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photo by Alberto Desideri

When Florence was the New York of the Middle Ages

It is a 3 hours tour. It includes Piazza del Duomo, Orsanmichele, the medieval district, piazza della Signoria and the church of Santa Croce.

Entrance fee Basilica di Santa Croce:  6 €                                                  

The Golden Age of the Italian Painting at the Uffizi: from Giotto to Michelangelo

 Two or three hours tour

Entrance fee to the Uffizi: 12,00 euros + 4,00 euros reservation                

In the name of God and money

It is a two hours walking tour without any entrance fee to pay. It starts with Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, goes across San Lorenzo, walks through via Tornabuoni, where you can admire Palazzo Antinori, Palazzo Corsi-Tornabuoni and the monumental residence of the Strozzis, it continues in piazza Santa Trìnita, with Palazzo Bartolini-Salimbeni and Palazzo Spini-Feroni, as well as the Sassetti chapel, goes across the Arno river and ends  in piazza Pitti right in front of  Palazzo Pitti.

The Medici and their palaces

Tour n. 1:  We start visiting the first monumental residence of the family, the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and the precious Chapel of the Magi decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli, we go on with the Medici Chapels celebrating the royal survival beyond death in the Chapel of the Princes and where Michelangelo announced the beginning of a new artistic language in the New Sacristy. In the Duomo, we evoke a dramatic moment in the history of the family: the Pazzi conspiracy. In Santa Trinita church we admire the portrait of Lorenzo il Magnifico, the hidden monarch of Florence, his sons, his friends and loyal allies. In piazza della Signoria, Bandinelli's, Ammannati's and Cellini's statues tell us about Florence when the Medici had abolished the republican institutions and became Grand Dukes. Beautiful artworks and also political messages in the political center of the city. 

Duration of the tour: 3 hours 

Entrance fees Cappelle Medicee:          6 euros + 3 euros reservation       
                Palazzo Medici Riccardi:   7 euros                                          

Tour n. 2: We start with piazza della Signoria, in the shade of Palazzo Vecchio, the ducal residence and nearby the statues symbolizing the vertues of the Medici Dukes. Following the Vasari's Corridor (from the outside) which connects the new and the old residence of the Ducal family, we go across the river Arno, walking on the Ponte Vecchio we arrive at Palazzo Pitti, the new Grand-dukes Palace. Then we visit the Galleria Palatina, the most sumptuous museum of Florence, where paintings, statues, stuccoworks, frescoes, inlay of semi precious stones converge in the spectacular rooms to form a triumph of splendour and refinement overwhelming the visitors. The Baroque frescoes decorating the ceilings tell us about the times when the Medici and their court used to live in the Palace.

Duration of the tour:  approximately 3 hours

Entrance fee Galleria Palatina: 13 euro + 4 euros reservation                                                                  

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