The Private Original Florence Walk - The Best Walking Tour

Join Florence’s Best Private Walking Tour and let us show you the highlights & intricacies of the city with our lively tour through the historic center of Florence

Enjoy your Florence Walking Tour with the Best

Our entertaining guides make the Original Florence Walk the most highly-rated walking tour in Florence!

Discover the Famous Florence Must-Sees

The World’s most beloved art capital is home to architectural wonders and historical treasures from the Duomo to Ponte Vecchio. We’ll show you Florence’s top attractions through fun and fascinating stories.

Explore Hidden Secrets of Florence’s History

Join our fully-licensed, specially-trained guides who will transport you through time and place. You’ll visit little churches, quirky streets, Florentine palaces and notice things you wouldn’t otherwise spot!

A Florence Tour that’s Different

We’re not your average tour company. We believe history should be entertaining and enlightening – especially when you’re on vacation! That’s why we choose only gifted storytellers as our guides. We want you to feel Florence’s vivid history come to life.

Florence’s Global Cultural Impact

Florence is a top destination for a reason. Its tangible past spans the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance. With our tour you’ll begin to understand the cultural impact that Florence had all across the world.

Florence – The cradle of the Renaissance

Follow in the footsteps of Florence’s infamous families and individuals on our walking tour. Who did they bury alive near the Duomo? What did Leonardo da Vinci do that Michelangelo could never forgive? How did the Medici family use famous artists throughout the centuries? And what propelled Florence to become one of the greatest art cities the world has ever seen? Together, we’ll peel back the centuries while witnessing some of history’s greatest testaments.

Tour Florence’s Architectural Wonders

Visit the churches of  Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele*, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore*, a true Renaissance wonder. Amazing architecture, stunning sculptures, and fascinating frescoes (okay, we’ll stop with the alliteration!). Take in the San Giovanni Baptistery, Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, and Giotto’s bell tower. And, of course, admire Brunelleschi’s dome, while learning the stories behind it. How did a goldsmith and untrained architect create the Renaissance’s greatest wonder? It’s a story we cannot wait to share with you, among so many others.

Walk in the Footsteps of the Greats

Tread in the tantalizing footsteps of the Michelangelo, the Medici’s, and their Florentine rivals. What’s more, you’ll understand why the city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Have Fun on your Florence Tour

Thanks to our small groups you can talk to the guide about your thoughts and ask all your questions. Discover who was buried alive near the Duomo. Then find out why Michelangelo never forgave Leonardo Da Vinci. Meanwhile, learn how the Medici family used famous artists throughout the Renaissance. Discover why Florence became one of the greatest art centers the world has ever seen.

Astounding Florentine Stories

Hear about astounding events that shocked the city’s local inhabitants. Witness famous the famous sculptures, frescoes and paintings of the churches of Santa Trìnita, Orsanmichele, and the Florence cathedral*.

Florence’s best kept secrets on your walking tour

Learn all about the hidden little secrets of Florence you won’t find on any other tour.

Highlights of Florence

See the Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi’s dome, the Vasari Corridor, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, famous shopping streets, and so much more!

Why Book the Original Florence Walk – The Best Walking tour of Florence?

  • Our great highly trained ArtViva guides are gifted storytellers – the best in Florence
  • The first company to do entertaining enjoyable small group high quality walking tours in Florence. ArtViva continues the excellence today
  • Enjoy seeing all the main sites and get correct information
  • Our fully licensed travel agency ensures peace of mind
  • Our great customer care
  • True local expertise that’s stood the test of time – since 1996
  • Small groups-we keep the groups small
  • Real people, with you in the city center – Say hello to us in our office in Florence!

What else to do in Florence? Try out these similar tours:

  • Early Morning Florence Walk – an early morning version of our Florence Walking Tour – beat the heat, and the crowds and enjoy the city to yourselves!
  • The Original David Tour – Visit the must-see David sculpture by Michelangelo at the Accademia Museum with our fantastic guides, skip-the-line and discover its beauty!
  • Masterpieces of the Uffizi – The best tour of the Uffizi galleries out there! Everyone is astounded at how fun our tour of the Uffizi is, where you meet all the big names of art history and understand what made these artworks so important

*Please note from October 2019 entry to Orsanmichele is limited due to construction work



Tour Details

Sites visited on this tour:

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore*
  • Church of Santa Trìnita*
  • Church of Orsanmichele* (Please note from October 2019 entry to Orsanmichele is limited due to construction work)
  • Baptistery (external)
  • Bell Tower (external)
  • Gates of Paradise
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome (external)
  • Vasari Corridor (external)
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica


This tour runs rain or shine

Dress code
Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered for entry into churches.

Maximum Participants
15 persons

On occasion, we may have to go slightly over.

Meeting Time 9.15 (15 minutes before the tour starts) 

Start Time 9.30

Tour Length
3 hours-finishes at 12.30 near the Duomo

We recommend having lunch at Frescobaldi Restaurant if you are doing the Uffizi gallery tour with us next. The Uffizi tour meets outside the restaurant.

The group tour runs from 9:15 to 12:30 from March until the end of November. This tour does not run on Sundays from the first of March until Easter, nor on Sundays in November.

*On Sundays and religious holidays, the churches of Santa Trìnita, Orsanmichele, and the Duomo are closed for religious services. Please note that there is no priority entrance for the Duomo; entrance is strictly a first come, first served basis. In cases where lines are too long, the Duomo is covered externally only.

The private tour runs every day starting at 8:30; 9:00; 9:30; 14:00; 14:30 and 15:00

Meeting Point

Corner of Piazza Della Repubblica and Via Roma outside the Bar/Restaurant called Gilli.

Via Roma 1r

Florence, 50123


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4 reviews for The Private Original Florence Walk – The Best Walking Tour

  1. Sabine Poebing-Nania

    È stata un’esperienza molto speciale. Non solo per la pandemia di Covid e per la conseguente atmosfera speciale a Firenze grazie ai pochi turisti. Ma anche e soprattutto per via del tour quasi privato. Noi due eravamo gli unici e la nostra guida era accompagnata dal suo collega, quindi sembrava veramente come un tour privato. In termini di contenuti, non c’è sicuramente visita guidata migliore a Firenze se sei interessato alla sua storia e allo stesso tempo vuoi avere una ampia comprensione del centro storico. Il tour è stato molto divertente e abbiamo ricevuto risposte conclusive a tutte le nostre domande. Consiglo vivamente questo Tour.

  2. Thomas Reidenbach

    Alex, our guide, was excellent in every way. He gave us great insights into the history, architecture, and culture of Florence. He took us to places vistors could never find on their own. We highly recommend this tour

  3. Kathleen Rigby

    Our group of 7 people had a wonderful experience with Laura during our 3-hour walking tour of Florence. Laura was a delightful and knowledgeable guide who took us on a great tour of Florence and introduced us to many facts and information that we would never have known without her. I highly recommend Laura to anyone interested in a Walking Tour of Florence,

  4. Kay & Jim Schlembach

    We found ArtViva through Rick Steves’ Tuscany Guide. This is our second semi-private tour, and we were so pleased! Laura was kind, knowledgeable, and expert at pointing out historical & quirky highlights of Florence’s old city, including recommendations on street food. We did go back for lampredotta and a fabulous porchetta sandwich (located near the famous “Fontana del Procellino” – bronze boar statue). Laura’s love of Florence is infectious, and greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the city. Worth every penny. Can’t wait to schedule another ArtViva tour on our next trip to Italy.

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