The Best of Florence: Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour

The Best of Florence: Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour

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( 32 reviews ) star City tour Firenze 1 - 8 watch_later 3 hours
  • See the highlights & hidden gems of Florence
  • Enjoy a local lunch: antipasti & wine
  • Listen to interesting & secret stories of the city
  • Visit local squares, palaces & churches
  • Discover Florence through the eyes of a local
  • 100% private & personalized

You will meet here: Piazza della Repubblica

What you can expect

Florence is a city full of highlights, everywhere you walk has a history and a famous mastermind behind it. But what you don’t know is that there are some hidden corners in the city that hold secrets worth to be uncovered. With a mix of both, you can get a full picture of the true essence of the city.

The perfect place to show you the mix of highlights and hidden gems is the center and heart of Florence, Piazza della Repubblica. The place where everything started and where you’ll get an introduction into how Florence became the powerful mastermind during the Renaissance, of course with some local stories that you can’t find anywhere else.

At Piazza del Duomo, you have Florence’s pride, its beautiful cathedral with its dome that rises high captivating the view of the city. Climb up the cathedral and enjoy a picture perfect view of Florence or wander through the museum inside, your savvy local can arrange everything you wish to visit & see. Here, you will learn why it took two centuries to finish Florence’s cathedral and the story behind the duomo. Like they say, good things take time and this masterpiece is proof of that!

Discover some hidden medieval gems, two well-preserved buildings full of history. One, a tower that has survived the many civil wars in between the families of Florence throughout the dark ages and the other, a building that helped as headquarters of an anonymously association created to help noble families that had fallen in disgrace and were to ashamed to ask for help.

Continue your interesting chat with your local host but now over antipasti and wine! Step where the locals grab lunch and feel like one of them. Immerse yourself in the nice atmosphere and conversation, and continue learning about Florence’s culture.

Your local guide will show a place that is overlooked by many but with a big history and meaning that makes it a truly hidden gem. The gothic church of Chiesa di Orsanmichele that used to be a market guards inside a beautiful architectonic vision. Wondering how a market got turned into a church? We’ll give you a hint, there is a miraculous story behind it, and your local guide will tell you all about!

Now for a sight to behold, visit Piazza della Signora. This plaza has been the center of political events in Florence for centuries and with Palazzo Vecchio overlooking, you can be sure this place holds tons of interesting stories and secrets. Another highlights close from there, is Ponte Vecchio. A must-see when you are in Florence and an important piece throughout history, especially for the Medici family.
To keep the Medici’s history going, pay a visit to Piazza Pitti & the Pitti Palace. The Medici moved from Palazzo Vecchio to this palace and its here where their decadence happened and thanks to the last remaining Medici, Florence can share this beautiful place with its visitors.

Escape from the crowds into a lively and hip square where the locals like to chill. This square hides an interesting story that involves the famous artist Michelangelo. Want to hear all about it? Here you can even admire an original Michelangelo’s piece! Just follow your local guide and hear all the interesting stories they have to tell. Friendly advice: This place is closed during the evening on Sundays, but we have an amazing alternative for you, a visit to a local artisan! Meet one of the few "smiths" left in Italy following in the tradition of Cellini, the Renaissance Master. Be witness of the old & traditional process of gold and silver dipping to create unique crafts.

See the best and the hidden gems of Florence and leave with a head full of knowledge and a heart full of unique memories. Get a personalized treatment from a friendly local, pick your favorite and let them create a one of a kind tour for you.


This is the plan

Meeting Point
Piazza della Repubblica
Stop 1
Visit one of the most lively squares that marks the center of the city since Roman times
Stop 2
Hear the story behind the main highlight of Florence, the cathedral de Santa Maria del Fiore
Stop 3
Grab the opportunity to see two of the best hidden gems in town that have fabulous stories that nobody else seems to know about
Stop 4
Let's have a break to enjoy traditional Tuscan food and a glass of exceptional Chianti wine
Stop 5
Discover the mystery around a gothic church whose original purpose it totally unexpected
Stop 6
Take a glance at the masterpiece of David which is protecting the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio and enjoy the open air museum around you
Stop 7
Take a photo at one of the most beautiful bridges in the world
Stop 8
Make a stop at the last residence of the Medici family and hear all the gossip around their name
Stop 9
Check out one of the hidden corners of the Oltrarno area that it's sacristy is home of a unique and breathtaking work of art by a very young Michelangelo
Final Stop
Wander around the most lively squares of the city where the locals spend time more than the tourists

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

City tour details

Type
Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour
Duration
3 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Piazza della Repubblica
Guest pick-up
no
Confirmation
instant confirmation
Cancellation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkEntrance tickets
checkPrivate guide
checkLocal antipasti tastings
check1 alcoholic drinks

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
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  • With the host of
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  • Private. Affordable.
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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.

Done

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