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Orsanmichele Church and Museum (Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele) Tours

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Orsanmichele Church and Museum (Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele)
In a city known for its Renaissance architecture, the Gothic-style Orsanmichele Church and Museum is a standout. With ornate doors and windows, some of the oldest stained glass in Florence, and statues by Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Della Robbia, Nanni di Banco, and Donatello, this little-known landmark is worth a visit.

The Basics
Built in the 14th century as a grain market, Orsanmichele was later converted into a church. Each of Florence’s powerful trade guilds was commissioned to provide a statue of its patron saint to fill the niches in the exterior walls, which now hold replicas; most of the originals are housed in the museum upstairs, where you can also see the building’s Gothic wooden vaulting and decorative brickwork. The fresco-bedecked interior holds two treasures: an ornate marble tabernacle by Andrea Orcagna and a Madonna and Child by Bernardo Daddi, believed to have healing powers.

Orsanmichele Church and Museum is located in the heart of Florence's historic center and included in many walking or Segway city tours along with skip-the-line access to the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, and Duomo.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A walking tour of Florence covers a lot of ground, so comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The church and museum are not accessible to wheelchairs.
  • The windows of the upper-floor museum are perfect for snapping pictures of Florence from above.
  • Photography without flash is allowed in the church and museum.
  • Modest attire that covers shoulders and knees should be worn to enter the church.

How to Get There
Orsanmichele is located in the largely pedestrian center of Florence, between Via dell’Arte della Lana and Via dei Calzaiuoli, about halfway between Piazza della Signoria and the Duomo. The main Santa Maria Novella train station is a short walk away.

When to Get There
Though the church is open daily, the museum is only open on Mondays and Saturdays, so time your visit well if you would like to see the original statues in the museum.
  
The Statues of Orsanmichele
The church’s original statues are now in the Orsanmichele Museum to protect them from erosion and damage, with the exception of two works by Donatello: Saint George and its niche are a short walk away in the National Museum of Bargello, and Saint Louis of Toulouse is in the nearby Basilica di Santa Croce Museum. 
Address: Via dell’Arte della Lana, Florence, Tuscany 50123, Italy
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Group or Private Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

Group or Private Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

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Experience the Tuscan capital's top attractions on a small-group walking tour through Florence. Begin with skip-the-line access to view Michelangelo's 'David' in the Accademia Gallery, and learn how the House of Medici shaped Florence into a helm of arts and humanities. Then see the lovely exterior of the Duomo, the city's iconic, Gothic-style cathedral, as well as the Baptistery to hear the fascinating origins of the Gates of Paradise. Afterward stroll the local streets, taking in landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Florence Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Florence Private Tour

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Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on this private half-day tour of Florence. With a guide dedicated just to you and your party, you can help create an itinerary that focuses on the main highlights or places that interest you specifically. Learn about the history and culture of Florence through guided commentary, and taste some of the country's best food with an included antipasti and wine tasting.
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  • 3 hours
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Electric Cart Tour Florence

Electric Cart Tour Florence

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Cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time when you book this tour of Florence's historic sights via golf cart. While a guide shares an insider's perspective on the culture and history of the birthplace of the Renaissance, you sit back and relax in the roomy electric cart. Meet the tour at a central point in the city; choose from morning or afternoon tour departures.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence Segway Tour

Florence Segway Tour

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Explore the heart of the Renaissance by Segway on this our of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. Cover more ground than a walking tour as you hear the history behind this famous city from your guide. Headphones are provided so that you can hear the commentary more clearly as you glide through the streets.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence Wonders morning Walking Tour with Uffizi and Accademia skip-the-line

Florence Wonders morning Walking Tour with Uffizi and Accademia skip-the-line

In just half day you can admire the highlights of Florence’s old town along with the must-see art masterpieces of all time held in the greatest Museums of the city, Accademia and Uffizi Galleries.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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BE THE FIRST: Early Bird Florence Walking Tour & Accademia Gallery (David)

BE THE FIRST: Early Bird Florence Walking Tour & Accademia Gallery (David)

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Have only a short amount of time to explore Florence? Make the most of your stay, and see more of the city in less time, on this introductory tour. Meet your guide in the city center and venture to the Accademia Gallery: with skip-the-line entry, you’ll head straight inside. Discover Michelangelo’s David—an icon of the city—and learn more about its history from your guide. Then, continue on a walking tour of Florence’s major landmarks, from the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica to the Duomo.
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Florence by golf Cart Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence by golf Cart Piazzale Michelangelo

Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour

Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour

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The excitement, artistry and intrigue of medieval and Renaissance Florence truly come alive on this walking tour. Stroll through glorious piazzas and meandering backstreets while hearing tales of feuding painters, Medici rulers and religious fanatics who all left their mark on the city. Learn about the impressive engineering of Brunelleschi’s Dome as you step inside Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, and get tips on the best shops, restaurants and gelato spots from a local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence city tour by Golf Cart

Florence city tour by Golf Cart

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Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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  • 1 hour
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Florence by rickshaw

Florence by rickshaw

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This tour of Florence is for sure he best way to enjoy the city. You can take advantage of relaxing in a comfortable rickshaw while we take you around the most beautiful city. We go through all the main sites also covering the more off the beaten track sites too. Bringing the city to life, giving you the special local touch.
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BE THE FIRST! Early Bird Florence Half Day Tour: Uffizi, Accademia, Walking Tour

BE THE FIRST! Early Bird Florence Half Day Tour: Uffizi, Accademia, Walking Tour

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Explore Florence’s most iconic landmarks and inspiring art on a city tour led by a knowledgeable historian guide. Admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and other Italian greats on skip-the-line tours of the famed Ufizzi and Accademia galleries, and browse the wares of local artisans at the Ponte Vecchio marketplace. Walk beneath Brunelleschi’s dome on an interior tour of the Florence Duomo, and learn the secrets behind the beautiful Santa Croce Basilica.
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  • 6 hours
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Florence Wonders afternoon Walking Tour with Uffizi Gallery skip-the-line Visit

Florence Wonders afternoon Walking Tour with Uffizi Gallery skip-the-line Visit

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Check all the monuments of Florence off your list on this comprehensive walking tour. Follow your guide to highlights such as Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo. Then, view Botticelli's 'Venus' and other masterpieces during a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.
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Early Bird Florence Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery Visit (Reserved entrance)

Early Bird Florence Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery Visit (Reserved entrance)

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Ideal for first-time visitors to the city, this full-day guided tour combines a scenic stroll through Florence with admission to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery. Tick off all the major landmarks, from the colorful Duomo to the picturesque Ponte Vecchio. Tours include skip-the-line priority admission tickets to the gallery, so you can bypass the hours-long wait and spend more time marveling at Renaissance masterworks like Michelangelo’s David.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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The Best of Florence, A Family Friendly Tour

The Best of Florence, A Family Friendly Tour

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Explore Florence in a way the whole family will enjoy on a private, kid-friendly tour. Learning Renaissance history has never been so fun, thanks to games, puzzles, and entertaining tales spun by an energetic guide as you hop among the city's historic squares, bridges, and castles. Parents get a break from leading the way, and young travelers will love medieval trivia and a sweet stop for some of the best gelato in town.
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  • 2 hours
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Heart of Florence Walking Tour

Heart of Florence Walking Tour

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Experience some of the most well-known spots in Florence on this walking tour. Explore Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Palazzo Vecchio. On your way, see the replica statue of Michelangelo’s 'David,' religious sites such as the Baptistery of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni) and Orsanmichele, and beautiful architecture from buildings such as the Loggia del Bigallo and Loggia dei Lanzi.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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A Day in Florence with your Guide

A Day in Florence with your Guide

Discover Rome’s ancient ruins on this 3-hour walking tour through the archaeological sites. Take internal guided tours of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and learn about the birthplace of the ancient Roman empire. See ruins that are over 2,000 years old, visit the altar where Julius Caesar’s body was laid to rest, and end the tour with panoramic views of ‘The Eternal City.’
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Private All-inclusive Florence Wonders Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

Private All-inclusive Florence Wonders Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of Florence. Visit the Accademia Gallery with a dedicated guide, where you'll take in world-famous sculptures and paintings. Then tour the Duomo, Mercato del Porcellino, and other top sights.Traveling with a private guide means you'll get commentary tailored to your interests and the ability to explore at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence City Walking Tour - TOP 10 Highlights

Florence City Walking Tour - TOP 10 Highlights

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See Florence’s major landmarks in just a few hours on this introductory walking tour of the city. Find your guide at a centrally located meeting point and set off; depending on the group size, headsets are provided so you can hear your guide’s every word. You’ll visit the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica, the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo, crowned by Brunelleschi’s Dome. As you go, learn all about the city’s ancient origins and discover the stories behind the masterpieces.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence Wonders Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi - afternoon

Florence Wonders Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi - afternoon

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Explore the best of the Tuscan capital in one day on this half-day Florence walking tour including visits to the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries. Admire the original 'David' statue in the Accademia and see other works by Michelangelo, including some unfinished sculptures.
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Florence at Sunset

Florence at Sunset

Dedicated to those who prefer to experience the most suggestive atmosphere of Historic Florence. A two-hour walk in the afternoon is one of the best ways to start getting to know the city, savor the charm of its streets and discover the stories of the greatest characters in its history. A story that starts from the Roman origins of Florence up to the centuries-old history of the Medici family. Starting from the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the path will take you to the Cathedral, to the Church of Orsanmichele, to Piazza della Signoria to end on the Ponte Vecchio, from which you can walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo (a nineteenth-century terrace built on the hills) from which you can take panoramic photos of the city in one of its best moments, when the light of the sunset caresses its monuments, the river Arno and its bridges.
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  • 2 hours
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Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery

Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is the oldest museum and one of the most mesmerizing museums in the world. You will be guided by an art historian professional that will divulge you in the greatest artworks of the Renaissance period. Together we will have the advantage of acquiring the inside story behind some of the most notable art masterpiece's in the world such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Leonardo's Annunciation, and Michelangelo's Tondo Doni.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence by Night Guided Tour

Florence by Night Guided Tour

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As the sun goes down and the crowds slowly begin to disappear from the streets, Florence's radiance really begins to appear. Relish in a pleasant stroll through millennial streets of Reniassance birthplace. Full legends and mysteries, our expert English speaking guide will lead you to the statues and monuments that really makes Florence one of a kind. Our 2-hour walking tour will highlight the monuments and statues of Florence and revealing why this city is much more enchanting under the moonlight.
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Magnificent Florence - Private Walking Tour

Magnificent Florence - Private Walking Tour

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Link up with a private guide for a customized walking tour of Florence. Benefit from the ability to focus on sights that interest you and listen to in-depth guided commentary. Your guide will visit sites on request or construct a curated itinerary designed to show you the city's highlights. This tour is great for first-time visitors or those short on time.
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  • 3 hours
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$192.52
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Medieval Florence Tour

Medieval Florence Tour

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Dive into a particularly fascinating era of Florentine history on this walking tour of medieval Florence. Learn about the city of Dante during the 14th century and see landmarks like Piazza della Signoria, the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and the Davanzati Palace and Museum.
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  • 2 hours
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$206.26
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