Free tour

In search of the missing city: Florence at the end of the 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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    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 that of a Renaissance city dotted with majestic buildings of the time: but this is not the case. With 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 Firenz and centered on the Old Market , full of history and magic was subject to many urban planning misdeeds prompted by the new needs and was sacrificed to the wild building speculation of the time: with it also the old 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 - San Lorenzo Market, a majestic work of the time
3 -We will make a brief stop in front of the façade 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 major demolitions with its post-unification cafés.
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 interior of the Basilica. Before saying goodbye we will pay homage to the statue of the Divine Poet which overlooks the square to remind us that the Poet would never have approved such a metamorphosis. The story will be fueled by anecdotes, curiosities and little 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 travellers:
- Minimum number 6
- Walkers who wish to cancel the tour confirmed by us are asked to cancel the tour no later than 24 hours before the start of the same.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • 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 have a sign saying "the vanished city" flag with the Lily of Florence and a

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Piazza della Repubblica
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Cathedral square
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Piazza della Signoria
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Lungarno del Tempio
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Santa Maria Novella Square
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Pescaia of Santa Rosa

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

(17 ratings)
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Michele 04 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Ottimo tour in compagnia di Sergio, guru competente e preparato Mi ha fatto conoscere una Firenze che non c'è più, una città scomparsa. Tour al di fuori degli schemi che consiglio vivamente. Non vedo l'ora di fare un altro tour con Sergio fiorentino d.o.c.
Maria Chiara 03 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Una Firenze poco conosciuta e informazioni particolari
Maria 17 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Il nostro tour con Sergio è andato molto bene; ci ha raccontato tanti fatti interessanti sulla storia di Firenze, avendola vissuta personalmente essendo un locale. Ha reso chiara l'atmosfera della Firenze del passato e ci ha fornito consigli molto utili per visitare luoghi panoramici con viste fantastiche. Grazie mille e auguriamo al vostro servizio di acquisire tanti nuovi clienti soddisfatti.
Claudia 08 Oct 2023

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Travelled in family - Oct 2023
È la seconda volta che scelgo questa modalità e mi piace sempre perché offre un taglio, un' analisi, diverse dal solito. Lo raccomando
Chiara 02 Jul 2023

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Travelled in family - Jul 2023
La nostra guida Sergio è stata formidabile, preparatissima, accogliente e avvincente. Persona motivante e stimolante anche per i nostri figli di 15 e 10 anni. Si è spesa molto più del dovuto! Consigliata vivamente!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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