Florence

Best Private Tours of Florence

The city of Lorenzo de’ Medici and the Arno river, of the Guelfs and Ghibellines, of princes and popolani, of the Renaissance and Dante. A treasure chest filled with the world’s greatest artworks. The universal city. Few cities can boast the wealth of artistic masterpieces to be found within the walls of Florence, the undisputed birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Thousands of tourists flock to the Tuscan capital each day, to visit its museums and galleries, brimming with mediaeval and renaissance artworks, and to roam the cobblestone streets of the city where Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarca once lay the foundations of modern day Italian language so many years ago. World wanderers come from all over to enjoy a romantic stroll across Ponte Vecchio and along the banks of the Arno river, to pay respects to the great figures of the past buried in the Church of Santa Croce, or to climb the celebrated Duomo to see a one of a kind view of the world from above. Enjoy this city with specially-crafted, private tours of Florence by Italy’s Best.

Florence: Center of Italian Art & History

Florence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages“. A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

Florence is an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked in the top 51 fashion capitals of the world;  furthermore, it is a major national economic centre,  as well as a tourist and industrial hub. In 2008, the city had the 17th highest average income in Italy.

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  • 'Laboratory of Hard Stones' Exclusive Access'Laboratory of Hard Stones' Exclusive Access

    ‘Laboratory of Hard Stones’ Exclusive Access

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    This tour gives exclusive access to the Laboratory of Hard Stones (Opificio delle Pietre Dure), opened by the Medici’s in 1588 to create mosaics and inlays.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Exclusive access to the The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Laboratory of Hard stones)
    • View exquisite collection kept in the Fortezza da Basso, normally closed to the public
    • Visit the laboratory itself to see the artisans hard at work
    • Dedicated restorer at your disposal to show you the current restoration projects

    Exclusive Opificio delle Pietre Dure Tour The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Laboratory of Hard stones) was established by the powerful Medici family in 1588 to specialize in creating semi-precious mosaics and inlays. ...

    Duration : 1 hour
  • A Day in Panzano, Florence Day TripA Day in Panzano, Florence Day Trip

    A Day in Panzano, Florence Day Trip

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    Enjoy food and wine in Tuscany during this Panzano day trip from Florence. Take part in a private wine and olive oil tasting, as well as a vineyard tour.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Tour of the vineyard, wine cellar, and olive press of a boutique producer in Chianti, followed by a guided tasting
    • Visit the butcher shop of world famous butcher Dario Cecchini, where guests will be greeted by the cheerful staff waiting to welcome customers with wine glasses in hand
    • Enjoy an unforgettable multi-course meal capable of turning even non-meat-lovers into carnivores.

     

    Panzano Day Trip from Florence Panzano’s greatest attraction is the shop and restaurant of the world’s favorite butcher, Dario Cecchini, and eating there is an experience not to be missed. This Panzano ...

    Duration : 6 hours
  • Adventure Park for KidsAdventure Park for Kids

    Adventure Park for Kids

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    During this active kids tour in Florence, your family will visit the Adventure Park, just outside the city, and participate in a wide range of activities.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Adventure Park’s four challenging routes run among the forest’s trees:
    • Blissful nature day trip 30 minutes from Florence
    • Action-packed itinerary for all the family to enjoy

    Active Kids Tour Florence: A Day of Adventure This active kids tour Florence is designed to entertain the most energetic of families. Imagine sunbeams shining through the Tuscan cypresses, among Fiesole’s ...

    Duration : 4 hours
  • Adventures in a Florentine KitchenAdventures in a Florentine Kitchen

    Adventures in a Florentine Kitchen

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    This unique Florence cooking class by Boutique Florence lets you select ingredients at a local market and then return to the kitchen and cook a feast.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Lessons dedicated to a variety of culinary themes
    • Food photography and table setting classes available upon request
    • Morning trip to local market to select ingredients
    • Cooking lesson under guidance of the chef

     

    Florence Cooking Class Italy's Best is pleased to offer an exclusive Florence cooking class at a newly inaugurated and extremely unique cooking school that goes far beyond the traditional sense of the term. ...

    Duration : 5 hours
  • Art and ArtisansArt and Artisans

    Art and Artisans

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    During your private Florence artisan tour, enjoy exclusive visits to mosaic and leather making workshops, as well as a tour of the Bargello Museum.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Visit to the stunning Basilica di Santa Croce with its leather school
    • Discover the former barracks and prison, Museo del Bargello, now housing art works
    • Join in on a fantastic marble mosaic workshop

    Florence Artisan Tour: Leather and Mosaics A must-do tour of the magnificent Florentine trinity if you will. With the Museo del Bargello, a marble mosaic workshop and the Santa Croce church all ...

    Duration : 4 hours
  • Artisans of FlorenceArtisans of Florence

    Artisans of Florence

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    Enjoy this artisan tour in Florence where your expert guide will help you explore the hidden artisan workshops of the Oltrarno neighborhood.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Stroll through the beautiful Oltrarno quarter and see artisans at work
    • Learn about the crafting techniques of leatherworkers, silversmiths and shoe manufacturers
    • Lecture on the Tuscan artisan traditions

    Artisan Tour in Florence The tradition of producing artisanal goods is a defining component of Florence’s history. On this artisan tour in Florence, you will stroll through the Oltrarno neighborhood. This quarter ...

    Duration : 3 hours
  • Cruise Along the Arno RiverCruise Along the Arno River

    Cruise Along the Arno River

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    Enjoy this Arno river cruise on a vintage boat where you will be joined by a licensed English speaking guide who will explain the highlights of Florence.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • The most ROMANTIC TOUR in town!
    • Mini cruise on the Arno River on board of a vintage Barchetto, Florence Gondola-style traditional boat (approx. 50 minutes)
    • Celebrate this amazing perspective on Florence with a cool prosecco wine or soft drinks
    • Licensed English speaking guide on board

    Arno River Cruise A private boat ride on the Arno River gives you an entirely new perspective of Florence and a unique way to view the city. Your private English-speaking guide will ...

    Duration : 2 hours
  • Excursion to Pinocchio ParkExcursion to Pinocchio Park

    Excursion to Pinocchio Park

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    Designed to capture your child’s imagination, this private Pinocchio Park tour also takes in the fascinating Collodi Butterfly House.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Visit to the Pinocchio Park and The Collodi Butterfly House
    • Learn about the inspiration for the stories of the Adventures of Pinocchio
    • Invoke the imagination as well as a nature learning experience

    Pinocchio Park Tour If there was a tour designed to inspire children’s imagine, this is the one. The Pinocchio Park is no ordinary theme park. Every stage on the route offers a ...

    Duration : 4 hours
  • Fine Papermaking WorkshopFine Papermaking Workshop

    Fine Papermaking Workshop

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    During this hands-on, 90-minute workshop, your family will learn the art of fine papermaking in Florence under the guidance of an expert.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Learn the ancient art of book restoration
    • Art of conserving fine paper
    • One off opportunity and insight to an ancient Florentine craft

    Florence Papermaking Workshop A 90-minute hands-on workshop dedicated to the art of restoring antique prints and books. This class takes you on a fascinating journey behind the scenes of papermaking, sharing traditional techniques ...

    Duration : 1.5 hours
  • Florence and Art: Uffizi for KidsFlorence and Art: Uffizi for Kids

    Florence and Art: Uffizi for Kids

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    This Uffizi for kids tour brings families to the best collection of Renaissance art in the world. Explore Florence’s Uffizi Gallery in fun way for families.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Highlights of the historical center of Florence
    • Uffizi Gallery masterpieces and Botticelli’s famous ‘Birth of Venus’ painting
    • Piazza della Signoria and its incredible sculptures
    • Family-friendly art historical stroll

    Young Art Lovers: Uffizi for Kids As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence attracts art pilgrims of all ages from far and wide. This private walking tour of Florence and Art is ...

    Duration : 3 hours
  • Florence and the Medici FamilyFlorence and the Medici Family

    Florence and the Medici Family

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    Learn the social history of the Florentine Renaissance through the eyes of the Medici family, with visits to the Medici Chapel and more.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Admire the Medici’s family church of San Marco
    • Explore Palazzo Medici Riccardi with its frescoed Magi Chapel
    • Visit the Church of San Lorenzo and see the wonderful Medici Chapels
    • Learn about the Michelangelo’s New Sacristy with its family tombs

    Renaissance Art and History with the Medici Family The Medici, a powerful banking family that rose to prominence during the 15th century, were generous art patrons. Your private English speaking guide ...

    Duration : 4 hours
  • Florence Evening PasseggiataFlorence Evening Passeggiata

    Florence Evening Passeggiata

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    This Florence night tour is based on the traditional evening passeggiata. Get an overview of the historical center and visit the Piazza del Duomo.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti
    • Piazza del Duomo and the world-famous dome of Santa Maria del Fiore
    • Piazza della Signoria with Michelangelo’s David
    • Enjoy a passeggiata through Florence’s fabled streets

    Private Florence Night Tour: From the Duomo to Piazza della Signoria Explore Florence on foot while partaking in one of Italy’s most cherished traditions: la passeggiata, an evening promenade during the pre-dinner ...

    Duration : 2 hours