Free tour

In search of the disappeared city: Florence in the late nineteenth century

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Italian
Quality Verified Registered on August 17, 2019

The Free Tour was born in 2011, as the first free tour group in Florence; since then we offer varied tours and attractiveness of great quality. Authorized guides, national officers specialized in Florence and Tuscany. We are locals, graduates, food experts organized many years ago, as tour guides in Florence!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Anyone who comes to Florence thinks of walking in a city immersed in the splendor of the Middle Ages, with its ancient remains of towers or in that of the Renaissance city dotted with majestic palaces of the time: but this is not the case. With the Italian unification the city completely changed its face and underwent a total metamorphosis: the center of Florence today is only the pale memory of its glorious past. At the end of the nineteenth century the "heart" of Florence centered on the Old Market, full of history and magic, was subjected to many urban misdeeds prompted by the new needs and was sacrificed to the savage building speculation of the time: with it the old one also disappeared forever Jewish ghetto. With the help of your imagination and with the support of many photographs and paintings, we will retrace some of these stages together.
1- We will start from Piazza SMN for a small introduction and then continue to the Market
2- Market of San Lorenzo majestic work of the time
3-We will make a brief stop in front of the facade of the Cathedral to understand the tastes dictated by the new ruling class.
4-We will proceed towards the "new" via Calzaiuoli to finally reach Piazza della Repubblica, the beating heart of the city before the great demolitions with its post-unification cafes.
5-We will continue towards Piazza della Signoria where the original layout of the square fortunately remained almost intact.
6- Finally, with an exceptional guest invented by Collodi's creative imagination, Pinocchio, we will talk about the facade and the interior of the Basilica. Before leaving, we will pay homage to the statue of the Divine Poet overlooking the square to remind us that the Poet would never have approved this metamorphosis. The story will be fueled by anecdotes, curiosities and small stories that will remain engraved in your memory for a long time.
We look forward to seeing you for this new and exciting adventure.

Important information for travelers:
- Minimum number 6
- Walkers wishing to cancel the tour confirmed by us are requested to cancel the tour at the latest 24 hours before the start of the tour.

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  • Meeting point:
    P.za di Santa Maria Novella, 17, 5012...
    P.za di Santa Maria Novella, 17, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
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    In front of the facade of Santa Maria Novella near the obelisk. The guide will be holding a sign reading "the disappeared city" flag with the Lily of Florence and a

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Alexandre 16 Nov 2021
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Travelled alone - Oct 2021

Mi piaceva questo tour perché aggiunge la vista dell'ottocento per chi conosce già la storia del rinascimento a Firenze. La guida era bravo et gentile, sono francese m...

Andrea 22 Aug 2021
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Travelled in group - Jul 2021

Das Thema wurde sehr gut getroffen und wir haben Florenz von einer neuen Seite kennengelernt. Grazie Sergio!

What should you know?

Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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