This post is an overview of the free walking tours of Florence, including pay-what-you-wish tours, self-guided tours, audio walks, and other options.
For most people today, a “free tour” is really a “pay-what-you-wish tour” or a “tips-based tour”. You are under no obligation to pay for your experience, and it costs nothing to book a time slot.
At the end of the tour, if you enjoyed yourself, it’s customary to pay what you think the tour was really worth or what you could afford.
Keep in mind, however, that these free walking tours are both convenient and popular, so often have large groups of participants.
If you’d rather take your tour with a smaller group – which can allow you more interaction with your guide – you might consider taking a paid small group tour.
For a truly free option, check out our suggestions for self-guided walks.
This section lists a few different free walking tour companies operating in Florence.
TIP: If you purchase a Florence City Pass, a free 1-hour tour is included!
This company offers tours that cover the Florence that locals know and love. They do not stop by Ponte Vecchio or Piazza Duomo, but bring you to beautiful and interesting places in Florence you might not otherwise find.
While each tour guide and therefore each tour is slightly different, the average length of a tour is 2.5-3 hours long.
They offer tours in English and Spanish every day and is wheelchair accessible.
Daily tours are free, but booking in advance is necessary.
If you don’t feel like taking a walk on someone else’s schedule, why not go on your own time?
This free walking tour outlines the major sites in central Florence. You’ll learn some in-depth history about both the major landmarks and some lesser-known spots in the city.
The walk could take you several hours or several days, depending on if you go into the (sometimes paid) museums and attractions featured.
Visit Florence offers three self-guided walking tour itineraries.
You can use these written guides and accompanying interactive maps to explore the historical center of Florence, the left bank of the Arno river, or in the Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniato areas.
SMALL GROUP TOURS
If you don’t mind spending a bit of money, there are several small group tours available in Florence that you might want to consider.
This section will cover some of the best tours with small group sizes available throughout the city.
If you’re looking for a walking tour with a more personal touch and additional activities/attractions, this company offers many different outings you may enjoy.
Enjoy free walking tours in other cities around the world with Free Tours by Foot and our recommended companies.