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Piazza della Signoria Tours

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Piazza della Signoria
Home to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria is the most important public square in Florence. The political heart of the city for centuries, today the square is also a vibrant social hub, where locals and tourists gather at the Loggia dei Lanzi and Neptune fountain to soak up the elegant atmosphere.

The Basics
Piazza della Signoria is best known as site of 14th-century Palazzo Vecchio, the crenellated fortresslike city hall and museum that anchors one side of the L-shaped square and was once seat of the Florentine Republic. The square is also home to the sculpture collection housed under the open-air Loggia dei Lanzi, the 16th-century Fountain of Neptune, a replica of Michelangelo’s David where the original once stood, and a number of important Renaissance palaces. The Uffizi Gallery is just off the square.

A stroll through Piazza della Signoria is one of the highlights of Florence walking tours and sightseeing tours by Segway or bike. Most private and small-group tours also include skip-the-line tickets to top attractions including the Duomo, the Uffizi, and Accademia Gallery. Kid-friendly Florence tours stop in Piazza della Signoria, and food tours pair a visit with beer, wine, or gelato tastings.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Piazza della Signoria is lined with restaurants and bars, including the historic Café Rivoire, perfect for a snack or drink.
  • The square is flat and paved, easy to navigate with wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen if visiting in summer, as the square has little shade.
  • Be sure to bring your camera to Piazza della Signoria, as it is one of the most picturesque spots in central Florence.

How to Get There
Piazza della Signoria marks the heart of Florence’s historical center and is a short walk from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Maria Novella train station.

When to Get There
Florence is one of the most popular destinations in Italy for day trips and shore excursions, and Piazza della Signoria is particularly hot and crowded in summer. Visit in spring or fall to enjoy the square with cooler temperatures and fewer tourists. A number of important historical and religious processions pass through the square each year, including the Cavalcade of the Three Kings on January 6 and the Carnival parade in February.

Savonarola
Piazza della Signoria was the site of the 1497 bonfire of the vanities, a Catholic reformist uprising led by the Dominican monk Savonarola who preached against the excesses of secular culture and urged his followers to burn works of art and literature. After defying Pope Alexander VI, Savonarola was hanged in the square, and today there is a plaque marking the spot of his execution.
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Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

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Make the most of your time in Florence with this combination tour covering all of the city’s iconic sights in one half day. Skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at Michelangelo’s 'David'; gaze up in wonder at the great red dome of Florence's Duomo from the outside; and explore the streets of the historic city center with insights from an expert guide. Then, skip another line to end the day with a visit of the immense Uffizi Gallery.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$97.63
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$97.63
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive walking tour of Florence. Stroll around the historic monuments of Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, cross the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge, then admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo. After browsing the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni and the artist’s workshops of lively Oltrarno, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo's world-famous David sculpture. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$86.51
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Group or Private Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

Group or Private Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

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Experience the Tuscan capital's top attractions on a small-group walking tour through Florence. Begin with skip-the-line access to view Michelangelo's 'David' in the Accademia Gallery, and learn how the House of Medici shaped Florence into a helm of arts and humanities. Then see the lovely exterior of the Duomo, the city's iconic, Gothic-style cathedral, as well as the Baptistery to hear the fascinating origins of the Gates of Paradise. Afterward stroll the local streets, taking in landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$72.91
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Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour with Guide

Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour with Guide

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Plan ahead and make the most of your visit to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence with a guided tour. Bypass the long wait at one of the city’s most popular attractions, and head straight inside the historic galleries with an expert guide who will lead you straight to must-see highlights like Botticelli's ‘Birth of Venus’ and Caravaggio’s ‘Medusa,’ plus hidden treasures you might miss on your own. After this insightful art history tour, continue exploring the museum at your leisure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Florence Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Florence Private Tour

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Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on this private half-day tour of Florence. With a guide dedicated just to you and your party, you can help create an itinerary that focuses on the main highlights or places that interest you specifically. Learn about the history and culture of Florence through guided commentary, and taste some of the country's best food with an included antipasti and wine tasting.
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  • 3 hours
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$144.59
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Florence City Tour, Skip-the-line David & Uffizi Gallery - Private Tour

Florence City Tour, Skip-the-line David & Uffizi Gallery - Private Tour

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Florence is home to some of the world’s most important monuments and museums, but the entry queues can be long. Ideal for visitors short on time, this combo tour includes admission fees plus skip-the-line entry to Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery. Follow your guide on a walking tour, discover medieval artworks and priceless statues including David by Michelangelo, and see the best of Florence in one day.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$221.39
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Florence Private Full-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

Florence Private Full-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

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Discover the best of Florence’s Renaissance architecture and artistic masterpieces all in one day on this private tour that’s perfect for first-time visitors. Learn the history behind the sculptures, fountains, and palaces of the city’s grand squares, step inside gleaming churches, stroll through the medieval streets where Dante once lived, and admire the spectacular monuments of the Duomo Complex. Then, get an up-close look at some of the world's most iconic paintings and sculptures with included entrance to the Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery.
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  • 6 hours
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$407.83
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$407.83
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Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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With so much to see in Florence, it can be hard to know where to begin. On this private tour, take a break from your guidebook and make sure you hit all the most important Renaissance monuments, from Medici palaces and the famous Duomo to artsy Oltrarno across the river and high-fashion avenues. Plus, fit in a visit to one of the most famous sculptures of all-time with skip-the-line access to the popular Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David.’
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$247.17
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Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Delicious Gelato

Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Delicious Gelato

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Saddle up and see Florence and Fiesole on an electric bike tour. Led by a local guide, head first to the hilltop town of Fiesole to admire panoramic views of Tuscany. Then cycle through Florence to pass top sites like Piazzale Michelangelo, the Ponte Vecchio, and the iconic Duomo, as your guide provides commentary along the way. Take a break at a Florentine wine bar to sample some snacks and local Chianti blend. The electric bike motor will start as soon as you pedal so you can enjoy a leisurely trip.
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  • 4 hours
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$90.22
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The best of Florence and Pisa from La Spezia sea port

The best of Florence and Pisa from La Spezia sea port

Tuscan is one of Italy’s most famous regions and this private shore excursion from La Spezia covers two of its most beautiful cities. First, take a guided tour of the capital of the region, Florence, and see its major landmarks including the Duomo Cathedral and the Ponte Vecchio. Then, head to Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower and pose for pictures before heading back to your cruise ship.
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  • 9 to 17 hours
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$945.36
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Florence Segway Tour

Florence Segway Tour

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Explore the heart of the Renaissance by Segway on this our of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. Cover more ground than a walking tour as you hear the history behind this famous city from your guide. Headphones are provided so that you can hear the commentary more clearly as you glide through the streets.
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  • 3 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Florence with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Typical Lunch

Full-Day Tour of Florence with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Typical Lunch

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Spend a day exploring the Tuscan hills, marveling at art masterpieces, and tucking into Italian cuisine on this full-day tour of Florence. Look out over the city from hilltop Fiesole, admire the architecture of Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy a delicious lunch (included) of typical Tuscan specialties. Then, discover why Florence is nicknamed the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’ with skip-the-line tours of the city’s two leading art galleries—the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery.
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  • 9 hours
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Best of Florence Tour by Night

Best of Florence Tour by Night

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Experience Florence on a 2-hour evening walking tour with a small group and an art historian guide. Explore the center of the city without the crowds of the day and stop at historic squares, piazzas, and Renaissance statues. Learn about the city’s Roman history and modern day culture. Get local insights and learn about Florence’s storied past with informed commentary about the city’s art and architecture. This tour is an ideal relaxed introduction to the city and gives visitors a good foundation to explore further.
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  • 2 hours
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$35.84
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Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there’s so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, checking off top attractions such as the Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and Giotto's Bell Tower.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.84
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Skip-the-Line Florence Small-Group Tour with David and Duomo

Skip-the-Line Florence Small-Group Tour with David and Duomo

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Discover the people and places at the heart of Florence’s Renaissance revolution on a 3-hour walking tour through its UNESCO-listed medieval center. Explore narrow alleyways, inspiring piazzas and romantic bridges for local insight into the city’s artistic and architectural treasures. Finally, no visit to Florence would be complete without a trip to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s larger-than-life ‘David’ statue.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.91
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$71.91
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Delicious Florence: Evening Food Tour with Wine Tasting & Florentine Steak

Delicious Florence: Evening Food Tour with Wine Tasting & Florentine Steak

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Taste the traditional flavors of Florence with this evening walking tour. Meet local artisans including bakers and chefs as you explore the city’s bustling food scene. Limited to 14 people, this small group tour has five tasting stops including a classic dinner with Florentine steak. Learn about Tuscan wine pairings and sample local delicacies like truffles.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$95.90
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$95.90
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Skip-the-line Florence City Tour with Accademia & David - Private Tour

Skip-the-line Florence City Tour with Accademia & David - Private Tour

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Visit the most popular museum in Florence without waiting in line for a ticket. This 2.5-hour private walking tour includes admission to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David statue and other works of art. Then stroll the city with your guide and learn more about its Italian Renaissance history. You’ll visit public squares and view landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio and Duomo.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$124.45
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$124.45
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Best of Florence & David by Michelangelo Semi Private Tour

Best of Florence & David by Michelangelo Semi Private Tour

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Skip the crowds and see the best of Florence on a guided walking tour with priority admission to the Accademia Gallery. Led by an expert guide, explore the architectural gems of the Renaissance city while learning about important Florentine figures, such as the poet Dante Alighieri and the Medici family. Afterward, skip the long lines at the Accademia and head straight inside to witness Michelangelo’s ‘David’, as well as other impressive works of art. This tour is limited to 14 people to keep the experience intimate.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.33
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Small-Group Guided Uffizi and Accademia Walking Tour

Small-Group Guided Uffizi and Accademia Walking Tour

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Spend a morning in Florence visiting two of the world’s most important museums on a great-value combo tour of the Ufizzi and Accademia galleries. See iconic Renaissance masterpieces from Italy and beyond, including the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Learn about collection highlights from an art historian guide, and enjoy leisure time to explore the museums on your own.
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  • 4 hours
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$168.07
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Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Enjoy this unforgettable Shore Excursion and make memories of the landmarks: • Pisa: - Leaning Tower - Piazza dei Miracoli • Florence: - Piazzale Michelangelo - Ponte Vecchio - Piazza della Signoria - Basilica of Santa Croce - Accademia Gallery with Skip-The-Line tickets (in Private tour options) - Piazza del Mercato Centrale - Giotto BellTower - Duomo Free time for lunch where the driver can suggest a nice restaurant or pizzeria within your desired budget. Included: • Wine Tasting in the Tuscany countryside in Private tour option. Upgradable with licensed local tour guide in Florence. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Livorno Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$278.06
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$278.06
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All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

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Discover the rich culture, history and architectural gems of Florence on a not to be missed full-day sightseeing tour. Led by a local guide, reach on a GT Bus the gorgeous Piazzale Michelangelo and the Etruscan town of Fiesole, the most beautiful panoramic spots overlooking the city. Skip the line at the famed Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, home of world-famous masterpieces as the Michelangelo’s David and the Birt of Venus by Botticelli. Then, explore the bustling Piazza della Signoria and the stunning Duomo complex. To upgrade your ticket, opt for an authentic Italian lunch at a local historic restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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$148.30
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Electric Bike Night Tour of Florence with amazing view from Michelangelo Square

Electric Bike Night Tour of Florence with amazing view from Michelangelo Square

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Enjoy the balmy evening air and the romance of Florence at sundown on this 2-hour electric bike tour. Cycle through medieval streets and across the River Arno on a silent, eco-friendly e-bike while a local guide shares tales from the city’s rich Renaissance past. Easily climb the Florentine hills thanks to a battery-powered boost, and soak up fantastic views of the illuminated city from the lookout at Piazzale Michelangelo. Reward yourself with a sweet treat at one of Florence’s best gelato shops.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.56
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Florence Wonders morning Walking Tour with Uffizi and Accademia skip-the-line

Florence Wonders morning Walking Tour with Uffizi and Accademia skip-the-line

In just half day you can admire the highlights of Florence’s old town along with the must-see art masterpieces of all time held in the greatest Museums of the city, Accademia and Uffizi Galleries.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.71
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Complete Florence Skip-the-line Full Day Guided Tour Uffizi David & Hotel Pickup

Complete Florence Skip-the-line Full Day Guided Tour Uffizi David & Hotel Pickup

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Discover the best that Florence has to offer during this comprehensive private tour of the city’s main attractions. Enjoy skip-the-line admission and guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell’Accademia. Visit top sights such as the Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery, and Ponte Vecchio and listen to engaging commentary from your guide throughout the day.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$363.79
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