Join us in Florence's main squares and through its lesser-traveled side streets on a journey through its illustrious past. 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. We will continue to 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 completed in 1436. Its first-of-its-kind dome designed by Fillippo Brunelleschi. Also in the piazza is the cathedral baptistery used as the main church until the cathedral was completed. It is famous for its magnificent entrance doors designed in 1425 by Lorenzo Ghiberti and dubbed "the Gates of Paradise" by Michelangelo. Our walk concludes with a stroll across the famous Ponte Vecchio, a symbol of Florence. Built very close to the original Roman crossing, the Ponte Vecchio was Florence's only bridge across the Arno until 1218. Its structure supported numerous shops including butchers and fishmongers until in 1593 Ferdinand I decreed that in order to improve local ambiance, only goldsmiths and jewelers be allowed to occupy the bridge's precious real estate.
- This is a private tour for your group only
- Expert, licensed English-speaking tour guide
- Piazza della Signoria
- Piazza della Repubblica
- Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Brunelleschi’s dome
- The Baptistry and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise
- Ponte Vecchio
- Modest attire is required in churches and basilicas; knees and shoulders must be covered
- Large bags and umbrellas are not allowed in the museum; retrieving checked items could affect your ability to cover the entire suggested itinerary.
- Please wear comfortable shoes, as this tour requires a fair amount of walking.
- This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. Please contact us directly and we will devise alternate routes suitable for you.
- Is there a dress code I should know about?
- There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as storage accommodations are not usually available.
- What if there is bad weather?
- Our tours operate rain or shine!
- Is tipping customary in Italy?
- Tipping is not as customary in Italy as in the United States and is not always expected. However, it is always a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave "a little something extra," depending on the level of service you receive.
- What happens after I've requested a booking through your website?
- Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
- Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
- Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
- Can tours be modified?
- If you would prefer to customize your tour to eliminate some sites, please feel free to contact us to discuss options.
- How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
- Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
- What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
- Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
- How do I amend a reservation?
- Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
- Is your site secure?
- Our internet site uses the SSL encryption protocol to guarantee secure transactions and complete confidentiality. We use a security certificate issued by the Security Management Company, Control Scan.
- What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
- Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.