Michelangelo in Florence Tour - Medici Family Patronage

A unique Michelangelo tour. See an original Michelangelo contract in a Florence palace.   An exclusive Florentine experience with internationally-acclaimed author, historian and aristocratic count.

The Genius of Michelangelo Tour – Florence Medici Family Patronage

A Unique Michelangelo Tour

The only tour of its kind in Florence.

The Genius

Hear all about the genius of the one of the greatest renaissance masters, Michelangelo with an internationally-acclaimed author, historian and aristocratic count.

Palace studio

Visit the Count’s atmospheric studio and family archives.

Original Michelangelo Contract

See the original family contract with Michelangelo and hear about the patronage

Highlights of The Genius of Michelangelo Tour – Florence Medici Family Patronage


  • Partake in a unique private art tour in Florence led by an internationally-acclaimed author and historian, who happens to be a count with a family that actually holds an original contract with Michelangelo.
  • Ascertain how a humble family managed to work their way to being ruling princes of a state
  • Explore the complex and intriguing rise of this Florentine clan’s power as illustrated by the famous artist Giorgio Vasari
  • Discover the circumstances of Michelangelo’s creation for the New Sacristy in the church of San Lorenzo
  • Follow the family’s rise to power from Cosimo the Elder to the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I
  • Be fascinated by the dynamics of the Medicean power whilst touring the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, San Lorenzo (including the New Sacristy and the Medici tombs), and Palazzo Vecchio
  • Hear about the conspiracy in 1478 that strived to bring down this powerful family


Tour Details

The finer tour details:

Availability: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday. Not available on 1st January, 8th & 9th April, 1st & 2nd May, 24 June, 15 August nor 25, 26 & 31 December.

Meeting point: Our office at Via Sassetti, 1 (2nd floor) in Florence’s city centre. See map below for details.

Included: private guided tour led by a Count, entrance to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Medici Chapels and Palazzo Vecchio

Length: 3 hours

Weather: runs rains or shine

Private guided tour led by a Count, entrance to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Medici Chapels and Palazzo Vecchio

Important information

Weather: runs rains or shine

Meeting Point

We’ll confirm the meeting point with you after booking.
If you would like a private transfer to the meeting point please choose the optional add-on.


Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

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Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)

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