Our walk will include all the city’s highlights but with something more: hidden between the most famous squares there are some little jewels, open just for few hours a day, that usually passed unnoticed. Keeping that in mind, our itinerary will change daily, in order to catch every opportunity that the city center has to offer. Starting from the 1700 years old San Lorenzo church we’ll dive into the inner mechanisms that shaped the city through its amazing architectures, discovering why Brunelleschi’s Dome was considered something impossible to realize and why Michelangelo called the east doors of the baptistery the Gates of Paradise. We’ll discover Florence's antique way of life walking through the medieval neighborhood, among the centenarian towers where also Dante was born. We’ll follow the birth and growing fortune of the Medici family, the historical rulers of the town, through their possessions, from their first residence, the Medici Palace, to the place in which they consolidated their supremacy, Palazzo Vecchio. Of course we won't miss Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air museum filled with some of the most incredible sculptures by Donatello, Michelangelo, Giambologna and Cellini. The goal is making you feel familiar with the town, comfortable while you'll be walking on your own, and, hopefully, able to come back in the future and be yourselves a Cicerone for your friends!
I’m Aurora, graduate in painting at the Fine Art Academy of Florence and full-time art history scholar. I’m always seeking for the deep meanings beyond things, which stick in your mind and open new windows inside you (hopefully, good ones). I like to use what of great this city has to offer as a launching pad for talking about the system of values and ideas that they are expressing, the relevance that they acquired once you reconnect them with their original contest and meaning. But I can tell jokes too. FYI I’m a qualified Florence tour guide. You can always send me a PM for other tours (ex: Uffizi or Accademia)
We will visit Piazza della Repubblica, the very exact point in which the city was founded over 2 thousand years ago; Piazza S. Giovanni with its baptistery; San Lorenzo, the most antique church of Florence; the Medici Palace; Piazza Duomo with the cathedral Saint Mary of the Flower and the Giotto bell tower; Dante's house; via Calzaiuoli; Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio; the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio.
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