Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a senior, student/child reduction.
Feel like a VIP with skip-the-line access into the Accademia, Florence, avoiding general access entrance lines that can last for hours. Once inside, your expert Walks guide will reveal the fascinating history of Michelangelo's "David" – whose beauty and size have to be seen to be believed. You’ll also see his unfinished ‘Slaves’. Emerging from crude blocks of marble, they give an incredible insight into how Michelangelo worked – and how difficult it must have been to achieve that butter-like softness in his sculptures.
Another sure highlight will be Florence’s famous cathedral, the Duomo. As you admire the sparkling mosaics and exquisite frescoes, you'll discover how the architect, Brunelleschi, had to re-learn knowledge lost for more than a millennium to build the cathedral’s world-famous dome. We’ll explore Florence Duomo inside and out, admiring the painted interior of the dome and the stunning marble work on the cathedral floor. Before leaving the picturesque Piazza del Duomo, you’ll stop at the Baptistery. During a close look at the world-renowned golden Gates of Paradise, your guide will tell you stories of cutthroat competition that created the sparkling masterpiece. Don’t forget to ask any questions you have—that’s the beauty of a tour with only 15 people, maximum! But your exploration isn’t over yet. At Piazza della Signoria, you’ll admire Florence’s other world-famous sight, the towering Palazzo Vecchio, visiting the original site for Michelangelo's "David", where an exact replica stands (but why is it so much less impressive?) Hear the stories behind the statues at Orsanmichele Church, rub the Porcellino pig’s nose for good luck, and feel swept up by history at the Piazza della Repubblica, the ancient Roman forum that later became the city’s Jewish ghetto. Top it all off with a stroll on the Ponte Vecchio, the most picturesque bridge in all of Florence – perhaps all of Italy.
3 hours 30 minutes