Art, History and Secrets of Florence. Grand (Walking) Private Tour.
Precious and wonderful treasures are exposed in Florence’s famous and magnificent palaces, churches and galleries… but that’s not all!
Florence is an open air museum to explore walking through picturesque streets of the city centre.
A city centre which is actually cut into two parts by the Arno river: Diquaddarno and Diladdarno, as Florentines use to call them, institutional and sumptuous the first one, coloured and relaxed the second and full of splendid art treasures, as well.
Your Small Group Grand (Walking) Tour: Art, History and Secrets of Florence enables you to explore both the banks of the river Arno. It is an intimate and informative walk through the most famous beauties of Florence spiced with less-known, but at the same time outstanding, paths.
Your Florence orientation day tour starts at the most important square of our city, Piazza del Duomo, with the visit of the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore: inside this magnificent complex you’ll discover the art and architecture of one of the most famous cathedrals all over the world, and the story of its epic and legendary construction, a process lasted 140 years .
Leaving Piazza del Duomo behind us, you will head towards Orsanmichele, a very particular church indeed whose architecture is deeply influenced by its original purpose: the church was in fact built as a grain market and later on converted into the church administered by all ancient Florentine guilds.
You will then continue towards the Piazza della Signoria, a true open-air sculpture museum with its majestic Palazzo Vecchio, continuing then with the famous Loggia del Porcellino, a beautiful portico hosting a market whose origins are to be found in the High Renaissance, when it was destined for the trade of silk, precious manufacts as well as the famous Florentine straw hats.
Proceeding along the Lungarno, you will cross the magnificent Ponte Santa Trinita from which you will enjoy of a spectacular view onto the Ponte Vecchio eventually reaching the other bank of the river Arno, the above-mentioned Diladdarno.
The monumental Via Maggio will then lead you to Santo Spirito, the outstanding basilica, a Renaissance masterpiece by Filippo Brunelleschi, characterised by its harmonious lines greatly differentiating from the other churches visited during the tour.
After the exhaustive visit to Santo Spirito you will head to Piazza Pitti, where from the exterior your expert guide will narrate you the story of the magnificent Palazzo Pitti, which was transformed into the residence of the Grand duke of Tuscany by the Medici family during the 16th century.
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