Meet your guide in the heart of the historic center and follow him/her in the discovery of Florence's highlights. Admire the romantic, picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, with its renowned jewelry shops, before reaching Signoria Square, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city.
In this true outdoor museum, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune with the marvelous and imposing marble statue by Ammannati and then, looking around, by the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia dei Lanzi, including Cellini’s Perseus and Gianbologna’s Rape of the Sabines. The majestic Palazzo Vecchio dominates all with its crenelated Arnolfo Tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence which you will be able to admire in all its magnificence.
You'll then reach the bustling Mercato della Paglia (Straw Market): don’t forget to rub the nose of the famous "porcellino" (pig) and toss a coin into the fountain to bring you good luck! The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli in the old town, where you will admire the imposing and singular Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art, decorated with shrines containing statues of the patron saints of the powerful medieval trade guilds.
The walking tour ends at the amazing complex of monuments that characterize the religious center of Florence: the Cathedral with the incredible Brunelleschi's Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with its Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise) and the elegant Giotto's Bell Tower, the loveliest in Italy.
After a delicious Tuscan lunch at a typical restaurant a few steps from the Duomo Square (if selected), the experience goes on inside the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a chest of inestimable artistic treasures, where you will be immediately struck by the elegance of the space divided into three naves.
Led by an expert guide, you will enjoy the beauty of the splendid marble choir by Bandinelli, the complexity of the precious stained-glass windows worked by Donatello, Ghiberti and Andrea del Castagno and the singular and mysterious clock by Paolo Uccello. You will be also surprised to be able to walk on a marvelous carpet of polychrome marbles. Then, looking up, the immense precious interior of the Dome entirely frescoed by Vasari will appear. Brunelleschi's famous Dome is the largest ever built in masonry and the incomparable icon of Renaissance architecture.
You will also be offered a ticket to the precious Misericordia Museum located in Piazza Duomo next to the Cathedral, a magical place off the beaten track which you can visit at your own pace. Admire masterpieces by Santi di Tito, Benedetto da Maiano, Sano di Pietro, Bachiacca, Sogliani, G. Battista Naldini and many other important artists.