Private Tour

Best of Florence Private Walking Tour with David in the Accademia

Art & History
Duration: 3 Hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH

Skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to gain immediate access to Michelangelo’s David, then hit the streets for a private walking tour of Florence best sights all with an art historian guide by your side. You’ll also see some less-visited gems of the historical city center with incredible stories to tell. This is the ideal tour for an introduction to the city of Florence.

Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Families with Kids
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What to Expect

Florence is an open-air museum filled with medieval streets where history meets beauty and artistic treasures at every turn. See the most important city attractions including the Accademia guided by a local expert. On this Florence private walking tour, you can admire the monuments that symbolize the heart of the city hearing the stories and history that bring Florence and its great works of art to life. You’ll also visit the two most iconic sights of Florence, the David by Michelangelo and the marvelous complex of the Duomo.

Florence Private Walking Tour

For first time visitor Florence tour with David is a must. During this Florence private walking tour you will enter the renowned Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's famous sculpture David, as well as his other masterpieces. You will also enjoy an outdoor guided tour of some of the city top sights including the Duomo Complex, Ponte Vecchio Bridge and much more. As we stroll along the historic streets and squares of the old town, we will discuss the ideas of the Renaissance and the lives of many important artists and Florentine families, like the Medici’s, who showered Florence with countless masterpieces.


Visit the Accademia Gallery

Top of the must-see list for many visitors, the Accademia Gallery usually has long lines that can stretch for hours. With skip the line access we get straight inside so you won’t waste a precious moment with your guide. Here, our experienced guide will reveal the history and meaning behind Michelangelo’s David. Although this eternal masterpiece is the star attraction, you will explore Michelangelo’s unfinished ‘Slaves’ and listen to your guide whilst pointing out the little details that tell us so much about how this great Renaissance master worked.


Explore Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio

A short walk through the beautiful streets in the heart of Florence leads to the medieval Piazza della Signoria with the sculpture masterpieces of Loggia dei Lanzi and the impressive Palazzo Vecchio with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, one of the famous symbols of the city. You’ll hear the stories behind the stunning sculptures and see the original spot where Michelangelo’s David once stood along with an exact replica of the work. The wonderful prospective of the Uffizi Gallery opens onto the square, and from there we proceed with a visit of the celebrated Ponte Vecchio, the oldest surviving bridge crossing the river Arno where colorful jewelry stores line the cobbled street.


Discover Piazza del Duomo

We’ll conclude our Florence private walking tour visiting another Florentine show-stopper, the magnificent Piazza del Duomo. Gaze at Giotto’s Bell Tower, marvel at the Baptistery’s Bronze Doors and the Porta del Paradiso, the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola by Brunelleschi, which is possibly the largest Dome ever built. So large it needed a brand new method of engineering to construct it, Il Duomo is the most iconic sight of Florence, visible from every high point in the city. Your guide will introduce you to the Dome from outside, admiring its beautiful red brick and the pink and green marble that cover the Cathedral.


  • Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (from the outside)
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge
  • Duomo (from the outside)
  • Giotto's Bell Tower (from the outside)
  • Baptistery's Bronze Doors

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Accademia Gallery with pre-reserved entry time
  • Earphones in the guided visit to the Accademia if your group numbers more than 7 people

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

In your hotel lobby (only for centrally located hotels) or at an easy to find location in the historic center. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day except Mondays, Christmas Day, January 1, and August 15.
  • For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.
  • The Academia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David is the most frequently visited museums in Florence. The museum has a "limited number of visitors per hour" policy. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Good to Know

  • Occasionally, this tour may run in reverse order visiting Florence highlights prior to entering the Accademia Gallery.
  • Almost all the buildings, with the exception of the Academia Gallery, will be viewed from the exterior only.
  • All members of your party must present at the Accademia Gallery a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • Make sure to only bring small handbags with you. The Accademia Gallery does not have cloakrooms or lockers therefore visitors with large bags and/or backpacks will not be allowed to enter.
  • Only plastic water bottles of 50cl or smaller may be taken into the Museum. No other drinks are permitted.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    Full payment by credit card is required to make a reservation. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within three business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Can we organize this Florence private walking tour on a Monday?

The Academia Gallery is always closed on Mondays, so that's perhaps a good day to consider either our Best of Florence Highlights Private Tour or our Delicious Florence Street Food Tour.

Does the tour visit the inside of the Duomo?

This Florence private walking tour includes a visit to the outside of the Duomo. It does not go inside because the Duomo does not offer skip the line tickets. Thus, the entrance lines can be quite atrocious. However, your guide will discuss its exterior and significance and you can visit independently if you wish.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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