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Unusual Florence


6 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people


Chinese, English, Italian

Discover Florence hidden gems: alternative guided tour and unique experiences


If you want to get to know another side of Florence, the less traditional and more unusual one, and if you like stories of secret loves, conspiracies and unsolved crimes, this is the perfect tour for you!

An exciting itinerary to discover curious anecdotes, alternative museums and Florence hidden gems, and to admire the city from a different and unknown perspective, but equally noteworthy and full of charm.



  • Discover another side of Florence with alternative museums and hidden gems.
  • A walk in the historic center looking for mysterious symbols, statues and buildings.
  • Visit to the Bargello Museum, ancient prison in Florence with a dark and violent past.
  • Panoramic view of the city and the church of San Miniato al Monte, one of the oldest and most mysterious churches in Florence.


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Secret Florence

Secret Florence

We will begin the tour with a walk through the squares and alleys of the historic center, with particular attention to the symbols and details that enrich the city buildings and works of art, which are not visible at first glance. In addition to visiting the city highlights such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and more, we will also enter the less traveled streets that hide the secrets of Florence and the families who ruled it. I will tell you about ancient traditions, stories of forbidden conspiracies, and loves and popular legends to let you discover Florence in a fun and intriguing way.
Bargello Museum

Bargello Museum

We will continue our tour in the Bargello Museum, a majestic medieval building modified several times over the centuries based on the role it held, which houses incredible Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo's Bacchus, Donatello's David, Giambologna's Mercury and the wonderful Della Robbia porcelains, but which unfortunately is often overlooked by visitors who are in Florence for just a short time. This is definitely an unmissable hidden gem of Florence that hides priceless works of art, with also a very dark side and past of the city, since it was a prison for a long time and the place where executions took place.
Piazzale Michelangelo and the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

Piazzale Michelangelo and the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

As the final stop of this guided tour, we will reach Piazzale Michelangelo in about 15 minutes taxi ride, a wonderful square with a panoramic view overlooking the entire city, dedicated to one of the most important Renaissance artists. As a matter of fact, a bronze copy of Michelangelo's David, the undisputed symbol of Florence, was placed here as protector of the city and its citizens. Moreover, this square is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset and take breathtaking photos. Just few meters from Michelangelo square, there is the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, one of the oldest churches in the city; a truly fascinating place, so full of decorations and hidden symbols, that captivates the eyes and heart of anyone who visits it.


How to reach Piazzale Michelangelo from Florence historic centre?
On this tour we will reach Piazzale Michelangelo by taxi. It is about 15 minutes' ride from Florence historic center.
If you want to reach Piazzale Michelangelo on your own during your stay in Florence, I also recommend you to go:
On foot. From Florence main squares it can be reached in about 30 minutes walking, but note that the last stretch involves a very steep and tiring climb, especially in the hottest hours. On the other hand, the descent on foot from the Piazzale towards the center is much more pleasant.
By bus. From the central station of Santa Maria Novella you can take bus 12 which will take you to Piazzale Michelangelo in less than 30 minutes. The rides are quite frequent and the ticket can be purchased at the Ataf point in SMN station, tobacco shops and on board the bus.
What time does the Bargello Museum open and how much is the entrance ticket?
The Bargello museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 08.15 to 14.00 (last admission 13.20).
Closed on 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month; the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month; at Christmas and New Year.
Full ticket: € 8.00
Reduced ticket (young people between 18 and 25 years old): € 2,00
Additional cost for early booking: € 3,00
What time does the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte open and how much is the entrance ticket?
Entrance to the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte is free.
The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte can be visited from Monday-Saturday from 9.30 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 and on Sunday from 8.15 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00.
How to dress to visit churches or museums?
Appropriate clothing is always required. Furthermore, to enter the church it is mandatory to cover shoulders and chest and to wear knee length clothes or trousers. It is recommended to bring a scarf or a sweater with you to cover yourself when necessary.
How can I book tickets for Florence museums?
If you book a tour with me, I will help you book skip-the-line tickets for all museums or churches that we will visit together.
Why choose to visit Florence with a local tour guide?
Booking a guided tour with a local tour guide allows you to plan your visit in the best possible way, recommended and lead by an expert who knows the city very well and is more familiar with managing times and itineraries (museum reservations, skip-the-line tickets, alternative routes, tour customization, etc…).
It is also a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture, discovering not only historical and artistic information but also curious anecdotes and legends.
Is this tour customizable?
All my tours are customizable according to your requests and needs. Let me know what you like or what you are looking for and I will create a tailor-made tour for you.
Is this tour private?
All my tours are private; this means that any tour you decide to book will be exclusively for you, your partner or your family and there will be no additional participants other than those chosen by you. This guarantees you total flexibility and independence.