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Introduction to Florence Tour with Accademia and Michelangelo's David

The best of Florence with a Context expert
$574
$127/pp
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About the Tour
Private Tour
$574
Small Group Tour
$127 /pp
Category
Art, Orientation
Duration
3.5 hours
Location
Florence
Photos & Highlights
  • Go back in time to understand the center of Florence's rich history and it's influence on the city we know today
  • Led by a local historian
  • Accademia Gallery, Florence Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Michelangelo's David, and Ponte Vecchio
Tour Description
Where You'll Start
Tour Experts
Cornelia
Cornelia
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Valerie
Valerie
138 Reviews (4.87)

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Manoli was very knowledgable and struck the perfect balance of storytelling and fact sharing. What a way to discover a new city!
First, our guide was charming with good general historical knowledge of the town and its buildings. For my wife, the guide herself was the highlight of the tour. And she was responsive to my numerous questions. We both were delighted with her personally. I enjoyed her description of the Baptistry building itself and the facade of the adjacent church I, however, was somewhat disappointed. There are numerous competing tour groups with local guides knowledgeable about the city. I made the decision to join your tour, for a considerably greater fee, in order to get the perspective and analysis of a graduate in art history. I had read a few different books before coming here about Florentine history and it’s art. My expectation was that I would hear a greater analysis of the types of architecture of the town and certainly the artistic and historical significance of the sculptural pieces we would see, I got that with il Gigante. But I expected much more about the major sculptures in the Piazza Signoria. Alas, when we got to the Piazza and there was Judith, the Rape and Perseus and Medusa. Styles of sculpture starting in mid 15th c, the artistic analyses of the pieces, the comparative sexual politics of these pieces and civic political significance — the kind of thing I’d expect in a college level art history lecture rather than just history. But there was nothing at all in that great Piazza. I am sure it is difficult to run tours with customers at different pre-existing knowledge levels. Two other nice folks on our tour were unaware even of any of the 15th c art competitions. Yet you tout the specific training of your guides. We are in town five more days. I had held off going to the Uffizi until we completed this tour. We will go there on our own. I would be interested in knowing if there were any others on your tours who have ever raised my concerns.
Patricia is a true gem. I wish she lived close to me so she could be a friend. We really resonated with her. It was a memorable, special tour.
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Cornelia
Cornelia
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Valerie
Valerie
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