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GUIDED TOURS IN FLORENCE WITH NORIE

 
 

Highlights Tour

Just arrived in Florence and you do not want to get lost in its beauty? Then let yourself be taken along by Norie who will make sure your first acquaintance with Florentine Culture will be unforgettable. In a 3 hour walking tour or a guided tour by bike Norie will show you the most important monuments of the city and reveal you its ins and outs!

  • Max 3 hours
  • Walking tour passing the most important monuments of Florence, like the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi, the Old Bridge and much more.
  • Entrance fees museums / churches etc. not included
  • For booking click here

Sunrise Tour

Are you an early bird? Then this tour is a must for you! We’ll start the walking tour or bike tour from the hillside at a very early hour to experience a spectacular view on the Florentine city before its awakening. You will admire the most important churches and monuments of Florence while Norie tells you about them. Without the hordes of tourists, who will arrive a bit later!

Of course will we stop at a typical Florentine bar to enjoy an Italian breakfast!

  • Max 3 hours
  • Walking Tour starting from the hillside towards the old city center, passing from the outside the most important monuments of Florence, like the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi, the Old Bridge and much more.
  • Breakfast not included
  • For booking  click here
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Sunset Tour

Are you more of an evening type? Then this evening stroll (or we can go by bike!) could be ideal for you. On warm summer nights when Florence is cooling down from the day time, the Florentines leave their houses to parade the streets in their best clothes and get ready for dinner. Nothing better than to walk among the Florentines and admire the main monuments of the city under guidance of Norie. We finish the evening stroll with an aperitive on a Florentine rooftop!

  • Max 3 hours
  • Walking tour passing the most important monuments of Florence, like the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi, the Old Bridge and much more..
  • Aperitivo not included
  • For booking click here

Florentine Museum Tour

From the enormous range of museums that Florence has to offer, Florentine Culture presents you a list of the highlights. However, if you would like to visit another museum, we can see to it of course!

 If you don’t want to queue up for a museum, no problem. Florentine Culture can make reservations in advance.  

The Uffizi Gallery with its collection of paintings is one of the most famous in the world and is really worth a visit. Under guidance of Norie you will not only understand more of the development in painting from the Middle Ages to the High Renaissance, but she will also draw your attention to details you never have seen, so you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Florentine Renaissance painting even more.  (also kids friendly- ask Norie for more information)

Pitti Palace became the symbol of the Medici’s power in the 16th century and in later centuries palace of the following reigning dynasties. Now it houses numerous museums of which the most famous is the Galleria Palatina with an incredible painting collection hang in the baroque way (not chronological, but ordered by colour and/or frame. The wall is full of paintings, not like the modern museums with 1 or max 3 paintings per wall).

The Museum of the Bargello was the prison and ‘police station’ of the city for ages and now it houses one of the most famous sculpture collections of Italy. Norie will guide you through this beautiful 13th century palace and show you the importance of the renaissance sculptor Donatello, his influence on the genius of Michelangelo and his influence on Giambologna.

The Accademia is world famous for Michelangelo’s statue of David and his unfinished sculptures of the Slaves for the tomb of Pope Julius II (see also Michelangelo tour

Palazzo Vecchio has been the seat of the Florentine government for more than 700 years. A fascinating place to visit, full of Florentine history and art!

  • 3 hours or 6 hours
  • Guided visit to the museum(s) of your choice. A combination with one of the other tours is of course possible.
  • Entrance and reservation fees not included
  • For booking click here
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Local Florence Tour

A taste of Florentine culture!

Get to know the city in all its facets: Florentine arts and crafts, fashion, modern street art and gastronomy…
Florence, a city where traditions, old art and modern life are next to each other and in symbiosis, offers a wide range of local specialties. In this tour we will dive into it. We will walk through the streets passing the beautiful monuments of the city, we will bring a visit to the Central Market, taste some of the typical Florentine gastronomic products, visit a workshop of a Florentine artisan and admire the Florentine haute couture.

  • 3 hours or 6 hours
  • Walking tour passing the most important monuments of the city and a visit to the Mercato Centrale, a visit to a typical Florentine workshop and much more.
  • A combination with one of the other tours is possible.
  • Entrance and reservation fees not included
  • For booking and more information click here

Florentine Boat Trip Tour

The river Arno brought wealth to Florence, washing and dying wool in medieval and Renaissance times. It doesn’t play that fundamental (industrial) role anymore, but it still offers us a spectacular view. With a traditional flat bottomed boat we will navigate a small part of it and pass under the famous Ponte Vecchio. Norie will tell you more about its fascinating history. Afterwards we do a walking tour in the historic city center to admire the cultural expression of the richness the Arno made possible.

  • 3 hours or 6 hours
  • Guided walking tour and boat trip of about 45 min. on the Arno. A combination with one of the other tours is of course possible.
  • Entrance and reservation fees not included
  • For booking click here
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FLORENCE BIKE TOUR

 

 

Highlights Bike Tour

Just arrived in Florence and you do not want to get lost in its beauty? Then let yourself be taken along by Norie who will make sure your first acquaintance with Florentine culture will be unforgettable. In this guided bike tour Norie will show you the most important monuments of the city and reveal you its ins and outs!

  • 2,5 hours
  • Bike tour passing the most important monuments of Florence, like the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi, the Old Bridge and much more..
  • Entrance fees museums / churches etc. not included
  • For booking click here

Sunrise Bike Tour

Are you an early bird? Then the Sunrise Bike Tour is a must for you! We’ll start the bike tour at a very early hour to experience the Florentine city before it’s awakening. You will admire the most important churches and monuments of Florence while Norie tells you about them. Without the hordes of tourists, who will arrive a bit later!

Of course will we stop at a typical Florentine bar to enjoy an Italian breakfast!

  • 2,5 hours
  • Bike Tour passing from the outside the most important monuments of Florence, like the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi, the Old Bridge and much more..
  • Breakfast not incuded
  • For booking click here

Sunset Bike Tour

Are you more of an evening type? Then the Sunset Bike tour could be ideal for you. On warm summer nights when Florence is cooling down from the day time, the Florentines leave their houses to parade the streets in their best clothes and get ready for dinner. Nothing better than to ride among the Florentines and admire the main monuments of the city under guidance of Norie. We finish the evening with an aperitive on a Florentine rooftop!

  • 2,5 hours
  • Bike tour passing the most important monuments of Florence, like the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi, the Old Bridge and much more.
  • Aperitive not included
  • For booking click here
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SPECIAL THEME TOURS

 

Michelangelo Tour

Michelangelo grew up in Florence. He was formed there. So no better way than in Florence to get acquainted with this incredible artist. Why is he - as they say - the first who introduced the concept of a modern artist as we know now? Not an artisan, but artist in the real sense of the word? Was he a child of his time, the Renaissance or was he ahead of his time? We'll make a journey through the life of Michelangelo to get to know him personally and understand more about his genius!

  • Tour max 3 hours/ max 6 hours
  • Guided visit to the original David in the Museum of the Accademia and/or visit to the New Sacresty with the Medici tombs sculpted by Michelangelo in the church San Lorenzo and/or visit to the sculpture museum of the Bargello and/or visit to the tomb of Michelangelo in the church of Santa Croce. More combinations are possible.
  • Entrance and reservation fees not included
  • For booking click here

Cathedral Complex Tour

Do you want to see this beautiful city laying at your feet, then come and admire Florence from the rooftops of its ancient cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. In an exclusive tour we will climb the stairs of the Duomo and enjoy a breathtaking view on Florence from the terraces of the church at 30 meters altitude. Not only the imposing view on the city will be dwarfing you, but also the sight of the nearby cupola of Brunelleschi. The largest masonry built dome in the world. You will be so close that you can touch it and get a better understanding of this incredible construction, which even today is still holding back some secrets from architects and engineers.
After the rooftops we will climb up even higher and venture ourselves into and on top of the dome. 

Possibility to visit the Museum of the Opera del Duomo and Baptistery as well.

  • 3 hours
  • Guided visit in the cathedral and/or rooftops/ dome/ baptistery and/or museum of the Opera del Duomo. A combination with one of the other tours is of course possible.
  • Entrance and reservation fees not included
  • For booking click here

Art of Charity Tour

Charity in medieval and Renaissance Florence was widely spread and practiced by every layer of the population.  Charity was not only a means to do good and to invoke God’s blessings, but expressed also very clearly social and humanistic views of the Florentine past.  In this tour Norie will show you some of the still existing and sometimes still functioning institutions of charity and explain you their role in Florentine culture.

In the tour we visit one of the oldest institutions of charity in Europe, the brotherhood of the Misericordia, founded in the 13th century. Afterwards we will head for the Oratorio dei Buonomini, founded in the 15th century, an institution which served to help and protect the so-called ‘shamefaced’: persons who ended up poor for various reasons and could not go (‘ashamed’ as they were) begging on the streets. 

We can bring a visit to the Ospedale degli Innocenti, founded in the 15th century by the silk guild. It was an orphanage which was responsible for abandoned children in Florence for more than 500 years.
We can also visit the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, founded in the 13th century and the oldest still functioning hospital in the world. 

  • 3 hours
  • Guided visit to the museum(s)/institutions indicated above. A combination with one of the other tours is possible.
  • Entrance and reservation fees not included
  • For booking click here

The Inferno Tour

Have you read ‘Inferno’, the Dan Brown novel? The film came out in October 2016 and a major part of it takes place in Florence. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks in the movie) wakes up in a Florentine hospital suffering from amnesia and is drawn into a battle with a terrible adversary. To prevent a horrendous fate the world is about to face, he has to solve a riddle based upon Dante's epic poem of his Divine Comedy: Inferno. Being pursued by an evil organisation he flees through Florence, from the Boboli Gardens, through the Medici Passage Way over the Old Bridge, towards the Palazzo Vecchio... Racing to find answers.
With Norie you will follow Robert Langdon in his footsteps and experience the tension and mystery of the Inferno!!

  •  3 hours
  • Walking tour starting from the Boboli Gardens, across the Ponte Vecchio, passing the Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio (visit is possible), the house of Dante and the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Baptistery.
  • Entrance and reservation fees not included
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Norie Lipmann, the initiator of Florentine Culture, studied art history in Amsterdam in the roaring nineties. She got her degree in 1997 and went to Florence to do research on early Renaissance art with scholarships granted her by the Dutch Institute of Art in Florence. Fallen in love with this beautiful city, she moved permanently to Florence and started to work as an official tourist guide. She continued to do research in different fields of art history of Renaissance Florence.


She says: "It is great to be able to combine the two different professions. As a tourist guide you have to know almost every aspect of the city, not only art, but also the Florentine gastronomy, the crafts, the fashion, the Florentine way of life. As an art historian you go much more into details. They can talk for hours on one painting, something which is during a tour mostly not requested. But that's the nice part. By knowing very specific backgrounds of Renaissance art, it is easier to explain it and in the same time it can be very enlightening for the persons who are interested. You have to love and understand Florentine culture to make other people love it too!"


Don't get lost in the beauty of Florence. Norie will guide you through the mazes of Florentine Culture!