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The B side of Florence: high fashion, history and bohemian life

Your Guru: Atahualpa
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  • Florence
  • Available in English, Spanish
  • 1 hour y 30 minutes

About the Guru

I'm an authorized tour leader, with official license. I'm also a physicist, immigrant in Europe, astronomer, father of an adolescent girl, world citizen, concerned about the environment, seeker of a healthier life in an increasingly entangled world.

I'm an authorized tour leader, with official license. I'm also a physicist, immigrant in Europe, astronomer, father of an adolescent girl, world citizen, concerned about the environment, seeker of a healthier life in an increasingly entangled world.

About the Tour

Starting from one of the most famous landmarks in town, this walk will lead us to the heart of the high fashion district in Florence, where elegance is the common feature in the showcases occupying the ground floor of historic buildings: world-famous brands and boutiques share spaces full of centennial history along the Florentine "5th Avenue". It will eventually take us to the Oltrarno district, the neighborhood that, thanks to its authenticity --hardly preserved in a tourism-flooded city-- has traditionally attracted young people and artists.

You will get to know the genuine Florence, where little boteghe -workshops-, osterie -typical, kind-of family-managed restaurants- sprout here and there among squares that are anything but Florentine in style (at least what mass tourism believe Florence is like...).

Places visited:

1. Santa Maria Novella square and church.

2. Marino Marini museum and Rucellai chapel, palace and loggia.

3. High fashion district and boutiques.

4. Strozzi Palace, Santa Trinità square and Ferragamo museum

5. Santa Trinità bridge and Ponte Vecchio.

6. Lungarno palaces: World Heritage.

7. San Frediano's gate, borgo and church.

8.. Carmine square and church. Brancacci chapel.

9. Santo Spirito square and church. Piazza della Passera

10. Pitti Palace and square.

Because of logistics, booking at least 12 hours in advance is required. Thank you.

Do you have special needs or have something different in mind? Don't hesitate to contact me. We could manage to work something out to satisfy your specific requirements.

I lead two other complementary tours in different zones and with different scopes. Take a look at them:

120-minute Renaissance Initiation tour:

https://www.guruwalk.com/walks/5551-120-min-renaissance-initiation-walking-tour

Florence from above:

https://www.guruwalk.com/walks/5631-florence-from-above-alleys-gardens-and-views

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: Right in front of the Hotel Santa Maria Novella, carrying a fosforescent-yellow umbrella.

Tour Schedule

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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!

Tour opinions (28)

Marcelo Menkes almost 2 years

Excelente recorrido por las calles menos visitadas por los turistas. Imposible de recorrer sin los conocimientos de Atahualpa. Imperdible!

Response from Atahualpa
Muchas gracias Marcelo!
Adelardo Victoria Montero almost 2 years

Ha sido un tour fantástico. Conocimos la otra Florencia, la de los florentinos. Atahualpa es un guia buenísimo, con un gran conocimiento de la ciudad y con unas magníficas explicaciones. Además tuvimos la suerte de ir solos con él. Recomendable 100%.

Beatriz almost 2 years

Tour fuera de toda la zona turística donde Atahualpa te enseña los rincones de Florencia que nunca conocerias si no vas de la mano de alguien que viva aquí. Recomendable 100% si quieres conocer otra perspectiva totalmente distinta de la verdadera ciudad.

Sonia about 2 years

Genial!! adaptó el tour a lo que ya habíamos visto y lo que nos podía interesar como estaba solo nuestro grupo y quedamos muy contentos.

Raul Julio Gorel about 2 years

Excelente Atahualpa.

4.7(28) Ratings

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!

4.7(28) Ratings