Skip the line at the Accademia to see one of the most famous statues in the world: Michelangelo’s David. The political history of Florence and the individual determination of the artist himself are wrapped up in this exquisite piece that has embodied the soul of the city for over 500 years.
From here we’ll make our way to the Piazza del Duomo. One of the things that made Florence the center of artistic invention in the Renaissance was her artists and, of course, their rivalries. In the Piazza del Duomo you’ll hear the story of how Michelangelo and Leonardo argued over the block of marble that was to become the David and how Brunelleschi and Ghiberti’s numerous clashes led to the creation of two of the greatest works of Renaissance art: Ghiberti’s gates of Paradise on the baptistry and Brunelleschi’s Dome on the cathedral.
After a possible gelato or coffee break, you’ll visit the medieval district, the church of Orsanmichele and the Signoria Square, considered Florence’s open air sculpture garden where you’ll see the original location of Michelangelo’s David and the story of the rise and fall of the Medici family will be concluded. You’ll finish the tour by strolling to the center of the Ponte Vecchio bridge for a beautiful view over the Arno river.
- Skip the line at the Accademia to see the original Renaissance statue of David by Michelangelo
- Cathedral of Florence from outside
- View of Brunelleschi’s Dome
- The Gates of Paradise
- Medieval District (Dante’s Florence)
- Orsanmichele church from the outside
- Piazza della Signoria statues
- Palazzo Vecchio from Outside
- Walk the Ponte Vecchio
- Available: every day except Monday
- Design and creation of the tour
- Authorized Guide service
- Archaeologist/Art Historian
- Admission tickets
- Personal expenses