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Pitti Palace

Explore a wonderland of Italian Renaissance art and history as you wander through grand galleries and splendid gardens.

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Florence: Palatina Gallery and Pitti Tour

1. Florence: Palatina Gallery and Pitti Tour

Go on a guided tour through the Palatine Gallery, the opulent Renaissance palace that served as the Medici family's main residence after it was built during the 15th century. Marvel at the incredible collection of artworks arrayed in the style typical of private collections surrounded by rich decor and ornate original frames.  Accompany your local guide through the gallery and admire dozens of Renaissance paintings, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Titian, Rubens, and many other Italian and European painters from the 15th- to 17th- century. Explore the Planetary Rooms, which were designed by the great Baroque painter Pietro da Cortona to provide a stunning backdrop of frescoes and stucco to the paintings in the Medici collection. Finally, visit the royal apartments once inhabited by the King of Italy.  After you 1.5-hour tour, enjoy free time to return to any rooms or paintings you want to take a closer look at. This is the ideal tour for art and history lovers alike, made all the better by your knowledgeable tour guide and coveted skip-the-line access.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

2. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Cruise by iconic sights in Florence on an eco-friendly electric golf cart tour. Roll past sights like Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Listen to an audio guide as you go. Choose from 1-hour tour or a 1.5-hour tour that goes to Piazzale Michelangelo. Hop on an electronic golf cart head to Ponte Vecchio and cross the Ponte Santa Trinita Renaissance bridge over the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Marvel at the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi Dome. See one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance façade.  Arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Panoramic Tour in Electric Golf Cart

3. Florence: Eco-Friendly Panoramic Tour in Electric Golf Cart

Enjoy an eco-friendly ride through the ancient streets and iconic squares of Florence on an electric golf cart. Experience the "Birthplace of the Renaissance" with all its famous landmarks and learn the history behind each corner with your audio guide. Strap in to your cart, select your language, and embark on an unforgettable sightseeing tour along the historic streets of Florence. Visit emblematic landmarks like the Duomo Square, home of the 4th biggest cathedral in the world: the Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, ride straight into the heart of Florence and arrive at Republic Square, the very spot where the city was born in 89 BC. Continue to Signoria Square and view the famous statues such as the powerful Perseus by B. Cellini and the copy of David by B. Michelangelo. Discover the Great Pantheon of Florence and glide past the Basilica di Santa Croce where many great Italians were laid to rest, including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Macchiavelli among others. Ride along the Arno river and ascend the surrounding hills to reach Michelangelo Square. Be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of Florence.

Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

4. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

Step inside Florence's Pitti Palace and explore the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art with your priority ticket. Marvel at historic collections, such as the Treasury of the Grand Dukes and the Medici Collection. The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Today, the lavish Renaissance palace hosts an extraordinary collection of art.  Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens.  Explore some of the most important museums in Florence on your visit to the Pitti Palace. Visit the Palatine Gallery on the first floor and discover a broad collection of 16th and 17th-century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. Then, head to the second floor to see the Gallery of Modern Art and admire the fine collection of paintings and sculptures, mostly Italian, dating from the late 18th century to World War I. The elegant rooms, which were inhabited by the Lorraine grand dukes, are decorated with works of the neo-classical and romantic periods.

Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

5. 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.

Florence: E-Bike Tour with Michelangelo Square

6. Florence: E-Bike Tour with 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 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. During your ride, you'll also come across historic and religious landmarks, such as Pitti Palace, Piazza della Signoria, and the Basilicas of Santo Spirito, Santa Croce, and San Lorenzo.

Florence: Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour

7. Florence: Mysteries of the Medici Guided 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 secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes you through 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.

Florence: Pitti Palace and Palatina Gallery Guided Tour

8. Florence: Pitti Palace and Palatina Gallery Guided Tour

Explore one of the great treasures of the Renaissance, and see art by masters of European painting on a guided tour of the Palatine Gallery, Florence. Located in the former residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later King of Italy, the museum is the 2nd most important Florentine painting gallery after the Uffizi Museum. Follow your guide to see masterpieces by renowned artists, such as Rubens and Caravaggio. Learn to appreciate the skills and techniques of artists like Tiziano and Raffaello. Works are shown on dividers between the fantastic rooms of the Renaissance palace, still decorated with extravagant frescoes and stucco work. Once the guided section of your tour is complete, feel free to stay and browse at leisure. See the Treasure of the Grandukes at Palazzo Pitti's ground floor and discover Italian art from the 18th and 20th centuries at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna on the top floor.

Florence: City and Surroundings E-Bike Tour with Gelato

9. Florence: City and Surroundings E-Bike Tour with Gelato

Immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of Florence and its striking surrounding landscapes. Hop on an electric bike for a guided tour of the city and ride along the bike paths leading to the nearby hills. Learn about local culture with a stop in Fiesole and taste some authentic gelato. From the heart of Florence, follow your guide to the Piazzale Michelangelo and across all the neighborhoods of the city. Thanks to the bike paths and your bike's power engine, ride uphill with just a little effort. Take in the sounds, smells, and colors of the countryside. Gaze at secular cypresses, olive groves, and small vineyards hidden in the middle of the hills where Leonardo da Vinci used to come for his studies. From here, admire some of the most beautiful panoramic views over Florence. Reach Fiesole, a small Etruscan town that dominates the north side of the hills. See a small village of the 4th Century B.C. that combines its history with the most exclusive private villas around Florence. Once back in town, enjoy the taste of a delicious florentine gelato.

Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

10. Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

Start in the early morning and visit the grandiose courtyard of the Pitti Palace with your expert English-speaking guide. Then, you'll reach the "noble floor" (first floor) to discover the magic of the Palatina Gallery and its amazing collection of paintings, Renaissance and Neo-classic pieces of furniture with superb tops made with semi-precious stones, which gave fame to the Medici family all over Europe. Stuccoworks and frescoes on the ceilings, splendid paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Raffaello, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Caravaggio in unimaginably beautiful gilded frames will linger on in your memory. Never too crowded and so enjoyable even in the heat of the summertime, visit the Boboli Gardens in the early morning. One by one all the Grand Dukes of the Medici family will be stepping into the scene in a fabulous scenario. Continue exploring the oldest part of the Boboli Gardens and its enchanted Amphitheater, as well as its green spaces which have inspired major landscape architects of the world.

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We enjoyed the electric cart tour through Florence. We were able to visit some locations that might have been difficult for us to access on foot, so we appreciate the experience. Our driver, Simon was very friendly and provided so much interesting information on our tour.

Great experience! So organized and well planned. Perfect time on gondola. Claudia the tour guide at the beginning was the best! So sweet and informative. I really loved her energy.

The tour was nice and informative. A quick way to tour the city and explore the tourist spots. The guide/ driver was nice and friendly.

Excellent tour guide (Martina). We really enjoyed all parts of the tour. Nothing to complain about. Highly recommended.

Julia was an amazing tour guide! Very interesting and fun tour to learn about the Medici family