Florence Overture

Covering the historical centre of Florence, artistically and historically, geared to all ages and all ages.

DURATION: half day 3 hrs or full day 5-6 hrs

This private walking tour of the historical centre of Florence covers the religious centre (cathedral & baptistery), the political centre (town hall & square), renaissance palaces, medieval tower houses, churches & frescoed chapels, sculpture and bridges.

Walk the streets of the Medici’s, Michelangelo, Donatello, Machiavelli and Dante. Explore side streets with stories to transport you back to when Florence was the centre of the world.
The Overture walking tour is very flexible. If there is a particular church, museum or site located in the historical centre of Florence, or you have a particular interest in a subject or artist, the tour can be tailored to accommodate this.

The Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo’s David and some of his unfinished works), the food market, one¬†of the major churches (Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, San Lorenzo)¬†or the Palazzo Davanzati¬†can be easily incorporated into the half day overture tour.

THE FULL DAY The Uffizi gallery or, the Pitti Palace are good museums to add to the full day overture tour as they require 2.5hours and 1.5hours respectively to visit.

Some other major museums are the San Marco monastery, the Medici chapels, the Bargello National Sculpture museum and the Palazzo Vecchio (town hall), to name just a few of the many wonderful options and ideas.

IMPORTANT Please see ‘More info’ for important information regarding ticket reservations and recommended tour start times if including the Accademia & Uffizi galleries in the tour¬†itinerary.

Meeting place:

The reception of your hotel if located in the historical centre. Otherwise, an easy, centrally located meeting point will be established.

As we organise private tours only the start time is flexible, the meeting place is flexible and the length of the tour is flexible, with a minimum tour length of two hours.

All tours that we organise are private. We do not organise group tours.

The half day 3 hour tour

225‚ā¨¬†when you book for up to¬†5 people

255‚ā¨¬†when you book for¬†6-9 people

285‚ā¨¬†when you book for 10 or more¬†people

ADMISSION FEES to sites not included in the above prices. Admission fees to be paid on the day at the ticket office with guide.

The full day tour – 5 or 6 hours

450‚ā¨¬†when you book for up to¬†5 people¬†(or¬†350‚ā¨ when 5 hours)

510‚ā¨¬†when you book for 6-9 people (or¬†400‚ā¨ when 5 hours)

570‚ā¨¬†when you book for 10 or more¬†people (or¬†450‚ā¨ when 5 hours)

ADMISSION FEES to sites not included in the above prices. Admission fees to be paid on the day at the ticket office with guide.

There is a break for lunch in the middle of the tour. If interested, we will make a lunch reservations at a nice local place that we like. Guides do not stay for lunch.

Entering the cathedral (duomo)

In the busy season there are long queues to enter the cathedral.

Licensed guides¬†have priority access and¬†do not wait in the queue (all of the Freya‚Äôs¬†Florence team have guide licenses) however,¬†when with groups greater than¬†4people¬†the cathedral management has¬†ruled that¬†to access the priority line it is necessary for¬†each¬†person to have individual headsets so that the guide doesn’t raise their voice in the church.

Freya’s Florence¬†will book the headsets¬†in advance and they will be distributed at the¬†beginning of the tour and used¬†for the entire tour (not only the cathedral). For parties of 10people and less the total cost for use on¬†a half¬†day tour¬†is 25‚ā¨ and for¬†a¬†full¬†day tour¬†is 45‚ā¨.

For parties greater than 10pax the cost of the headsets per person¬†is¬†2.50‚ā¨ for a half day tour and 4.50‚ā¨ for a full day tour.

Headset hire 

Groups greater than 6 people will require headsets, necessary for most of the museums and recommended for city walks due to surrounding noise.

Freya‚Äôs Florence¬†will book these¬†in advance and they will be distributed at the¬†beginning of the tour and used¬†for the entire duration of the¬†tour. For parties of 10 people and less the total cost for¬†a half¬†day tour¬†is 25‚ā¨ or for¬†a¬†full¬†day tour¬†the cost is 45‚ā¨.

For parties greater than 10pax the cost of the headsets per person¬†is¬†2.50‚ā¨ for a half day tour and 4.50‚ā¨ per person for a full day tour.

Payment

Payment for the tour can be made in cash at the end of the tour directly to the guide, or in advance by PayPal with an additional 4% to cover the PayPal fees. Tours booked within ten days of the date of the tour must be paid in advance by PayPal.

Reduced ticket admission fees for under 18 years

Under 18 years are free to state museums (Accademia, Uffizi gallery, Pitti Palace, Bargello sculpture museum) however, an original passport is the necessary document to show as proof of age at the ticket office of each museum.

Ticket reservations are necessary ahead of time at the Accademia gallery, the Uffizi gallery and¬†the Medici chapels¬†so as to avoid the very long lines of¬†unreserved visitors. Freya’s Florence will make these reservations when the sites are included in the tour itinerary. All visitors over 6 years old must pay the 4‚ā¨ for the reservation fee.

Under 6 years are not required to have a ticket nor reservation.

There are reduced admissions costs at other sites in the city upon showing proof of age.

 

Dress code

Appropriate clothing for entering the churches during summer months:

Shoulders must be covered and skirts or shorts no higher than the top of the knee in churches.

Ticket reservations for Accademia & Uffizi galleries

The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries are closed on Mondays. It is not possible to make a reservation to avoid the long lines on the first Sunday of a month.

We make the ticket reservations ahead of time for these two galleries if included in the tour itinerary.

We strongly recommend avoiding entering these two galleries between 9am-4pm as they become extremely busy and queues accrue in the reservation areas after 9am.

Both galleries open at 8.15am and so we recommend entering between 8.15-9am. Or, we will organise an afternoon tour entering from 4pm (they both close at 6.30pm) for the Uffizi gallery as it requires 2.5hours to visit and entering after 5pm at the Accademia gallery.

Tuesday is the busiest day of the week for both of galleries as they are closed on Monday. We strongly advise not including them in the tour itinerary on Tuesday. If necessary then we recommend entering no later than 8.30am.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made less than 48hours prior to the tour start time require full payment.

Cancellations made within a week of your tour date will require half payment.