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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 Florence Highlights and David Walking TourHalf-day Tours

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

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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Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour with GuidePrivate and Luxury

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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Florence River Cruise on a Traditional BarchettoPrivate and Luxury

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

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Glide under the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge and across the Arno River on a Florence river cruise. Hop aboard your barchetto—a small traditional boat that is one of only four still operating in the city. As you see the sights like the famous Uffizi Gallery from the water, toast your fellow mates with a glass of Prosecco.
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Tour in Florence - Golf Cart - 2:00 hours

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Get a panoramic tour of Florence’s major attractions by 4-person golf cart—a unique and economical way for a small group to sightsee. A driver accompanies you and takes the wheel of the quiet electric vehicle so you can focus on the included audio commentary via recorded headsets. A choice of departure times offers flexibility.
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Florence: E-Bike Tour

Join the guided group bike tour reach your destination easier by riding on your bike or an E-bike and enjoying Florence by going on two wheels. Cycle down through narrow streets of the history of the cradle of the Renaissance, as you ride past you can admire the landmark monuments and learn about them from our professional and friendly guide. See and photograph spectacular sights, such as the Santa Croce Church, Duomo, Piazza Signoria, and more of the heart of the medieval Florentine Republic. while taking in the magnificent art of Michelangelo and cycle over the River Arno. TOUR HIGHLIGHT • Cycle along the streets of Florence and on a guided e-bike tour with a professional and friendly guide • Enjoy the stunning sights and landmarks of Florence in not more than two hours • Get inside tips from your guide to make the most of your time in Florence, and Enjoy a Gelato at the end of your tour
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All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the lineDay Trips

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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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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Florence Bike Tour with Gelato tasting

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Saddle up for a bike tour through the streets of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and the iconic Ponte Vecchio. As you travel around the historic sites, learn interesting facts and anecdotes about this Renaissance city from your guide. Pull over to enjoy a complimentary coffee or gelato before finishing up your Florence biking excursion.
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Best of Florence & David by Michelangelo Semi Private Tour Half-day Tours

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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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Experience the very best of Florence in a single, memorable day. See Michelangelo’s iconic ‘David’ sculpture up-close at the Accademia Gallery, and learn the secrets of Brunelleschi’s magnificent Duomo. Explore the ‘living museum’ of the medieval city on a walking tour of its most important piazzas and outdoor monuments, and finish with a journey through the Renaissance at the world-famous Ufizzi Gallery. Save time with skip-the-line access to the most popular attractions, and enjoy a small-group atmosphere of no more than 20 people.
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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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Discover the history of the Renaissance city on this walking tour of Florence. Led by a guide, see the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, and the bustling Piazza della Signoria, and many more. Enjoy stories of the city and its characters, including famous artists and rulers.
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Renaissance and Medieval Florence Walking Tour

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Explore the rich history and top attractions of Florence on a guided walking tour. Led by a local guide, hear about the rule of the influential Medici family during the Renaissance as you stroll through the neighborhood of San Lorenzo. Travel past the Medici Chapels, admire the iconic exterior of the Duomo, follow from the outside the entire path of the famous Vasari Corridor and see the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, now host to a hub of jewelry shops.
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Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

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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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Private Tour: Florence Walking TourHalf-day Tours

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Stroll through the heart of the Renaissance on this private walking tour of Florence. Explore central squares like the Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo, and stroll with your guide over the iconic Ponte Vecchio while learning about the history and culture of the Florentines. Since your tour is private, it can be customized to your particular interests in architecture, art, sculpture and more.
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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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Dig into the history of the Tuscan capital in a way the whole family will enjoy with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Florence for families. Join a kid-friendly guide as you explore Santa Croce, the San Lorenzo Market, the Porcellino, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Keep kids engaged with interactive games and activities.
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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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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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Skip-the-Line Florence Small-Group Tour with David and DuomoHalf-day Tours

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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Small Group Best of Florence with Special Access David & Duomo

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See the highlights of Renaissance Florence on a leisurely 3-hour walking tour featuring special-access entrance to the Florence Duomo that lets you enter without waiting in line. Follow a passionate local guide and small group of no more than 15 people, to see Michelangelo’s David, the Baptistery (outside), and the Piazza del Duomo. End with a city stroll that includes landmarks like the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Orsanmichele Church, and Ponte Vecchio. This is a great way to pack the highlights of Renaissance Florence into a short amount of time. Due to Covid19, until the end of 2020, this tour will be amended to ensure your safety: Group size and tour duration may be reduced. This will be amended as as Covid restrictions relax in accordance with local regulations.
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Legends of Florence 2-Hour Walking Tour by NightWalking Tours

Legends of Florence 2-Hour Walking Tour by Night

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Take a stroll under the stars to discover the hidden secrets and shadowy corners of Florence. On this 2-hour walking tour, hear Renaissance legends and supernatural tales while wandering through romantic piazzas and dimly lit alleyways. See the city’s iconic landmarks illuminated beneath the cloak of night as you uncover a side of Florence not found in any guidebook.
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