Exploring the city of the Renaissance so rich in art and history is an experience best undertaken alongside an expert. Our museum guides are all accredited historians with an abundance of knowledge and passion, skilled at breathing new life into much-explored figures of Florence including Michelangelo and the Medici, guiding our eyes and minds through the stunning works in Uffizi and Accademia. Great storytellers and educators, our guides adapt the content of their tours to the age and interests of visitors, be they families or seasoned art connoisseurs.
Tracing the family history of the Medici from its beginning, this tour starts at the elegant courtyard of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the main residence of the first branch of the family. Commissioned towards 1444 by the family’s patriarch, Cosimo the Eldest, the building is relatively modest and austere. You’ll hear stories of its famous residents: Lorenzo the Magnificent and his friend Michelangelo.
After a stop outside the family’s private San Lorenzo Church, you’ll head to the second palace of the Medici that is also the Florentine town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio. The once medieval building had a Renaissance style facelift when another Cosimo, Cosimo I de’ Medici, moved in towards 1540. Here, we’ll admire the façade where stands David and visit the courtyard fully painted with fresco for the wedding of Cosimo’s son and the Princess of Austria.
We’ll then cross the Arno River following the “Vasari Corridor”, the 1km private suspended passageway for the Medici family to reach their last but the grandest palace: Palazzo Pitti. Accompanied by your expert guide, you’ll explore the palace interiors and experience Medici’s luxurious lifestyle, admiring their unequalled art collection in the Palatine Gallery. From there also unveils a magnificent view of the Boboli Gardens.
This tour takes you off the beaten track and offers a new way to explore Florence. After 3 hours, you’ll be equipped with a deep understanding not only of the Medici Family, but also of the city’s rich history and arts.
Romain was AMAZING!!! I will 100% be recommending him to our friends! Our Louvre tour was one of my kids favorite things we did and they said it was because of Romain.
Highly recommend. Private tour is a great way to get more personalized insights on Paris history. Guide was very knowledgeable. Will definitely use again.
We have done several tours with Localers and they are definitely worth the money! We are pretty independent travelers, but there is no substitute for local knowledge. Localers has the best guides!
I did 2 tours with Localers and would enthusiastically do more when I return to Paris. The main reason is the quality of the tours themselves, the fact they are authentic experiences, and you learn so much!
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