Pretty Ponte Vecchio by night

Evening Tours in Florence

The historic center of Florence is charming and picturesque no matter what time of day you see it, but there’s an added layer of mystery and romance to the old buildings and cobbled streets when the sun goes down. There’s a side of Florence you just won’t see unless you go on an evening tour.

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July 1, 2015 by
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Take Viator With You — Download Our Insider’s Guide to Italy

In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Italy so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Italy!

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June 23, 2015 by
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What to Do in Florence on Mondays

Florence's Duomo is open Mondays

When you begin making your to-do list for Florence, your first concern is likely to be how you’ll fit everything in that you want to see. But you’re on vacation, so one thing you’re probably not thinking about is what day of the week it is – and whether that matters at all.

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June 17, 2015 by
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The Leather School Inside Florence’s Santa Croce Church

Artisan at the Santa Croce Leather School

Florence is well-known as a place to buy beautifully-made leather goods. But you may not know that part of the city’s history with leather is tied to one of Florence’s most visited churches. No visit to Santa Croce is complete without a stop at the Scuola del Cuoio – the Leather School.

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June 10, 2015 by
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Running Tour of Florence

Jogging across Florence's Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio in the background

Walking tours in a city like Florence are great – the historic center is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and at a walking pace you’re sure not to miss anything. But if you’re craving something more active, or if you just want to work off additional calories in order to indulge in some of Italy’s best gelato later on, then consider a running tour in Florence.

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June 3, 2015 by
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Day Trip to Siena for the Famous Palio Horse Race

Join the crowd in the center of Siena's Piazza del Campo for the Palio

One of the most famous historic festivals in Tuscany happens twice a year in Siena – the Palio horse race. Since Siena is so close to Florence, there’s really no reason to miss out on this truly spectacular event. Plan ahead and you can easily take a day trip from Florence to Siena to see the Palio.

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May 27, 2015 by
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River Cruises in Florence

Traditional river boat in Florence

The historic center of Florence is cut in two by the Arno River, so you might expect river cruises in Florence to be plentiful. Today, however, the Arno is relatively small where it runs through the city, and not deep enough to handle the sort of river cruise boats popular elsewhere in Europe. You can take a boat trip in Florence, though, on a traditional Florentine boat.

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May 20, 2015 by
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Casa Buonarroti: Michelangelo’s House in Florence

One of Michelangelo's earliest works

Michelangelo is inextricably linked to the city of Florence, having spent much of his early artistic career there under the patronage of the Medici family. He was able to purchase a house in Florence, which is today known as Casa Buonarroti, though he never actually lived there.

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May 13, 2015 by
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The Famous Frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel

Fresco detail in the Brancacci Chapel

Inside the Santa Maria del Carmine church in Florence is a small chapel with some of the most famous paintings in this famously artistic city. Many people overlook the Brancacci Chapel in their race to see the galleries of the Uffizi, but you should definitely pay the chapel a visit.

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April 15, 2015 by
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Museums in the Pitti Palace

Exterior of the Pitti Palace

Florence’s imposing Pitti Palace was built in the 15th century as a home for the ruling Medici family. Today, it is home to seven different museums – not including the museum piece of a garden behind the building.

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April 1, 2015 by
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