Walk Description

Created especially for our younger art enthusiasts, our Arte Firenze for Families walk acts as a primer to the rich collection of the Uffizi Gallery and to Florentine art and history, in general. The Uffizi is, perhaps, the best museum in the world in terms of its collection of Renaissance art, thus it will be an excellent text for our immersion into the art and culture of the time period. We will pair your family with an art historian, trained in an interactive inquiry-based learning technique, who will bring the collection to life, making what might be the kids' first museum experience both fun and informative.

We start our time together with a short introduction in Piazza della Signoria, discussing the Uffizi's structure and its relation to Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's town hall, and the importance of the Medici family. After spending some time outside the museum, we will then continue on to the museum, where we will spend roughly two hours exploring the collection.

Focusing on recurring subjects, themes and symbols, the historical background in which the works were created and biographical information about the artists, themselves, the docent will be able to construct an engrossing dialogue with the children about the art; how, why and by whom it was created. This will create an atmosphere of exploration and participation which will encourage investigation and interaction. By the end of the walk, the children will have a very clear idea of how and why art is created and will be able to better appreciate the artwork they will encounter throughout their trip.

In order to plan the best possible experience for your children, it would be helpful for us know some background. Have they traveled to other countries in the past? If so, where? Have they studied any subjects in school that would relate to the walk? Are they interested in art, music, even food! The more you can tell us, the better.

Due to the very interactive nature of this program and given the educational environment our docent aim to evoke, we adhere to a very strict maximum of 6 participants. Groups larger than 6 will need to book two separate walks that can run concurrently, but with different docents.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Category: Family Program
Venues: Uffizi Gallery
Additional Costs:
  • Uffizi Gallery Ticket - €14.00

    Each participant will be pre-charged for an entry ticket and reservation to the Uffizi Gallery.

  • Uffizi Gallery Ticket, Free - €0.00

    Children under 6 years old are allowed free entry to the Uffizi Gallery.

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    Kristin Stasiowski

    Kristin is originally from Wellesley, MA and received her PhD from Yale University in Italian language and literature in 2009. Her first taste of Italy came during a semester in Florence with the Georgetown University program at Villa Le Balze where she developed her love of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. After teaching Italian at Yale University, Kristin returned to Florence where she is currently teaching for several American university programs, including New York University and Kent State University. In addition to leading walks for Context Florence, she regularly takes groups of students to Siena to participate in the Palio from the "inside" with the "Contrada dell'Onda," into which she was 'baptized' in June 2006.

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    Lucia Montuschi

    Lucia is a University of Florence PhD art historian who completed her dissertation on eastern art. She has worked and researched in the many state museums of Florence, with a particular focus on art therapy. She has also taught for Pepperdine University and the International Art University. Currently, she teaches Venetian art at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Florence. Lucia is a charming and extremely knowledgeable docent, and is a lover of ideas.

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    Cornelia Danielson

    Cornelia has a PhD in art history from Columbia University and wrote her dissertation on Renaissance city planning. She is especially knowledgeable about Medici patronage. In addition to her research and teaching, Cornelia, a mother of a disabled child, runs an association dedicated to barrier-free travel in Florence and is author of "The Accessible Guide to Florence."

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    Monica Shenouda

    Monica completed her PhD in 2009 in the the history of art and architecture from the University of Virginia, specializing in the Italian Renaissance period. As a writer, she is interested in the literary culture of Florence as well as the city's art and architecture. Before coming to Florence, Monica lived in Rome, Venice, New York City, and Charlottesville, Virginia.

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    Elizabeth Butler

    Elizabeth recently received her MA in Florentine Renaissance art from Syracuse University in Florence. Her interests include women's history and women artists, particularly by women in convents. In addition to leading walks, she also lectures at various universities and institutions in Florence.

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    Valerie Niemeyer

    Valerie received her BA with highest honors in art history and museology at the University of Florence, focusing on the Renaissance art market. Although German, Valerie was born and raised in Rome, making her eager to build bridges across different cultures. She also works for the educational department of the state museums in Florence, where her mission is to communicate art and culture as a means of understanding the visual signs that surround us.

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    Elizabeth Molina

    Elizabeth is originally from Massachusetts where she earned a BA and MA in Art History. Living in Florence since 2007, she collaborates as a free lance educator at Foundation Palazzo Strozzi, and is currently completing her PhD in Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.

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    Lucia Picchi

    Lucia Picchi grew up in Rome where she graduated in 2001 with a thesis on Roman fresco decoration, after which she took part in an internship at the Louvre. In Florence since 2003, she expanded her passion for drawings thanks to a student's grant at the Longhi Foundation of Art History. In this city, she has also continued building on her knowledge of minor arts with a Masters program at the University of Florence, and an additional license in wood restoration. In the last few years, Lucia has been strongly interested in the movement of artworks for temporary exhibitions.

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    Molly McIlwrath

    Molly holds an MA in Italian literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she completed her PhD coursework and exams with a specialization in Renaissance and Early Modern periods. She spent a year in Venice as an undergraduate while at the University of California-Santa Cruz and afterwards worked in Siena for two years for the University of California Education Abroad Program. She later went to graduate school and, after finishing her studies in Madison, found herself back in Venice once again for another year, this time conducting archival research for her doctoral dissertation. She has remained in Italy ever since, has taught courses in Renaissance history in Florence, and is a licensed tour guide of Florence and its province.

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    Alexandra Lawrence

    After studying Italian literature at the graduate level, Alexandra made her permanent home in Florence where she teaches journalism, contemporary Italian culture, and travel writing courses at several local universities. A member of the council of advisors for the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, she is particularly interested in female artists and patronage in Florence and Tuscany. In addition, she has written on several of the city’s most important restorations and has enjoyed getting to know many of the experts in the restoration field. She is a licensed professional guide for Florence and its province and is the editor-at-large of the English language newspaper, The Florentine.

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    Helen Bayley

    Born in the UK Helen moved to the USA to attend college. First the Rhode Island School of Design for her BFA in Painting and then Indiana University for graduate school. Helen remained in the USA for another twenty years teaching painting and drawing at the college level, initially at Kansas City Art Institute and the last seven years teaching drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. During this time Helen exhibited her paintings in galleries across America including New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C and Chicago. Helen is continues to paint and exhibit and is currently represented by Gallerie Sparta, Beverly Hills.
    In Florence Helen is part of a cultural group "I Buontalenti" and her paintings can be seen as part of an annual cultural celebration of the patron Saint of Florence, Saint John the Baptist and at other venues.
    Helen has had a long term relationship with Florence and Italy; her first visit was as a study abroad student in Rome in 1987. Return visits ensued for teaching, fun and study, including a summer at The American Academy in Rome as a visiting artist/scholar and intensive summer workshops at The Florence Academy of Art. Helen is a licensed guide of Florence and the province of Florence and has made the city of Florence her home.