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Michelangelo and the Medici Family - Private tour in Florence

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Key Highlights

  • This private walking tour explore the legacy of Michelangelo and the Medici family on Florence
  • Included guided tours of the Medici Chapels and Palaces
  • This is a private tour which allows for maximum interaction with your guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily except Monday

    Duration

    3 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0900h (09:00am) and 1000h (10:00am)
    (Please mention your preferred start time in the special request section at the time of booking.)
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your centrally located hotel in Florence. (Please mention your hotel and its address at the time of booking . Alternatively, contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour and give him these details. Kindly reconfirm pick up upon arrival in Florence).

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the Chapel of the Princes

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    See the splendour of the Medici family and the works of Michelangelo in their family palaces. Works by Michelangelo including Night and Day and Dawn and Dusk, are contained in the palaces. One of the main attractions is the chapel of Princes; the Princes' octagon shaped mausoleum is intricately decorated in polychrome marbles, mother-of-pearl, coral, and lapis-lazuli.

    Your private guide will escort you around the Medici Palaces and tell you fascinating stories of their extravagant lifestyle, and their relationship with Michelangelo during the Renaissance period.

    Itinerary

    Your private guide will meet you at your hotel. You will proceed on foot for your tour of Florence with a focus on Michelangelo and the Medicis.

    Start with a visit to the Medici Palace. Built by architect Michelozzo for Cosimo the Elder between 1444 and 1460. The open courtyard is decorated with marble sculptures and the Medici coats of arms. From this elegant proportioned cloister, a stairway leads to the private family chapel whose walls are covered with frescoes depicting the journey of the Three Wise Men for Cosimo's son Piero.

    Visit the The Medici Chapel. The colours, textile patterns and landscape of the chapel transfer you to a fairytale world. There are self portraits of the Medicis in the murals, portraits of the Emperor and Patriarch of Constantinople, portraits of Renaissance nobles related to the Medici family.

    Continue to the San Lorenzo Church. See the crypt of the octagon Chapel of Princes and take the stairs to the New Sacristy, built by Michelangelo. See the famous sculptures by Michelangelo including the Madonna, the reclining figures of Night and Day and the Dawn and Dusk.

    Lastly visit the Medici’s Chapel of the Princes. The octagon shaped chapel was made to impress and immortalize the image of the power of the Grand Dukes by the use of rare precious stones, available and affordable by a chosen few. See the life-size portraits sculpted in rare red granite. The coats of arms below the wall tombs that represent the subject cities of the Grand Duchy are all done in different colour stones cut and pieced together like a puzzle.

    Your tour ends in the Chapel of the Princes at around 1200h (Midday).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Guide available in English, German, French languages (Spanish & Italian languages on request)
    • Guided tours of the Medici Palaces and Chapels

    Exclusions

    • Entrance fee to the Medici Palace €4 per person, and the Medici Chapel €6 per person to be paid on the day.
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday, atleast a day prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Please mention your preferred start time in the special request section at the time of booking.

    Your tour guide will be holding sign with your name written on it

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • wonderful morning

      We really enjoyed our morning with Katarina. She was knowledgeable and made it interesting....

      Katherine JW Clifford
    • Awesome and Extremely Informative

      We thoroughly enjoyed this intimate tour....

      Richard J. Greenwood