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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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Overview

Discover the best of Florence, learn all about the Medici family and their role in shaping the Renaissance, and see the city’s hidden corners, too—this immersive walking tour is designed to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the city. Meet your guide in central Florence, and set off on foot: you’ll see highlights like the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile, and Palazzo Vecchio, and will learn the stories behind the sights.
  • This budget-friendly tour offers an affordable way to explore the city
  • Discover many of Florence’s top attractions and lesser-known landmarks
  • Learn the stories behind the sights from your guide’s commentary
  • Exploring on foot makes it easy to soak up the city’s ambiance
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You can choose how much you want to pay to reward the guide (some people leave 10€, some people 50)
Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R , Piazza di San Lorenzo, 35R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

The meeting point is in front of the façade of SAN LORENZO church (main entrance, not the entrance of the Medici chapels) next to the marble statue of Giovanni de' Medici who is sitting on a small throne. Look for a small red flag.

Piazza della Signoria , P.za della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY All Around Florence
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Loved it :)
Amanda_C
, May 2022
Fabulous and fascinating. Camilla was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour took us around some of the most famous sites and I learnt so much that wasn’t in the guidebook :). It was an easy walk for me who is not the most fit of people. Definitely recommend to anyone!
star-5
Firenze revisited
Michael_F
, May 2022
We were all students in Florence 50 years ago and Camilla did a superb job of reconnecting us to the history and intrigue of Firenze. She was wonderful.
star-5
A great tour
Ankit_G
, May 2022
Our group leader Manuel was excellent in explaining the essence of Florence and Florentine Renaissance which only a person with great passion for the city can do. The way he made us walk through ancient to medieval to modern times was exemplary. The small stories about Florence told on the tour really fascinated me. 10/10 for Manuel our guide and to the tour👍
star-5
Absolutely worth taking this tour.
Annamaria_P
, May 2022
Alberto, our tour guide, a handsome young man, very knowledgeable about Florence and the Medici Family history gave us good insights and made the city come alive. He also gave us relevant current information about the city of Florence (Firenze) , where to eat, what to visit, must see places, where to buy tickets and so much more. But what we liked the most was his wonderful accent!
star-5
Amazing tour!
Hannah_F
, May 2022
The tour was amazing!!! Our guide Camilla was so passionate about the city and it showed throughout the tour! I learned so much from her!
star-5
The Florence I never knew…
Carol_M
, May 2022
Alberto was informative and entertaining. Learned so much about Di Midici and Florence. Just wished we did the tour in day one. Definitely recommend it. C and M
star-5
A fascinating walk through the history and times or yesteryear
Gillian_R
, May 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and Manuel's passion for Florence shone through! It was a wonderful insight into the history and life of the times. Highly recommended! 👌
star-5
Great free tour!
Vidur_A
, May 2022
Amazing way to explore the city and see the highlights for detailed visits later. The guide was very friendly and gave some good food/drink tips.
star-5
Great value, great time
Judith_d
, May 2022
This tour is actually amazing. You must take this, you learn so much and also get to travel to several parts of the city. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable about all things florentine history and also where to find the best olive oil/wine in the city to buy/ship to family as gifts among other things. It is a walking tour, and you walk a lot! But florence is almost all flat so don't worry about going up and down hills. Would do again, and will do again to get refreshed on the history when I visit florence again
star-5
Touring with new eyes
Anneliza_H
, May 2022
Manuel was an amazing tour guide and storyteller. So full of passion for his work and his city. As we toured, I would see bystanders sneaking a listen wishing they were part of this tour as his stories were so captivating and interesting. Another tour guide fell ill so he had to lead an unusually large group of people. What was amazing is that he remembered everyone’s names in the group despite the size. He also ended the tour by providing everyone his personal list/cheat sheet of recos of where to go, see and experience. He taught us how to get more out the experience by reading the buildings and the details. As we toured other towns the following days, I remembered what I learned on this tour and felt all the more appreciative for this tour.
star-5
Great tour guide
Lisa_O
, May 2022
Manuel was our tour guide for this walking tour and his extensive knowledge and storytelling approach made this a very enjoyable tour.
star-5
Great storyteller
Mariyana_B
, Apr 2022
Manuel was a great storyteller, he was prepared with really interesting facts that you can’t hear from the usual guides. His speaking was very charming and funny. You receive from him also a list with very good local recommendations.
star-5
Wonderful tour
Anabelle_c
, Apr 2022
Alberto was fabulous and very knowledgeable. He also provided very useful suggestions. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Best storytelling tour in Florence!
Teresa_C
, Apr 2022
Manuel was an amazing storyteller, we all enjoyed it immensely! Would highly recommend this tour and experience !!!
star-5
Engrossing
Rinny
, Apr 2022
Attended this tour with a baby. Original idea was to leave whenever baby got bored but the tour was so good that we ended up staying for the full duration. You will love the passion of the tour guide
star-5
Amazing tour!!
Sarah_K
, Apr 2022
Amazing tour! The amount of knowledge is amazing, you can ask him any questions and he will have the answer. But you can really feel how passionate he is about his city and he brings it’s alive so well, really great tour.
star-5
The best tour in Florence with Manuel Messina
Sherry_F
, Apr 2022
Highly recommended Two hours with Manuel were full of fun, a lot of interesting stories and unique details, Manuel Messina is a gifted storyteller, very passionate about his city and his work. Join his tour, you won't regret!
star-5
Incredibly Inspiring tour from a local perspective.
Clare_S
, Apr 2022
Fantastic interesting historical tour. We are now noticing architectural details and historical facts in Florence that we would have missed. Brilliant explanations and never boring. Recommended.
star-5
Amazing walk through time!
mrsjennywojo
, Apr 2022
This walking history lesson of Florence is the best! Camilla was so warm and knowledgeable. Her passion for Florence and art history really set this tour apart from the rest. Do yourself a favor and book this one! Make sure you tip well!!
star-5
Great fun details.
Denise_M
, Apr 2022
Lots of great unique and interesting facts! Easy walk around the city exploring its many historical features!

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