Start by skipping the line at the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelos David, as well as his partially-finished Slaves , for insight into how he turned jagged rock into the beautiful, lifelike figures of his sculptures. Youll also hear stories of Leonardo Da Vinci and the powerful Medici family, whose patronage made Florence one of the hot beds of the Renaissance art world.
Next youll head to another stone structure that changed world history - Florence Duomo. As you admire the Dome from outside youll hear the story of how its architect Brunelleschi recovered lost knowledge and expanded the realm of what was deemed humanly possible all in his pursuit of building it.After the Duomo youll take to the streets to see more of Florences landmarks, including the Palazzo Vecchio, the statues of the Orsanmichele church, the Pizza della Repubblica and Piazza della Signoria, the Porcellino pig (rub his nose for good luck!) and of course, Italys most picturesque bridge, the Ponte Vecchio.
As you walk, the sites will come to life with the stories told by your English speaking guide. In an intimate group of 15 people or fewer you will have plenty of time to ask questions and learn about the incredible history of this city from the ground up.