The Medici Palaces Private Tour


Rulers of Tuscany for three centuries, the Medici Family changed history and shaped the city of Florence as we see it today. This 3-hour tour with a history expert will follow their footsteps and decipher the omnipresent legacy that this powerful family has left to the city.

From the modest façade of the Palazzo Medici-Richardi to the lavish interior of the Palazzo Pitti, a visit to the major residences of the Medici will unveil the rise and fall of the family. This private tour ends with an in-depth exploration of the Pitti palace, which holds the richest art collection of the Medici Family and shows their role as the greatest patrons of the Renaissance.
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    Why you'll love this

  • Learn about the true stories of the Medici with an expert history guide
  • Visit three palaces of the Medici in their historic context
  • Admire the Medici collection of masterpieces by artists like Raphael, Titian and Rubens
  • A privileged private tour adapted to your pace and interests

    What's included

  • A historic walk covering the Palazzo Medici-Richardi, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the Vasari Corridor from outside
  • Skip-the-line tickets and 1.5-hour guided tour in the Palazzo Pitti (Royal Apartments and Palatine Gallery)
  • A licensed historian guide only for your private group

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Your guide

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.


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Why book with us
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 03h00

  • Private Tour

  • Group Size
    6 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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The itinerary

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.

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