The Medici was the richest and most powerful family in Florence, and this tour will offer you an accurate portrayal of their time. Through Florence’s monuments you will discover the legends that surround this royal family. The power, art, loves, conspiracies: an ancient history yet to be discovered!
This unique tour of Florence will take you to the places that were once the scene of the story of one of the longest-running Lords of Italy: The Medici. A royal family that has dominated the Italian and European history for at least three centuries, and that left traces still visible today in the streets and palaces of Florence.
The tour begins with a visit Palazzo Medici Riccardi, one of the first Medici residences and one of the first Renaissance buildings in the city. Here, you can admire the magnificence of the Chapel of the Magi: a wonderful private Chapel, completely frescoed by Benozzo Gozzoli. You will learn to recognize Cosimo de' Medici (known as ‘the Elder’), Lorenzo de’ Medici (known as ‘the Magnificent’) and all his brothers, famous names associated with the history of Florence and Italy.
Then, we will head to the ancient Basilica of St. Lawrence, the place of burial of the worthy members of the wealthy Florentine family and their loyal artists, such as the famous Donatello. A few metres away you can get into the Medici Chapels, another private Chapel whose author is the brilliant Michelangelo.
Our tour of Florence continues through the historic centre with the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Baptistery (San Giovanni), the Giotto’s bell tower and the Brunelleschi’s Dome. Here, you will learn from our guide a lot of captivating stories and legends about the Medici family: for example the dramatic episode of the Pazzi family’s conspiracy, but also romantic love stories.
The next stop of the tour will be the Piazza della Signoria. Here, we will visit a gallery that holds Roman sculptures along with the wonderful masterpieces of such artists as Cellini and Giambologna. Also, we will visit the Palazzo Vecchio behind the medieval appearance hides a luxurious interior. From there you will be accompanied to Ponte Vecchio, the city's most famous bridge, with its romantic postcard view of Florence.
If you are interested in this kind of tour, you might also affect the Tour of Florence discovering Galileo Galilei and his Science.
Instead, If you want to learn more about the history of Florence through its monuments, we recommend the Florence Tour to discover the Street Names of the Historic Centre or the Guided Tour of Villa Bardini in Florence!
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and wear sunglasses and a sun hat in the summer months.
Also, appropriate clothing is required for the entrance to museums and places of worship.
Please, note the following times and closing dates:
Entrance to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi: 9:00-18:00, closed on Wednesday.
Entrance to the Basilica of St. Lawrence: 10:00-17:30.
Entrance to the Laurentian Library: 9:30-13:30.
Entrance to the Medici Chapels: 8:15-16:50.