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

Your Guru: Firenze Free Tour
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4.6
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  • Florence
  • Available in English, Italian
  • 2 hours

About the Guru

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!

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!

About the Tour

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.

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: 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

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

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Francesca
02 Jan 2022 Castelfranco Veneto
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Travelled in couple - Jan 2022

Response from Firenze Free Tour
Vi ringraziamo di cuore per la vs gentile opinione . Buon Anno
Beatrice
06 Dec 2021 Trento
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2021

Alexandre
16 Nov 2021 Maisons-Laffitte
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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 ma ho potuto capire bene le sue spiegazioni in italiano. Grazie !

Response from Firenze Free Tour
Molte grazie per le sue sincere parole che confermano quanto la guida abbia fatto per rendere fruibile i tour stesso. Buona giornata
Andrea
22 Aug 2021 Vienna
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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!

Response from Firenze Free Tour
Vielen Dank für Ihre netten Worte . Einen schönen Abend
Linda
04 Jul 2021 Metzingen
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Travelled in group - Jul 2021

Response from Firenze Free Tour
Wir bedanken uns bei Ihnen für Ihre netten Bewertungen . Wir wünschen Ihnen eine schöne Nacht Die Leitung
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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!