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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Discover the best of Florence, learn all about the Medici family and their role in shaping the Renaissance, and see the city’s hidden corners, too—this immersive walking tour is designed to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the city. Meet your guide in central Florence, and set off on foot: you’ll see highlights like the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile, and Palazzo Vecchio, and will learn the stories behind the sights.
  • This budget-friendly tour offers an affordable way to explore the city
  • Discover many of Florence’s top attractions and lesser-known landmarks
  • Learn the stories behind the sights from your guide’s commentary
  • Exploring on foot makes it easy to soak up the city’s ambiance
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You can choose how much you want to pay to reward the guide (some people leave 10€, some people 50)
Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R , Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

The meeting point is in front of the façade of SAN LORENZO church (main entrance, not the entrance of the Medici chapels) next to the marble statue of Giovanni de' Medici who is sitting on a small throne. Look for a small red flag.

Piazza della Signoria , P.za della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY All Around Florence
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-4
Back streets and stories of old Florence
Anonymous
, Jul 2022
Lots of interesting stories about Florence and it’s history and an interesting walk through the old city. The group was quite large but Manuel spoke loudly and we could hear him well. His English was good but if he had spoken alittle slower it would have been easier to understand more of his stories. He was an animated story teller.
star-1
Not worth your time
Tammy_W
, Jul 2022
This tour was not as described. The guide was nice and knowledgeable but went on and on and on about the most mundane details. We were 1.5 hours in and only made it to 2 sites, and this after at least 30 min at the starting point. Yes it’s cheap, but a waste of time. Our group of 8 left because it was so slow.
star-5
Great tour of Florence with tales of Medici weaved in.
JENNIFER_B
, Jun 2022
Great little tour! VERY knowledgeable, funny & a great story teller. Great tour of Florence with tales of Medici weaved in.
star-5
A good tour to base your visit to Florence on.
Rodney_N
, Jun 2022
It was great to follow the time line and developments in Florence from the arrival of the Medici's to the heights of power.
star-5
Brought the city to life
Holly_M
, Jun 2022
I really enjoyed the tour. Our guide gave us lots of tips of how to get the most out of the city and really brought the city to life. It’s enhanced the rest of my visit as I understand much more about the architecture, emblems, art and stories behind them.
star-5
Learned a lot about the...
Carmela_T
, Jun 2022
Learned a lot about the history of course and also interesting facts about the archetecture. We also got recommendations for where to eat close eat and advice on where not to eat.
star-5
Historic tales of Florence and the Medici.
Rachel_W
, Jun 2022
Great stories of Florence and the Medici. Learned more about how the city and families grew and there influence on other countries. Great recommendations on local places to eat and things to do.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Go for it!
Blake_L
, Jun 2022
Really great tour! More than your normal dates & names kind of thing. Walks you through telling a story of Florence. He was a fun guide and would recommend to anyone! Also gave tips at the end to best enjoy the city!
star-5
Great family walk. Not too long, not too short.
daniel_e
, Jun 2022
Great storytelling about the history of the city. Good to do when you first arrive here before going on site tours. Walked through city, understood the various building types over the ages and progression of cathedral building. Cool quirky facts that made us notice things that we didn’t know about as we looked at the architecture. Just right for our family with kids age range from 17 to 11. Audio equipment worked well even as we were a large group and spread out. The cost is cheap and he works mainly by tips. We really enjoyed it and we felt he deserved a big tip.
star-5
Entertaining Tour
njarvissmith
, Jun 2022
Best part of our trip to Florence. Manuel is very knowledgeable but also entertaining. Would recommend to anyone to go on this tour!
star-5
This tour is a must!
Donna_B
, Jun 2022
This was an amazing tour - the guide was engaging and knowledgeable. This was my 5th time in Florence and I learned new things! Highly recommend.
star-5
The story hidden in the walls of Florence
Sara_M
, Jun 2022
Manuel was the BEST tour guide! He really changes the concept, and the tour becomes a story: the story about the past of Florence, about the Middle Ages, the artists that flourished here and, of course, the Medici. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Put Florence in context
Yash_D
, Jun 2022
The tour was highly informative and extremely engaging. Highly recommended for all ages. we really enjoyed it.
star-5
A ‘must do’ if you want some background on how Florence evolved and social history. Interesting and witty.
Brenda_M
, Jun 2022
We loved the tour. My only regret was not doing it on our first day in Florence instead of our 3rd. Our guide Manuel was excellent. I would have liked to have booked other tours with him. He was enthusiastic and full of information not necessarily easy to find in usual guide books. I’d highly recommend this tour.
star-5
FANTASTIC
Hannah_F
, Jun 2022
Lorenzo was a FANTASTIC guide. He is a natural story teller, and I learned so much about the history of Florence. It was a perfect tour for me and my friends! Would definitely want to go on another tour with Lorenzo!
star-5
Great Florence history walking tour with Manuel
caramandeville
, Jun 2022
Highly recommend this tour. Manuel was a passionate, knowledgeable, entertaining story teller. This tour greatly increased our understanding of the history of Florence and the Medici which made our time in Florence even more enjoyable.
star-4
Great guide, too large a group
SuYiSophia_H
, Jun 2022
Manuel was an excellent guide. Too bad he had to take on the burden of a missing colleague’s group and the tour became a huge group of over 45 people, which took up a lot of time at the start and during the tour to wait for people.
star-5
Be taken back in time with Manuel through the takes off Florence and Medici
Poh_L
, Jun 2022
Manuel is a wonderful story teller who knows his history and culture intimately. He will show you Florence from the eyes of a local and take you down the narrow alleys and share nuggets of back stories that take you back to the medieval times. Definitely worth the trip. Remember to tip generously!
star-5
An expert at his craft!
Keith_M
, Jun 2022
Excellent history of Florence. He tied everything in so well together. Super informative & great storytelling!
star-4
Good starter
Cheryl_D
, Jun 2022
This was a worthwhile first tour upon arriving in Florence. It put much of the history into perspective and provided context for the rest of our trip.
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