Florence in a Half Day by Bike Tour

Take a ride through the city's hidden gems from Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno neighborhood

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 11 Reviews · 2.50h · Florence, Italy

Looking for a fun and active way to discover Florence? Then saddle up for a bike ride that’ll show you the best of the city in just a few hours! With a small group and a friendly local guide, you’ll pedal through Florence’s medieval streets to see famous sites like Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery, as well as local highlights that most tourists miss. After exploring the historic center, you’ll cross the river to the charming Oltrarno neighborhood for one of the city’s best gelatos!

  • Discover Florence by bike
  • Small group tour with a friendly local guide
  • The Duomo and Brunelleschi's dome
  • Renaissance-era piazzas of Florence
  • Statues and fountains made by masters
  • Cross the Arno and see Ponte Vecchio
  • Hidden gems of the city
  • Authentic Florentine gelato!

There's a lot to see in Italy's Renaissance city, so discovering the highlights by bike makes it easy to see the best of Florence in just a few hours. After meeting your guide in Piazza Mentana, you'll hop on a professionally-maintained bicycle to begin your journey through the city. Cycling at a gentle pace on largely flat terrain, you'll pass by some of Florence's most famous sites as well as smaller piazzas and side streets that many tourists never see.

At the end of your tour, you'll cycle across the Arno River to the tranquil Oltrarno, where you'll see a different side of Florence and visit one of the city's best gelato shops before returning to the historic center.

Florence Half Day Bike Tour Description

Your 2.5-hour tour includes:

  • Comfortable city bike rental

  • Bike helmet and basket included

  • Guided tour of Florence's historical center and Oltrarno neighborhood

  • Tasty gelato at one of our favorite spots in the city

  • Friendly English-speaking local guide

  • Maximum group size of 12

Begin Your Journey in Central Florence

Your day begins in Piazza Mentana, just off the Arno River in the heart of Florence. After your bike has been chosen and adjusted for you, your local guide will lead you off on a fun and carefully-chosen route around the city, stopping for photos and to tell stories of this enchanting city along the way.

The ride is relatively flat and easy, and helmets and baskets are available along with child seats or kids bikes if needed.

Best of Florence by Bike

Head through the alleys and cobblestone streets lined by Renaissance-era buildings, taking in famous sites such as Ponte Vecchio bridge. As you discover the highlights of Florence over the next couple of hours, you'll see where Dante, Michelangelo, and Da Vinci lived, worked, and created some of the world's most important art and literature.

Piazza della Signoria, Piazza Santa Croce, and Florence's Great Squares

Your guide will take you through some of the great public squares of Florence, including the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio. Though not as tall as the Dome nearby, the great bell tower of Palazzo Vecchio is a symbol of Florence and the powerful Medici family. In the square you'll see great statues by Donatello, Giambologna, and a copy of Michelangelo's famous David.

Later, in Piazza Santa Croce, take in the hustle and bustle of local life in Florence. The perfect place to people-watch while drinking a cappuccino, it is also ideal to take in by bike. See the statue dedicated to the father of the Italian language Dante, who is buried at the basilica located in the square.

Brunelleschi's Dome and the Duomo

You'll continue past the towering dome that makes Florence's skyline so recognizable worldwide. Filippo Brunelleschi's massive cupola that sits atop the Duomo is still the largest masonry dome ever built. Learn about the impressive feat of architecture as you pedal through Piazza del Duomo. Beyond the dome, you'll stop to admire the intricate stone work of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry at the center of Florence's most visited square.

Palazzo Pitti and the Oltrarno Neighborhood

Away from the crowds in the historical center, enjoy the tranquility of the Oltrarno neighborhood. Located directly across the Arno river, this chic part of Florence is perfect for a leisurely cycle and is also home to the grand Pitti Palace. This grand Renaissance palace dates back to the 13th century and was once a home of the Medici family, but now stands as one of the city's largest museums. From this side of the river, you'll have wonderful views of the city and can take photos of the Florentine skyline worthy of a frame.

Cool Off with Delicious Gelato!

Before heading back to center of the city, you'll be treated to an authentic Florentine gelato from one of our favorite spots in the city. Choose your perfect combination of flavors then sit and enjoy the creamy deliciousness!

Returning to Piazza Mentana, you'll wave goodbye to your guide and set off to explore more of the city yourself.

What you get with this tour
Comfortable city bike rental
Bike helmet and basket included
Guided tour of Florence's historical center and Oltrarno neighborhood
Tasty gelato at one of our favorite spots in the city
Friendly English-speaking local guide
Maximum group size of 12
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Great bike tour!
25 November 2023
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Reviewed by
Jamie Lee McVeigh

We had an awesome time! Our guide was very knowledgeable and kind (I’m s nervous bike rider)! She even gave us recommendations for the rest of our trip in Italy!

See Florence by bicycle
07 October 2023
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Nancy Board

Gloria was a fantastic guide, easy to understand, a wealth of knowledge, and always checked to make sure everyone was keeping up. We saw so much more quickly on bike than we could have by walking. Just be aware that the pavement is rough and bumpy so it can be hard to keep bicycles going in a straight line. It was VERY crowded with people on our day, so we had to walk the bikes in several places. That was the safest.

Brilliant - easy to do in the heat and no hills!
10 September 2023
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Reviewed by
Louise Naylor

Well worth it, our guide (whose name I have forgotten, to my shame) is a real local and was full of fascinating insights and information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Some water, clothes and shoes you can cycle in, and a jacket if it looks like rain.

Are helmets available?

Yes. Helmets of various sizes are available, along with bicycle baskets if needed.

Can I bring my kids?

Sure! Kids bikes are available for any youngsters who are confident on two wheels, and child seats are also available.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, it's run by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Florence. They're a specialist company who we know uphold our high standards.

Do I need to be super-fit to join this tour?

No. The route is largely flat and gentle, so you just need to be proficient in riding a bike.

What to bring?

Some water, clothes and shoes you can cycle in, and a jacket if it looks like rain.

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