- Uffizi Gallery
- 3 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
- Skip-the-line access to the Uffizi Gallery
As we stroll, we’ll appreciate the revolutionary techniques introduced by Cimabue and Giotto, whose expressiveness in two-dimensional art and original approach to representing space made them the pioneers of the Renaissance. After, we will contemplate the apex of harmony and naturalism, as symbolized by the works of Lippi and Botticelli, while also touching on philosophical concepts that were becoming increasingly popular at the time at the court of the Medici family. Our last stop will take us to some of the greatest examples from the Mannerist period, such as Parmigianino and Bronzino. By the end of the tour, we’ll have gained a greater understanding of the concepts of beauty, technical mastery, and the deep relationship between art and politics in Renaissance society.
Interested in our other Florence tours? Check out our Michelangelo in Florence Tour or our Savoring Florence Food Tour.
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Alessia has a degree in Art History and a Master in conservation of artistic heritage, a passion that she had since she was a teenager. After two years in Paris in late 90's, she is back with another scholarship in 2003 at the Louvre. She studies how museums are focusing on activities for families, museum education, and tours for people with special needs. Since 2002 she has worked as a tour guide with enthusiasm and she loves to show Florence blending history, art, food and fashion. Alessia has also been a docent in the vocational schools for guides and she is mother of two children.
Italian and American, educated in French schools and at the University of Florence, Manoli is passionate about history in general and Florentine history in particular. After several mission appointments with the United Nations, he returned to Europe where, for these past twenty years, he has worked in the artworld, in the commercial side (Christie’s) as well as in publishing of art books and catalogues (Skira Editore, Milan). Today Manoli lives in Florence where he enjoys sharing insights about the city’s fascinating history and heritage. He’s been a member of ICOM since 2004.
Kate (M.Phil.) lectures in Music & Cultural History at various prestigious institutions in Florence, including the British Institute, New York University and the Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici. She is also a licenced Italian tour guide. Before moving to Italy in 2007, she was Senior Producer for BBC Arts and Music and, for 10 years, she was Artistic Director of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London. Her post-graduate thesis (1992) led her into the fascinating world of late medieval Florence, via the shadowy, poet-composer Don Paolo da Firenze, since when she has published extensively as an academic, a critic and a journalist.
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