- 8 hours
- A scholarly day in Florence, highlighted by a tour of Santa Croce Basilica and an exploration of Renaissance Florence
- Led by Siro, Artist and Art Historian and private guide in Florence
- Florence Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Museo del Bargello, Basilica of Santa Croce - Pazzi Chapel, and Orsanmichele Church
Itinerary Inspiration - The Renaissance in Florence in Religious and Civic Life
We will start our day at Santa Croce, the Franciscan Basilica in the heart of Florence. We’ll admire the elegant facade before going inside to explore the artworks and memorial tombs within. With masterpieces by a long list of Florentine masters, from Cimabue to Giotto to Lippi to Vasari, the interior of the church is survey of Italian art in a serene and inspiring setting. With Siro, we will explore the chapels as well as the funerary tombs and monuments to the greats of Italian arts and culture including Michelangelo, Galileo and more.
Next, we will walk through the back streets of historic Florence to make our way to the Bargello Museum where Siro will help us to understand the sculpture collection by highlighting the works by artists who best represent the artist traditions of Renaissance Florence. Here we will meet Michelangelo, Donatello, and Cellini and learn more about the Grand Dukes who patronized them.
After a stop for a typical Tuscan lunch at a local spot nearby, and a walk through a local neighborhood to see beyond the tourist area of Florence, we will continue our exploration at Palazzo Vecchio. Once the town hall of the city of Florence, this impressive structure has held the Medici as prisoners and as rulers. Siro will guide us through the history of this fortified palace and help to place the Medici family in the larger context of the Florentine Renaissance. We'll discuss the architects and craftsmen who worked on the Palazzo throughout history.
From here, we will continue on foot to Orsanmichele Church, and learn about the role of the Guilds in the time of the Medici family. The building, which started as a communal granary and was later consecrated as a church, is decorated with sculptures that help tell the story of Florence's illustrious past. Saving best for last, we will stroll over to the majestic Duomo and walk all the way around this mighty cathedral, learning about Brunelleschi’s dome and how it was constructed against all odds hundreds of years ago. With long lines and limited access, we will forgo a visit to the interior of the Duomo, but we will admire the architectural features of it and the neighboring baptistery for a taste of early Renaissance architecture and decoration.
Our time with Siro will help connect the pieces of Florentine history that surround us in this unique city - from art and architecture to politics and power, we will come away understanding why Florence is unique in the world and how it is so intertwined with the Renaissance period.
The published itinerary represents Siro's favorite way to visit Florence. We have many Florence offerings which may better suit your interests.
Does this tour visit the inside of the Duomo?
It does not. The lines at the Duomo are notoriously long, and Siro would like to spend this day showing as much of Florence as possible rather than standing in line. We encourage you to visit the Duomo afterwards with your new in-depth knowledge about its architecture!
Do you reserve headsets for this tour?
Born and raised under the shade of Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome in Florence, Siro belongs to an important Tuscan family of art nouveau artists. After a diploma in ceramic decoration obtained in 2000, he has worked in a traditional Florentine workshop. He received his BA at the University of Florence and in 2008 published his research about the Richard-Ginori porcelain production that was commissioned by the vice-king of Egypt for the celebrations of the opening of the Suez Canal. In order to share his passion and love for art, culture, and the Florentine lifestyle, Siro is professionally trained as a tour guide for his hometown.
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