FLORENCE AND THE HOUSE OF MEDICI
For over three centuries the Medici family have had a very strong bond with the city. Being active merchants and bankers, the Medici were so strongly connected to the Catholic Church and to most other elite families in Europe that they also succeeded in sitting the papal throne (Pope Leo X and Pope Clemente VII) as well as in ascending the throne of France (Catherine de' Medici, wife of Henry II and Marie de' Medici, wife of Henry IV). They were patrons of the arts and fostered the Italian Renaissance; Proponents of culture and science, they managed to bring Florence as to become the capital of a rich, wealthy and respected government.
Cultural itinerary along the history of Florence and the great commissions of the most famous family of the Italian Renaissance.
Meeting point at Santa Maria Novella railway station; moving towards the area of San Lorenzo.
Visit of Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the first official residence of the Medici family and famous for its Magi Chapel, masterpiece by Benozzo Gozzoli.
Following, the visit of the Medici Chapels, mausoleum of the Medici family and considered one of the masterpieces by Michelangelo as an architect and sculptor.
Lunch at leisure in the city centre.
At 2,30 pm reserved entry to the Uffizi Gallery, historical seat of the rule of the Medici grand duke, for a visit of the masterpieces housed in the museum, from Giotto to the artists of the 18th century, through the Italian Renaissance, the 16th century, Caravaggio and the Classicism.
Our goodbye to Florence will be said glancing at the Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio.
Transportation and entrances are not included.
Estimated time of return: 7 pm