Medici Family: Masters of Florence Guided Tour
The history of Florence could not be told without recalling the events of the Medici
The family that governed the fortunes of the ‘city of lily’ from the fifteenth century until the early eighteenth century, leaving that immense heritage of palaces, sculptures and paintings, now admired by the whole world that we will discover during our guided tour.
Religious center of Florence: the Cathedral and the Baptistery
From the heart of the city, not far from the religious pole consisting of the Cathedral and the Baptistery, we will begin the journey: we will visit the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the first example of a Renaissance palace in Florence. Entering into the beautiful Chapel of the Trinity, better known as the Chapel of the Magi, we will admire the elegant procession of courtiers and knights exotic fashioned, a cycle of frescoes painted by Benozzo Gozzoli, one of the most fascinating for both beauty and symbolic complexity of the characters represented.
Walking tour from Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Signoria
Leaving the Palace you will continue to Piazza del Duomo and then to Piazza della Signoria. Moving among the streets and squares, we will not only talk about the monuments linked to the Medici but also about the lesser-known history of the family members, the one adumbrated by conspiracies, betrayals, murders and where they took place. We will arrive in Piazza della Signoria, a real open-air museum where many of the monumental statues that can be seen, such as the Benvenuto Cellini’s Perseus, the Judith of Donatello, Michelangelo’s David, were commissioned by the Medici – and also by their adversaries – to transmit important political messages at a crucial period in the history of Florence between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.
The Masters of Florence
Once consolidated their power, the Medici wanted to celebrate with magnificent works the glory of the family, once it was sovereign of the new state created with the union of all the tuscan cities under a single scepter; this desire for magnificence and sought after beauty is what we will know passing through the Uffizi Gallery and then reaching Ponte Vecchio. On the oldest Florentine bridge, frequented and photographed by thousands of tourists every day, we will discover the presence of a ‘secret passage’ wanted by the Medici family to connect the “here and there” and “beyond the Arno” for a very particular purpose….
The Oltrano district: tour of Palazzo Pitti
We will conclude our journey in front of the monumental Palazzo ducale, better known as Palazzo Pitti, the new edifice that the Medici enriched with decorations, as well as precious paintings and sculptures when they assumed the role of reigning dynasty in the mid-sixteenth century.
Visiting Florence retracing the events of the Medici means not only discovering one of the salient pages of the history of the city, but it is immersing oneself in an intriguing path in which the lives of characters, sometimes cultured and refined, sometimes shady and cunning, intertwine each other and in which the lights and shadows of one of the most important families in the history of Europe are revealed.