- 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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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.
Born in Barcelona, Silvia has been in Florence for 15 years. Trained as a historian, she brings her love of Renaissance art, symbology, and fashion history in art to her tours in Florence. She taught Spanish in private schools in Italy before developing specialised language courses for tour guides. Silvia entered the world of Italian tourism herself, first as a tour leader and then as an official licensed guide for Florence, Siena, and their respective provinces. Her passion is finding the connections between art, culture, history and society and sharing her knowledge with her clients. She can lead tours in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Maria is a licensed guide of Florence and Tuscany and has a PHD in art history, specializing in Medieval Christian imagery. Maria studied Art History at the University of Pisa, inspired by Giorgio Vasari's book "The Lives of the Artists". Since then she has studied and worked internationally, including in Paris and London, presenting papers on her area of research across Europe and the USA. For several years, Maria worked as a Research Assistant at Oxford University and co-curated several exhibitions. Living in Florence, she draws inspiration every day from her adopted city’s wealth of art and beauty and she loves to share her experience and passion for Florence with others.
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