5. Florence: City, Accademia, Cupola, and Uffizi Guided Tours
• Accademia Gallery Tour
The guide will lead you to the Hall of the Colossus to see the works of art of Giambologna and Domenico Ghirlandaio, then onto the main Hall of the Prisoners to learn more about the unfinished statues by Michelangelo “Slaves”.
Later, the guide will spend time at The Tribune, sharing all the information about the world-famous statue of Michelangelo, “David's Statue”, and the Tribune Left Wing ". Finally, the guide will introduce you to the Gipsoteca Bartolini, the plaster casts of the Reclining Venus, Arnolfo, Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Monaco, Documentation centre on the first floor.
• Cupola Guided Tour
The exterior view of the Cupola is a showstopper, but the only way to see the inside of the dome is to climb its 463 steps (there is no elevator).
Your guide will talk you through how the Cupola was designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi. On the dome's interior, you can admire Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) on your way up to the top.
Look down, and on the base, just above the drum, you'll see that Bacciod'Agnolo began adding a balcony in 1507 and how one of the eight sides were unfinished. The guide will reveal it to you on your way as to why the work was immediately halted, and to this day, the other seven sides remain rough brick!
Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, you will be enchanted by the panoramic view of Florence city in front of your eyes.
• Uffizi Guided Toour
The guide will start off with the history of Uffizi Gallery, which used to house the administrative and legal offices before it became a gallery and information about the Medici and the support provided by the Medici for arts and artists of past centuries.
After entering, the guide will show you the portrait of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici, the last surviving member of the Medici responsible for donating all of the family's collections to the city. As you climb the grand staircase to the top floor, where the museum collections begin, the guide will explain the museum's architecture and fascinate you with the information behind the many paintings on display in this gallery.
• City Walking Tour
The tour will start with Piazza Della Republica, the main square of Florence. After you will walk straight to the marvellous piece of art, the Piazza Della Duomo.
Walk passing the Duomo Square the guide will lead you straight through the historical landmarks of Florence to Palazzo Vecchio, where David's sculpture (the original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia) by Michelangelo is placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici.
Afterwards, as you walk past the Palazzo Vecchio, the guide will explain to you about the Uffizi Gallery, one of the greatest museums in the world. Then you will reach the most famous old bridge in Florence, "Ponte Vecchio”.
Your next stop is Palazzo Pitti, until your final stop to “La Strega Nocciola” for a delicious gelato offered by us Star Florence.