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Florence

The soul of Tuscany brims with Renaissance influence evident in its myriad architectural and artistic wonders.

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Florence: Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

1. Florence: Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

Discover masterpieces of art at one of Italy (and the world’s) greatest art museums, and enjoy priority entrance at the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Marvel at Italian Renaissance art by some of the greatest artists of all times. See paintings by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio, and others. Go to the gallery’s most renowned room to see the stunning collection by Botticelli. Admire his “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” and reflect upon his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. Escape the hassle and hurry of organized group tours, and explore at your own pace. You are free to stay inside the museum for as long as you like.

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Uffizi Gallery: Tour

2. Uffizi Gallery: Tour

Enjoy skip-the-line entry and meet your guide for a tour of the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. This is a unique experience for those who want to immerse themselves in the artistic heritage of Florence. The Gallery entirely occupies the first and second floors of the large building constructed between 1560 and 1580 and designed by Giorgio Vasari.    Visit one of the most beautiful museums in the world with your expert local guide, who will share the stories behind the main masterpieces in the gallery. Learn about the development of Italian art throughout the centuries and marvel at well-known paintings by masters like Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and many others. You will have the opportunity to discover the secrets of the greatest paintings spanning from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Admire Botticelli's “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” and reflect upon his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. After your tour, take the time to explore the museum at your own pace and get the chance to go back to your favorite spots.

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Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

3. Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

The Accademia Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David.  Admire the 5.17-meter marble statue representing the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in Florentine art. The statue soon came to symbolize the defence of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family.    In the adjacent rooms, which were part of two former convents, important works of art are collected here from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents.  Recently the Gallery has been further enriched by the important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Department of Musical Instruments.

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Uffizi Gallery: Ticket with Host

4. Uffizi Gallery: Ticket with Host

Avoid the long wait on your visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with this skip-the-line ticket. Explore the expansive museum and its collection of up to 1,500 works of art. See famous Renaissance paintings such as Michelangelo’s "Doni Tondo" and Botticelli’s "Birth of Venus." Meet a staff member of the local partner to receive your fast-track entrance ticket and make your way through the mandatory security check. Enjoy the convenience of skipping both the ticket-buyers line and the ticket-pickup line. Then, explore one of Europe’s oldest museums. Take a journey through the history of art, from the Middle Ages through to the Italian Renaissance. Marvel at masterpieces such as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venice,” Caravaggio's "Medusa", and the only painting made on wood by Michelangelo. The gallery also boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorn the corridors. You'll also discover works of other protagonists of the Renaissance, such as Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, and many others.

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Florence: Palazzo Strozzi Priority Entrance Ticket

5. Florence: Palazzo Strozzi Priority Entrance Ticket

Admire the art exhibition rooms in a masterpiece palace of the Renaissance with this priority entry ticket to Palazzo Strozzi. Explore the temporary exhibit featuring work by Jeff Koons at Florence’s most important and largest venue since the 20th century. Discover the famous works of the most ironic, controversial, and discussed artist of the contemporary art system at the “Jeff Koons. Shine” exhibition. See metal sculptures that replicate luxury objects, iconic inflatable toys such as the Rabbit and Balloon Dog, and much more. Palazzo Strozzi perfectly embodies the aristocratic palace of the Renaissance used to house the family. The colonnaded courtyards, another new development, lay at the heart of these buildings, their isolation and size creating a majestic appearance.

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Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Audioguide

6. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Audioguide

Palazzo Vecchio is the heart of Florence. Built in 1299 to house the leaders of the medieval city it is the symbol of the city’s history. The golden age of Palazzo Vecchio began when the Medici family decided to turn it into a real palace, making it the family residence. During your visit, you’ll be able to admire the architecture of the palazzo, and its sculptures and paintings, and learn about its rich and complex history over the centuries. Your visit to the Palazzo Vecchio will be enhanced with a multimedia guide in the form of a 7-inch tablet that provides fascinating audio-video narration with images in high definition and spectacular 3D re-creations. Upgrade your experience to include Arnolfo's Tower, and enjoy the fantastic views from the tower's summit. Visit the tower first, then head to the museum 1 hour later.

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Accademia Gallery: Tour

7. Accademia Gallery: Tour

Join a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery and discover the most amazing artwork of the Renaissance, including the magnificent statue of David by Michelangelo. After skipping the long ticket lines, you’ll enter the gallery and begin your experience with a visit to the Medici family’s collection of musical instruments. Admire the most expensive Stradivarius in the world, as well as other unique instruments. Continue to see the Prisoners and San Matteo by Michelangelo, then marvel at the artist’s most iconic sculpture, David. Learn about this statue’s creation and the complex history of the piece of marble that Michelangelo used to sculpt his masterpiece. Finally, see the plasters of Lorenzo Bartolini before ending your tour by taking in the beautiful collection of paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other noteworthy artists from the 16th century. During your tour, you'll also discover lesser-known parts of this world-famous museum. 

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Florence Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

8. Florence Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Take in the sights of Florence over 24, 48 or 72 hours from the top of an open-top double-decker tour bus. You can choose the places to visit and the things to see as you travel in comfort and convenience. Learn about the city’s past from the multilingual audio commentary available on board. You can hop on or off at any of the stops on all 2 lines with your ticket. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River and is known for its role in the development of art and architecture during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The city’s museums, churches, and palaces house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 1 Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore (to substitute Stop 1 Stazione, Via Fiume 8-10) Stop 2 Libertà Stop 3 Donatello Stop 4 Beccaria Stop 5 Santa Croce Stop 6 Teatro Verdi Stop 7 Ferrucci Stop 8 Michelangelo Stop 9 Galileo Stop 10 Villa Cora Stop 11 Porta Romana Stop 12 Piazza Tasso Stop 13 Porta San Frediano Stop 14 Melegnano - Borgo Ognissanti Stop 15 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 16 Fortezza Stop 17 Piazza Indipendenza Stop 18 Close to S.M.N.train station located in Largo Alinari n.8 Line B Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

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Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

9. Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make your way to the Leonardo Interactive Museum in the heart of Florence, just steps from the Accademia Gallery on Via dei Servi 66 and discover a family-friendly exhibition guaranteed to stimulate your curiosity. Marvel at machines built to scale and according to Da Vinci's original designs - unless changes have been necessary! Learn about some of Leonardo’s major studies of anatomy and see high-resolution backlit replicas of his main paintings to explore his medical and artistic achievements. Organized into 4 sections - earth, water, air, and fire - the museum provides descriptions in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian for your convenience. Benefit from multimedia displays about the artist and inventor's extraordinary life and works.

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From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

10. From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

Cross the beautiful Chianti hills as you ride south from Florence in an air-conditioned GT Coach. Arrive at San Gimignano, a medieval town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Take time to wind your way through the narrow streets and admire the landscape. Make the second stop at Siena. Explore the Piazza del Campo, famous for the Palio Horse Race and for its splendid examples of Gothic civic architecture. You can also visit the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico. Finally, visit Monteriggioni and its intact medieval city walls. Then, head to the Chianti area and enjoy postcard-perfect landscapes. Conclude your day at a famous wine estate and taste fine Chianti red wine along with homemade snacks.

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Frequently asked questions about Florence

What top attractions are a must-see in Florence?

Planning Your Visit

  • How long should you stay in Florence?

    A minimum of four nights will allow you to see the top sites without rushing from one to another. Give yourself a week or more for a full Renaissance immersion.

  • Getting around the city

    The heart of Florence is compact, and you can easily explore all that the city has to offer by foot. The historical center is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and traffic is restricted from entering. If you're planning to rent a car for a trip around Tuscany, you'll have to park outside the "Limited Traffic Zone." Consider 15 euros extra per day for a parking garage space, since free parking is a rarity.

  • How expensive is Florence?

    Keep in mind the entrance fees for the all the top sights, including the majority of churches. Although it's free to enter the Florence Cathedral, you'll have to buy a ticket to go up the dome for the breathtaking views. Restaurants in Italy also add a service fee called "pane e coperto" (literally "bread and cover"). It's an extra few euros charged per person seated at the table, but it's not a tip for your server.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    By October, the weather is still warm, but the tourist rush is winding down.

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What people are saying about Florence

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 56,303 reviews

We were able to see so many things and learn so much on our tour. Rosa was an amazing guide and made sure that our 8 year old daughter was able to interact and take an interest in the tour as well!

Federica is very knowledgeable guide and sets a good cadence for the entire tour. The exclusive terrace view is a must to see the city architecture. Had a good time and highly recommend!

Julia's tour was absolutely brilliant. She explained the context of the art and the time it was created really well. I could have listened to her for much longer than just 2 hours.

Great group experience, enough time to walk around and enjoy. Would have liked more time at Pisa, maybe Pisa should be a bit longer, just a suggestion.

Very friendly and professional! Worth it for skipping the line.