Florence - Uffizi Gallery & Museum, and Private Tours
FLORENCE TOUR 1Duration: 3 hours
Book this tour in advance to guarantee entry to the Accademia Gallery without having to queue.
Especially tailored for first time visitors to Florence , this tour consists of a general introduction to the history and art history of this fabulous city through some of its most famous highlights, such as:
- The religious center with the Cathedral, the Baptistery and Giotto's belltower
- The political center with Palazzo della Signoria, a-fortress-in-the-city, and still today's cityhall
- Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) , the oldest and most curious of the Florentine bridges
- Michelangelo's famous David at the Accademia Gallery
TOUR OF THE UFFIZI
Duration: 3 hours (a 30 min. interval is programmed during the tour)
Book this tour in advance to guarantee entry to the Uffizi without having to queue.
The Uffizi museum was originally built by the Medici to house their administrative offices. The world-famous painting museum contains masterpieces ranging from the Middle Ages to the Mannerist painters, going through Renaissance masterworks such as Botticelli's Primavera and the Birth of Venus, Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation and Michelangelo's Holy Family, Raphael portraits of Pope Leo X and Pope Julius II, Titian Venus of Urbino (just to name a few highlights....)
We'll spend time viewing and discussing the works that gave rise to the Florentine Renaissance so that you can enjoy a new understanding of this incredibly important period of art history.
FROM TOWER HOUSES TO RENAISSANCE PALAZZOS
Duration: 3 hours
Prices are for a private tour 1-4 persons
We start our tour in the oldest city center surrounded by some tower houses of the XII and XIII centuries.
Palazzo Davanzati an excellent surviving example of a medieval splendid building helps to fully understand the Florentines' way of life. The museum is of great inteest due to the architecture of its interiors and the rare wall decorations. The furniture, paintings, tapestries and household objects date from the 14th to the 17th centuries.
The Palazzo Strozzi , a jewel of Florence's Renaissance with its beautiful courtyard.
And then Palazzo Rucellai, one of the finest Renaissance mansions with its variety of windows shapes, emblems, loggia. The Rucellai family patronized the façade of Santa Maria Novella church and the link between the family and church is clearly legible on the façade.
The tour ends at the Santa Maria Novella pharmacy, a frescoed apothecary shop selling products from the elixirs of the Dominican monks to the herbal remedies and soaps.Catherine of the Medici, the great-granddaughter of Lorenzo the Magnificient who married king Henry II of France, had a special scent ceated exclusively for her... still being produced today.