TOUR OF FLORENCE
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FLORENCE IS LIKE A BLOSSOMING TREE ,which has its trunk and branches in the Piazza dei Signori… And Florence grows; and staunch palaces and slender towers rise up to all the stars!…Likewise, may experts in arts and sciences descend here to make Florence more rich and splendid! And down from the castles of the Val d’Elsa may Arnolfo be welcomed here to make the beautiful tower!And may Giotto come from the wooded Mugello, and Medici the courageous merchant!
Classic tour Florence: a walk in Florence
Florence is a city like no other, it is one of a kind. The tour will lead us through the reasons for its uniqueness and its outstanding heritage: the Cathedral Square, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of Saint John, Giotto’s Belfry, Dante’s Medieval district, Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the neighbourhood south of the river Arno known as Oltrarno.
The Classic Florence tour tells this story that never fails to amaze, the story of its villains , as well as the story of men of deep faith and genius. It tells about fierce fights and unprecedented political solutions, banks, crafts, risky ventures as well as about a “hospitable” city.
That’s Florence for you, with all its contradictions, a city that never stops saying something even when you are speaking of a “classic”.
“Florence, what a hell!”. In the ‘democratic’ Florence, the fight between the “immigrants” and the big fish, tycoons to the “core” ( Magnates) , is business as usual. A sort of role-play: black or white? Revenge and trial or alliance and friendship? In Medieval Florence, that’s all in a day’s work.
“Florence, what a hell!” is a tour of Dante’s places in the year that marks the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death. The story we are going to tell is the story of Dante and “his” Florence. We will venture into his neighbourhood, into the “hell” of fierce partisan fights, hatred and revenge between white Guelphs and black Guelphs. We will meet Dante’s “damned souls”.
We will get into his life, his loves, the “houses” of the people who were his friends, his “companions”, and thence we’ll come ”forth to see again the stars”. The outdoor tour can be combined with a visit to Dante’s House-Museum and other churches and palaces around town.
Guide tour “Florence with a view”
Florence is the city of a thousand perspectives. A story blessed with a view and a different flavour. Let’s find out which one you like best! Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is the city of a thousand perspectives.
The history of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Brunelleschi’s Dome can be “savoured” from the terrace on the Dome, from the terrace of the Cathedral Vestry Board Museum, from Giotto’s Belfry or you can go into the Boboli Gardens and taste the magic of that garden conversing with the city!
Unique views! Palazzo Vecchio, one of the most important museums in Florence, with its “great hall” that used to be the seat of the Great Council, and its intimate and arcane nooks, the private chapel of Eleanor of Toledo and Francesco de Medici’s private study, offers a lovely view of the city, and then history will taste better.
But there’s more than that…
“The private Uffizi”. The Uffizi Gallery is home to a remarkable number of world known masterpieces, and each one could tell a story that goes beyond the “façade”.
Let’s find together what’s “behind” the painting. Every single painting has a story to tell, sometimes more than one, so that’s art getting private. We will learn about the masterpieces created by Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio…
Tales of collections, of genius and of men who became artists.
Guided tour of Florence – The Renaissance:
Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael
In and out of Florence. “Foreigners” had the city as their meeting place. It is in Florence that art is learnt, but then each of them took a different route.
The highest number of works we still have are by Michelangelo and Raphael, while most of our “familiar” places are by Leonardo (tour of Vinci-Leonardo, there I’m at home), and that’s a hard choice too!
The tour will take us into one or more museums that are home to Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael’s masterpieces, but won’t forget to show you around too! You can take your pick among the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Medici Chapels, the Bargello, the Cathedral Vestry Board Museum, Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio or the Uffizi.
The Medici: the Palaces of Power
Florence, the fifth element of the universe, where personal ambition meets artistic genius.
The tour includes a visit of Florence’s Palaces: Palazzo Medici, Palazzo Vecchio, Bargello and Palazzo Pitti.
The tour will take you to discover the “beauty” of power in these masterpieces of political ambition. In Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the Medici family’s first ever Palazzo, we will find a familiar an Epiphany of family life in Palazzo Vecchio the history of a Republican Florence and the Medici family, the Grand-Dukes of Tuscany.
The Bargello, the national museum of sculpture, the seat of the Podestà in the Middle Ages, displays sculptures that used to be the symbols of the power of Florence’s virtuosos : Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Cellini, Giambologna …
Stories of genius and ambition!
Private tour rates
3 hours half day tour Euro 150. The rate is per tour not per person.
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- What languages are you tours in?
Our tours are in German, English, French, Spanish
- Are your tours pets friendly?
Yes, they are welcomed on walking tours.
- Private tour rates ?
3 hours half day tour Euro 150. The rate is per tour not per person. Museum tickets are not
- What does the Firenzecard, the official pass for the Florence Museums, offer? Please visit: www. firenzecard.it
- What is the Florence Tramway?
Here the Florence tramway network, visit www.gestramvia.com
- Where can we park in Florence?
Visit the link www.fipark.com/parcheggi
- How can I book museum tickets?
Our tours are with a skip the line access, so please contact us.