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Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

1. Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

Known for influencing and promoting the arts, the Medici were one of the most powerful families in Florence. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the family’s historical power as you admire the cultural and architectural stamp they left on Florence. Your first stop is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444, the impressive building was built to be the familial home. Continue to Basilica di San Lorenzo, the oldest documented religious building in Florence. Your tour continues to other landmarks commissioned or influenced by the Medici family, such as the Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini, and Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata. Admire the Piazza della Signoria and learn about the building’s diverse history. Finish your tour at Palazzo Pitti. Purchased in 1550 to be the new Grand Ducal residence, the building symbolizes the Medici’s power over Tuscany.

Florence: Boboli Gardens Small-Group Walking Tour

2. Florence: Boboli Gardens Small-Group Walking Tour

This walking tour throughout the city is ideal for discovering the secrets and mysteries of Florence. Your expert, multilingual-guide will walk with you through the millennial streets and squares while illustrating what makes Florence one-of-a-kind. From the life of Dante to the rise and fall of the Medici family, this exclusive walking tour will take you through the city’s fascinating history. Continue on your journey to the magical Boboli Gardens. With your guide, walk through the alchemical paths of the Boboli made of mazes that lead to hidden caves covered with limestone. Be stunned by the genius engineering of XVI century architects like Buontalenti, the inventor of the first Gelato. Wander around the fountains, obelisks and even ice making pyramids. Finally, enjoy breathtaking 360° views of Florence from Cavalier's Palace.

Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

3. Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

Raffaello Sanzio from Urbino contributed to beautifying the city of Florence during his stay in the city from 1504 to 1508. He died at the age of 37 in 1520, and on the occasion of the anniversary of his death you can enjoy a special tour about this rarely-discussed painter. The Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, houses the best Raphael paintings in Florence, including a portrait of the beautiful Fornarina in the sweet face of the Madonna della Seggiola (Virgin Mary of the Chair). You will also encounter the palace where Raphael saw Leonardo’s Mona Lisa in Florence, which totally impressed him. Raphael was also an original architect of smart taste with Raphael’s style palaces in Florence very different from the Florentine Renaissance-style buildings. Raffaello was handsome, kind, and intelligent, and everybody loved him. Your guide will tell you the story of Raphael's short but intense life, full of love, women, and favors from his patrons.

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What people are saying about Basilica of San Lorenzo

We arrive in Florence on Friday and after spending a day wandering among shops and monuments we decide to book a guide for the following day, We never imagined that it would be a beautiful experience and that it would make our stay unique. Alberto our guide accompanied us not only between palaces and history but made us experience two hours of intense magic making us travel with the imagination in the Italian Renaissance one of the most incredible historical periods of our history. Organization rating 10 Companion rating 10 ++

Notre guide Valentina était absolument une passionnée et mine d’information sur les Médicis. Sa connaissance multidisciplinaire en architecture, histoire de l’art, personnages marquant et anecdotes amusantes sur les familles de l’époque, leurs interactions, rumeurs intimement reliées à l’histoire de Florence nous ont ravis. À noter sa maîtrise excellente de la langue française, j’aurais adoré que le tour soit plutôt de 3-4H que 2H!

Our guide, Anna, was very kind, knowledgeable and passionate. The tour lasted even longer than expected but this was also because we asked her for some insights that she was very willing to give us. I recommend it and then knowing the history of the doctors was really interesting and useful to be able to visit Florence with a completely different awareness

The tour was one of the best I've had in Florence. I was given 'insiders' that you can't read anywhere. I was able to learn a lot and refresh my knowledge. Thank you and I recommend this tour to everyone.

The garden guide took her time; many background stories told in an interesting way!!..an oasis in the midst of thousands of people in Florence