Florence in a Day Tour with Statue of David and Uffizi Gallery
Also visit the Florence Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
Experiencing Florence in a day on your own means lines, waits and guesswork. Luckily, on this comprehensive tour, you can visit Florence's main highlights with a local guide, skip the lines and make the most out of your brief stay in Florence.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- Piazza della Signoria
- The Uffizi Gallery tour
- Laocoön and His Sons
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Beautiful Views
- Classical Statues
- Accademia Gallery tour
- Florence's Baptistry Doors
- The Birthplace of Gelato
- Bronze Boar
- Orsanmichele Church
- Ponte Vecchio
Accompanied by a local tour guide, explore the beautiful city of Florence. Associated with Dante, the Medici family, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Leonardo Da Vinci, Florence is known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance”. This Florence tour visits the Accademia Gallery, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, Palazzo Vecchio, the exterior of the Duomo of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bronze Boar, Ponte Vecchio and more. This 6.5-hour tour includes:
- - Skip the line Accademia tickets and tour
- - Skip the line Uffizi tickets and tour
- - English-speaking local guide
- - A walking tour of Florence
The David Statue
The Accademia is home to the world-famous David statue by Michelangelo. Originally commissioned by the Opera del Duomo for the Cathedral of Florence, the David is certainly the most famous statue in Florence, and perhaps the world. Standing at fourteen feet tall, the marble statue depicts the biblical hero in the nude. The Accademia Gallery is the second most popular museum in the city (behind the Uffizi), which sometimes means long lines.
If you reserve this small group tour of Florence, we book your skip the line Accademia tickets ahead of time. As an accredited tour operator, we do not have to wait in the long ticket line, but we still have to wait in a much shorter security line. Short delays at the security check may occur during the busiest months, June and July. However, our team of experts works to prevent delays as much as possible.
Filippo Brunelleschi's Renaissance Dome - Exterior
Florence's colorful Duomo is the city's most iconic landmark. The Duomo, also known as Santa Maria Del Fiore, is a magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. From outside the cathedral, learn about the amazing piece of architecture, and see the famed bronze Baptistry Doors. Praised by generations of artists and art historians, the famed doors depict stunning scenes from the Old Testament.
Did you know that Florence is the birthplace of gelato? On this walking tour, we pass by our favorite gelato shop in Florence and you're welcome to stop and buy one to try. Or, take note of where the shop is and come back later after dinner for a sweet treat.
Taste Florentine Cuisine
Besides monuments and awe-inspiring Renaissance art, Florence is also home to some of the best food in Italy. Learn about the history of Trippa, a popular Florentine street food. If you dare, buy some to sample - you might be surprised at how good it is. Now it’s time to break for lunch - we’d never let you go hungry in Italy. We suggest picking up lunch to go and sitting in a piazza to do some people watching.
Dante's District and Church
See the outside of the house where Dante grew up, which now operates as a museum. Plus, see the little church of Santa Margherita. It's said that this is where Dante and Beatrice fell in love. Dante writes of Beatrice in his most famous work, "The Divine Comedy". Beatrice is buried in the church and a marker there commemorates her life.
The Jewelers on Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Shops have lined the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge since the 13th century. Originally, they included butchers, fishmongers and tanners. Imagine how badly the area stank! That’s why in 1593, the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I proclaimed that only jewelers were allowed to sell their wares on the bridge. To this day, the bridge still glitters with silver and gold jewelry crafted by local Italian artisans.
Palazzo Vecchio and the Medici Family
Piazza della Signoria is the historical and emotional heart of Florence. The most prominent feature of the square is the Palazzo Vecchio, the former home of the Medici family and also the Florentine Republic’s administrative center. Learn about the incredible influence the Medicis wielded, and their impact on the city.
The Awe-Inspiring Uffizi Galleries
The Uffizi is filled with artwork from celebrated Italian Renaissance artists. A must-see attraction, the Uffizi Gallery is the most popular museum in Florence. This means that during the high season, wait times are long. You’re in luck though, because this Florence day tour includes skip the line Uffizi tickets, which means you only have to go through a much shorter security line to enter the museum.
Once inside, visit some of the most celebrated works of art in existence, including Botticelli's Birth of Venus, which depicts the goddess Venus being carried ashore in a giant seashell. Along with The Birth of Venus, Caravaggio’s Medusa is the work people most associate with the Uffizi Gallery. A gripping study of the dark mythological figure with snakes in her hair, the round painting is also an excellent example of Caravaggio’s revolutionary approach to the game between light and dark. These highlights are just a few of the world-class works of art housed at the Uffizi.
After you visit the Uffizi, it’s time to say arrivederci to your guide and group. If you've worked up an appetite, remember to ask your guide where to eat and drink in Florence, they are experts and more than happy to advise you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
San Marco Square, at the big statue. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
Bring a little cash with you, for lunch, gelato and trippa (if you dare!). Since this is a walking tour, you'll need comfortable shoes. Avoid bringing large bags, both the Uffizi and Accademia require you to check them. And finally, the Uffizi does not allow visitors to bring liquids inside the museum, so do not bring water bottles. Baby bottles or medicine liquids are acceptable.
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility, is this the right tour for me?
A: If you have any doubt about your mobility we recommend to take a private Florence walking tour. Private tours are easily modified for people with reduced mobility.
Q: Do we get to go inside the Duomo?
A: This tour includes a visit to the outside of the Duomo and a chance to see the Baptistry Doors. It does not go inside. We want to make sure we cover as many sights as possible in a day.
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: Bring a little cash with you, for lunch, gelato and trippa (if you dare!). Since this is a walking tour, you'll need comfortable shoes. Avoid bringing large bags, both the Uffizi and Accademia require you to check them. And finally, the Uffizi does not allow visitors to bring liquids inside the museum, so do not bring water bottles. Baby bottles or medicine liquids are acceptable.
Q: Is gelato, trippa and lunch included in the tour price?
A: Food and beverage is NOT included on this tour. Bring a little cash with you so you can grab a quick lunch, sample the trippa (if you dare!) and treat yourself to some delicious Florentine gelato.
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Tour 6.5hr David + Uffizi Gallery
Guides amazing, full of knowledge. 10-12 of us heard everything (ear pieces necessary) despite crowds. Skip the Line is critical, lines lined up an hr before opening. Its useless to come to these galleries, see these impressive works w/o a Guide. You learn so much about Michelangelo, competitive artists, and life in general at that time. Spend the money. The break in between allowed us to eat & see the amazing statues in the Palazzo Vecchio, who we had fun imitating. Both tours Very impressive, and none of us like or appreciate art. But these works... whoa... gotta see it to believe it.
Florence in a day.
Have used The Roman Guy in Rome and was very impressed with them. I had no hesitation in booking them again for my day trip to Florence. Booked the full day tour, Accademia tour in the morning with tour of the inner city. Stopped for gelato, was told of good places to eat, visited Ponte Vecchio. Great tour. The afternoon was a guided tour of the beautiful Uffizi gallery. A great full day tour, tiring on the feet but it gave me a great glimpse of this beautiful city. Without this tour I would of just wondered the city, followed the crowds and wondered about all the history and what the buildings were. Great tour, highly recommended. 👍🏽
Excellent day in Florence
This was our third tour on this particular trip with the Roman Guy and it may have topped them all! And to think I was going to cancel it because of the weather forecast. We did spend a very wet thirty minutes or so outside gathering and traveling to Accademia but that was it. Otherwise it was a beautiful day in a beautiful city! We started our day with Katerina who had such an abundance of knowledge about the history of Florence, the Medici family and every piece of art we observed with her. Her degree in anthropology and her Florentine heritage served us well! In addition, she offered many suggestions on how to spend our time in Florence. With Katerina we did a walking tour that started with a visit to Accademia and then through the city and its highlights until we got to the Uffuzi. She shared the history of the palace, why the Uffuzi was built and then we walked to the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. The history of this city is so rich, opulent and unbelievable to a mere mortal like me. There are no words to describe the statue of David. It is just breathtaking. After lunch we met our new guide, art historian Francesca who lead us through Uffuzi. The Renaissance is my favorite time period in art history so I was in awe of what I was seeing and Francesca added insight and knowledge that made me love the pieces even more. She encouraged us to get 'right up there' and take a look, which I wouldn't have otherwise done. Both of these lovely, intelligent women gave us a day that we won't soon forget. Now we anxiously await our next visit to our new favorite Italian destination.