Florence walking tour

$57.50 $57.50

Are you looking for things to do in Florence? Try our 3-hour self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt to discover this city.

Walk from the Piazza de Santa Maria Novella to Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River, then on to the Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza della Signoria, and Dante’s House Museum. Return seeing many other museums, churches, and palaces. Solve challenges at every stop to learn your next destination. You’ll also learn some local history and fun facts.

The Florence Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.1 km / 2.5 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 3 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 35 locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge: 32 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Pet-friendly throughout
  • Wheelchair & stroller-friendly throughout
  • Walk at your own pace: 4.1 km / 2.5 mi
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt
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Description

The Florence Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.1 km / 2.5 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 3 hours to complete.

What you’ll see:

  • Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
  • Museo Marino Marini Firenze
  • Basilica di Santa Trinita
  • Arno river
  • Cosimo I de Medici equestrian statue
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Dante’s House Museum
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Baptistery of St John
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
  • Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Medici Museum
  • Basilica di San Lorenzo
  • And much more!

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of MODERATE.

Your group’s size should be between 2 and 6 persons. In fact, children are welcome.

After purchase, to begin your Florence walking tour, direct yourself outside the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy – near the Stazione Ferroviaria Firenze Santa Maria Novella. This is the start location.

Once there, stand outside and log in to this website and begin your hunt.

Also, you’ll need a fully charged smartphone connected to the Internet (LTE, or 4G with a data plan, Wifi isn’t available throughout). Instructions will be supplied on-screen or directions and challenges, as well as some historical information.

Ancient History 

Florence was established by the Roman Empire in 59 BCE as a colony for its veteran soldiers. It rapidly grew as a commercial center along the Via Cassia (main route from Rome to the north of Italy). Florence became the capital of the Tuscia region in 285. 

Following the fall of the Roman Empire, rule of the region alternated between the Ostrogoth and Byzantine, until the 6th century when it fell under Lombard rule. During this time, the population fell as people fled to calmer areas. Following Charlemagne’s conquest in 774, the population and commerce began to grow again.

Middle Ages

The Black Death reduced Florence’s regional population from 420,000 by 50% in 1325. By the 15th century, Florence was one of Europe’s largest cities. 

The de’ Medici family assumed control of the city, a democratic city-state at the time. They became patrons of the arts and commissioned works by Michelangelo, da Vincy, and Botticelli. 

Although they were ousted from power in 1494, they retook it in 1512 and controlled it for two centuries, until 1737. At this time, it fell under the rule of the Austrian crown under Maria Theresa. 

Napoleon conquered it in 1814 and it became a region of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.

Modern History 

Germany occupied the city for a year during World War II (1943-44) and demolished every bridge across the Arno River when they left, to slow the advancing British troops. That is, every bridge except the Ponte Vecchio, because of its historical value.

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Additional information

Starting point

outside the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy – near the Stazione Ferroviaria Firenze Santa Maria Novella

End point

This tour ends at Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, where it started.

Sights seen

35 sites can be seen: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions

Challenges

32 varied challenges – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.

Duration

2 to 3 hours at normal walking pace

Required

Fully charged smartphone with internect access (data plan with LTE, 4G or 3G)

Distance

4.1 kilometers / 2.5 miles

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