Join our guided tour and visit the major attractions in Florence with an expert local guide. You will explore the most picturesque streets and squares in the historic center and you will admire the complex of the Cathedral of Florence and its museum, discovering all its secrets and hidden treasures.
Get ready for an exciting private tour of Florence, along the narrow alleys, the monumental squares and the opulent Renaissance palaces. History, art, culture, passion and mysteries await you for a unique eXPerience that you will let you discover the most beautiful sights in the city.
You will meet your expert local guide in the city center, in Piazza della Repubblica, and from there you will visit the most famous places in Florence, such as the Loggia del Porcellino, the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Dantesque district, up to the immense complex of the "Opera del Duomo".
Right here, you will start a mystical journey through the centuries: firstly, you will visit the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist (patron saint of Florence), one of the oldest buildings in town, consecrated in 1059 and excellent example of Florentine Romanesque style. A riot of white and green marble, geometric shapes and colors. Inside, the ceiling is decorated with a mosaic that tells the stories of Mary, Jesus, Joseph, St. John and the Last Judgment.
Next, you will visit the imposing Duomo (also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), started on behalf of the Signoria in 1296 by the architect Arnolfo di Cambio. In 1334, the direction of the work was entrusted to Giotto and after 1350 to Francesco Talenti.
The construction of the magnificent dome, however, was designed by Brunelleschi, who rose to the role of "first Renaissance architect". He created a double self-supporting shell, which did not require the presence of traditional armor support. On March 25th 1436, the Florence Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV.
The great Brunelleschi's Dome dominates the square and the entire city, being visible from many points in the surrounding hills at some distance. On this private tour you will have the opportunity to freely climb the dome.
Next to the Cathedral, stands the Giotto's Bell Tower and, on the back, is situated the new Museum of the "Opera del Duomo". Here, you will admire several extraordinary treasures, removed from the monuments of the square for the sake of preservation. The collection includes the sculptures of the tower, the Heaven's Gate and North Gate by Lorenzo Ghiberti, the Mary Magdalene by Donatello and the Pietas by Michelangelo.
A section is also dedicated to the construction of Brunelleschi's Dome and another to the history of the façade, dating back from the 14th to the 19th century.
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and suitable clothing to grant you the access to places of worship (legs up to the knees and shoulders must be covered).
Don't forget to bring your camera with you!