The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is a medieval stone arch bridge of the River Arno consisting of three segmental arches, and is famous for its jewelry shops, art dealers and souvenir sellers.
About your tour
IWU is offering you a wonderful opportunity to get to know the city of Florence by taking a tour of the city, looking at its many points of interest before moving on to a tour of the famous Accademia di Belle Arti.
Starting at IWU Florence Guided Tour office, just off the Piazza della Signoria, the tour covers all the major sites:
- Ponte Vecchio
- Piazza della Repubblica
After this, the tour guide will take requests and choose further places of interest in accordance with your tastes. This particular combination tour will then proceed on to the famous Accademia Di Belli Arti.
Founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de' Medici under the influence of Giorgio Vasari. The Accademia is famous worldwide for its sculptures by Michelangelo, and has housed his Masterpiece, David, since 1873! The Accademia is an important gallery and also holds a lot of exhibitions, the entrance lines are long, but for IWU customers, there is no queue!
The Introduction to Florence & Accademia tour is ideal as it allows you to soak up the Florentine ambiance before bringing you to one of the world's most famous galleries, a must for anyone hoping to avoid standard city tours.
Take a day tour of Florence with ItalyWithUs.
Top tour highlights
Named after Palazzo della Signoria, and nowadays called Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria is the symbol of the Florentine Republic and has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century. This piazza is a historical and political landmark overlooked by the Palazzo Vecchio.
Piazza della Repubblica is a prominent square in Florence, and is home to the Giubbe Rosse Café, a well known meeting place for famous writers and artists of the early 20th century.
Piazza del Duomo is one of the most visited places in the world. Home to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the cathedral is the third largest in the world and its grand Renaissance dome towers above the city.
The Florence Baptistery is part of the Florence Duomo complex, and is famous for its three sets of bronze sculptured doors. The south doors were created first during the 14th century by Andrea Pisano. The north and east doors were later created during the 15th century by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
The Accademia Gallery, or Galleria dell’Accademia, contains sculptures by Michelangelo; the most well know being the Statue of David. The gallery also contains a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the 14th to 17th century.