The classic Florence city tour

The centre of Florence is relatively small, and the best way to get to know the city and its magnificent past is by walking its narrow streets, lined with historic buildings.

At the end of the 13th century, Florence was a wealthy commercial town, its population constantly increasing. To accomodate the growing population, the Florentine Town Council initiated a programme of expansion.

Many of the important buildings that we’ll see on our walk were built during that period, including Santa Maria del Fiore (the Cathedral) featuring Brunelleschi’s famous dome, now the symbol of the city, and the Palazzo della Signoria, still the seat of the Town Hall to this very day. Walking through the winding streets of the old quarter, we will come across many of Florence’s medieval tower houses, home to the city’s most wealthy and powerful families.

No tour would be complete without a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s oldest bridge over the River Arno – and just nearby is one of the best icecream parlours in town!