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Florence and the House of Medici
Florence’s history is bound to the House of Medici who were ‘black Guelphs’, rich and powerful traders and bankers. Cosimo the Old, Piero, Giovanni, Giuliano and Lorenzo the Magnificent started a true “signoria” which was a political template and an example for culture. The family produced Popes and warriors, fostered art, culture and science and made Florence the capital of a rich, powerful and respected state.

Tour 4 days – 3 nights

1st Day: Tour start, Florence

Group arrives in Florence and transfers to hotel. The tour will start with a first visit to the city, from Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of St. John and Giotto’s Campanile. It will continue with the splendid Orsanmichele, Piazza della Repubblica and Ponte Vecchio. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

2nd Day: Florence, the House of Medici

Breakfast at the hotel. The group will spend the day discovering the wonders of the great House of Medici. The tour starts with a visit to Palazzo dè Medici and Complesso Laurenziano with its Library, the Church of St. Lawrence and the Principi Chapel. The tour continues to Mercato Vecchio and Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. In Piazza della Loggia and in Palazzo Vecchio the signs of the transition of political power to the Medici family is visible. Lunch. In the afternoon the tour continues with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor which connects to the gallery to Palazzo Pitti. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

3rd Day: Florence, House of Medici’s villas

Breakfast at the hotel. The tour starts with a visit to the suburban villas which house the story of the family. Villa Pietraia is one of the most fascinating Medici villas because of its location and the excellence of its pictorial decorations. Villa di Poggio a Caiano was commissioned by Lorenzo the Magnificent and was built at the foot of Mount Albano and was designed by Giuliano da Sangallo. It sits in a beautiful position inside a vast rural property situated among Florence, Prato and Pistoia. Lunch. Depart for Florence and free time for individual tours. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

4th Day: Florence, Departure

Breakfast at the hotel, free time and departure.

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