Florence audio tour: Palaces and Piazzas: The Highlights of Florence

Palaces and Piazzas: The Highlights of Florence

Walking Tour

90 mins

About the Tour

Florence is a city filled with tourists. Locals are hard to find, and unless they have to be somewhere nearby, they try to stay away. But this walk with Elisabetta Marchi, who grew up here and has guided people through the city for over a decade, will leave you with the insight of a local.

You'll explore the historic city center, with its many centuries-old churches, cathedrals and piazzas. You'll walk through the Uffizi Gallery courtyard (where the most iconic Renaissance paintings are on display) and piazza della Signoria where Michelangelo's real David once stood. You'll hear stories about the fabulously rich and powerful Medici family, about Dante, and about Brunelleschi. But most of all, you'll leave feeling like you got to know Florence from the inside.

Tour Producer


Elisabetta Marchi

My name is Elisabetta Marchi and I am a professional tour guide born and raised in Tuscany, Italy. I have been working in various capacities in the tourism industry for decades and have been a guide since 2002. During this time I have developed an exceptional knowledge of my wonderful region of Toscana. My background is in foreign languages, art history and history, but I am also passionate about wine, food, culture, and above all sharing my region with visitors from around the world.
I like travelling myself and whenever I can, I will look for fellow colleagues to be guided and offered a personal touch on their culture and traditions.
In 2015 my self guided tour on Florence was published, Siena followed and I am looking for other inspirational places across Tuscany.

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Major Landmarks

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

  • Church and Museum of Orsanmichele

  • Ponte Vecchio

  • Palazzo Vecchio

  • Uffizi Gallery

Directions to Starting Point

The route starts in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, on Piazza del Duomo.

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Places to stop along the way

Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, Orsanmichele, Piazza Santa Felicita, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, The Uffizi Gallery, fashion outlets like Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Pitti Palace, Galleria Palatina, and many more.

Best time of day

During daylight hours.


Keep an eye on your belongings, and make sure you check the opening hours of the attractions before you go.


Very nice walk. Well organized with a superbly knowledgeable tour guide. The route easy to follow, the side lights quite interesting. A pleasure.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Thank you so much!

Posted by Elisabetta , over 4 years ago

Nice introduction to Florence!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 4 years ago
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Palaces and Piazzas: The Highlights of Florence