Florence: Renaissance Walk Audio Tour - Audio Europe: Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome) by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2013-10-01T19:37:12Z From the Duomo to the Arno. As the home of the Renaissance and birthplace of the modern, urban lifestyle, Florence is Europe's cultural capital. This 90-minute walk through the heart of Renaissance Florence starts at the soaring church dome that symbolizes the proud Renaissance spirit. We'll also see the bronze doors that opened the Renaissance, and walk the same narrow streets as Michelangelo and the Medicis. As we walk from the Duomo to the Arno River — about a mile altogether — we'll see the Florence of yesterday, but also the vibrant, trendy city that is Florence today. Don't forget to download the handy PDF companion maps. Sightseeing nitty-gritty: The bulk of this walk's sights are enjoyable any time of day, whether the sight is open or not. But if you choose to go inside, be aware that many of Florence's sights have erratic opening hours, some others require a reservation, and still others have long lines where reservations are strongly recommended. The Duomo (Cathedral) is free, open Mon–Wed and Fri 10:00–17:00, Thu 10:00–15:30, Sat 10:00–16:45 except first Sat of the month 10:00–15:30, Sun 13:30–16:45. Climbing the Dome costs €8, open Mon–Fri 8:30–19:00, Sat 8:30–17:40, last entry 40 min before closing, closed Sun. The Campanile (Giotto's Tower) costs €6, open daily 8:30–19:30, last entry 40 min before closing. The Baptistery interior costs €4, open Mon–Sat 12:15–19:00 except first Sat of month 8:30–14:00, Sun 8:30–14:00, last entry 30 min before closing. The famous bronze doors are on the outside so they're always "open" (viewable) and free. Orsanmichele Church is free, open Tue–Sun 10:00–17:00, closed Mon. The niche sculptures are always viewable from the outside. WCs are in cafés along the walk. In churches and other sights along this walk, photos without a flash are generally OK. [This audio tour was updated in 2015] For more specifics, consult my guidebook. This is excerpted from Rick Steves' Florence and Tuscany 2010. Copyright 2009 Avalon Travel. Related information at www.ricksteves.com.