Medici Dynasty

The most important dynasty in Italy revealed.
The Medici family ruled Florence and Tuscany for over three centuries and contributed like no other to the renaissance movement that started in the 15th century. Coming from the Mugello area, just north of Florence, the Medici was a family of bankers that accumulated huge amount of wealth and power that lead them to become Grand Dukes of Tuscany in the 16th century and an important player in the European political and strategic scene. Among them, Cosimo the Elder is considered to be the Father of the Nation, his grandson Lorenzo the Magnificent is by excellence the perfect patron of Renaissance art, philosophy and literature. Cosimo I changed the status of the family from Dukes of Florence to Gran Dukes of Tuscany and unified the region in 1555.

Among the family members, two became Popes in times critical to the Church future and doctrine. While declining in the 17th century and ending in the 18th century, the Medici dynasty left their mark on Florence and Tuscany, and consequently on the world, like few others did.

Travel back in time and understand how this great family shaped history and politics in the times of the Tuscan state and sponsored the art you see now in Florence and Tuscany.

HALF DAY MEDICI TOUR | 3 Hours
This introductory tour begins with a historical presentation of events related to Florence and the Medici, tracing the roots and raising to be the most powerful family in Florence in the 15th century while visiting important monuments and palaces in the historical center of Florence.

DETAILS
Meeting at your hotel or an established location. Introduction to the tour and explanation of the historical moment and facts. Walking tour starting from Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, San Lorenzo church and square, Duomo square, walk to Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi square and the Oltrarno neighborhood with a special stop at Palazzo Pitti, the Medici residence from the mid 16th century till 1737. This is a walking and historical tour without museums visit.

PARTICIPANTS | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION | 3 hours approx.
SCHEDULES | Daily, starts in morning and afternoon.
FEE | From 220 Euro.

FULL DAY WALKING TOUR | 7 Hours
In-depth journey into the legacy of the Medici family with special visits to their Palaces and art collection in various museums in Florence.

DETAILS
Meeting at your hotel or an established location. Introduction to the tour and explanation of the historical moments and facts. Walking tour starting at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and visit to the palace museum, San Lorenzo church and the Medici Chapels, Duomo square, walk to Piazza della Signoria and visit inside Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi square and the Oltrarno neighborhood with a special stop at Palazzo Pitti and visit to the Boboli Gardens.

Experience more with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery and/or Accademia Gallery.

PARTICIPANTS | Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
DURATION | 3 hours approx.
SCHEDULES | Daily, starts in morning and afternoon.
FEE* | From 420 Euro.

* Museums entrance fee not included, prices vary from 6 to 16,50 Euro per person per museum. We can arrange for museum ticket reservation (highly recommended due to long waiting lines), please inquire.

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