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The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo’s David


The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

Florence is the birth place of the Renaissance, and a must-see for anyone taking a trip to the beautiful country of Italy. I knew that when my husband and I visited Florence, I had to book a tour with a professional guide so that we didn’t miss a single thing that the majestic city has to offer. Exploring on your own is always a must on vacation, but it is great to have a professional guide on hand to make sure you don’t miss anything, to help you navigate your ways through an unfamiliar city, and to ensure that you get the most out of your trip.

The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

I booked a private walking tour of Florence, Italy with The Roman Guy – and it was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made. The tour is available in private or a small group, so something for everyone.  My husband and I strapped on our walking shoes and met up with our tour guide (who was right on time), and kicked off our private tour of the city at the Santa Maria Cathedral, which seemed appropriate seeing as how it towers over all of the other buildings in the city and no matter where you are in Florence you can’t miss the immense towers just dripping in Gothic Architecture.

The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

After taking in the breathtaking cathedral with our guide from The Roman Guy, we moved on to Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Baptistry Doors. Our informative guide revealed that Brunelleschi’s Dome is actually that largest masonry dome in the world, and truly a work of architectural art – it has been casting a shadow over Florence for over 600 years, and was built so strategically that it will most likely last another 600 years. There is a lot more to Florence, Italy than just their breathtaking landmarks, we were thrilled when our tour guide lead us to the next stop – a Gelato shop. Once you taste Florentine Gelato, you will never be able to look at a Gelato the same again!

The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David
Once we were full of delicious gelato, and had loaded up our bags with some sweet treats for later, we got back to our private walking tour of Florence and the knowledgeable guide led us through the Piazza della Signoria. The Piazza della Signoria is right in the heart of Florence, and many years ago was where they held public executions. Now, it is full of breathtaking sculptures and must-see outdoor art galleries.

The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

Our guide led us through the Mercato, and we learned so much about the history of the leather market in Florence while we were on route to the Cinghiale. Of course we had to stop by statue of the wild boar and drop a coin in to the fountain for good luck. And, we rubbed his snout just like the legend indicates to ensure that we make it back to the magical city of Florence again some day. Our guide explained that the age old tradition has been practiced for centuries, and the English writer Tobias Smollett even mentioned it in one of his literary works back in 1776. It is truly astonishing to think of all the great historical leaders and travelers that have rubbed the same statue that we did during our walking tour of Florence.

The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's DavidPonte Vecchio is the iconic bridge in Florence, Italy that is featured on thousands of postcards and posters of the city. Aside from the fact that it was a bridge in Florence, I really hadn’t done much research. Luckily the guide from The Roman Guy was with us – and we learned that some of the best jewelers in Italy actually are located on the Ponte Vecchio, and their shops were marvelous!

The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

I absolutely adore the Renaissance time period and medieval lore, which was one of the reasons I couldn’t wait to get to Florence, Italy. If you are familiar with the story of Dante and Beatrice, and the church where they fell head over heels in love, then you will truly appreciate Dante’s Church, which was the next stop our guided tour. We also got to walk down the exact same streets that Dante himself walked on in the 1300’s!

The Best Way To Enjoy Florence: The Roman Guy Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

The final stop on The Roman Guy’s private walking tour was the Accademia – where our guide introduced us to David, Michelangelo’s iconic statue and one of the most marvelous pieces of art in all of Florence. Our tour guide sure knew how to save the best for last! David is standing proof that Michelangelo was truly one of the most gifted artists to ever set foot on Earth, it is believe that Michelangelo was just 26 years old he was given a slab of marble and commissioned to build a statue out of it – he transformed the plain block of marble in to the magnificent statue of David.

The Roman GuyAll together our private walking tour of Florence, Italy took a total of three hours – and my husband and I loved every second of it! Our tour guide from The Roman Guy managed to fit so many amazing stops in to our tour, without overwhelming us or rushing us to fit them all in. And, we didn’t have to wait in any lines to visit any of the city’s landmarks because our guide used his VIP access to whisk us right in and right out. If you are planning a trip to Florence, Italy – it would not be complete if you didn’t book a private walking tour on The Roman Guy’s official website!  You can see small group tours here and private tours here. 


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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I generally like walking tours, but some of them let too many people in the group. I think all walking tours should be kept to 10 people or less.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    Could there be a bad way to enjoy Florence? I have always wanted to see this city. It’s just fantastic.

  3. lisa @bitesforbabies says

    This sounds fantastic! I’ve traveled quite extensively but have never opted for a walking, guided tour. It’s a great idea!

  4. Ronda Ogilvie says

    what an amazing tour! sounds like you ended up with a really great tour guide! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!

  5. rika says

    This post reminds me of my France and Italy tips. I was 7 1/2 months pregnant with swollen feet, not in a good shape. We didn’t plan anything right, so we wasted our time catching trains.

  6. Jeannette says

    Now this is a tour I would be so excited about! Your shots are amazing and make me long to visit myself. Thanks you for letting me virtually be a part of this amazing tour.

  7. Nickida says

    This sounds like an awesome tour. It looks like you saw some awesome sights.

  8. ARod says

    Italy is definitely on my bucket list of must do’s. You took some amazing pictures and just make me want to go even more. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Dawn McAlexander says

    I want to see Italy so bad. Florence, Venice and Rome all look so romantic to me. These pics look really gorgeous.

  10. Liz Mays says

    This sounds like an incredible way to experience the city. I would definitely opt for a private tour.

  11. Kristin says

    I couldn’t imagine a wrong way to enjoy such a wonderful Place. A waking tour sounds like fun for sure. Thank you for sharing.

  12. tiaras & tantrums says

    my husband and I toured this are so long ago. We need to get back there with our entire family now

  13. Rebecca Swenor says

    It looks and sounds like you had an amazing time in Florence. I would so love to visit there some day and when I do I will use The Roman Guy for the walking tour. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Lynndee says

    Look at those amazing architectures – one of the reasons why Florence is on my dream destination list. I hope that dream would come true someday. 🙂

  15. becka says

    Sounds like an awesome trip. Nice pics. I will have to try a walking tour someday.

  16. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    That is so awesome that you and your husband had a private tour and was able to see so many great places. I can’t wait to travel someday.

  17. lisa says

    I love Italy. I would love to go back and do a tour like this. It looks amazing.

  18. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This would be an amazing tour. I have always wanted to go to Florence. It is so beautiful there.

  19. Ourfamilyworld says

    Oh my gosh, your pictures are stunning. Florence is on my top five must visit places.

  20. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg what lovely photos!!!! I went to Florence when I was super young! I would love to go back there now that I actually appreciate travel!

  21. Chubskulit Rose says

    We have never been there yet, it looks beautiful. Thank you so much for the great info and tips!

  22. Winter White says

    Italy is a destination that is definitely on my bucket list! Your photos just capture the beauty of the city so perfectly.

  23. Uplifting Families says

    The Roman Guy sounds like a wonderful tour guide. I think when traveling overseas it’s best to hire a tour guide. They are familiar with the area and can give you a detailed tour. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

  24. HilLesha says

    Such breathtaking and beautiful pictures! My favorite is of the door. I’d love to visit Florence someday!

  25. Life as a Convert says

    A pet peeve of mine is being rushed when I am doing something like this. It was good to see that your tour guide didn’t rush you guys.

  26. Aisha Kristine Chong says

    Such a wonderful place. I have to add to my bucket list – I can’t miss out not going there.

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