Florence Walking Tours

Will you be in Florence – with a free day? Your Own Italy will help make it a perfect day. We offer a range of tours focusing on history, art and culture as well as the possibility to develop a custom tour just for you. All tours are privately guided and include skip-the-line tickets. Our Day Long Tours are conducted by private drivers and English-speaking guides, offering experiences designed to make our beautiful country Your Own Italy.

City Tours

Colorful marble facade and dome of the Cathedral in Florence, Italy

Join us in Florence's main squares and through its lesser-traveled side streets on a journey through its illustrious past. The tour will begin at the Piazza della Repubblica with its Column of Abundance which marked the point where the Roman roads, the "cardus" and "decumanus maximi," met. This became in medieval times the location of the main markets and the Jewish ghetto. At the cathedral complex in the Piazza del Duomo is the magnificent Gothic cathedral designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and...

Art and Museum Tours

Round framed painting of the Holy Family in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Making our way through the piazza della signoria and its beautiful outdoor sculptures, we will discuss the rise of the medici, originally modest wool merchants, and learn how the prominence of trade gave rise to tremendous wealth and the development of a flourishing middle class. The tour will continue at the adjacent Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi complex was built in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrates, hence the name “uffizi,” or offices. Cosimo...

Statue of Intertwined bodies at the Galleria dell 'Accademia in Florence

The tour begins at the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David (a copy of which is in its original position in the Piazza della Signoria), his St. Matthew, and his Prisoners (or Slaves). The Museum dell’ Opera contains sculptures from the nearby Cathedral, among which is Michelangelo’s Florence Pieta’ (or Deposition), with a bearded figure assumed to be a self-portrait. The Museum also boasts the original panels of Ghiberti’s Baptistry doors, as well as Donatello's rare wooden sculpture of...

History Tours

Statues of Perseus and Lion at the Piazza della Signoria in Florence

No name has been as intimately associated with Florence for as long a time as Medici. The family began in the wool trade and rose in status through the ranks of banking, politics, and, finally, royalty. Its glory began in the first half of the fifteenth century under the leadership of Cosimo de' Medici. Despite being expelled from the city twice, the family returned each time more determined than before to leave legacies of their absolute power in the form of the visual image. While they loved...

Food and Wine

Fresh fruit and vegetables for sale at Florence's San Lorenzo Market

The San Lorenzo market is comprised of two separate markets, but your tour will concentrate on the Central Market ("mercato centrale"), a two-level indoor food market with fresh local produce on the ground floor and restaurants and gourmet shops upstairs. On the other side of town, the slightly smaller market of Sant' Ambrogio retains more of a local flavor. With both outdoor and indoor stalls, it is a colorful place to get a taste of Florentine life any time of year. At both markets, you will...

Day Excursion

Bottles of wine in a basket from the Chianti Region of Italy

This delightful, relaxing tour begins when your driver-guide picks you up at your hotel in Florence and takes the picturesque roads through the world-famous Chianti region, lying between Florence and Siena and bordered on the east by the Chianti Mountains and the west by the Elsa River. This wine region boasts delightful vistas framing vine-covered rolling hills and ever-present cypresses, along with an unhurried pace of life and charming villages. You’ll visit the celebrated Machiavelli winery...

Exterior view of the Pisa Cathedral with the Leaning Tower to its right

Your first stop on this private excursion of medieval Tuscany will be the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, also known as the Piazza dei Miracoli. The Duomo is a splendid eleventh century Romanesque cathedral built using fantastic spoils captured in expeditions against the Muslims in Sicily. The marble Baptistery is a majestic circular-plan Romanesque building started in 1153, and the Leaning Tower is one of the most beautiful and famous bell towers in the world. This tower was in trouble from the...

Evening view of tower and buildings at Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, Italy

The cities of medieval Italy, of which Siena is an excellent example, come as a surprise to those accustomed to images of the Middles Ages that focus on somber Gothic cathedrals and nasty, plague-ridden, thatched-roofed hamlets. Like so much of Italy, the Middle Ages that comes down to us in art and architecture here seems colorful, gregarious, and even somewhat insouciant. That, at least, is the impression left by Siena, where you will arrive by private car from Florence for an unforgettable...