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Culture Lover’s Guide to Florence

Culture Lover’s Guide to Florence

Many of the world’s greatest artists lived and worked in Florence during the Renaissance, making the UNESCO-listed city is a time capsule of creativity. You’ll find art and sculptures in museums, medieval palaces, churches, and piazzas. Here are some of Florence’s best cultural offerings.

Admire Masterpieces at Some of Europe’s Best Museums

As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence boasts the world's greatest collection of Renaissance art. You could easily spend your entire vacation exploring museums but if you only have limited time, the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery—home of Michelangelo’s David statue—are must-sees. Smaller collections at the Bargello, Palatine Gallery, Orsanmichele, and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo are also well worth a look.

Step Inside Art-filled Churches

Museums may get most of the attention, but you don’t need a ticket to see all of Florence’s artistic treasures. Churches across the city are free to the public, and many boast frescoes and altarpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, and Titian. Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) is deservedly the most famous basilica, but smaller churches such as Santa Maria Novella, the Medici Chapel, and Basilica di Santo Spirito also hold priceless gems.

Attend a Classical Music Concert

Small concerts held throughout Florence pay tribute to Renaissance maestros. Often held in medieval churches, these performances take advantage of centuries-old acoustics. Check the event listings at Santa Monaca Church or St. Mark’s Anglican Church, both popular venues.

Follow Medici Footsteps at Regal Palazzos

The Medici family ruled Florence during its artistic peak, and the clan’s former palaces and offices showcase the ultimate in Renaissance luxury. Admire private art collections, jewels, costumes, and period furnishings at the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti, or enjoy some fresh air and royal landscaping on a stroll through the Boboli and Bardini Gardens.

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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour

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Skip the line to see two of Florence’s top museums, the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery. Led by an expert guide, first pay homage to Michelangelo’s 'David' at the Accademia, heading straight inside with your priority access ticket. Roam the impressive collection of art and opt for an included lunch, if you wish, before heading to the Uffizi Gallery. There, avoid the crowds again with your skip-the-line ticket and enjoy a guided walking tour, pausing at Botticelli’s 'Birth of Venus' and other Renaissance masterpieces.
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  • 3 hours
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Small Group Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

Small Group Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

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Experience the Tuscan capital's top attractions on a small-group walking tour through Florence. Begin with skip-the-line access to view Michelangelo's 'David' in the Accademia Gallery, and learn how the House of Medici shaped Florence into a helm of arts and humanities. Then see the lovely exterior of the Duomo, the city's iconic, Gothic-style cathedral, as well as the Baptistery to hear the fascinating origins of the Gates of Paradise. Afterward stroll the local streets, taking in landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
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  • 2 hours
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Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Step inside one of Italy’s most famous art museums on this guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Avoid the crowds with early access and skip-the-line entrance, then learn more about the museum’s highlights with the help of an art historian guide. Prepare to be impressed as you spot works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, and view iconic paintings like Titian's ‘Venus of Urbino’ and Botticelli's ‘Primavera’. Best of all: your ticket is still valid after the tour ends, so you can continue exploring for as long as you want.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

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Unlock the secrets of Florence’s famous Duomo—an architectural marvel designed in the 15th century and the icon of the Renaissance city. Learn about the history of Brunelleschi’s red-roofed dome as you climb to its very top, stopping along the way to explore hidden terraces and chambers not open to the general public. Be rewarded by panoramic views of Florence. Skip-the-line admission includes a guided tour of the cathedral and crypt.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Italian Opera Concert in Santa Monaca Church

Italian Opera Concert in Santa Monaca Church

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Enjoy an evening of famous Italian opera arias in a spectacular setting during this opera concert in Florence's Santa Monaca Church. Listen to professional singers perform selections from 'The Marriage of Figaro,' 'Tosca,' 'The Barber of Seville,' 'Madame Butterfly,' 'La Bohème' and 'La Traviata,' while you admire the setting of a 15th-century church.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Pitti Palace & Palatina Gallery on a Up-to-Five-Participants Guided Tour

Pitti Palace & Palatina Gallery on a Up-to-Five-Participants Guided Tour

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Get an up-close look at works from Titian, Raphael and Rubens on this tour of Florence’s Palatine Gallery. Located inside the Pitti Palace, former home of the Medici rulers, you’ll skip the main entrance lines with your guide and head straight inside. Explore the elaborate interior of the gallery and the impressive paintings on display as you learn about how the Medici family came to amass their private collection. To ensure an intimate experience, numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Fashion Shopping Tour

Private Fashion Shopping Tour

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The famous Florentine craftsmen open the doors of their shops and are ready to satisfy your curiosity: discover how some extraordinary products of choice are made, get to understand how they are priced and why. Are you a fashionista, an enthusiast of clothing, leather, textiles, jewellery, wooden objects, precious frames, artefacts in bronze, brass or silver? Then this tour is definitely for you, this experience in fact reveals the cultural and commercial uniqueness of the famous Florentine artisans. • Private tour for small groups • Visit of 2 or more artisans • Customizable tour • Return to agreed meeting point • Languages: Italian, English 
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Price varies by group size