The Historical Centre
A classic itinerary for those visiting Florence for the first time and an incomparable journey through the archetectual and artistic symbols of Florence. The center is compact and easily negotiated on foot, and can be crossed from end to end in thirty minutes.
The tour begins in Piazza del Duomo, the religious center of Florence with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the symbol of the Renaissance. This is largely thanks to the magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and here you can also admire Giotto's bell tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni decorated with three magnificent bronze doors, the most famous being the gate of Paradise by Ghiberti.
The Political Heart of Florence
After travelling through the narrow medieval streets full of old houses and towers reminiscent of the great poet Dante Alighieri, you'll come to Piazza della Signoria. This is the political heart of Florence, where we find the Palazzo Vecchio, one of the most significant public buildings of the Middle Ages. One can see also the Loggia dei Lanzi - a gallery of statues, including the formidable Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini, and also one can see the numerous statues inside the square itself, like the beautiful fountain of 'Ammannati.
From there the tour continues with a walk around, visiting the Church of Orsanmichele, a symbol of the power of art during the Florentine Republic, and the district of Santa Maria Novella, testimony to the rich merchant and banking families of Renaissance Florence. The tour ends at the Ponte Vecchio amongst the jewels and precious stones of the ancient goldsmiths.