well-prepared and eager for future exploration.
  • It's your first time in Florence and you're seeking to orientate yourself 
  • You’re returning to Florence and want to dive deeper to experience its essence from a local expert
  • Florence Duomo (exterior) – A soaring testament to the ingenuity and artistry of the Italian Renaissance
  • Piazza della Signoria – A historic square in Florence, surrounded by Palazzo Vecchio and the impressive collection of statues in the Loggia dei Lanzi.
  • Piazza della Repubblica – A captivating square that embodies the city's timeless charm
  • Ponte Vecchio – The iconic and majestic bridge spanning the Arno River 
We understand that some of our valued guests may have mobility concerns, and we want to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout your tour. If there are any accessibility concerns that your tour guide will need to be aware of, please let our team know at the time of booking.

Wheelchair accessibility
Travel in Florence must be done over the cobblestones and hills that cover most of the city. Visitors with difficulty walking or wheelchair users might need to have a revised itinerary. 

Service Dogs
Service dogs are allowed if you have a medical certificate proving the need. 
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Does this tour overlap with other Florence tours?
Yes, this tour visits some of the same venues as our Florence in a Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Galleries Skip-the-Line Tickets and our Introduction to Florence Tour: Accademia Gallery, Michelangelo's David and Skip-the-Line Tickets.

What is the difference between this tour and the Introduction to Florence Tour?
This tour is a shorter version of our Introduction to Florence Tour, and it does not include the interior of the Accademia Gallery. You can take this tour on any day of the week as the availability is more flexible since we do not visit any interiors.

When should I take this tour?
This is the ideal tour to take on your first day in the city. In addition to seeing and learning about some of Florence's most famous sites, you’ll also become familiar with the city’s different neighborhoods and local life and culture. Don’t hesitate to ask your expert guide for recommendations for the rest of your time in Florence!

Is this tour kid-friendly?
It can be, yes! While we do have other tours in Florence that are designed especially with children in mind, if you book a private tour, we can assign you a family-friendly expert guide who will make it especially interesting for young minds.

Do you reserve headsets for this tour? 
Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order. 

Cancellation Policy

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Our Tour Guide Monica was great! She toured us through all areas of Florence the first evening we arrived and gave us a great overview of the city. She kept our teenagers engaged (which is hard to do). She provided great recommendations for dining, shopping, exploring, places to take photos, etc. I would highly reccommend Monica.
Nebojsa was great and offered such a wonderful introduction to the city on our first night!
Appreciated Cornelia and her knowledge and ability to communicate effectively.