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Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

1. Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

Explore the historic center of Florence by electric golf cart and leave your conscience clean as you cover more sights than possible on a walking tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly cart in Piazza San Firenze and drive through the streets of the Renaissance city, passing Piazza Signoria and the Porcellino Market. Continue to the Duomo and marble façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Journey along the banks of the River Arno to Piazza Ognissanti. An MP3 player will be provided with commentary about the history of the city and its sites so that you can sit back and relax as your escort drives you across the Santa Trinita Bridge. Marvel at the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Continue to the Ponte alle Grazie, rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II. Go to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) on Piazza Santa Croce to see the largest library in Italy.

The Best of Florence: A Family-Friendly Private Tour

2. The Best of Florence: A Family-Friendly Private Tour

Florence is a city full of highlights and hidden gems, everywhere you walk has a story and a famous mastermind behind it. While this might sound interesting to you, what if you are traveling with your whole family? This family-friendly tour is the perfect solution. A friendly local guide is ready to take you and your family to see the best their city has to offer and they know the perfect ways to keep everyone entertained, especially your kids.  Start off at the perfect place to see the mix of highlights and hidden gems, the center and heart of Florence, Piazza della Repubblica. The place where everything started and where you’ll get an introduction into how Florence became the powerful center of the Renaissance. Then discover the pride of Florence, its beautiful cathedral with its dome that rises high, dominating the view of the city. Climb up the cathedral and enjoy a picture perfect view of Florence or wander through the museum inside, your friendly local can arrange everything you wish to visit and see.  Here’s the kid’s favorite part: a gelato stop. Try the best gelato in town while you immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere and conversation. Once their sweet tooth is satisfied, go on a fun paper decorating demonstration and get crafty. Afterwards, learn how a market got turned into a church and visit the Fontana del Porcellino. Then, head to Piazza della Signora, a hotspot for political events in Florence for centuries. For the last stop of the tour, head to Ponte Vecchio.

Florence: Eat & Go Florentine Street Food Walking Tour

3. Florence: Eat & Go Florentine Street Food Walking Tour

Explore the fantastic world of popular gastronomy along the streets of Florence. Get to know the city and its local people through getting to know the local cuisine. Eat and go at four different stops on this guided walking tour. Enjoy snacks and tastings of schiacciate (flatbread) with ham, salami, and others to the first courses of the season. Walk to iconic foodie spots including the Market of Sant'Ambrogio and try classics like lampredotto (dish with cow meat), ribollita (bread soup), cantuccini (almond biscuits), and Vin Santo (sweet dessert wine).

Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

4. Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

Experience the tastes and aromas of Tuscany on this guided walking tour in Florence. Uncover curiosities and hidden corners that only Florentines know while trying a variety of food and drinks. Stroll through a local market and enjoy skip-the-line access to the All’Antico Vinaio sandwich shop. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and begin your tour from the heart of the city. Begin your gastronomic journey the Italian way, with a “caffè al bancone” (coffee at the counter) and a sweet local pastry.  Listen to historical anecdotes on the way to the Renaissance Loggia del Pesce fish market. Walk through the vibrant Sant’Ambrogio district and stop at an ancient market. Follow your guide through the market and watch as locals buy fresh meat, fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Try a variety of mouth-watering Tuscan food and Chianti wine. After leaving the Market, continue to a wine shop to try two Tuscan wines. Pass through narrow, charming streets on your way to where Michelangelo lived. Head to the Piazza Santa Croce square. Have the unique opportunity to taste the most renowned Schiacciata sandwich in the world, with skip-the-line entry to the famous sandwich shop All’Antico Vinaio. Make your way to Piazza Signoria with its magnificent statues with a stop for more Chianti before returning to your starting point. Finish your tour with a sweet surprise.

Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local

5. Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local

Meet your professional kid-friendly guide in Piazza Santa Croce (below the statue of Dante) and start a marvelous 2.5-hour experience through the streets and squares of Florence. Your guide will tell you secrets and interesting stories of the Renaissance. You will be visiting the city center from Piazza Santa Croce to Ponte Vecchio bridge without missing the beautiful Loggia in Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo from outside, the area of the Uffizi Gallery and then Palazzo Vecchio the center of the Government of Florence. The tour will then end with Piazza della Repubblica, St. Lorenzo Market and the Porcellino. Your guide will play games, activities, scavenger hunts and will entertain and engage the whole family!

Florence through the eyes of a child

6. Florence through the eyes of a child

Discover the city of Florence on a walking tour perfect for children and the whole family. Learn the city's history, how it was born, and local life while seeing the streets, palaces, churches, city walls, and more. Benefit from a tour designed with young learners in mind. Walking through the city, spot the Cathedral and its dome, designed by the great architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Then, visit the city square Piazza della Repubblica where you will discover the ancient center of the city and the Porcellino Market. Then, walk to the city hall, Palazzo Vecchio, and visit the lively Piazza della Signoria where the legends and myths of Perseus, Neptune, David, and Hercules will be told. Later, reach the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Hear all the fun mysteries, myths, and legends of the area as you near the end of your journey.  

Florence: 2 Hour Guided Walking Tour

7. Florence: 2 Hour Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a guided walking tour of Florence, a charming city founded by the Romans in 59 B.C. On this tour, explore the city with an English-speaking guide and go on a journey through its impressive history as you walk in the footsteps of iconic artists including Botticelli and Michelangelo. See iconic landmarks including the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, Signoria Square, Ponte Vecchio, and much more. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary and uncover the lives of Florence’s former residents, from Dante to the Medici family. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of the city’s history, architecture, and landmarks, as well as an appreciation for what makes Florence one of the world’s must-visit destinations.

Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

8. Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

Begin your excursion with a 30-minute drive to Pisa, stopping first at the Miracles Field, where you’ll see the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, along with the Duomo and Baptistry. You’ll have time to take photos here and shop for souvenirs.  Florence is a 1-hour drive away, and on arrival you’ll stop at Michelangelo Square for breathtaking views of the major sights of Florence. Your driver will also stop at Santa Croce Church, known best for the tombs of Italian notables such as Michelangelo and Galileo. In the heart of Florence, Repubblica Square, is where you'll experience the major attractions of the city, such as the Duomo, the Porcellino Market and the Old Bridge. After lunch and shopping, depart around 4:00 PM for the drive back to Livorno and your ship. If you’d like to try some of Italy’s best gelato, your driver will make a stop along the way.

Florence In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

9. Florence In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

Join the group at the Accademia gates to start your tour. There will be a maximum of 12 people so it is always an intimate experience. Learn the story of David and its creator Michelangelo.  Hear about the purpose of the museum which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Understand the influence and legacy of the ruling Medici family, and learn how this collection was bequeathed to the people of Florence by Anna Maria Lodovica, the last of the Medici. Challenge your guide about the 16th-century art school in this Academy of Fine Arts. Enjoy the Accademia Galleries and head to the Duomo. Walk through the beauty of priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art as you see the imposing Cathedral of Florence dominating the skyline. Savor the artistic wonder for its size and for its amazing marble decorations. Include a pre-reserved visit to the Dome at the end of the tour and climb the dome at your own leisure to admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany. See the Baptistry famous with its doors right in front of the cathedral Santa Maria Del Fiore. These are the Gates of Paradise but what you’ll see here are the copies of the original. ( originals are in the Museum). End the tour at one of these Squares so you can ask your guide for options of the best places to eat or drink an aperitivo. This tour is a great investment to save your time and to appreciate the potentially overwhelming series of art works with a scholarly local guide who manages to be fun at the same time. Learn from your guide how you can use the Brunelleschi Pass that is valid for 72 hours to see the Museum and the Baptistery of the Cathedral.

Florence: Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour

10. Florence: Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Tuscan capital with a local guide. Explore the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, where you can admire the Basilica of S. Lorenzo, the church of the Medici family, and the Medici Chapels. Begin with a visit to the elegant cloister, a green oasis of peace in the heart of the Medici district. Then, take in the beauty of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and reach Piazza del Duomo.  Marvel at the striking cathedral with Brunelleschi's dome and Giotto's bell tower. See the Baptistery of Saint John with the Gates of Paradise. Next, stroll along the Arno River to reach the Ponte Vecchio, the famous "Jewelry Bridge". Continue to the picturesque Mercato della Paglia and the Fontana del Porcellino. Finally, go to Piazza Della Signoria, a marvelous outdoor sculpture museum, dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio.

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What people are saying about Mercato del Porcellino

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 771 reviews

The hearing about the History of the city was amazing. Although it did rain ️ most of our walk our guide made sure we stayed under cover as much as possible. I also appreciated the communication / mic setup that the guide had. This made it easy to hear her when the crowds were loud.

Maria was a very knowledgeable and personable guide! We enjoyed her leading us through the academia!

A great way to see a lot in a short space of time. Our driver took some lovely photos of us too.

The tour was really great and our city guide was very personable and nice.

Great knowledgeable guide, very personable, just great