Southern half 2 h 30 min 2.5 km /1.5 miles 15 min break
Medici and Michelangelo
Most Florentine landmarks you see today were owned, financed or commissioned by the Medici family. During this tour you will learn how they came to power and their relationship with Michelangelo. You will visit 3 churches, 2 shops, 2 bridges and have a cappuccino break. This tour runs in the morning, when our guides are fresh and have a great sense of humor.
This is a private free tour, you pay as you wish
Intro + map
Medici family in 1400s
Medici family in 1500s
The tour ends at 13:15 behind the Uffizi Gallery near all the sandwich shops
This tour is for technical nerds, you will learn some of the most complicated concepts of Renaissance – point of view, vanishing point, linear perspective, engineering and architecture, geometry and archaeology through biographies of Florence’s most iconic characters: Leonardo, Donatello and Brunelleschi. Max 6 people.
This is a private free tour. You pay what you wish
Intro + map
First renaissance statue
Gates of Paradise
First renaissance dome
The tour ends near Santa Croce Square with bars and restaurants nearby
Booking is essential. We accept a maximum of 10 people per tour, after which the tour is sold out.
If you’re booking the tour right upon arrival to Florence, please note that your train will be late and your hotel check-in will take longer than usual. Trains in Italy are always late.
If you realize you can’t make it to the tour, please cancel your booking by replying to the confirmation email. Even if you realize that 10 minutes before the tour starts – let us know anyways.
Please provide an email address you actually check, as it is the only way for us to communicate with you in case the tour gets canceled, postponed or if the guide is late.
If you’re booking the Afternoon Free Tour months in advance the starting time of the tour in the timeline might be different from what was on the website. At the bottom of the confirmation email you have Event Details – there you find the correct starting time.
Who is this tour suitable for?La Bussola2024-02-16T21:28:55+01:00
These private free tours are perfect for families, couples and solo travelers. People above the age of 30 enjoy our tours the most. It will be a huge plus if you’re also interested in art, since the Renaissance in Florence is all about art. Our tours are not accessible for baby strollers and wheelchairs, as you will be entering a lot of buildings with steps.
What is a private free tour?La Bussola2024-02-16T21:30:15+01:00
Private free tour is the same as a private 300€ tour, provided using the “pay what you wish” model
The total number of tourists in the group must be a maximum of 10 people.
Guides don’t use a microphone with an earpiece or a microphone with a loudspeaker.
The tours are structured so that the group is taken inside every landmark available to visit for free or that is under 10 euros per ticket.
If the weather is really bad the guide will improvise a coffee stop in a bar
The tour is done in a dialogue format where you can ask questions talk and meet people. The guide is available to take photos of you and your family on your smartphone. If you need an ATM or WC the guide will take you there.
How to combine these tours with the museums?La Bussola2024-02-16T21:30:47+01:00
It is best to book the Uffizi gallery for 2:30 or 3 pm after the Morning Free Tour. And it is best to see the Bargello Museum, Santa Croce church and climb the dome of the Cathedral before or after the Afternoon Free Tour.
What is an average tip?La Bussola2024-02-16T21:31:22+01:00
A tip is that extra you give for a job well done to someone who receives a salary paid by someone else. We use the “pay what you wish” model. What you give is our salary. Usually, we get 20€ to 30€ per person. But if you’d like to pay more it will be highly appreciated.
5 Stars - Based on 7489 User Reviews
Excellent Elizabetta is the best guide we’ve ever had! If you’re in Florence I highly highly recommend this walking tour. Very informative, interesting and fun. A must do for Florence!!
Brilliant, not to be missed! Elisabetta is amazing! Had the best couple of hours being shown around Florence by Elisabetta Carraro. Elisabetta is so fun and knowledgeable and engaging, we learnt so much without feeling rushed or getting lost in the information. Could not recommend this tour enough, especially if you're lucky enough to have her as your guide. Thanks again, Elisabetta!!!!
Excellent way to spend a morning in Florence Two words to describe our tour guide Katherine, delightful and knowledgeable. We attended the free morning walking tour of the Medici family. The tour started right on time. Katherine had a way of storytelling that was funny and interesting. She made everyone feel important. The two and a half hours flew by. Highly recommend.
The best! In spite of this walking tour being exterior only, I would go again in a heartbeat! the guide was so informative (an art historian!) but not at all dry nor boring. We had a great time!
Florence and the Medici’s with Catherine Catherine our tour guide was wonderful. Her enthusiasm for the city was evident. It was great to learn about Florence from a local. She included lots on history, art and food. Loved it and would highly recommend it as a starting point for exploring Florence
Incredible tour of Florence's history with Eleonora! The tour that we took on Sunday morning (16th April) with Eleonora has been one of the most memorable experiences of our Florence trip. She kept us absolutey engrossed with her knowledge, passion and exuberance that we never realised how 3 hours flew past. Strongly recommend a tour with Nora to fall in love with Florence and discover the best and most local spots for gelato and Italian food!
Medici Tour Timeline
10:25Check-in begins in Piazza Strozzi the square at the entrance of the Strozzi Palace, in front of the restaurant “Colle Bereto”
10:30Guide’s introduction The tour starts with a map overview. If you are 5 minutes late, you can still meet the group at the meeting point
10:35Strozzi Palace Contemporary art space
10:40Santa Maria Novella perfumery World’s oldest pharmacy and perfumery
10:50Santa Trinita church The Medici family in the 1400’s
11:30Santo Spirito church Michelangelo’s earliest work
12:00Pitti palace The Medici family in the 1500’s
12:20Santa Felicita church Vasarian Corridor
12:35Ponte Vecchio Crossing the jewelry bridge
12:45Cappuccino stop David explained while enjoying a cappuccino
13:15The last stop is Piazza del Grano Behind the Uffizi gallery near all the sandwich shops
You will have plenty of time before returning to our Genius Tour to see the northern half of Florence.
Genius Tour Timeline
14:55Check-in begins in Piazza Strozzi the square at the entrance of the Strozzi Palace, in front of the restaurant “Colle Bereto”
15:00Guide’s introduction Map overview
15:15Odeon theater and cinema Introducing Leonardo da Vinci
15:30The Church of Orsanmichele First Renaissance statue by Donatello
15:40The Baptistry The Gates of Paradise
16:10Piazza del Duomo the square of the main cathedral and the first Renaissance dome
16:40Hot chocolate break Explaining the statues inside the Bargello museum
17:00The Bargello prison Leonardo da Vinci conclusion
17:15Santa Croce church The place of burial of Florentine geniuses
17:30Aquaflor perfumery A perfect place to buy presents for your family