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Florence is home to countless treasures: the magnificent Duomo, Michelangelo's David, and incredible...

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Best of Florence Walking Tour with David & the Duomo

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Alone in the Duomo: VIP After-Hours Tour with Dome Climb & Private Terrace Access

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Florence in a Day with David, Duomo, Uffizi & Walking Tour

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Tuscany Day Trip from Florence with Chianti, Siena & San Gimignano

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VIP David & Duomo Tour: Early Accademia Tour & Skip the Line Dome Climb with Exclusive Terrace Access

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Oltrarno at Sunset: Florence Food & Wine Tour

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Tastes & Traditions of Florence: Food Tour with Sant'Ambrogio Market Visit

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The Chianti Experience: Small Group Half-Day Wine Tour from Florence

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What are the best things to do in Florence?

Florence offers a multitude of iconic must-visit spots and hidden gems alike, guaranteeing that you’ll never be bored no matter how long you spend in this enchanting city. Here are a few of our guide team’s recommendations to get you started:

  • Check Florence’s top sights off your bucket list by visiting David and the Duomo —and, if you dare, take things one step further by climbing the dome
  • Delve into the countless artistic treasures housed within the Uffizi Gallery
  • Explore the sprawling Pitti Palace and bask in the tranquility of the Boboli gardens
  • Wander through the picturesque Oltrarno neighborhood and take part in the time-honored Italian aperitivo tradition at its lively bars
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Sant’Ambrogio Market

What are some great day trips to take from Florence?

Florence is well-positioned within Tuscany to allow easy access to some of the most beautiful and historic corners of the region. Consider an excursion to Pisa to see the iconic Leaning Tower in person, an afternoon sipping wine in Chianti , or an all-encompassing Tuscany day trip covering some of the region's most picturesque towns.

Which typical foods should I try in Florence?

First things first: There’s no such thing as “Italian food”—not when each of Italy’s 20 regions has its own distinct culinary traditions! And Tuscany is no different. When visiting Florence, be sure to seek out the regional delicacies that are at their best on their home turf.

If you’re visiting Italy, you probably (understandably) plan on eating all the pasta you possibly can. Here in Florence, try the local wild boar ragu served with wide, flat noodles ( pappardelle al cinghiale ) or any type of pasta graced with Tuscany’s prized local truffles.

But pasta is far from the end-all-be-all of Florentine food. Traditionally, Tuscan cuisine was characterized as cucina povera , or “food of the poor,” and many dishes that are still enjoyed today have roots in this humble gastronomic tradition. Foods like ribollita , a hearty bread and kale soup, and the famous lampredotto (tripe) sandwich were born out of efforts to reduce waste and make the most of every scrap of meat and vegetables.

Last but not least, Florence’s most famous typical food is just about as far from cucina povera as it gets: the legendary bistecca alla fiorentina , or Florentine steak. If you’re looking to splurge on an unforgettable meal while in the Tuscan capital, don’t miss it!

If you want to eat the best Florentine food at the spots real locals love, join us on one of our Florence food tours. Our Tastes & Traditions of Florence Food Tour is a fantastic daytime option featuring a visit to the Sant'Ambrogio Market. In the evening, head across the river for aperitivo and dinner on our Oltrarno at Sunset Tour . Either way, you're guaranteed a fun, relaxing, and delicious few hours.

What are the best museums in Florence?

In addition to the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s larger-than-life David statue, and the iconic Uffizi, here are a few more can’t-miss museums in Florence:

  • Palazzo Pitti, a former Medici palace-turned-cultural complex housing four museums
  • Museo Nazionale del Bargello, known for its collection of Renaissance sculptures by masters including Michelangelo, Bernini, and more
  • Palazzo Vecchio, the centerpiece of Piazza della Signoria, housing everything from ancient Roman ruins to Renaissance masterpieces
  • The Galileo Museum, home to an unrivaled collection of scientific equipment and an excellent option for families
  • Gucci Garden, a living tribute to the century-old luxury fashion house based in Florence

When is the best time to visit Florence?

Florence is sure to delight no matter when you decide to visit. Each season has its benefits, and it all comes down to the kind of experience you’re looking to have.

Many international visitors flock to Italy for summer vacation, making Florence a popular draw in the warmest months of the year. While this means the city can get quite crowded (and the temperatures are no joke), there’s nothing better than enjoying an al fresco meal on a gorgeous summer evening. (And, worst case scenario, the nearest beaches are just 90 minutes away.

Spring and fall boast the best temperatures all year: pleasantly warm, but not too hot, with refreshingly crisp evenings. Winter temperatures can be quite chilly (although snow is rare)—but if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option with fewer crowds, it’s an excellent choice.

What are some fun things to do in Florence with kids?

Florence is an excellent city for families, with plenty of sights and activities that will keep even the littlest travelers entertained. A spin on the famous carousel in Piazza della Reppublica is a magical experience for all ages, and kids will love getting hands-on at the Leonardo da Vinci Interactive Museum. If you need a break from walking around (and the heat!), the Oblate Library (Biblioteca delle Oblate) offers a wonderful children’s section with kids’ books and even a small garden.

Another fantastic option for families is a kid-friendly food tour! Our Tastes & Traditions of Florence Tour is centered around the vibrant and colorful Sant’Ambrogio Market—a fun and exciting stop for little ones—and features plenty of kid-approved local tastes along the way.

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2. Galleria dell'Accademia


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3. Palazzo Pitti


4. Museo Nazionale del Bargello


5. Museo di San Marco


6. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo


7. Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science


8. Museo di Palazzo Vecchio


9. Museo Leonardo Da Vinci


10. Church and Museum of Orsanmichele


11. Galleria Palatina in Palazzo Pitti


12. Museo di Palazzo Davanzati


13. Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure


14. Leonardo Interactive Museum


15. Stibbert Museum


16. Palazzo Strozzi

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17. Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Florence


18. Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri


19. Palazzo Medici Riccardi


20. Cappella Brancacci


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22. Basilica di San Lorenzo


23. Corridoio Vasariano


24. Museo di Storia Naturale - La Specola


25. Certosa Di Firenze


26. Scarpelli Mosaici


27. Gucci Garden


28. Museo Stefano Bardini


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30. Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce


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Florence Museums Tour: Galleria dell’Accademia & Uffizi

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Quite simply a must for any art lover, our private guided tour of the two most famous and culturally significant museums in Florence, the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi gallery, will introduce you to Michelangelo’s statue of David and other Renaissance Masterpieces by luminaries such as Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphael amongst others.

On this four-hour tour, your private guide will discuss the legacy, importance, and magnificence of this prodigious era by exploring the works of artists such as Titian and Michelangelo, which demonstrate how Renaissance techniques changed the world of art forever. Perfect for any art lover visiting the city, this is a tour that takes in the incredible art produced by the city and its people.

You can choose to follow our private tour itinerary, or  if you have a specialist interest in any of the works or artists on display simply let us know and we can create a custom itinerary for you to focus more on the works you love.

Included In Your Florence Museums Tour:

  • Visit Michelangelo’s Statue of David
  • Skip the line access to the Accademia Museum
  • Skip the line access to Uffizi Museum
  • English speaking Art Historian & Private Guide

Private Guided Tour of The Accademia Gallery

Typically we begin our private tour experience at The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, or “Gallery of the Academy of Florence”,  most famous for hosting a collection of Michelangelo’s work  including  Prisoners , which was originally intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and an unfinished  statue of  Saint Matthew , and of course most famous of all for being home to the world’s most celebrated statue, Michelangelo’s  David .

Visit The Statue of David

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Originally located outside the Palazzo Vecchio, the original  Statue of David was moved to the Accademia Gallery in 1873  and will undoubtedly leave you in awe as you gaze upon the 5.17-meter marble statue that represents the biblical hero David.  Visiting the museum with your private guide is the ideal way to experience this true masterpiece of renaissance sculpture  in all its glory as they will be on hand to discuss the fascinating tales of Michelangelo’s life, the importance and meanings behind the statue, and of course its historical significance.

Other Works On Display To Visit With Your Private Guide

Alongside the works of Michelangelo, you may wish some time with your guide discovering some of the other collections in the Gallery of the Academy of Florence by artists such as:

  • Paolo Uccello 
  • Sandro Botticelli
  • Andrea del Sarto
  • Giambologna

Private Tour of The Uffizi Gallery

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Experience some of  the most incredible works of art to be found anywhere in the world  as your private guide takes you around the installations and collections of Renaissance artwork found in the  60 halls spanning from the 12th century to the 16th  at the Uffizi Gallery.

The gallery is one of the largest and most visited in all of Italy, with just some of the priceless works on display being:

  • Sandro Botticelli: Primavera, The Birth of Venus
  • Michelangelo: The Holy Family (Doni Tondo)
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Annunciation, Adoration of the Magi
  • Raphael: Madonna of the Goldfinch, Portrait of Leo X
  • Titian: Flora, Venus of Urbino
  • Caravaggio: Bacchus, Sacrifice of Isaac, Medusa
  • Rembrandt: Self-portrait as a Young Man

Why Book Your Florence Museum Tour With Us?

As an official and registered private tour company, we can reserve no wait ‘ skip-the-line ’  tickets  for your visits to both museums.

Your private tour guide for this trip will be Eleonora, a Florence-born qualified art historian, and certified visual arts specialist.  Eleonora’s intricate knowledge of the arts and collections  contained in each gallery along with her passion for sharing this knowledge and enthusiasm for discussing the significance and context of the works  make her the ideal tour guide for the occasion .

A private tour of the galleries with Eleonora provides the ability for you to form a deeper understanding, connection, and appreciation for the priceless works on display. More than merely a guided tour, Eleonora will spend the time with you to construct  the world around the artworks , to reveal their  fascinating histories ,  the characters  and  legends  that surround them, and their lasting significance and impact they have had on the world.

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We have a prepared itinerary that will show you the main attractions from each gallery, however,  each of our tours is completely customizable , so if you have any questions, or have a particular interest or artist that you would like to spend more time with at the gallery on your tour  simply send us an online inquiry and we can create a complimentary custom itinerary for your tour at no extra cost .

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Every tuesday the uffizi is open until 10.00pm, free admission: here are the dates, artworks temporarily not on display, how to book museum tickets online.

Use the  B - ticket  platform to book the day and the time you want to visit and then pay for your ticket/s.

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A wide and continuously renewed series of guided tours to immerse yourself in the millennial history of the monumental complex of Santa Maria del Fiore: the Dome, the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Bell Tower, the Museum and the Basilica of Santa Reparata - and fully understand this great treasure of beauty, culture and spirituality. Tours are available in Italian and English and, upon request, in French, Spanish and German.

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Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • Cut your wait time in half with skip-the-line tickets and head straight into Florence’s renowned Accademia Gallery, accompanied by an expert guide.
  • Did you know that Accademia was initially founded as an art school? Hear how it got transformed into a gallery and other little-known stories from your guide.
  • Explore the gallery’s 7 halls and discover some of the finest art spanning hundreds of years of Italian history.
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture 'David', made from a Carrara marble, and learn how the biblical hero defeated Goliath.
  • Your tickets allow you to choose the tour in your preferred language including English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
  • 1.5-hours guided tour of Accademia Gallery with skip-the-line tickets
  • Hosted entry
  • Expert local guide
  • Headphones to hear the guide clearly (for a group of 5 or more)
  • Tip: Don’t rush off after your tour ends. Take advantage of checking out other Renaissance masterpieces at your own pace.
  • Note that the tickets allow you to skip the ticketing lines and not the security checks.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • Note that the following are not allowed: large bags, beverages, tripod, flash photography.

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Florence Cathedral Guided Tour with Optional Dome Climb

  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • Elevate your Florence experience on this guided tour of the entire Cathedral Square, with the privileged option to climb the cathedral's iconic dome.
  • You get the best of both worlds! The expertise of a guide through the Cathedral, Baptistery, and Opera Museum – and the freedom to explore each site yourself.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the square, from the octagonal San Giovanni's Baptistery to the vividly tiled Giotto's Bell Tower, on a tour in the language of your choice.
  • Marvel at the intricate details of the Florence Cathedral, from the stunning marble façade matching the tower, to the ornate frescoes inside.
  • Opt for Dome and Bell Tower access. Discover Brunelleschi’s intricate architecture and be met by sweeping views of Florentine landmarks, like Accademia Gallery.
  • Guided tour of the Florence Cathedral Complex
  • Expert English, Italian Spanish or French-speaking guide
  • Entry to Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Entry to Opera del Duomo Museum & Baptistery
  • Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome (optional)
  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower (optional)
  • Entry to the Secret Terrace
  • Tip: Arrive a little early to your guided tour of the Florence Duomo. This allows you to get acquainted with the meeting point, ensuring a stress-free start.
  • Dome access is so exclusive, even guides can't get in. Yep, you read that right! Dome access is just for the privileged few, so you'll be unaccompanied for that part of the tour.
  • This tour is not for the faint hearted. There are a whopping 463 steps to climb to reach the top of the Dome, and no elevator access. Are you up for the challenge?
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders. Sandals, headgear and sunglasses are also not allowed.

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Uffizi and Accademia (David) Guided Tour

  • Save big with these fast-track tickets to Uffizi and Accademia Gallery and enjoy the flexibility of picking the days of your visit.
  • Led by a knowledgeable guide who will share intriguing tales and insights, learn all you can about the galleries and their artworks.
  • Admire Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi and Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch, reflect the religious significance of the Renaissance era at Uffizi.
  • Inside Accademia, discover its 7 galleries adorned with artworks and paintings of renowned artists like Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Paolo Uccello.
  • Choose between English, Spanish, or Italian guided tours in both galleries.
  • Guided tour of Uffizi Gallery with fast-track entry
  • Guided tour of Accademia Gallery with fast-track entry
  • Tip: As you stroll through the gallery, look outside the museum’s windows offering stunning views of Ponte Vecchio and Arno River.
  • Please note that all visitors to the museum must go through the security check. Re-entry is not allowed once you leave the gallery.
  • Every first Sunday of the month, the museum follows normal opening hours and entry is free for everyone.
  • All visitors must leave umbrellas, large bags, and backpacks in the cloakroom located near the museum entrance. The use of the cloakroom is free.
  • The venue is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.
  • The following are not allowed in the venue: flash photography, outside food and drink, drones, pets (with the exception of service animals with advance notice).
  • Tip: If you wish to take a quick break, then visit the bustling Mercato di San Lorenzo, a great place to grab a gelato or a snack.

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Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

  • Enjoy instant access to the Uffizi Gallery on this guided tour. Skip the lines and use most of your valuable time to explore the art.
  • Immerse yourself in the stories behind the works as a knowledgeable guide leads you through Uffizi's rich collection, adding depth and context to each masterpiece.
  • Cover the gallery's highlights without feeling rushed on a well-paced personalized journey in your preferred language.
  • After the tour, discover each room of Uffizi at your own pace – try to find matching subject matter, like over 6 Adoration of the Magi ’s, from Da Vinci to Dürer.
  • Guided tour of Uffizi Gallery
  • Skip-the-line entry to the gallery
  • Expert English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian-speaking guide (as per option selected)
  • Headsets (making sure you don't miss a beat!)
  • Audio guide
  • Tip: After completing your visit to the gallery, take a break and have a bite or drink at the Uffizi cafeteria terrace to soak in Florentine panoramas. Palazzo Vecchio is a delightful backdrop.
  • Please note that all visitors to the museum must go through the security check. At the busiest times, the line for the check takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Re-entry is not allowed once you leave the gallery.
  • The following are not allowed in the venue: Flash photography, Outside food and drink, Drones, Pets (with the exception of service animals with advance notice).

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City Sightseeing: 24/48/72-Hour Florence Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

  • Florence, the 'Cradle of Renaissance,' is your playground with the 24/48/72-hour hop-on hop-off ticket and soak up the city's rich cultural tapestry.
  • Choose between not just 1, but 2 routes, dotted with 25+ stops across hidden gems waiting to be discovered, and buses swing by every 20 to 60 mins.
  • Tune into the audio guide in 8 languages which reveals fun facts about must-see spots in 8 languages. It's like having your tour guide in your pocket.
  • Soak in Medieval and Renaissance artisan shops near Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, visit the historic park of Villa Cora, and more.
  • 24/48/72-hour hop-on hop-off unlimited tour
  • Access to Red and Blue Lines
  • Audio guide in Italian, English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian & Portuguese
  • Onboard assistance
  • Mobile app with a detailed map and live bus tracking

Please click here for detailed route maps and boarding points.

Line A: Blue Line

  • First bus: 9:46am from stop 1 (Piazzale Gallileo)
  • Last bus: 6:31pm from stop 1 (Piazzale Gallileo)
  • Frequency: every 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Porta Romana, Piazzale Michelangelo, Donatello

Line B: Red Line

  • First bus: 11am from stop 1 (Piazzale Gallileo)
  • Last bus: 4pm from stop 1 (Piazzale Gallileo)
  • Frequency: every 60 mins
  • Popular stops: Fiesole, Museo Del Calcio, San Domenico

Join a tour at any stop and freely hop on and off throughout your ticket's duration.

  • Tip: Hop off at Piazzale Michelangelo for a great shopping experience and panoramic views of the city like Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.
  • Keep in mind bulky luggage or big backpacks are not allowed on the buses Pack wisely!
  • Wheelchair users can only board buses equipped with a footboard and dedicated space.
  • Passengers with wheelchairs are required to secure themselves and their wheelchairs with safety belts while the bus is in motion. The wheelchair must be locked with its brakes and placed in the designated space.
  • The service provider allows only one wheelchair on the bus at a time.
  • Small and medium-sized pets in leashes, muzzles, and pet carriers are allowed.

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Florence Cathedral Express Guided Tour

  • Short but sweet! A perfect way to efficiently cover the highlights of Florence. Uncover the history of one of Italy’s most iconic cathedrals in under 1 hour.
  • From the statues and mosaic tiles outside to the extensive frescoes inside, your guide will expertly narrate the Florence Cathedral’s story.
  • With a simple upgrade, visit the Museum of Misericordia – home to 7 centuries of archives, like Santi di Tito's manuscripts and 16th-century Archconfraternity statutes!
  • The right ticket option lets you dive deeper into the Cathedral Square and all its monuments using a multilingual audio guide.
  • Guided tour of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Skip the line entry to Florence Duomo
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Entry to the Museum of Misericordia (optional)
  • Multilingual audio guide for the Cathedral Complex (optional)
  • Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower
  • Entry to Opera del Duomo Museum
  • Entry to San Giovanni Baptistery
  • Entry to the Secret Terraces
  • Tip: Look up to the drum of the dome to see the gorgeous circular stained glass window Coronation of the Virgin , the only one visible from the nave of the Cathedral!
  • The following are not allowed on this tour: Pets, Large bags/luggage, Backpacks.

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Florence Cathedral VIP Guided Tour with Dome Climb & Secret Terrace Visit

  • Looking for VIP treatment? Stop the search. The most exclusive tour in Florence invites you to not just the Cathedral's iconic dome, but also its secret terrace!
  • Immerse yourself in the Florence Cathedral, from Bandinelli’s marble choir to Uccello's clock, as your guide reveals the captivating stories of its creation.
  • See the huge technicolor stained-glass occhi windows and Vasari's iconic Last Judgement frescoes up close as you climb Brunelleschi’s Dome.
  • Get early access to an English-guided tour by upgrading your ticket and enjoy an Italian breakfast of coffee, cappuccino, and pastries.
  • Enjoy unparalleled views of the city and gaze down into the interior of the Cathedral from its Secret Terrace, a 140-meter-long balcony.
  • Guided tour of the Secret Terrace with entry
  • Early entry English-guided tour (optional)
  • Italian breakfast: Coffee, cappuccino and pastries (optional)
  • Tip: Make sure your camera is fully charged for this one! You'll experience some of the best panoramic views in Florence.
  • There's no elevator up to the top, so be prepared to climb those 463 steps to get to the dome!
  • Children aged 0-6 are not allowed for the early entry English-guided tour.
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders. Sandals, headgear, and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • Suffer from heart problems, vertigo, claustrophobia, or reduced mobility? Maybe Dome access isn't for you. Why not check out an Express Guided Tour of Florence Cathedral without Dome access instead?
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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Palazzo Vecchio Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

  • Explore the vast courtyards and magnanimous halls filled with art and sculptures of the Middle Ages with your expert guide.
  • Witness the carefully preserved and untouched beauty of architecture from the Renaissance era at your own leisure.
  • Discover the intricately decorated chapels and private apartments of the house of Medici and admire priceless treasures from the past.
  • Walk around the famous and beautiful “Hall of the 500” and delight in an incredible series of art celebrating the greatest Renaissance artists.
  • If secrets intrigue you, the optional upgrade is just the thing you'd enjoy. Opt in to uncover exquisite treasures and precious artifacts in hidden rooms of Medici family.
  • Guided tour of the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Skip-the-line entry tickets
  • Lunch in a Tuscan restaurant (optional)
  • Expert English or Italian-speaking guide (optional)
  • Tour of the secret passages & rooms (optional)
  • Earphones (optional)
  • Food & Beverages
  • Hotel Transfers
  • Tip: Read up on the Medici Empire, so the trip will be more fun and interesting.
  • Children under the age of 18 years should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The side entrance in Via dei Gondi has been adapted for wheelchair users and disabled visitors.
  • The two main floors of the museum are wheelchair accessible but unfortunately, access to the mezzanine floor and some other locations are not.

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Florence City Centre & Accademia Gallery Guided Tour with Optional Lunch

  • Embark on a half-day guided journey through Florence's city centre and the Accademia Gallery.
  • Wander through the Medici area and witness the San Lorenzo Church, and Medici Chapels, resplendent of Medici family’s historical and artistic significance.
  • Bask in the grandeur of the Duomo complex, including the Baptistery and the iconic Cathedral, crowned by Brunelleschi's awe-inspiring dome.
  • Take a 2-hour break to explore on your own, and upgrade your ticket to relish a traditional Tuscan meal in a local eatery.
  • Art lover or not, get the chance to admire masterpieces by one of the most famous artists in the world, Michelangelo at Accademia Gallery.
  • 1.5-hour walking tour of Florence City Centre
  • 1-hour guided tour of Accademia Gallery with entry
  • Expert guide
  • Typical Tuscan lunch (optional)
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • San Lorenzo Church
  • Florence Cathedral and Duomo Complex
  • Straw Market
  • Signoria Square
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Lunch or free time
  • Guided tour of Accademia Gallery
  • Tip: How about a little luck? At the Straw Market, rub the nose of the Porcellino statue: a popular tradition to bring some good luck in your life.
  • It is mandatory to arrive at the meeting point at the mentioned check in time. In case of delay it will not be possible to join the visit, nor to have a refund or reschedule the guided visit.
  • Note that the following are not allowed inside Accademia: bags, large backpacks, helmets, knives, scissors, hazardous objects, food and drinks, tripods, camera equipment, and flash photography.

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Florence in a Day: City Centre Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Gallery Tickets

  • From iconic architecture to renowned art, enjoy the best of Florence on a 2.5-hour guided tour of its center, and skip-the-line access to the Accademia and Uffizi.
  • Start in the heart of the city. Traverse Ponte Vecchhio bridge and rub Il Porcelino 's nose at the Straw Market before surveying Florence Cathedral's stunning façade.
  • At Accademia Gallery, encounter Michelangelo’s seminal sculptures – from the 4-part Prisoner series to the iconic David .
  • Uffizi Gallery holds transcendent mythical paintings like Sandro Boticelli’s Birth of Venus and Carravaggio’s Medusa as well as Bacchus .
  • Roam the 2 galleries at your own pace, absorbing artistry at your leisure without guided restrictions.
  • 2.5-hour walking tour of the Florence Historic Center
  • Hosted entry to Accademia Gallery
  • Hosted entry to Uffizi Gallery
  • Combo guided tour of Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery (optional)
  • Visit the outside of the Florence Duomo
  • Small group tour
  • Piazzale degli Uffizi
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge
  • Leather Market
  • Piazza Signoria
  • Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • San Giovanni Baptistery
  • Tip: Try to find out more about the ‘secret passage’ of the Medici family that runs through Uffizi Gallery, along Ponte Vecchio, to Pitti Palace!
  • Accademia and Uffizi Gallery are some of the most popular tourist destinations and sometimes delays can occur due to increased security measures or unexpectedly large crowds during holidays and festivities. As always, your host will ensure any delays are minimized and you get access as quickly as possible.
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders are required in the Cathedral. Sandals, headgear and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • The itinerary may vary; some days, the tour will start at the Uffizi Gallery and end at the Accademia, or vice versa.

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How to book Florence museum tickets to not wait in line

Florence is known as the "Cradle of the Renaissance" for its palaces, churches and museums ,turning the city into an open-air museum that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year, year round.

One way to not waste time in lines is to pre-book museum tickets , certainly for the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery , which are Florence's most visited museums. Here's how and where to book Florence museum tickets!

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How to pre-book or buy museum tickets

Please note: All pre-booked tickets have an extra pre-booking fee added on. It goes from €2-4, depending on the museum.

Here's the low-down for buying museum tickets ahead of time for the STATE museums in Florence:

  • By telephone : The cheapest solution for pre-booking museum tickets in Florence is by phone! The call center number is +39-055-294-883. This is only for State Museums (the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, the Bargello, Pitti Palace, etc. See the full list of State museums in Florence here ). Why is it the BEST way? Because you don't have to pay ahead of time . You are given a booking# and with this, you present yourself about 15-20 minutes before your reserved time, pay only then as you pick up for your tickets and then proceed on your visit. Remember, though, that Italy is +1 Greenwich time and you have to call when the call center is open: Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 6:30pm, Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm, closed on Sundays.
  • Online on the official website : is the official partner website to pre-book tickets for all of the State Museums in Florence. It is the online version of the call center, so the cost of the ticket is the same as if you booked by phone through the call center. There are two drawbacks compared to the call center: 1. you PAY UPFRONT when you pre-book, since you book with a credit card and 2. you CANNOT MAKE CHANGES to your tickets once they are purchased, and the tickets are non-refundable.
  • on-site: you can always buy tickets at the museum directly, the day you visit, at the base ticket cost (no extra fees added on). You don't have to pre-book tickets for any museums, we just generally recommend it for the Uffizi and Accademia because of the long lines there are the general entrance ticket line which make you lose precious time in Florence. If you're time is limited, we recommend getting tickets for those two museums ahead of time.

Additional options for museum tickets:

  • BOOK A GUIDED TOUR, TICKET IS INCLUDED: The museums DO NOT OFFER guided tours of the museums directly themselves, other than on special occasions. So if you want to join a guided tour, they are offered by local tour agencies and the tours include TICKETS to ensure you skip any lines. A great source of guided tours is (an international company belonging to the TripAdvisor network - DISCLAIMER: this is our affiliated link ) which groups together all tours offered by local companies. This makes all the tours easier to find. Generally, if you're interested in visiting any museum with a guide, you book your tour, a meeting point is set and you go into the museum together as a group, the tour leader has your ticket. All tours include museum tickets, so don't buy tickets separately! There are many tours, including walking tours, which make perfect sense if your time in Florence is limited. There are large group tours as well as small group tours, as well as private tours: take a look at the options to find something you would enjoy. If you want small, personal guided tours, we have found the tours offered by tour company to be excellent!

How about booking CITY museums? Here's how you book city museums:

You can book tickets for Palazzo Vecchio , Santa Maria Novella , the Brancacci chapel and other city museums online through this page:

But do you need to? I would say most city museums never have long lines, unless there are special events going on, and you can just wait a short time and buy museum tickets directly when you go visit.

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Which museums should you visit? Which ones need pre-booking?

While you're visiting Florence, you'll want to visit lots of these museums but which ones? Check out our top recommended sights to see in our 2 day itinerary .

Are you wondering whether you need to book ahead for some and not others ? You do for some museums: keep reading to see our recommendations on when to book and which ones, as well as additional tips on how to buy and where .

Book the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery in HIGH Season

We call Florence's busiest season the "high season" and this is roughly from May until September . During this time, there are so many people downtown it often becomes difficult to walk through Piazza Duomo (don't try it in a hurry!) and the lines at the city's major museums are long, with waits of over an hour... but only if you don't book your museum tickets ahead of time !

Generally speaking, it is good practice to book Florence museum tickets in advance if you're coming in the high tourist season, which can actually start around Easter, quiets down a bit and then picks up with the warm weather and continues until the end of September. I personally think that the extra cost of the pre-booked ticket reservation is easily justified by the time you save not queuing in front of the museums, in essence giving you more time to discover more of Florence. Booking ahead does mean you need to decide on a date and time to visit, as tickets are sold for specific entrance times. This is particularly true for the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery , the city's two most visited museums.

If, on the other hand, you want to leave your visit to Florence flexible , either consider getting the Firenze Card or prepare yourself for the lines and prepare to make conversation with fellow people waiting in line, visitors who come from all over the world and which might make the long wait a bit more interesting!

During the rest of the year

Florence does have a quieter or "low" season, from November until March, when the number of visitors are definitely lower. It doesn't mean the city is deserted but with less numbers, the city center is a bit more enjoyable 😉. All joking aside, during the rest of the year, the lines at the Uffizi and Accademia are shorter as well as impossible to predict. You can take your chances and NOT book ahead of time, enjoying the city just like the locals in its "off-season". You might be pleasantly surprised to walk right in at the Uffizi on the day you decide to visit.

With limited time in Florence, always book ahead!

If you're in Florence for a limited time , like with only a day or two in the city, then do not leave it to chance and pre-book museum tickets. If you only have a few hours in Florence, I would suggest you book your tickets ahead of time and not spend even half an hour in line! You will want to make the most of the time you are in Florence.

The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries are Florence's Most Visited Museums

The Uffizi Gallery , with over 2200 works of art , is one of the most visited museums in all of Italy with almost 2 million visitors just last year. Even though Uffizi tickets can be reserved easily online or by phone, long lines still form every day in front of the museum and visitors wait 2 or more hours to be able to get inside. The museum, however, does offer the chance to shorten the wait by pre-booking tickets online or by phone and we highly recommend to book your tickets ahead of time, particularly for the Uffizi Gallery.

It is important to know that the Uffizi Gallery does limit the number of admissions at any one time for security measures and sets aside the number of these spots it will sell in advance. These advance tickets are sold through various channels, including authorized resellers. During the high season, some dates can be sold out on one website and still be available elsewhere so it makes sense to check your dates and book your Uffizi Museum tickets as soon as you know when you'll be in Florence. Just remember that the Uffizi Gallery is always closed on Mondays .

Among the other museums in Florence which merit booking tickets ahead of time is the Accademia Gallery . At the Accademia is where you'll find the original marble statue of David by Michelangelo and his Prisoners , as well as other masterpieces by Perugino, Filippino Lippi and Botticelli. Just like the Uffizi, the Accademia is visited by over 1,2 million visitors every year.

The long lines at the entrance on via Ricasoli wind around the nearby corner. To avoid queuing under the sun or rain (there is no portico to protect from the elements as there is at the Uffizi Gallery), we highly recommend you book tickets ahead of time.

The Bargello, Pitti Palace and Other Museums in Florence

The Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace

Even though other Florence museums, such as the Bargello National Museum with its great sculpture collection, the Pitti Palace with its several museums and the Boboli Gardens , and the Medici Chapels with more sculptural masterpieces by Michelangelo, are not as busy as the Uffizi and the Academy, it's still useful to reserve tickets for these museums if you're visiting during high season . For these museums, you can reserve tickets online three days in advance while for the Uffizi we recommend getting them much before.

First Sundays of the Month are FREE!

Since March 2019 , the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage modified free entrance to all State museums every month to ONLY 6 months of the year, from October through March . This means that the Uffizi, Accademia and the rest of the State museums in Florence ( see the list here ) are free on the first Sunday of the month from October through March! It also means you CANNOT book advance entrance on that day and will need to wait in line along with everyone else. Read more about the Florence museum 3 day Firenze Card pass here to decide whether it is convenient for you, since you can book entrance for those days if you have the card. Lines can be long on those free Sundays, so be prepared!

Only in Florence for a few hours?

Regardless of the time of the year, if you're visiting Florence for only a few hours (as is the case for many doing day trips from cruise ships that stop in Livorno), I highly recommend you BOOK your museum tickets ahead of time. You don't have much time to dedicate to Florence so you don't want to spend time in line. Booking your tickets ahead of time will be one way to ensure you have more time to see beautiful Florence!

Guided Tours are a fun and interesting way to visit museums... and to skip any lines

We found it is a great way to visit both the Uffizi and Accademia museums (and the rest of Florence) because a licensed tour guide can explain the importance of the main artworks in a simple and interesting way that makes history and art quite fun! We recommend Viator because it offers a wide variety of tours (which in turn also include the ticket to the museums) as well as combinations of museum tours with walking tours of Florence. Take a look at the many tours offered , there are many options for group size, time of the day, duration of tour and places you visit.

Have any questions on booking museums or where to buy them from? Post your questions below!

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Uffizi Gallery Tour. These guided tours will let you admire the most important museum of Florence: the Uffizi Gallery. The Museum is in the top floor of the building realized by Giorgio Vasari to house the administrative offices of the Tuscan State. The foundation of the Gallery has been desired by the Grand-duke Francesco I, during the years the collection has been enriched by the members of the Medici family, who were great lovers of paintings, sculpture and works of art.

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Starting time low season: English 13:30 Spanish 16:00 Starting time high season: English 8:30 - 13:30 Spanish 11:00 - 16:00 Frequency: every day except Monday. Duration: 1h45 (once the tour is over, you are free to stay inside the Museum and visit it at your leisure) Language: English, Spanish Meeting Point: 15 minutes before the tour starting time in Via Cavour 12 Price: Children under 6: Free. Low season: 57.00 High season: 72.00

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An unofficial guide to the galleria dell’accademia museum.

The Galleria dell’Accademia – or Accademia Gallery – in Florence, Italy , is without a doubt most famous for its sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo . His Prisoners (or Slaves) , his St. Matthew and, above all, the magnificent statue of David within the Tribune are what first draw most of the hundreds of thousands of visitors the museum welcomes every year.

The main halls at the Accademia also offers visitors works by great Italian artists such as Sandro Botticelli , Domenico Ghirlandaio , Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Allessando Allori and Orcagna , to name just a few of the painters. Many of the works of art that were commissioned by and were part of the collection of the powerful Medici family were donated to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany by the last of the Medici so that these magnificent works could be enjoyed by everyone and are part of the cultural patrimony of humankind.

The most recent section, the Museum of Musical Instruments , displays old, one-of-a-kind masterpieces by Stradivari and Bartolomeo Cristofori , inventor of the piano, also commissioned by the Medici.

Give yourself time when visiting the Accademia Gallery, a must-see while in Florence. To better plan your visit to the museum, this online informational guide offers general information on opening hours, admissions and more in the Plan Your Visit section and details on the halls, main artworks and itineraries in Explore the Museum .

If your time is limited in Florence and want to skip the long line in the busy seasons, we offer information on how and where you can buy your tickets to the Accademia as well as book a guided tour or private guide to accompany you as you discover the masterpieces of the past.

Michelangelo’s Masterpiece: the David

Michelangelo's Masterpiece: the David

Without a doubt, this masterpiece of white marble sculpture is what first attracts all visitors to visit the Accademia Gallery… learn more about Michelangelo and how he created what is one of the most famous sculptures in all of the world. Read more about David »

The Bronze Effigy of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra

The Bronze Effigy of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra

An exhibition dedicated to studying the nine bronze portraits of Michelangelo attributed to Daniele da Volterra. Until June 19th, 2022. Read more about the exhibition »

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The Uffizi Gallery is an incredible museum , with over 60 halls full of impressive and stunning works of art from the 12th century up to the 16th century.

During your vacation in Florence , it is natural that you’ll want to see all of its amazing treasures . There are so many in Florence so you might only have a few hours to dedicate to your visit to the Uffizi .

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Let a specialized art history expert guide you through the Uffizi Gallery and to the masterpieces contained within! During your tour, the guide will accompany you from hall to hall, taking you on a journey into art and its history as he or she illustrates the most beautiful works of art in the museum. Not only will you learn about the importance of each painting, but also the context in the times when they were made!

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The best things to do in Florence, Italy

By Stephanie Rafanelli

A view of Florence Old Town with the duomo and the bell tower in the background

The concept of a "new Florence" might seem like an oxymoron; like the new Botticelli or Michelangelo, two masters of the Renaissance that the city of the Rinascimento has leaned on for the last five centuries. Florence is so rich with artistic and architectural wonders; who can blame the conservative Florentines for resting on their laurels or sore-footed visitors for having the sensation that the great Tuscan capital is just one big stifling museum?

But Florence has changed over the last five years. Firstly, it’s bigger: in 2021 UNESCO added the churches of San Miniato al Monte, San Salvatore al Monte, Giuseppe Poggi’s renovated ramps and Piazzale Michelangelo in the Florentine hills to its World Heritage Sites, extending the centro storico to 530 hectares. It’s also quieter, cleaner and brighter since motor vehicles were banned in the city centre and the rebirth of some of Florence's most important artworks and museums via a series of recent ambitious restorations.

Street view of the Duomo

Meanwhile, a refreshing breeze has swept across Florence’s airless traditions. A new hotel landscape brings playful visions of the contemporary city; an energetic dining scene embraces New York -style glamour and the multi-cultural – from Neapolitan pizza sensations to Tuscan -Chinese dim sum and vegan fare (notably Amza Zahouani’s Oltrarno ventures) – alongside its traditional trattoria dishes. And a generation of artisans is breathing sustainability and diversity into Florence’s ancient arts and crafts.

Since architect Paolo Desideri’s €175-million conversion of the Teatro Comunale into a multifunctional music space and opera house, urban regeneration projects go from strength to strength. The city’s former granary and army barracks are now a co-working hub and Manifattura Tabacchi, a disused tobacco factory near Piazza Puccini undergoing a progressive €250 million transformation, is destined to be Florence’s new dynamic creative and fashion hub.

Italy's most enchanting city is going through a sparkly revival, with iconoclastic art, edgy architecture and quirky twists on regional food popping up everywhere. There's so much more to explore but where to begin? These are all the very best things to do in Florence.

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Bardini Villa

With so much art it’s easy to forget Florence’s proximity to nature both in its glorious hilly surround and its superstar Renaissance gardens – manicured works of art, too grand to be classed as mere “green spaces.” Most magical are the gardens of the Bardini Villa above the city where one can walk through boughs of wisteria, and further on – the terraced Rose and Iris Gardens in the new UNESCO extension – before watching the sun set into the great bowl of Florence from romantic working monastery San Miniato al Monte.

Address: Costa San Giorgio, 2, 50125 Website:

Florence is known for the Big Three: Gucci, Emilio Pucci and Salvatore Ferragamo, a fashion game that can now be spotted in any major global city. But a new generation of Florentine labels has restored the hunting thrill to shopping in the city. Following the haute couture seams of Loretta Caponi, young Fiorentina Gioia Bini – now a regular in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar – designs limited edition hand-sewn bell-shaped and architectural dresses with up-cycled fabrics from the region’s best textile mills.

Address: Lungarno Serristori 9, 500125 Website:

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Mercato Centrale

Food halls are a brilliant way to experience the best of what a city has to offer on the culinary scene, and Mercato Centrale does exactly that for Florence. It’s situated on the second floor of an impressive late-19th-century steel-and-glass market building (a fully operational market complete with traditional butchers, fishmongers and fresh produce can be found on the first floor). Inside, visitors sit at one of the many communal tables in the centre of the space, surrounded by stalls selling everything from pizza, fresh pasta, barbecued meats and, of course, ice cream. Sarah Allard

Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Via dell'Ariento, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy Website:

Bargello Museum

The new €1.8 million re-haul of the Bargello Museum, which was kicked off by a major Donatello exhibition in 2022, is one of a number of recent renovation projects polishing up the city’s greatest hits. Most wondrous are the works at the Brancacci chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine church, where scaffolding forms viewing platforms from which to see Masolino and Masaccio’s restored frescoes masterpieces – often cited as the genesis of the Renaissance.

Address: Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy Website:

VIVOLI in Florence

In case you’ve somehow managed to miss the many (many) photos and videos of this now Insta-famous cafe doing the rounds on social media, let us fill you in. Vivoli is Florence’s oldest gelateria, serving tourists and locals alike everything from gelato and cookies to traditional Florentine desserts. But for most, there’s only one thing that has them queuing across the road… affogato. The team expertly spreads soft, creamy gelato into pre-chilled coffee cups before a shot of espresso goes into the hollowed-out middle. Head outside to spoon (and, once the ice cream has melted into the coffee, slurp) it in the sun-filled street, and start planning your return. Sarah Allard

Address: Via Isola delle Stinche, 7r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy Website:

View on cityscape and the dome of the Cathedral of Florence.

Palazzo Strozzino

A dialogue between Renaissance and the contemporary art age housed in the palace of the Medici's nemesis, the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation upped its game when it hired Arturo Galansino formerly of London's Royal Academy in 2015. Since then it has become a major Florentine institution showing the works of Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramović and Jeff Koon as well as co-hosting the likes of the Donatello exhibition. Meanwhile, the iconic Odeon cinema in Palazzo Strozzino across the road is to become a new multifunctional cultural centre.

Address: Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy Website:

Marino Marini Museum

Henry Moore visited Florence in his youth, went on to sculpt the same marble as Michelangelo, showed in Florence in 1972 and donated works to the city – all the while cross-fertilising with Tuscan primitivist sculptor Marino Marini. One of the most important Italian artists of the 20th century. Marini’s monolithic equestrian sculptures are shown in this under-the-radar ex-tobacco factory once a chapel designed by Leon Battista Alberti.

Address: Piazza di San Pancrazio, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy Website:

A view of Florence Old Town with the duomo and the bell tower in the background

Superduper Hats

With a new space at the urban regeneration project Manifattura Tabacchi, Superduper Hats is the brainchild of Matteo Gioli, Ilaria and Veronica Cornacchini’s who fashion unisex millinery showpieces on antique wooden moulds.

Address: Via delle Cascine, 35, 50144 Firenze FI, Italy Website:

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Iacobella Gaetani

Inspired by the Colombian Mochila, Iacobella Gaetani founded her eponymous handbag label in 2019. A fusion of Florence’s leather- and jewellery-working cultures, Iacobella’s hand-stitched plaited bags often use recycled leather strips and have a gem fastening as their trademark.


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Sileno Cheloni

New perfume laboratory Sileno Cheloni is a nod to the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutico Santa Maria Novella, the historic pharmacy founded by Dominican friars in 1221 with its flagship in the celestial chapel of San Niccolo’. Nearby, in a space that rather conjures the dark arts, master perfumer Cheloni has created an “olfactory library” of 2,000 essences for his one-off alchemical creations, which also come in the form of medieval-style scented silver pomanders.

Address: Via di San Niccolò, 72R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy Website:


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