A remarkable dynasty.
A remarkable dynasty.
The Medici of Florence: while not especially distinguished in the 14th century, bankers Giovanni and especially his son Cosimo (the Elder) produced the single most powerful and influential family of 15th-century Florence which went on to supply early 16th century rulers of Florence and two Popes, Leo X (1513-21) and Clement VII (born 1478, 1523-34).
A second line of the family, starting with Cosimo I (great grandson of Lorenzo the Magnificent) would rule Florence and Tuscany as Grand Dukes until 1737. As the family ruled in Florence, in one form or another, through the heyday of the Renaissance, their name is forever associated with the great artistic achievements of that era.
Medici “rule” in Florence can be divided into three phases: unofficial control of the republic’s political machine in the 15th century, recognized rulers through a transitional period in the early 16th century, then hereditary rulers as Grand Dukes from 1537 to 1737 (from Cosimo I to Gian-Gastone).
It was their good fortune and ours that the last of the Medici, Anna Maria Luisa, by means of the “Family Pact,” succeeded in passing on all the family’s possessions to the Medici’s political successors, the House of Lorraine in exchange for the promise that all would stay put and not be shipped off to Austria or dispersed by sale as had virtually all the collections of other great Renaissance ruling families in Italy.
Art & Galleries - Families & Kids - Cities & History - € 33.00
Join the fun – we offer the chance to experience the entertaining walking adventure featured on numerous TV documentaries. Highly recommended by just about every major travel guide, our exploration of the city’s streets is a great way to learn about its fascinating past.
Wine - Art & Galleries - Eco-Friendly Tours - Cities & History - € 84.00
The charming medieval Oltrarno quarter hides a dark and mysterious past. Let our experts lead you through its intriguing history on this unique twilight adventure, before taking the edge off with a glass of Italian wine.
Art & Galleries - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - € 36.00
Visit the Accademia and watch art and history be brought to life by our guides. Ours is the only tour that focuses solely on Michelangelo and his statue of David, allowing you to marvel at the masterpiece and discover its story in a small group.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Fashion & Shopping - Exclusive Experiences - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - Special Discounted Packages - from € 29.00
Explore the Florentine winter magic with this limited time, privately guided tour.
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Explore the splendid palace built by the wealthy Pitti family – Medici rivals – in the 15th century. Today this historic palazzo is the biggest museum campus in the city, housing 5 museums with an eclectic array of art and artefacts. Romp through collections ranging from opulent private living quarters, to 16th and 17th century paintings (in the Palatine Gallery) and a Costume Gallery.
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From the shocking lifestyles of the rich and famous to the seedy underbelly of the city’s past, this unique, never-been-done before Florence tours will unravel the secrets that rocked the Renaissance.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - Special Discounted Packages - Cities & History - Architecture & Monuments - from € 109.00
Experience the beauty and culture of Florence with your own personal guide on these private exclusive tours when you book a place on this discounted bundle that explores the city’s intimate ancient stories. Join our local experts for six hours of the best sites and scenes, including the historical centre and the two world-renowned museums - the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery Museum.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - Cities & History - Architecture & Monuments - from € 20.00
Step back in time through more than 2,000 years of tantalising and tumultuous history to find out how this glorious city became one of the most important art centres of all time. See fabulous masterpieces and hear about the astounding events that happened here which shocked the Florentines...
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See local artisans producing some of the city’s most famous traditional handicrafts. This exclusive Artisan's Workshop tour takes you into a world that cannot be found anywhere else but in the ancient streets of this glorious destination.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Eco-Friendly Tours - from € 24.00
A relaxing evening walk around Florence’s most charming, fascinating and historic quarter, the Oltrarno, concluding with a pre-dinner drink in a charming local establishment. Experience the dark, medieval past as it is brought to life during this unique exploration of the little-known but notable quarter.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - from € 55.00
Our expert Uffizi Gallery guides weave stories about the artists who changed the face of art forever. Join them to discover the masterpieces of this world-famous museum.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - from € 38.50
Get an exclusive look into the sumptuous and decadent world of the Medici Chapels with the aid of a personal guide. Set within the glorious San Lorenzo, the Medici Chapels are magnificent installations paying homage to the talent and ingenuity of the architecture and sculpture of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Exclusive Experiences - from € 50.00
Join the world’s leading 'art sleuth' on a visit through a world-heritage listed landmark while you learn about his work to solve the last truly great art mystery: the search for Leonardo Da Vinci's greatest missing masterpiece.
Museum Tickets & Reservations - € 36.00
Let us take care of your Uffizi Gallery tickets and reservations so you can skip the longest entry lines.
Easy booking for this top museum in Florence.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Exclusive Experiences - from € 165.00
Experience your very own private after-hours access to the Vatican Museum, in the company of an expert art historian who will guide you through the wonders of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - from € 74.00
Let our expert guides offer you a unique perspective on the world’s greatest artist. We unravel the complex web woven between Michelangelo and his powerful yet demanding patrons, the Medici family.
Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Fashion & Shopping - Eco-Friendly Tours - from € 21.52
Explore the less celebrated, but all the more tantalising, history of scandal and drama during this unique adults-only tour of the city. Fame and fortune during the Renaissance inevitably generated numerous scandals, notorious reputations and epic rumours. From the outrageous lifestyles of the rich and famous to their crimes of passion, hear all the juicy and sordid details behind the dramas that rocked the world of this high society.
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