The ideal first meeting with the historical downtown of Florence consists on a pleasurable, slow promenade without hurry. You will discover with your guide the main attractions of the city: the Cathedral's square, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Old Bridge, the Pitti Palace, the Porcellino's Fountain („the piglet“), San Lorenzo district and Medici Riccardi Palace, just from outside.
Guided tour dedicated to the masterpieces of one of the most wonderful museum all over the world: from the medieval Madonna enthroned of Giotto, through the international gothic style of Gentile da Fabriano, to the geometrical lucidity of Piero della Francesca, up to the fluctuating dance of Botticelli's „Spring“, without forget the bright colours of the „Tondo Doni“ of Michelangelo, the smoky atmospheres of Leonardo da Vinci, the harmonious, graceful serenity of Raphael, the golden light of Titian, the moral anguish of Caravaggio.
Guided tour in one of the most famous museums in Florence: we will walk across the suggestive procession of the „Prisoners“ and we will reach the titanic „David“ of Michelangelo, the agony and the ecstacy of art lovers, the symbol of the florentine pride, of the freedom of the republic, of the heroic intellect of all the humanity from its 5 meters and 17 centimetres of height in the pure Carrara's marble.
With a taste of music too.
Bankers and merchants, Popes in Rome and Queens in France: the Medici dynasty ruled over Florence and Tuscany across centuries of prestige, culture, prosperity. An extraordinary political talent and a strong vocation for patronage of the arts turned Florence into the guiding light of art history in 1400. Let's remember dawn and sunset of the illustrious lineage, moved from the countryside to the city: the bank, the exile, the power, the love and the crimes. Fascinating intrigues of one of the most prestigious family in the whole Europe across Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and the official procession's path of Cosimo I.
Guided tour of intense spirituality. A travel across the centuries, perfect to contextualize the historical evolution of the splendid Cathedral (where Giuliano de' Medici was murdered during the famous Pazzi Conspiracy in 1478); the building of the Baptistery, a rare oriental corner in the city; the elegant Campanile of Giotto. We will end in style with the new Museum of the Cathedral, admiring the touching „Mary Magdalene“ of Donatello and the „Pietà Bandini“ carved by Michelangelo.
The triumphant Palatina Gallery: it's not enough to describe it.
You will fall in love with the splendid, lavish, sumptuous arrangment, the impressive amount of masterpieces, the gorgeous painted vaults. Guided tour to the key pieces of the Gallery, from Filippo Lippi to Raphael, Titian, Giorgione, Rubens... in the astonishing context of Pitti Palace, the last Medici residence.
An amazing adventure through the historical and civic power.
Heart of the free Republic, later occupied by Cosimo I de' Medici and his wife Eleonora di Toledo, then headquarters of the parliament during the short period of Florence Capital... Palazzo Vecchio („Old Palace“) had a lot of names during its history, but it was always considered as the seat of governement and it always played a key role in the proud heart of Florentines. We are going to try to discover the Vasari's frescoes, we are going to have a look on the wonderful „Judith and Holophernes“ of Donatello. After all, „cerca trova“ (seek and ye shall find).
First medicean palace in the city, it was the prototype for all renaissance palaces in Italy. Palazzo Medici Riccardi conserves a small, precious, unique pearl: it's the Chapel painted from Benozzo Gozzoli with the „Procession of the Magi to Bethlehem“, commissioned by Cosimo the Elder. It will be funny to guess who is who, to identify the profiles of Lorenzo the Magnificent, his father Piero the Gouty and much more...
Our last stop will be in the most interesting baroque oasis of the city: the Galleria degli Specchi, painted by the neapolitan Luca Giordano.
Too often ignored, the Bargello needs to be reconsidered. It is one of the majour sculpture's and decorative arts museum in whole Italy and it offers an extraordinary artistic path going from Quattrocento to Cinquecento. It houses the quintessence of Renaissance: the „St.George“ of Donatello. But much more as well: ivories, tapestries, goldsmithing, bronze statuettes, enamelled and colourful terracotta. All the most noteworthy names of the Renaissance's dawn are here displayed: Donatello, Verrocchio, Luca della Robbia, Antonio del Pollaiolo, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Filippo Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.
Church of S.Lorenzo, Laurentian Library and Medici Chapels
This church is intimately connected with the Medici family.
We will talk about Brunelleschi, who didn't like the intervention of Donatello in the Old Sacristy. Then, we will admire the unprecedented bronze sarcophagus by Verrocchio; we will see Cosimo the Elder's tomb; we will climb the wonderful staircase of Michelangelo, leading to the temple of all the sciences: the Laurentian Library. Then, we will have a look on the precious marbles and stones of the Chapel of Princes and finally we will forget about time in the magic, silent, eternal New Sacristy of Michelangelo.
Church of Santa Maria Novella and Church of Santa Croce
They are situated at the opposite side of each other. First settling of the Dominican and the Franciscan order, they both are the richest churches in Florence, after the Cathedral.
From the crucifixes of Giotto, Masaccio and Brunelleschi in Santa Maria Novella, up to the frescoes of Giotto in Santa Croce, with a stop-over in front of the „Cavalcanti Annunciation“ and the legendary „Eggs Crucifix“ of Donatello. But why „Eggs Crucifix“?...
Piazzale Michelangelo and Church of San Miniato al Monte
Simply, the most beautiful view of Florence.
Your gaze will embrace the most unforgettable panoramic view of this city and will be accompanied by your guide's explanation, before going on with our visit to the most romantic and evocative church of Florence: San Miniato al Monte, a florentine romanesque masterpiece.
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