John Ruskin, the great English writer and art historian, wrote a beautiful “guide book” in 1875 called Mornings in Florence. This tour is inspired by Ruskin’s pure curiosity for the beauty of the city, and his desire to suggest to his students the most interesting places to see in a limited time.
We’ll enter two very different places where it is possible understanding the two souls of Renaissance in Florence: the religious one, solemn and sumptuous, and the civil one, made of a sober and elegant paganism.
Both of these places are out of the mass-tourism circuits, so you will really enjoy this visit without the crowd of the famous museums.
Our morning will begin in the early morning, around 8 am, with a nice cup of espresso or cappuccino for waking up body and soul! Then we’ll be ready for a guided visit to the Bargello museum, a wonderful collection of art, especially sculpture, but not only. Bronzes, ceramics, waxes, enamels, medals, ivories, tapestries, seals, and textiles by the most important artists from Florence and all over the World.
So we will experience some masterpieces by Donatello, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Giambologna and many more.
And everything hosted in a unique location: the ancient palace of Bargello built in 1250, which was first a public building, then a prison.
After the Bargello we will reach the square of Santa Croce, one of the most important Basilicas in Florence, where I’ll introduce you to the amazing history of the Church and the Piazza (square). We’ll experience a guided visit into the church, so rich of Masterpieces from the middle-age to the XIX century.
Frescoes, sculptures, paintings and beautiful architecture made by those who made Florence famous all over the world: Cimabue, Giotto and his school, Brunelleschi, Arnolfo, Donatello, Canova and many more.
But this church is firstly famous for being the Pantheon of Florence. Here we will find some of the most important tombs in the city: Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Leon Battista Alberti, Machiavelli. And we will discover the stories beyond them, especially the very unique one of Dante Alighieri.
Our day will conclude in the magnificent Piazza della Signoria, where I’ll lead you across the most beautiful open air museum of the world. This square is in fact not only the heart of the city, but also a great art collection, open to everybody all time. Here you will understand the history of Florence and the family that changed it forever: the Medici.
I’ll be glad to leave you with a hug and some suggestions for a genuine and authentic lunch by a small restaurant in the area, recommended by locals.
Tour duration: 5 hrs
Languages available: English – Italiano
Max size group: 8 people
Please note: the museums have variable time-tables on Sunday and Monday. Please check out with me about this.
Guided Tour: 160.00 euro
Museum tickets are not included, but I’ll be glad to reserve them for you.
Bargello Museum tickets: 2 / 8 euro
Santa Croce church tickets: 6 / 8 euro
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Up to 31 days prior to the tour there is no cancellation fee.
From 30 days to 8 days before: there is a 25% cancellation fee.
From 7 days to 1 day before: there is a 50% cancellation fee.
On the day of the experience or for no shows: there is a 100% cancellation fee.
- Walk in the early morning
- Visit less touristy museums
- Eat by a local and genuine restaurant