It includes the Cathedral
With an expert, licensed guide, you will be led on a fascinating walking tour through the ancient streets and piazzas of Florence. The history of Renaissance Florence will be told through the numerous monuments that line the tour route.
First there is the perfectly preserved courtyard at the stunning Palazzo Strozzi and then, slightly off the beaten track, the wonderful Palazzo Davanzati, an excellent example of a Medieval Palace. As you pass by the famous “Porcellino” (little pig) market you will arrive at the oldest bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, which dates back to the 1300’s.
The guide will tell you all about the history of this enchanting bridge and also the Vasari Corridor, that dramatically changed the shops located on the bridge. From the bridge you also have some excellent views down the river Arno and up towards the surrounding Florentine hills.
The tour then heads towards the Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of Florence: the Ufizzi Gallery on one side housed the offices of the Grand Duke and the Palazzo Vecchio on the other side was once the seat of the Florentine government.
Then a pleasant meander through one of the oldest parts of the city to admire the tower houses that date from the 1300’s. You then emerge into the Piazza Duomo to marvel at the majestic Duomo (cathedral of Florence) with its unique marble decoration and the magnificent dome by Brunelleschi, an architectural miracle for both its bold design and daring realisation and now an enduring symbol of Florence’s Renaissance heritage.
The tour ends in front of the Baptistery with its magnificent Porta del Paradiso and Giotto’s bell tower, an excellent example of 1300’s architecture. This guided tour will transport you back to Renaissance Florence and we are sure you will fall in love with this captivating city.
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