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My name is Francesco and I am a Florentine. Florence is, and has always been, the center and focus of my life. This is the city where I was born and raised, where I studied Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University, where I got married and where I became father. I lived and worked in Paris, and in London for a while, then I started teaching in schools for foreign students. In 1993, I won the Tourist Guide License in a public competition ( 14th out of a thousand of candidates), in that moment my passion became my job........

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Highlights

When Florence was the New York of the Middle Ages

 We will explore the monuments and the historical period which marked the beginning of the Golden Age of the city, when, during the second half of the XIIIth century, Florence became one of the largest european towns. 
It is the city that wrote on Bargello Palace's walls, "The Earth, the Seas and all the world belong to Florence"; it is the city of the gold
 florin, the dollar of the Middle Ages; the city with 150 tower houses, the medieval skyscrapers; the city with 80 banking companies that made Florence into one of the most important financial centers of Christendom, in other words, the New York of the Middle Ages.....
Read more: When Florence was the New York of the Middle Ages

The Golden Age of the Florentine Painting, from Giotto to Michelangelo

UffiziA walk through the great history of Florence and Italian painting. The artworks and the artists that have marked the western world painting.  

Giotto and the beginning of Italian painting, the masters of Early Renaissance, Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi, Piero della Francesca, Botticelli's mythologic allegories, Verrocchio and his talented pupil Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the "maniera moderna", Raphael's sublime beauty, Bronzino's aristocratic style, the warm sensuality of Titian, Caravaggio's "violent" art.....

Read more: The Golden Age of the Florentine Painting, from Giotto to Michelangelo

In the name of God and money

Fiorino God and money, Church and bankers, money and divine beauty, the forces which combined to generate  the Renaissance. "You cannot serve God and money" is written in the Gospels, nevertheless money can serve beauty, and when beauty celebrates God, it can even wash some sins away. Money cannot buy immortality but it can save from oblivion and it may be a good investment in the Kingdom of Heaven......

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Testimonials

  • Francesco is a superb guide.He has a natural talent to this profession and is capable to attrac...
    Cecilia Bottai
    Nov 15 2017, 7:23 (PM)
  • Grazie Francesco! Very knowledgeable guide, informative and professional. Thank you.
    Flavia Sole
    Nov 14 2017, 6:36 (PM)
  • 5ème visite à Florence avec Francesco, 5ème enchantement! Comment faire pour captiver 21...
    Bernard et Claire de Gatellier
    Nov 08 2016, 9:24 (PM)
  • Une fois de plus, Francesco a su captiver toutes les générations par sa haute culture, son...
    Bernard et Claire de gatellier
    Nov 08 2016, 9:17 (PM)
  • Merci Francesco pour cette visite de Florence que vous avez su rendre passionnante ! Vous avez...
    Thaïs de Beauvais
    Oct 31 2016, 12:45 (PM)
  • Merci Francesco de ce séjour culturel inoubliable servi par votre français irréprochable, vos...
    Louis d'Aubigny
    Oct 28 2016, 4:24 (PM)
  • Francesco a été un guide de groupe extraordinaire pendant toute cette semaine de voyage à Flor...
    Inès de Ruffray
    Oct 28 2016, 10:12 (AM)
  • Francesco nous a transmis son amour pour Florence, cette ville époustouflante de beauté, bercea...
    Fouc
    Oct 27 2016, 9:57 (PM)
  • Francesco was a wonderful guide for our trip through beautiful Florence. He was very professional...
    Margie Clark
    May 21 2016, 3:11 (PM)
  • Si vous aimez Florence et son histoire, vous aurez eu beau retourner la ville, ses musées,ses...
    Lasviguas
    Feb 03 2016, 11:15 (AM)
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