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Loggia dei Lanzi: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small Group Tour

1. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small Group Tour

Depart Rome and drive through the Italian countryside towards the rolling hills of Tuscany. Upon arrival in Florence, journey through the "Cradle of the Renaissance" starting at Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can take in an amazing panorama of the entire city. Then, go to the covered Ponte Vecchio across the River Arno to see the city from a different perspective. Stroll the enchanting streets to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and look at its stunning dome by Brunelleschi. Admire the marble monuments of the Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower. Next, enter Piazza della Signoria to get a well-rounded view of the political and artistic heritage of the city. The L-shaped square is home to the fortress-like Palazzo Vecchio and a copy of Michelangelo's David along with the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi. After lunch (not included), take a walk through the outdoor market of San Lorenzo and find high quality leather jackets and other clothes at affordable prices. Depart Florence at around 2:30 PM and head to Pisa for a guided tour of the spectacular Piazza dei Miracoli. See the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa and the marble façades of the Baptistery and Duomo. Leave Pisa at approximately 5:00 PM for the journey back to Rome.

Florence: Skip the Line Uffizi Guided Tour and Walking Tour

2. Florence: Skip the Line Uffizi Guided Tour and Walking Tour

A special cultural experience in Florence, the world-famous Uffizi Gallery is home to many Renaissance masterpieces. See the most important artworks in the Uffizi Gallery without waiting in the line. You'll also get to see central Florence on a guided walking tour in the heart of the city.  The walking tour will start at San Marco Square, you will meet with your expert guide in front of the San Marco Basilica. As you continue, you will learn more about the Medici Family and Florentine history from your expert guide. Next, you will see the iconic landmark of Florence, the Duomo. Here, you can also find the famous Baptistery, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Giotto’s Bell Tower. You will continue to the Piazza Della Signoria and the Loggia dei Lanzi to admire the beauty of the Palazzo Vecchio. Continue to the Uffizi Gallery for a guided tour with skip the line access. Once you are in the museum, you will find numerous paintings by genius artists such as Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Your expert guide will explain to you about the paintings, artists, and stories that accompany them. After the guided tour finishes, you can choose to admire the artworks by yourself if you wish.

From Venice: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tours

3. From Venice: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tours

Journey to Florence from Venice by high-speed train in 2 hours and prepare yourself for a complete cultural immersion. Discover the city and its huge artistic patrimony, museums, monuments, palaces, and churches. Admire some of the most important artistic treasures in the world. Walk around Duomo Square and admire the beautiful Cathedral with the majestic Dome of Brunelleschi and the Bell Tower of Giotto. Then meet your guide and get ready to explore the beautiful Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s David. Afterward, explore the San Lorenzo Central Market and enjoy a tasting of local products, specially prepared for you. Then venture out on your own and discover Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza Della Signoria with its historical and architectural heritage such as Palazzo Vecchio, Loggia Dei Lanzi, and the Uffizi Gallery. Next to Palazzo Vecchio you will find the Neptune Fountain where you will connect back to your guide and visit the unique Uffizi Gallery which houses one of the best collections of Renaissance art in the world. Finally, you will head towards the Santa Maria Novella train station and depart back to Venice.

Florence: Heart of Florence Guided Walking Tour

4. Florence: Heart of Florence Guided Walking Tour

Check out some of the most iconic sights in Florence on a guided walking tour that explores the heart of the city and visits many of its top attractions. Learn all about the history of Florence as you see the most famous artwork and architecture it has to offer. Begin in the ancient Medici Family District. Admire the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the family's first residence in the San Lorenzo District, where you can also find their church and mausoleum chapels. A few steps away are some of Florence's most famous monuments: the cathedral with its incredible dome by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Gates of Paradise, and the Giotto bell tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli. See the imposing Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine gothic art before reaching the bustling Mercato della Paglia (straw market). Don’t forget to rub the nose of the famous pig and toss a coin into the fountain to bring you good luck. Continuing on, admire the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Finally, arrive at the Piazza Signoria, the political center of the city. In this true 'outdoor museum', see the beautiful Fountain of Neptune with the marvelous marble statue by Ammannati. There are also the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi, including Cellini’s Perseus and Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines. Dominating all of this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio and the Arnolfo Tower, one of the most emblematic symbols of Florence.

Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

5. Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

Step back in time and find inspiration in the art and architecture of Florence, Italy. Admire classical artworks, cross the famed Ponte Vecchio, and see such gems as Pitti Palace. Listen as your guide fills in historical details. Poke around Piazza Della Signori, an open-air museum where the Palazzo Vecchio stands. Check out the Loggia dei Lanzi, housing a vast collection of original statues by artists such as Cellini and Giambologna. Walk through the colonnade of the Uffizi Gallery and light upon Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city. Discover one of the well-kept secrets of Florence, the twisty Vasari Corridor, which connects Palazzo Vecchio to Pitti Palace. Follow your guide through the Medieval District, stop at the House of Dante, and feel giddy walking around Duomo Square. Learn about the construction of the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Brunelleschi’s Cupola before the tour's conclusion.

Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

6. Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

Begin your tour with a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery. Explore this historic institution, one of Europe's oldest art and drawing academies, and home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures. Admire some of Michelangelo's most beloved masterpieces including the famous 'David' and other important works such as 'I prigioni,' 'San Matteo,' and the 'Palestrina Pietà'. After visiting the Accademia, your guide will lead you first to discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize Florence's religious center: Florence Cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), and the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli in the heart of the city, where you can admire the imposing and singular Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. Continuing on, delight in the romantic, picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, with its renowned jewelry shops. Finally, arrive in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city. In this true “outdoor museum”, be amazed by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune and then, looking around, the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Dominating all this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio with its crenelated Arnolfo tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence that you will be able to enjoy in all its magnificence. The wonderful perspective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square. Finally, you simply can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most important art collections in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. Explore this famous art gallery housed in a historic building, and marvel at incredible works of art by great Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, and many others. See two of the world’s most famous paintings, Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and 'Birth of Venus,' along with countless other magnificent paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The guided tour ends at the Uffizi Terrace where you can enjoy an amazing and exclusive view of the city’s most important monuments. Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum. Please note that the order of the visits may change. After the walking tour, you can enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in a historic restaurant in the old city (if option selected).

From Venice: Florence Day Trip By Train with Walking Tour

7. From Venice: Florence Day Trip By Train with Walking Tour

Visit Florence with a comfortable day trip from Venice.  Depart in the morning from Venezia Santa Lucia train station and in just 2 hours you will reach the heart of Florence, the city of Renaissance! Reach your local professional guide, and start a comprehensive Walking Tour, discovering the most iconic sights of Renaissance and Medieval Florence. You will first explore the Medici district, with the ancient San Lorenzo Church, admire the beauty of the monumental complex of the Duomo, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the iconic Brunelleschi's Dome, the elegant Giotto's Bell Tower and the beautiful Romanesque Baptistery of San Giovanni. The tour then goes through the characteristic streets of the medieval district where you can also admire the imposing Church of Orsanmichele, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. You will be led to the picturesque Straw Market: don’t forget to rub the nose of the famous “porcellino” (little pig). Going on, you will find yourself in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world where you will be fascinated by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune with the imposing marble statue of Ammannati and by the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi.  Dominating the square, the majestic Palazzo Vecchio before arriving to the romantic and picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Then, have a break and enjoy a delicious Tuscan Lunch in a typical restaurant located in the old town (if option selected, otherwise free time for lunch). The rest of the day is at your leisure: you can enjoy your free time going for some shopping and discover unique art crafts in the numerous Florentine artisan shops, taste local products in one of the restaurants on the first floor of the Central Market or just sit at the table of a historic café in Piazza della Repubblica.

From Rome: Guided Walking Tour of Florence with Train Ticket

8. From Rome: Guided Walking Tour of Florence with Train Ticket

Visit Florence with an indipendent day trip by high-speed train from Rome.  Depart in the morning from Roma Termini Train station and in just 2 hours you will reach the heart of Florence, the city of Renaissance! Reach your local professional guide, and start your comprehensive walking tour, discovering the most iconic sights of Renaissance and Medieval Florence. Explore first the Medici district, with the ancient San Lorenzo Church and the Medici Chapels. A few steps away, find the Duomo, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the iconic Brunelleschi's Dome, the elegant Giotto's Bell Tower and the beautiful Romanesque Baptistery of San Giovanni, with its golden “Porta del Paradiso". Walk by the Church of Orsanmichele, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art, before heading to Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city and with its majestic Palazzo Vecchio. You will arrive then until the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, and you will end this amazing walking tour admiring its renowned jewelry shops! Then, have a break and appreciate a delicious Tuscan Lunch in a typical restaurant located in the old town (if option selected, otherwise free time for lunch). The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can enjoy your free time going for some shopping and discover unique art crafts in the numerous Florentine artisan shops, taste local products in one of the restaurants on the first floor of the Central Market or just sit at the table of a historic café in Piazza della Repubblica before going back to Rome.

Florence: 2-Hour Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio & Signoria

9. Florence: 2-Hour Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio & Signoria

Discover with your guide the extraordinary beauty of one of the most renowned and photographed squares and historical palaces in the world: Piazza della Signoria with the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia dei Lanzi. It is an incomparable "open-air museum" and the elegant Palazzo Vecchio with the embattled tower has been the political headquarters and one of the symbols of the city for centuries. Founded in 1299, it later was transformed by the famous deMedici family, which became the forefront of their home palace. The square is filled with sculptural wonders and its massive, Romanesque buildings make for impressive photos. Your guide will share with you the history and excitement behind its construction over the centuries, and you will leave with a new found appreciation of the Florence we live and love in.

Florence: Medieval & Renaissance Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

10. Florence: Medieval & Renaissance Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

The most complete and thrilling guided walking tour starts from the peculiar Central Market area, characterized by its workshops and multicolored stalls. Here the Medici Chapels and the Basilica di San Lorenzo, the church of the Medici family, are located. In a short time you will reach Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire its dome by Brunelleschi, the bell-tower by Giotto, and Saint John Baptistery with its Paradise Door. The tour continues by visiting the medieval quarters where Dante Alighieri and Beatrice lived. Further on you can find Palazzo del Bargello before reaching Piazza della Signoria, a great open-air sculpture museum overlooked by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. You will then head to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museums in the world. Then you will proceed to the picturesque Mercato della Paglia (straw market) where the famous Piglet Fountain is located. Walk along the street that leads to Ponte Vecchio, the bridge known for its jewelry shops, before crossing the bridge to reach the wonderful Pitti Palace where our tour ends.

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What people are saying about Loggia dei Lanzi

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,140 reviews

Our guide, Tiziana, was great! She clearly had an extensive knowledge of the history of the Palazzo Vecchio and Signoria. She pointed our symbols and details that we had previously overlooked throughout the city and we enjoined taking that information with us for the remainder of our trip throughout Tuscany. We could have listened to her all day. We certainly learned alot but not in an overwhelming day. It was a very enjoyable 2 hours!

Andrea took over when our other guide couldn’t make it. He is very knowledgeable and showed us the heart of Florence. It would have been nice to sit down a couple of times for a few minutes to hear what he had to say, as we are both over 60/70 and three hours is a lot of time to stand/walk.

Was a great experience. Our guide Constanza enthusiastically told us all the interesting insights behind the beautiful architecture and art and in general we were well received. Definitely recommend this tour

This experience was worth every penny and then some. Martina was very knowledgeable and helpful. This is highly recommended.

Small group of just 2 and a fun and knowledgeable guide. Great intro to Florence.