Great Florentine Women
Behind every great city there are often great women.
Florentine women played a great role in the historical and political evolution of Florence and Tuscany. Some of them became major players in the European political scene and others dedicated their life and time in Florence to art, literature and society.
This unique experience, provided by no other company in Florence, is a tribute to the roles of those amazing women.
GREAT FLORENTINE WOMEN | FULL DAY
Your specialized tour guide will lead you in a journey to discover the city through the achievements of its great women. Learn about their origin, life, accomplishments and legacy and visit locations in Florence that will bring the story of these great women to life:
- Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290), Dante’s loved one, his inspiration and his divine love, she is the subject of the most beautiful Canti of his Divine Comedy and Vita Nuova.
- Lucrezia Tornabuoni (1425-1482), mother of Lorenzo de’ Medici, the magnificent Lord of Florence and patron of the arts, she is also a sonnet writer and poet.
- Eleonora da Toledo (1522-1562), Spanish princess, wife of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Duchess of Florence and first lady. Great administrator of the family property in Tuscany, she acquired Palazzo Pitti, the new magnificent residence of the Family.
- Laura Battiferri (1523-1589), writer and humanist, she surrounded herself by the greatest minds of her time. She is also the wife of Bartolomeo Ammannati, court architect and sculptor.
- Caterina de’ Medici (1519-1589), daughter of Lorenzo II de’ Medici, future queen of France by marriage to Henry II, her life is a legacy of greatness and political endurance.
- Giovanna d’Austria (1547-1578), wife of Francesco I de’ Medici and mother of Maria, and part of the greatest love triangle in Florentine history.
- Bianca Cappello (1548-1587), noblewoman, mistress and second wife of Francesco I de’ Medici, they died on the same day, possibly poisoned by his brother, Cardinal Ferdinand.
- Maria de’ Medici (1575-1642), second of the family to be queen of France, she lived in times of extreme political tensions and intrigues. She is the grandmother of the greatest French king of all: Louis XIV, le Roi Soleil.
- Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1656), Roman Born from Tuscan parents, she spent 6 years in Florence where she achieved a huge success. Her life is a struggle to establish herself as a great painter in a world dominated by male artists.
- Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743), the last of the Medici, her legacy is forever related to Florence and the art in the city by the Family Pact, in which all the treasures of the Medici were given to the city, never to be moved out of it.
Of the numerous great Florentine women, we selected these few inspiring names and dedicated this tour to all the women of the world.
You’ll begin the tour by meeting with your guide for an introduction to the day ahead, including a presentation and identification of the Great Florentine Women. Then, you’ll walk throughout the historical center of Florence, including a stop at Dante’s House, and finish with a special visit to Palazzo Vecchio with access to the private Medici rooms inside the Palace.
At 1:30pm, there will be a lunch break (not included in fee) and discussion.
The afternoon program is dedicated to the political role of women in the Medici family dynasty, from the raise to power in Florence to having two queens of Florence from the family.
The tour will conclude with evening aperitif (included in fee) and discussion.
Up to 12 people. Please inquire about larger groups.
6 hours approx. + 1 hour lunch break.
Daily, starts at 9.00am by appointment. Tour can be split in two half-day tours.