This tour is inspired to the TV show Medici: Masters of Florence, and will show you the real places where Cosimo de’ Medici lived and from where he ruled the city, highlighting the differences between history and fiction.
In the 15th century, the House of Medici became the richest and most powerful family in Italy. Their unprecedented wealth sponsored artists like Donatello, Botticelli and Michelangelo and the construction of churches and palaces. Medici Masters of Florence tour goes through the history of the family, from the ancestor Giovanni to the generations of Cosimo de’ Medici and Lorenzo de’ Medici. You will discover how the growing wealth of the family turned into political power, through a subtle system of exchanging favors.
Our tour starts in Piazza della Signoria to see Palazzo Vecchio (from outside), where the Signoria voted and where Cosimo de’ Medici was imprisoned before being sent into exile. We then move to the Duomo, to see Brunelleschi’s Dome, the greatest achievement of architecture in the Renaissance.
Close to the Duomo is Palazzo Medici Riccardi, home of the Medici in Florence. You will be stunned by the difference between the austere facade and the magnificent chapel inside, decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli with the famous Journey of the Magi fresco, a symbol of the power of the Medici.
Then, we will visit the Basilica di San Lorenzo, the parish church of the Medici Bankers, completely re-built by Filippo Brunelleschi, again sponsored by Cosimo de’ Medici with the profits of the Medici Bank. His masterpiece, the Old Sacristy, contains the tombs of Giovanni and Piero, while to tomb of Cosimo is right in front of the altar. In the same church we will also see other works by Donatello, Bronzino, Rosso Fiorentino, Verrocchio and Filippo Lippi.
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Brunelleschi’s Dome
- Benozzo Gozzoli – Journey of the Magi
- Donatello – Pulpit of the Resurrection
- Andrea del Verrocchio – Tomb of Piero de Medici “The Gouty”
- Filippo Brunelleschi – Old Sacristy
|Pricing||Private tour – starts from € 50/person and varies based on the number of participants|
|Pick-up||Florence – Piazza della Signoria in front of the statue of Cosimo de’ Medici (Hotel pick-up available for selected hotels)|
|Drop-off||Florence – Piazza di San Lorenzo|
|We schedule the tour upon request.
Based on the opening days/hours of the venues involved, we can provide the tour in the following days:
|The tour doesn’t involve a lot of walking, however it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes|
|The Basilica di San Lorenzo, as any other church in Florence, requires tourists to be appropriately dressed. Make sure your shoulders and knees are covered|
|Videos and pictures are allowed without flash|
|ID document is required to obtain ticket price reductions for children. This is mandatory (a photocopy is accepted)|
How is Medici Masters of Florence Tour different?
Well, this is an easy question: not many (if any at all) offer a Medici Masters of Florence tour out there. This is very strange when you consider that almost everything in Florence Italy has something to do with the House of Medici. Any Florence Day Tours you will attend during your stay will include a mention of the Medici family, but this tour, in particular, is focused on the history, the biographies, the conspiracies that happened when the Medici family ruled the city.
This is a private Medici Masters of Florence Tour. You won’t join any large or small group of tourists, it’s meant for you, your family and/or your friends. The Florence Tour Guide will be at your service for the duration of the tour, assisting you in buying tickets and explaining to you whatever you want to know.
Is our Medici Masters of Florence Tour expensive for you? Any agency will price a private 4 hours Florence Walking Tour no less than € 550. Here you can directly hire a local genuine Florence Tour Guide, so you save any agency or middlemen fees, which means paying up to 60% less. The tour is certainly expensive if you travel alone, but it’s as low as € 68/person for a family of five, and if you travel with another family of friends, it gets a lot lower: much less than any 3-hour Florence Day Tour offered online and much better than any shared group tour.
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