Florence is one of Europe’s most important tourist destinations and it can be very difficult to visit it without a local guide who will help you to find your way there. Free Tour Florence team supports sustainable tourism idea and we want to introduce you to the less known parts of the city, to tell you something you’d never find on common travel books. Our purpose is to s...
Florence is one of Europe’s most important tourist destinations and it can be very difficult to visit it without a local guide who will help you to find your way there. Free Tour Florence team supports sustainable tourism idea and we want to introduce you to the less known parts of the city, to tell you something you’d never find on common travel books. Our purpose is to show you this amazing city through the eyes of an insider and to help you to live it as a local does! So why we don’t go to Piazza del Duomo or to the Ponte Vecchio? Because we want to show you Another Florence 1. We want you to see more than the 90% of people visiting Florence will see. Free Tour Florence is for travellers, not for tourists! 2. You don’t need us to go to these areas, there are many indications all over Florence and you can find plenty of information online. 3. Most guided tours will take you there but we are different and we want to show you a different side of Florence. 4. Since we want to provide you the highest quality tour, we don’t go to Piazza del Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio because they become extremely crowded and loud during the day and it would be extremely difficult to hear and follow the guide.
Our tour OLTRARNO and PITTI starts in the middle of the Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The tour is conducted in English. We will talk about the history of Florence right in front of the Santa Maria Novella church and then via del Moro to reach Piazza Goldoni in front of the Arno River. Then we return to the elegant Via Tornabuoni via Via della Vigna nuova and stop in front of Palazzo Strozzi, one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance buildings, built by Filippo Strozzi. A wealthy merchant who belongs to one of the richest families in Florence and is traditionally hostile to the Medici faction. On Via Tornabuoni, among the luxury shops, you can admire some examples of buildings from the 19th century, when Florence was the capital of Italy. Then we find the Piazza Santa Trinita and cross the Ponte Santa Trinita, a Renaissance bridge with a wonderful view of the Ponte Vecchio. We reach the other side of Florence called Oltrarno, one of the most fascinating areas of Florence, where there are monuments, gardens, museums and monumental buildings that are unique in the world, as well as shops of artisans, goldsmiths and restaurateurs who make the Oltrarno in Florence transform area of Florence where the most authentic people of Florence still live. Then we arrive in Piazza della Passera, a hidden gem full of craft shops, gastronomic delights and a rich history. Through Via Toscanella, a narrow and hidden street with beautiful murals, we reach Piazza Pitti, where you can observe the monumental Pitti Palace, a fortified building on a small hill. Last part of the tour: Via the Guicciardini we reach Ponte Vecchio, where the tour ends. Then you can decide whether to cross the bridge and head towards Piazza della Signoria or return to the lively nightlife in Oltrarno. Piazza Santa Maria Novella - via del Moro - Piazza Goldoni - via della Vigna nuova - Palazzo Strozzi - via Tornabuoni - Piazza Santa Trinita - Ponte Santa Trinita - Oltrarno - Piazza della Passera - via Toscanella - Piazza Pitti - Palazzo Pitti - Ponte Vecchio. Duration of the tour: approx. 2 hours
Meeting point: Open in Google Maps
How to find me: In the middle of the square between the two pillars. You can recognize it by the small flag of Florence with the red lily
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Chiara is very knowledgeable and passionate about Florence. We learnt about the history of the city through interesting features and discovered the Florence of Florentines. We had a fun and interesting 2 hours.
El tour fue excelente, nuestra guía Alice siempre fue muy atenta y nos explicó cada detalle y mucho más, nos hizo pasar un muy buen rato ademas de que nos dio muy buenos tips sobre la ciudad. La recomiendo altamente, es muy amigable, detallista y atenta.
Excelente tour con Andrea! Una persona que conoce a fondo Florencia; sus más recónditos secretos. Te cuenta todo con la pasión de una persona enamorada de la cultura, la historia, la ciudad y su trabajo. Recomendable al 100%
Great tour! The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.
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