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Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

1. Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

Cycle through the city of Florence to discover the hidden treasures of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence so rich in history and art. Discover the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Then visit the Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that has formed the city center since Roman times. Also, visit Michelangelo Square, to take in the best panoramic views of the city. Discover the captivating history of the city that gave birth to incredible artists and amazing scientists.

Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

2. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes your through a the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

The BEST Florence Walking tour-Renaissance and Medici Tales

3. The BEST Florence Walking tour-Renaissance and Medici Tales

In this tour you’ll get a general overview of the city, while passing by its main highlights and discovering thrilling stories, hidden gems and unknown fun-facts. In an amusing walk, you’ll understand why this city became the cradle of the Renaissance and changed our global history. You’ll also dive into the intrigues of one of the most powerful dynasties of all times, the Medici family, and you’ll realize their astounding impact, visible even in our daily lives. And many more! We’ll also give you useful information and tips about many different things: from how to avoid leather scams to how to choose the best gelato! All in a friendly and professional manner, with a good balance between information and humour, so that you’ll learn and enjoy at the same time.

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

4. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

Florence: The Medici Experience Tour

5. Florence: The Medici Experience Tour

If you love the television series 'The Medici', are fascinated by Florence or passionate about art and history, then the Medici experience tour is a truly unmissable opportunity. After meeting your expert local guide, take a trip back in time as you enter the magnificent Palazzo Medici, home of the infamous family.  Feel like a member of the Medici family as you wander through the rooms of their stunning palace. Discover family secrets, conspiracies and stories of love and hate as you hear all about Lorenzo The Magnificent and other family members from your guide. Learn more about how the Medici came to power in Florence and who their most powerful enemies were.  As you explore the Palazzo Medici, visit the Chapel of the Magi and admire its incredible frescoes depicting some of the most famous family members. After your visit to the palace, you will have the opportunity to stroll around Florence and retrace the footsteps of some of the city's most beloved, and hated, historical figures of all time! 

Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

6. Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence by bike and see more of the city in less time. This bike tour follows unbeaten paths too far to reach by foot and too narrow for busses. In 2.5 hours, encounter Florence's most important historical and artistic places. Meet your guide at the agency, wear your helmet, and get on your bike to start touring Florence. Your guide will lead you to reach some of the most amazing and secluded monuments in the historical center of Florence. On this tour visit major points of interest in the historical center including Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cappelle Medicee, Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, Santo Spirito, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Casa di Dante, and Piazza del Duomo. Also explore the city's different districts of San Lorenzo and Oltarano. Throughout the tour, you will stop at several locations to learn about the city's history and some fun facts. You'll also be shown the best places to find gelato, bistecca alla fiorentina, and truffles. The highlight of this bike tour is a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo to experience stunning views of Florence.

Florence: History Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Florence: History Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore Florence, an open-air museum that conserving about a third of the planet's art and home to the finest wine traditions. With a stroll around the Historical Center and a trip to a wine cellar, combine history and wine in one tour to discover the real flavors of the city. Uncover the fascinating stories behind legendary artworks like David by Michelangelo and Perseus by Cellini. Learn about the story of success, the rise and fall of the Medici Family. Follow the traces of the dynasty members through the labors of Renaissance masters like Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, among others. Hear about the history of monuments such as Palazzo Medici, the first Renaissance building in the world. Pass through Duomo Square which conserves the 4th biggest church in Europe, Santa Maria del Fiore with the world's largest dome. Enjoy the public artworks at Signoria Square with original sculptures dating back to the 1500s. Get a glimpse of Florentine Renaissance and keep your cameras ready. After a pleasant stroll around town, pop in one of the hidden treasures of Florence. Follow your guide to one of the finest wine cellars located in the very heart of Florence. Taste the flavors of the millennial wine traditions. Pair it with typical appetizers for a complete sensorial experience.

Florence: The Medici Conspiracy Exploration Game

8. Florence: The Medici Conspiracy Exploration Game

Discover Florence by following clues and discover amazing stories about the Medici family members and their enemies. Explore Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Medici, and Ponte Vecchio and uncover their hidden secrets by playing a quest with your friends. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you buy the quest, get your access code by e-mail, to be used in the app. The tour will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure! For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

9. Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

Trace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty on a 2-hour walking tour of Florence and learn how they used their wealth and power to patronize the arts and lay the foundations of the Italian Renaissance. Hear anecdotes about their intrigue, power struggles, betrayals and incredible foresight. Admire their former palaces and visit streets and squares where members of the family lived. Walk the same narrow streets they used to walk along to landmark monuments such as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in the San Lorenzo district. Take a look at the church where they worshipped and built their mausoleum at the Medici Chapels in the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning dome. Continue to the Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria, where Cosimo I de' Medici moved his official seat in May 1540, signaling the security of Medici power. Follow the route of the Vasari Corridor from the outside and learn more about the elevated passageway that allowed the Grand Dukes to move between the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti without being seen by the citizens. Arrive at the Palazzo Pitti and its magnificent Boboli Gardens for a look at the last residence of the Medici family at the end of your tour.

Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

10. Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

Known for influencing and promoting the arts, the Medici were one of the most powerful families in Florence. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the family’s historical power as you admire the cultural and architectural stamp they left on Florence. Your first stop is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444, the impressive building was built to be the familial home. Continue to Basilica di San Lorenzo, the oldest documented religious building in Florence. Your tour continues to other landmarks commissioned or influenced by the Medici family, such as the Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini, and Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata. Admire the Piazza della Signoria and learn about the building’s diverse history. Finish your tour at Palazzo Pitti. Purchased in 1550 to be the new Grand Ducal residence, the building symbolizes the Medici’s power over Tuscany.

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What people are saying about Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 817 reviews

The tour company was disorganized; I had booked an English tour, one woman had booked an Italian tour, and a German family had booked a private tour in german. However, the company combined all of us. Luckily I and the other woman spoke German so it was fine. The German family was not at the time given a refund, as their tour was not private. However, the tour guide (Roxanne or something like that) went above and beyond! The tour itself was very interesting and an extremely useful introduction to Florence.

Our Guide was Rosa and it was a fantastic experience. In addition to being knowledgeable about the history of her city, she is a very kind and friendly person. We highly recommend Rosa's company.

I really enjoyed it! We found it as though we was having a bedtime story with thrills and humours. If not the time was limited for us, we would have joined more other tours.

The garden guide took her time; many background stories told in an interesting way!!..an oasis in the midst of thousands of people in Florence

Rosa was an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide who was very accommodating to the needs of the group. Highly recommend