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Galileo's Florence

Galileo's Florence

Not just famous as the home of da Vinci and Michelangelo, Florence also once hosted Galileo Galilei, whose contributions to physics and astronomy changed the world. Here are a few sites in Florence that pay homage to this influential scientist.

Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo)

Dedicated to the life and discoveries of Galileo, this site includes two important early telescopes and other historic scientific tools. Don't miss viewing Galileo's preserved fingers, which have been on display at the museum since 2010.

How to Visit

Take a science tour of Florence to get an in-depth look at the city's scientific history.

Santa Croce Basilica

This Franciscan church is the final resting place of so many important Italian figures that it has earned the nickname "Temple of the Glories of Italy." The tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, and Dante can be seen here.

How to Visit

A guided tour of the mausoleum includes commentary on the lives of those buried there, as well as a look at the ornate church and its masterful artwork by Giotto, Brunelleschi, and Donatello.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Galileo hails from Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. It's said that Galileo formed some of his experiments around gravity with plans to drop objects from the tower.

How to Visit

Join a half-day tour of Pisa from Florence and gain priority access to the Leaning Tower.

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Pisa from Florence afternoon Tour including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower Ticket

Pisa from Florence afternoon Tour including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower Ticket

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Skip the line to see the famous Leaning Tower and other top attractions on this day trip to Pisa from Florence. Led by an expert guide, travel through the Tuscan hills to explore Pisa, visiting the Cathedral Square, where the impressive Baptistery sits. Then soak up incredible views with priority access to the top of the Leaning Tower before making your way back to Florence.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.56
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$92.56
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Pisa and the Leaning Tower Afternoon Tour from Florence

Pisa and the Leaning Tower Afternoon Tour from Florence

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See the iconic Leaning Tower on this half-day trip to Pisa from Florence. Admire Cathedral Square and the Pisa Baptistery as you follow an expert guide past the city’s main attractions. After posing with the UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa, some time to explore the area independently. Your trip concludes with transportation back to Florence.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.90
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there’s so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, checking off top attractions such as the Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and Giotto's Bell Tower.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.32
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BE THE FIRST! Early Bird Florence Half Day Tour: Uffizi, Accademia, Walking Tour

BE THE FIRST! Early Bird Florence Half Day Tour: Uffizi, Accademia, Walking Tour

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Explore Florence’s most iconic landmarks and inspiring art on a city tour led by a knowledgeable historian guide. Admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and other Italian greats on skip-the-line tours of the famed Ufizzi and Accademia galleries, and browse the wares of local artisans at the Ponte Vecchio marketplace. Walk beneath Brunelleschi’s dome on an interior tour of the Florence Duomo, and learn the secrets behind the beautiful Santa Croce Basilica.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.06
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Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica

Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica

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Discover the long and important history of Florence’s Santa Croce Basilica, and learn how it earned the nickname ‘Temple of the Glories of Italy.’ Best known as a mausoleum housing the remains of Italian luminaries including Michelangelo, Dante and Galileo, the basilica is also home to many gems of Renaissance art. Get the most out of your visit and hear the legends that surround this house of worship from an expert English-speaking guide.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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$60.90
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Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour of Florence

Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour of Florence

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Explore the life and scientific legacy of one of the most famous Florentines on a private tour revolving around Galileo. Visit the astronomer’s namesake museum to learn about his life and see historic telescopes, and pay tribute at a forum and statue dedicated to him at the Observatory Museum. After learning about Galileo’s controversial theories and discoveries, finish the journey in front of his tomb inside the Basilica of Santa Croce.
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  • 4 hours
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$243.58
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$243.58
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Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

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Get an in-depth look at three beautiful churches as well as their ancient cloisters on this private tour in Florence. Visit the churches of San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella before sitting down to a simple Tuscan lunch (if upgrade selected).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.23
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$124.23
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