This 3.5 hour Florence city tour includes Michelangelo's Statue of David and the Accademia Florence. Led by a local historian, the walk gives a general overview of Florence and its history combined with a special focus on the Accademia. It is ideal for first-time visitors who want a general overview and to see the Statue of David.
Florence City Tour
Our walk begins in Piazza della Repubblica, the city's commercial and political heart during the Roman Era. While all of the architecture from the era was demolished after the unification of Italy in an effort to modernize the city, there are clues to the past located in the square. For example, we'll admire the the triumphal arch, known as the "Arcone." Erected in 1895 as part of Florence's redevelopment plans, an inscription on the arch alludes to the demolition of the historic buildings: loosely translated, it says 'the old city was put out of its misery and brought back to life'.
After a brief stroll through the center of the city, we will arrive at Brunelleschi's later masterpiece, the Duomo. We will generally make a circuit of the exterior and discuss the importance of the cathedral and nearby Baptistery in Florentine art and civic history. From here, we will move deeper into the center, perhaps to Piazza Signoria, the government center of Renaissance Florence.
Equipped with a better understanding of the city we'll now reach for the Accademia, where we'll become acquainted with the life of Michelangelo in Florence and how his techniques changed forever the way that artists, especially sculptors, would approach their craft. We will discuss his early years and career under the patronage of the Medici family and admire the David, the artists's masterpiece and consummate symbol of the Florentine Renaissance.
Our Introduction to Florence with Accademia is intended as an orientation walk with the addition of a short visit to the Galleria dell' Accademia. If you'd like to delve deeper on the specific sites in Florence, we suggest our Duomo tour
, Uffizi Gallery tour
, or our Accademia Gallery tour
Is the Duomo included on this tour?
You will see the Duomo on this tour and discuss its exterior and significance. However, the tour does not include a visit inside the cathedral. If you are interested in going more in-depth with the Duomo, we recommend booking our Duomo Complex Tour