Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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From $336.13

per group (up to 4)

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


With so much to see in Florence, it can be hard to know where to begin. On this private tour, take a break from your guidebook and make sure you hit all the most important Renaissance monuments, from Medici palaces and the famous Duomo to artsy Oltrarno across the river and high-fashion avenues. Plus, fit in a visit to one of the most famous sculptures of all-time with skip-the-line access to the popular Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David.’
  • Get a personalized introduction to Florence on a private walking tour
  • See the most famous monuments plus tucked-away treasures with the help of a guide
  • Learn the history behind landmarks like the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria
  • Includes skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery and traveler pickup

What's Included

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pick-up when this is central located
  • Accademia reservation fee
  • Tickets to Accademia are NOT INCLUDED, only skip the line fee is included
  • taxi and transportation used to get to the city center in case your hotel is out of the city historical center
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

Pick up WILL BE AT YOUR HOTEL if your hotel is in the historical center of Florence. If not, you will be contacted by our staff and define a central meeting point with the guide. Transportation to the meeting point will be at your own expenses

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Access to the museum will be allowed only with the use of suitable CE masks (see Ordinance RT no. 48) to cover the mouth and nose and disposable gloves.
  • Body temperature will be measured with suitable instruments before access, which must not exceed 37.5
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Participants are required to observe social distancing during the experience
  • The museum of the Accademia is sanitized and cleaned according to the new rules anti covid-19
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

If you take this tour, allow yourself an extra day to revisit some of the places that you see on the tour.
58 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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This was an amazing way to discovery Florence and its hidden gems
Alexander_B, Mar 2023
This was an amazing way to discovery Florence and its hidden gems. Barbara was the most brilliant of guides, very friendly and personable. Her enthusiasm really made the tour for us. Thank you!
Great walking tour
Jill_K, Oct 2022
Christina was excellent So knowledgeable and friendly We really enjoyed our time touring Florence with her.
Walking Tour in Florence
Caren_K, Oct 2022
Alisa was very friendly and knowledgeable, and took us to several very special places on our walking tour. I would highly recommend!
Great guided tour of Florence!
Johan_L, Mar 2022
Barbara was a great guide, knowledgable, witty and funny! She made it a great and relaxed experience.
Perfect tour to see the highlights of Florence
Darren_M, Mar 2022
Perfect morning tour of Florence. We chose this tour as it was light on museum time and gave the highlights without boring my 16 year old twins.
Florence Highlights
Lori_D, Mar 2020
Laura was a great tour guide. She picked us up at our hotel and then we walked all around Florence seeing different things. This tour is jammed packed with information. After the tour, we used our knowledge to spot different family crests or just understood why things were on the side of the building. Laura was very knowledgeable and she really understood art. When we got to see the David she was very enthusiastic and really showed us alot. Well worth the money. We also went to the place she suggested for lunch and it was delicious.
Response from Host, Jun 2020
Hi Lori thank you so much for this great review!!! laura is one of our best guides and we are happy your loved her and her passion for Florence!
Started late
Ron_M, Oct 2019
We missed receiving the e-mail (due to being international) that indicated our tour guide would meet us at the hotel. We were at our original meeting point right on time and due to the miscommunication started our tour 45 minutes late. Giacomo did a fine job for the time we had us, but we lost 45 minutes of our tour as he finished the tour as if he had started with us on time. We should be reimbursed for 1/3 of our tour fees due to the miscommunications and delay.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Dear Mr. Moses thank you for your feedback, we are happy that you enjoyed our guide Giacomo. The meeting point has always been at your hotel as stated in the voucher and in the booking form that you have received by e mail at the time of the booking - the e mail that you have received 24 hrs before, stating that your guide would have met you at the hotel is just a courtesy reminder that we offer to all our clients, not a communication of a last minute change. Giacomo was punctual at 2.00pm at the Hotel St. Regis as indicated in the booking form under the section "Hotel pick up" . Your Travel agent (not us) for some reason told you to go at a different meeting point so we believe that the miscommunication happened with your travel agent not with us, even if we are sorry for the inconvenience. All the best, Elena
Great way to get oriented to Florence
Matthew_S, Jul 2019
Very knowledgeable guide with excellent English. You could tell how much pride she has for Florence. We learned a lot and enjoyed visiting the Academy. She also helped us buy tickets for the Uffizi the next day so we could skip the line.
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Dear Sprik0s Thank you for your glowing review! We are very happy you liked our tour in Florence and our guide !! We hope you’ll be our guest again in the future!!! All the best Elena
Private guided tour with Elisa
Jon B, Jun 2019
We had a great 3 hour private walking tour with Elisa who had previously taught history for the College of the Holy Cross exchange program in Florence. English was excellent as was her knowledge of many subjects ranging from Michelangelo to local gastronomy to the many and varied attractions of Florence.
Florence with Nicolette
Albert_J, Jun 2019
excellent and very informative; also accommodated all requests. I believe I may have under-tipped her!
Great tour
Patrick_D, Dec 2018
Our guide was excellent, she knew exactly how to captivate all of us, from an 80 year old to a 16 year old, she was a fountain of knowledge and we highly recommend this tour. Thank you.
Grazie, Brenda
Jack_W, Oct 2018
We would have given this tour an "Excellent" if only it could have been extended to a full day. For the time allotted, it could not have been better. Our guide, Brenda, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and delightful and she rates an "Excellent". At the start of the tour, we told her that we wanted her to take us to places that as a native of Florence, she wanted us to see. But we also told her about the things we wanted to do. Brenda blended it all perfectly. She was very knowledgeable about places off the proverbial beaten track. We wanted to go to a marketplace not overrun with tourists. Brenda knew exactly where to go. She also took us to a store/warehouse that buys up the contents of churches that close; a kind of theological flea market. I wasn't allowed to photograph, but it was a treat. We would never have found this place on our own. A tip: Time constraints didn't allow us to stay in certain places as long as we would have liked. If you take this tour, allow yourself an extra day to revisit some of the places that you see on the tour. We highly recommend the tour and if you go, ask for Brenda.
This tour provided a great overview of...
Lisa, Sep 2018
This tour provided a great overview of Florence. Our tour guide was right on time, picking us up in the lobby of our hotel. Since it was a private tour just me and my husband, it was tailored to our interests. We walked around and had a conversation about the city, the sites, the culture, etc. We got great recommendations on where to shop for high quality leather and eat for dinner, too! Skip the line tickets for the Accademia was awesome. Overall, this is a good tour. I give it five stars instead of four, as we had tour guides in Italy who were more knowledgeable and higher energy.
Our tour guide Bernardo did an...
Lyle_V, Aug 2018
Our tour guide Bernardo did an amazing job. It was very informative. We could have not been happier with this tour.
This tour was amazing and Brenda was...
Scott_M, Jul 2018
This tour was amazing and Brenda was a fabulous tour guide! She spoke flawless English and was very easy to understand. She explained the history of Florence to us in an easy to understand way. We had our adult children with us 20 and 23 years old and we all equally enjoyed the tour! While it was very hot on our tour afternoon, Brenda made sure we had ample water breaks and we even stopped for gelato! We were able to skip the line at all attractions, even the Accademia Gallery, because of Brenda's great reputation with the staff there. She explained the David statue to us in detail, so that we could have a greater appreciation of it. She also showed us an area that was being excavated in the city square, that was not on the official tour. They had found a skull there that morning and she was excited to show us. We were in the area a few days later and went back to that excavation area, and they had actually found the entire skeleton of what looked to be a small child. I've posted the picture below. We highly recommend this tour and hope you get Brenda as your guide! She's the best!
Private tour well worth the money
Brad_T, Jul 2018
Tour guide was awesome! She was very knowledgeable and went at our pace. I would definitely do this tour again.
Our guide Barbara was amazing! We...
John C, Apr 2018
Our guide Barbara was amazing! We booked this tour for our family of five 3 kids 15, 13, and 9. She was fun, funny and super knowledgeable. She really connected with our kids and kept them interested and engaged the entire tour. In addition to the formal tour, she gave us a great overview of the city including some of her favorite shops, restaurants, and of course where to find the best Gelato!! The tour was outstanding and she really helped us kick off a great week in Florence!! Thanks Barbara!!
After seeing the lines to get into...
Neil M, Mar 2018
After seeing the lines to get into the Vatican Museums, a skip-the-line tour is well worth it. The best part of our tour was our private guide. She was very knowledgable and engaged everyone in our family of six. She really helped us to understand the history and meaning of the artifacts, the gardens, the Sistene Chapel, and the Basilica.
The tour itself was great. The guide...
Monica_M, Jan 2018
The tour itself was great. The guide was a bit low energy, not as communicative as would have expected or preferred. Regardless, the tour was charming and we highly recommend it.
This tour was one of the highlights...
Nigel C, Oct 2017
This tour was one of the highlights of our time in Italy. Barbara our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, a great sense of humour and also very passionate about Florence. We thoroughly enjoyed our three hours with her and would not hesitate to recommend her to any interested visitors.