The Lords of Florence: the Medici
The rise and fall of the most important family of Tuscany.
Join us to learn how one of the richest and most powerful families in Europe lived. They were merchants, bankers, patrons of the Arts and scholars who changed the appearance of the city and Tuscany forever. This journey full of history, love, passion and mystery will take you to the heart of Florentine neighborhoods, to discover majestic palaces, hidden corners, as well as artists, conspiracies and relationships with other powerful families of Florence and Italy.
We will follow the footsteps of the most important members of the family: Giovanni di Bicci, Cosimo the Elder, Lorenzo the Magnificent; these are just some of the names we will talk about during our tour.
There is a Medici for all tastes!
We will start at Piazza Santa Maria Novella and from there our tour will take us to the palaces where the Medici lived, crossing the old town where artistic and architectural wonders are found, to reach Ponte Vecchio, a place with a special charm, unique in the world. We will cross the bridge and get lost in the “Oltrarno”, the neighborhood on the other side of the river, with its medieval towers and Renaissance palaces, its antique shops and craftsmen, its latest cafés and restaurants. Through its narrow streets you can breathe the atmosphere of real Florence. And finally we will end up in front of the majestic Pitti Palace, another center of culture, art and beauty worldwide. If you decide to visit it on your own, inside you will find several museums where you can admire magnificent works by Rafael, Caravaggio, Tiziano, Rubens amongst others and also visit the splendid Boboli garden, a green oasis in the historic center of Florence, and from where you can contemplate a different perspective of Brunelleschi’s dome.
Do not miss it!