The 10 Best Walking Tours in Florence

Cathedral of Florence|©the3cats/Pixabay
Cathedral of Florence|©the3cats/Pixabay
Photo of Francesca Masotti
26 January 2018

If there is a destination that’s worth visiting by foot, it is Florence. The capital city of Tuscany has a small city centre but lot of buildings, palaces, museums and art galleries to see. Read our list of the 10 best walking tours in town that will ensure you will not to miss the most important places to visit in Florence.

Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour

There is no better way to visit Florence than walking through its wonderful streets and admiring every single detail. The Fascinating Florence’s tour offers you the chance to stroll through the magnificent squares of the city centre with a guided tour of three hours. To be honest, three hours aren’t enough to visit all of the town, but will allow you to visit just the highlights of Florence such as Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Baptistery and listen to tales about the most affluent family of the town, Medici.

The Baptistery, Cathedral and Giotto bell tower | ©Mariamichelle/Pixabay

Medieval Florence Evening Walking Tour

Florence is one the most fascinating Italian towns and offers visitors spectacular palaces and panoramas to see. With the exciting Medieval Florence tour, you can admire the town by night with a two-hour walking tour that will lead you to discover not only the highlights of the town, such as Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery, but also lesser known treasures, such as Palazzo Strozzi and Palazzo di Bianca Cappello. This is a beautiful way to discover Florence and at the end of the tour there is a tasty stop at one of Florence’s gelato shops – the best way to end a tour of the town.

Palazzo Strozzi | ©Richard, enjoy my life!/Flickr

The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

The most iconic building of Florence is the Duomo. This masterpiece of architecture was designed by one of the greatest architects of all the times, Filippo Brunelleschi. Did you know that the Dome’s techniques of building are still nowadays unknown? If you are in town, you can’t miss the chance to visit the amazing cupola. The first thing you’ll see with this tour is a fascinating collection of replicas of the original tools used to construct the dome and the majestic interiors of the Cathedral, then get ready to climb to the northern façade of the church rooftop and walk through the open air corridors to admire a stunning panorama.

Cathedral of Florence | ©the3cats/Pixabay

Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

A trip to Florence is not complete without food! The town is one of the most famous gastronomic destinations in Italy and the world, so be prepared to visit the largest market in town and then cook your own lunch. This lovely tour starts with walking through the Central Market choosing fresh ingredients to prepare your dishes. Then with your assigned chef, you’ll head back to the kitchen and learn how to prepare a four-course Tuscan meal. Enjoy it!

Central Market | ©Rufus46/WikiCommons

Florence Sighseeing Tour for Kids and Families With Local Guide

For those who travel with children, this walking tour is the best thing to do. It takes only 2.5 hours and keep kids engaged with interactive games and activities about the history of Florence while exploring Santa Croce, Central Market, Porcellino Market, Piazza della Signoria, Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio and more.

Florence | ©Celuici/WikiCommons

Florence Segway Tour

Florence is not a big city but walking through its narrow streets full of tourists can be very hard. So, you can easily book a Florence Segway Tour to explore the city centre. Before starting, the guide will assure you are comfortable with your Segway, then will give you a headphone and finally will lead you to discover the beauties of Florence. Get ready to hit the streets and visit the town in a very cool way.

Arno River | ©Mariamichelle/Pixabay

Florence Bike Tour

If you’ve had enough of walking or if you are not comfortable with the segway option, the best thing for you is a bike tour. With the 2.5-hour Florence Bike Tour through the streets of Florence, you will be guided by a local guide and will see the top attractions of the town, such as Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio.

Bike | ©curlymade/Pixabay

Uffizi, Accademia & Santa Croce Basilica Guided Tour

If you’ve already visited Florence and know the city very well, this guided tour is your best option. You have the chance to admire three of the best sites in town which preserve spectacular masterpieces with a tour of six hours. It’s a great option to see iconic work of arts led by an expert guide and skip the lines.

The Original Statue of David by Michelangelo | ©twalmedia

Private Tour: the Secrets of Florence

Florence is known worldwide for its majestic buildings, churches and palaces, but if you’ve already visited it several times, you can easily book a tour through the Secrets of Florence. The guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the town and tell you anecdotes and stories about famous people who lived these places.

The Courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio | ©travelspot/Pixabay

Boboli Gardens Tour

The most famous and romantic garden of Italy, Boboli, is totally worth a visit. Hidden behind the majestic Pitti Palace, Boboli was once the private park of Medici family, commissioned for the wife of Cosimo I de Medici in 1540. It is considered the most beautiful example of Italian gardens in the world and includes a collection of outdoor sculptures, making it an open-air museum.

Boboli Gardens | ©Shaun Merrit/Flickr

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