The Uffizi Gallery is the city’s top museum, and the place to see Botticelli’s stunning “Birth of Venus.” It’s also wise to book your entrance ticket in advance to avoid waiting in a long line.
Accademia Gallery of Florence
Michaelangelo’s “David” stands in the center of the Tribune and rightfully so. Classical music lovers will also enjoy the exhibit at the Accademia Gallery‘s Museum of Musical Instruments.
A replica of “David” at the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio indicates his original position here until 1873. The renowned Hall of Five Hundred is a part of the building’s museum section.
Pastel-colored apartments upon shops selling art, jewelry, and souvenirs line the city’s oldest and most unique bridge Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. It’s picture-perfect day and night.
The heart of Florence is compact, and you can easily explore all that the city has to offer by foot. The historical center is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and traffic is restricted from entering. If you’re planning to rent a car for a trip around Tuscany, you’ll have to park outside the “Limited Traffic Zone.” Consider 15 euros extra per day for a parking garage space, since free parking is a rarity.
Keep in mind the entrance fees for the all the top sights, including the majority of churches. Although it’s free to enter the Florence Cathedral, you’ll have to buy a ticket to go up the dome for the breathtaking views. Restaurants in Italy also add a service fee called “pane e coperto” (literally “bread and cover”). It’s an extra few euros charged per person seated at the table, but it’s not a tip for your server.
Don’t forget to check out the best time to visit Tuscany, too! Considering the weather, we would say Florence’s (and Tuscany’s) best travel months (also its busiest and most expensive) are April, May, June, September, and October. These months combine the convenience of peak season with pleasant weather.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Laura went above and beyond as our tour guide!
This was my 4th GetYourGuide tour and all were very good. However, in this case, Laura provided an exceptional experience that really stood out. She was very passionate and knowledgeable. My wife (honeymoon) does not usually appreciate art or history, but she was hooked throughout the entire tour. Absolutely would recommend, just for the art, but if you get Laura you are in for a special treat.
Ultimate Uffizi: Priority Entrance Small-Group Tour reviewed by James
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great Tour for those interested in the Dome
We very much enjoyed our visit to Giacomo. We felt that he gave us a very good overview of the dome’s construction and the paintings on the cupola. Plenty of time to recover at different levels from the climb, people who were slower were encouraged and not made to feel that they were delaying the group. View from the top is spectacular. Thank you, Giacomo, for a great tour
Florence Dome Climb: Priority Entrance Tour reviewed by Karyn
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent tour, not only art highlights but the history of Florence
Julia was an amazing guide. She was able to put everything together– the art, the history, and why the Uffizi is such a special place. One can easily buy a ticket and go look at the art, but we gained such an appreciation for the art – the technical aspects, it’s a political message, and why the artist themselves were so special. Thank you — I can’t say enough good about this tour!
Ultimate Uffizi: Priority Entrance Small-Group Tour reviewed by Marcia
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tour guide Keiko was great! Very knowledgeable organized.
We loved our trip to Chianti and Sienna. The wineries were awesome, the scenery was beautiful. I would love to have an opportunity to stay in the “wine country” in Italy sometime. The tour bus driver was SUPERB! Skilled, safe, efficient. I feel that the tour bus drivers are often under-appreciated!
Chianti: Authentic Wine Tasting Experience from Florence reviewed by Susan
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