A Sunset Promenade in Florence
- Piazza Repubblica
- Piazza Duomo
- Piazza Signoria
- Ponte Vecchio
- Oltrarno District
When you arrive in a city like Florence, brimming with art and history, you may feel that your time here is just too short. The best way to get a real taste of Florence’s unique atmosphere is to join our evening promenade, or as the Italians would say, a “passeggiata”. Here, we offer a late afternoon tour through the heart of the city.
You will encounter the city center during a truly magic moment – sunset - when the sunlight enhances the city’s colours: the white, pink and green of its marbles and the light brown and grey of its buildings.
Our walk begins in Piazza Repubblica, the square where Florence originated as a Roman city in 59 B.C. The square is bordered with historic cafès where you may spend an evening enjoying music at the outside tables.
We continue along Via Roma, where window-shopping will allow you to touch on another modern attraction of the city: the taste for fashion.
We reach the Cathedral just as the sunlight hits the façade, creating a special light on the gilded Baptistry doors, known as “the Gates of Paradise”. Our walks skirts the south wall of the Duomo, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the Dome, the last known masterpiece by Filippo Brunelleschi.
We proceed into the maze of narrow medieval streets to reach Dante’s House, renowned poet of the Divine Comedy. You will experience the atmosphere of a vivacious city center teeming with small shops, trattorias and cafès. Our taste of Florence wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the political heart of the city, Piazza Signoria, with its elegant and imposing buildings: Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia.
The Uffizi, located here, houses the most important Renaissance collection in the world. We will walk between the two wings of the palace where you may recognize Lorenzo the Magnificent, Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo among the statues of historically important personalities.
You will suddenly find yourself on the banks of the river Arno, where the most spectacular view of Ponte Vecchio will be revealed to you. This is one of those special moments where a photo is a must!
Our walk now leads us to the other side of the river. We will cross the oldest bridge in the city, Ponte Vecchio. The bridge is unique thanks to its 14th century structure, and the sparkle of its many jewellers’ windows.
We emerge into the Oltrarno district, the artisans’ quarter, where our tour ends. We will leave you in one of the most characteristic little squares of the city, near Pitti Palace, the last royal residence of the Medici family. Here you may experience a Florentine “aperitivo,” a small drink before dinner.
Our promenade is designed as an orientation walk. We will not go in depth visiting museums or monuments like the Uffizi or the Duomo. These sites will be covered extensively during our specific tours described in detail on our website.
The purpose of our walk is to allow you to experience the atmosphere of the city: we want you to imbibe the city through its historical past and its modern present.