Florence’s Renaissance: Masterminds & History

Florence’s Renaissance: Masterminds & History

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( 82 reviews ) star City tour Florence 1 - 8 watch_later 2.5 hour
  • Travel back in time to the Renaissance
  • Discover unique architectonic gems
  • See unique art & masterpieces
  • Visit local squares & palaces
  • Privately guided by your favorite local
  • Hear all about the history of Florence

You will meet here: Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

What you can expect

A trip to Florence is equal to a trip back in time to the Renaissance era. The city proudly represents the brilliance of the masterminds that once walked through this famous cobbled-streets. Go on a historical tour with a knowledgeable local and step away from the touristy crowds following guides with microphones and headphones for a more intimate Renaissance introduction.

During the Renaissance, Florence had wealthy families that helped this era flourish and one of them was the Strozzi family. Their palace was built as a symbol of power over one family in specific, the Medici’s, and as soon as you step foot in this place, you can see why. Walk through its courtyards and listen to the incredible stories of rivalry between these two families.

Ready for a hidden gem? Step into a quiet square where you can find unique architectonic masterpieces that represent different times through the Renaissance era. There are three buildings that stand out, of three different families and each with an interesting story, let’s see if you can spot the hidden symbols engraved in their walls! And after all that history, you deserve a tasty treat! Enjoy the best gelato in town, made daily and with exclusive flavors that showcase the freshness of this treat. Prefer an Italian coffee? We got you covered!

Two highlights you cannot miss in Florence and that exude Renaissance vibes are the Signoria Square & Palazzo Vecchio. This square is a political cradle of the Renaissance and each of the statues here have a political connotation worth knowing. Good thing you have a knowledgeable local by your side! Go to Dante’s district and get a more intimate look at his life. Follow his footsteps, and hear stories about his muse Beatrice and its faith away from Florence.

You will also pay a visit to the palace of the wealthiest family during the Renaissance era, the Medici family. Find out about the big influence this family had in the city and on the upbringing of the Renaissance era itself. And to complete your trip back in time, go to Brunelleschi's Dome and check out this masterpiece that up until this day, still marvels experts with its design and construction method.

Hear all about it from a knowledgeable local plus receive tons of local insights & tips to continue your Renaissance exploring in Florence. All you gotta do is pick your favorite local guide, ask for a personalized offer if you have any requests and prepare for your mind to be full of priceless memories!

This is the plan

Meeting Point
Santa Maria Novella Square
Stop 1
Visit one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany
Stop 2
Hear the story of one of the richest Florentine families until it was exiled from Florence in 1434
Stop 3
See one of the most lively square of the city and admire the elegant Renaissance Palazzo Bartolini-Salimbeni
Stop 4
Cross Santa Trinita bridge and taste an italian coffee in a hidden square of Oltrarno
Stop 5
Have a look at Vasari corridor that connects the Pitti Palace with Uffizi and find out why
Stop 6
Enter the museum near Palazzo Vecchio and discover everything about the life in Florence during the year 1490
Stop 7
Dante’s District, go through the life of one of the biggest italian poets in history
Stop 8
Riccardi Medici Palace, the renaissance home where the powerful Medici family lived.
No renaissance excursion is complete without Brunelleschi’s Dome: The masterpiece of Florence

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour
2.5 hour
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Guest pick-up
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What's included
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How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.