FLORENCE Orientation Tour for First Time Visitors

Language English, French, Italian
Price 1,00 EUR for excursion
Capacity Group of more than 10 people
Duration 3 hours

A walking tour that combines lecture-style input with amusing anecdotes and interesting insights to offer you an enjoyable and relaxed approach to the city.

Our meeting point, Palazzo Medici Riccardi will give us the opportunity to start the exploration of the city talking about the Medici family, the great rulers of Florence during Renaissance.

We will walk to the Accademia museum to show you some of Michelangelo’s works of art. We will admire the Prisoners, the sculptures he made for the monument to Pope Julius II, and the touching Pietà (his second) and discuss his unfinished works, the so-called “non-finito”. Finally our attention will turn to Michelangelo’s David, masterpiece and symbol of the Florentine Renaissance, completed in 1504 when he was only 29 years old. (No standing in line, I make the reservations for you!).

The Academy is also a painting gallery, where we can admire impressive size altarpieces from 12th to 16th century and religious subject paintings by Giotto, Perugino, Botticelli.

We continue our walk to admire the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo, impressively decorated with its polychrome marbles. The church started at the end of 1200 was actually finished during Renaissance and it’s today the third largest church in the world.

We will focus on the church's most important architectural features, especially the Dome, considered today the greatest achievement of 15th century architecture. Made out of bricks, the dome was built by the mathematician, engineer and architect, Filippo Brunelleschi.

The guided tour then continues with the Baptistery, one of the city's most ancient religious buildings; the beauty of its doors moved Michelangelo to call them "the Gates of Paradise"! Ghiberti, the artist who created the doors, spent 27 years of his life casting the doors in bronze and then gilding them.

Our walk now moves on to Piazza Signoria, political heart of the city. We reach the square moving along the Medieval streets of Florence, discovering local shops, small trattorias, viewing ancient towers and dwellings, breathing history at every step!

In this square you will find a unique outdoor sculpture gallery, including Neptune’s Fountain, a copy of the famous statue of David, and the bronze Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini.

The Signoria Palace, started in 1299 and finished at the end of the 1500, boasts finely frescoed state apartments and it is, still today, used as the city hall.

The imposing arcade decorating one side of the square, the Loggia, is a veritable open-air museum, housing original sculpture dating from Roman times to the late Renaissance.

Our tour takes us now to Santa Croce, the Florentine Pantheon of illustrious men of the past.

The church dates back from the end of 1200, in gothic style, stunning with its marble façade and beautifully positioned at the end of a large square. The Franciscan brothers have always ruled this church and have been preserving the so many artworks by artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Brunelleschi.

The church, known as "the Pantheon of the Italian glories", houses the tombs of great Italians of the past. We will visit the burial places of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei, Gioacchino Rossini.


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