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The Medicis: Walking Tour

1. The Medicis: Walking Tour

Discover the amazing story of the ruling family of Florence, from the very beginning to the extinction of the Dynasty. Your licensed guide will lead you through a fascinating itinerary and will show you all the places which played an important role in their life, including their churches, their palaces, secret passageways and many more. The tour will start at San Marco Square and your guide will show you how the Medici grew their importance, from a simple family coming from the Mugello area (North of Florence) to become one of the most important in the Renaissance Period. You will pass through some of the most important places remembering their influence not only in Florence but also in Europe.

Florence: self guided audio tour

2. Florence: self guided audio tour

Discover the majesty and culture of Florence, its fashionable shopping streets and its quirky, breathtaking, hidden gems with a handy and informative digital guide. This state-of-the-art, self-guided sightseeing app uniquely combines public transportation and walking tours with high-quality audio narration available in 6 languages, rich visuals, helpful text, and offline navigable mapping to transform your smartphone into an intelligent assistant and reliable travel companion. Experience the city at your own pace, while discovering more than any guide could ever tell you. Thanks to local storytellers, you can enjoy over 80 points of interest in the city, plus seek out the best photo-spots and free Wi-Fi areas. Highlights include: - Florence's Cathedral - Uffizi Gallery - Accademia Gallery - HolyCross Basilica (SantaCroce) - HolyCross Square - Ponte Vecchio - Galileo Galilei's House - Santa Maria Maggiore - Gate of St Nicholas - Cappella Pazzi - Fish's Lodge - The Great Synagogue - Piazzale Michelangelo - Medici Chapel - Boboli's Garden

Florence: Skip the Line Academy Gallery with Walking Tour

3. Florence: Skip the Line Academy Gallery with Walking Tour

Enjoy a special cultural experience in Florence with a tour of the Accademia Gallery and a walking tour of the historic city center. Visit the home to the famous David and one of the must-see museums in Florence and learn about the history of the city from your expert guide. Academy Gallery is admired and recommended by travelers and art history lovers, thanks to its exclusive collection, which includes; numerous works of Michelangelo as well as David, Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, and Andrea del Sarto and an original full-size model of “Rape of the Sabine” by Giambologna. The walking tour will start at San Marco Square, you will meet with your expert guide in front of San Marco Basilica. As you continue, you will learn more about the Medici Family and Florentine history from your expert guide. Next, you will see the iconic landmark of Florence; Duomo where the Baptistery, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Giotto’s Bell Tower are waiting for you. You will continue to Piazza della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi to admire the beauty of the Palazzo Vecchio. You will explore the history of the Palace and admire to open-air museum at the Loggia. Then you will continue Vasari Corridor to reach your last stop; Ponte Vecchio.

Florence: Occult & Esotericism Walking Tour For The Curious

4. Florence: Occult & Esotericism Walking Tour For The Curious

Join your guide on a special tour of Florence that reveals the dark history of the city. Look for esoteric symbols and discuss all things magic and alchemy. See the basilicas of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, the Florence Baptistery, Piazza San Marco, the Museum of Masonic Symbols, and more. See the facades of the basilicas of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella for evident signs of science mixed with esoteric symbols. Spot the Latin palindrome engraved in the Florence Baptistery that remains to be a mystery. Study the deeds of Pazzino de' Pazzi, a crusader knight from 1050. Learn about the stones of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, which are still used for lighting the famous Brindellone, during the Florentine tradition of the Explosion of the Chariot on Easter day. Furthermore, analyze the arsenic poisoning that killed Pico della Mirandola and Agnolo Poliziano in 1494, intriguing intellectuals from the circle of Lorenzo the Magnificent, who rest together in the Church of San Marco in Florence. Then, listen as your guide sheds light on the Neoplatonic Florentine Academy, founded by Cosimo de' Medici, and its impact on the literary and artistic culture of Florence. Talk about the Florentine Studio, a place that once teemed with philosophers, theologians, and magicians. Get ready for more tales of killings, crimes, and punishments. Hear of Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican preacher, who was hanged and burnt at the stake in 1498 in Piazza della Signoria. Uncover the history of the Templars and Cathars in Florence and the city's first Masonic lodge. Get goosebumps as you learn about a dark period during which babies born crippled were rejected by families and killed in secret—never to be found— because the general belief suggested that they were children of the devil. Next, walk to Piazza Santissima Annunziata and try to count the bees on the statue of Ferdinand I. End the tour with a visit to the Museum of Masonic Symbols, the first Italian museum devoted to Masonic ideology. See a display of ritual objects with etched, embroidered, printed, and engraved symbols. 

Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

5. 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 Piazza San Marco, Florence

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Giacomo was fantastic and had amazing knowledge of not only the Medici family, but also of art and other aspects of Florence and Renaissance history. He made several excellent recommendations for further excursions off the usual tourist lists and freely gave us some additional time when he saw our interest. He delivered all with a true passion and is a credit to his craft as a tour guide.

Really beautiful and engaging experience, our guide Ilaria spent more time than expected to tell us about the city and its history. Nice, clear, engaging and very well prepared. We will definitely do other tours! It deserves a lot to go beyond the surface of self-guided tours and really get to know the history and monuments.

Very pleasant tour, received a lot of info. Only downside: not clear on site that sights (eg cathedral and medical Chapels) were not included in Tour. We thought we were going to visit this and had to pay an entrance fee on the spot but this was not. Nice to take the tour during a stay in Florence.

Interesting.

I had problems with the app immediately solved by Francesco of Vox customer service. The guide provides some information of the monument but I expected more details. However, it was useful to orient myself as soon as I arrived.

Amazing tour!

My guide JULIA was incredible. She had such in depth art knowledge and was patient and we'll respected in the museum by staff. I highly recommend Julia!!