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Museums night openings

From July to September on Tuesdays the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery will be open at night, too. This is an unmissable opportunity to visit the museums not queuing, in solitude and not suffering because of the hot. We can match a night tour of the city with the Uffizi or Accademia tour to avoid the Florentine summer heat.

The Florentine green way

On Florentine hills there are beautiful gardens where you can admire astonishing views of the city and you can rest surrounded by Nature. It’s not a case if the symbol of Florence is an iris and the name of the city is referable to Flora, the Goddess of Spring. During this stroll (taking about 3 hours without particular difficulties but unfortunately not suited for persons with physical disabilities) we are going to discover Giardino Bardini with its gorgeous baroque staircase; the Belvedere, a 16th century fortress where we can visit the temporary exhibition by Antony Gormley “Human”; and then we go back to the downtown through Boboli Garden, famous 15th century garden in the city center built for the Medici Family.

Florence by Night - A special Tuesday evening!

In Florence in summer it can be very hot and during the day walking among the stone tiny streets of the downtown could be very hard even for those are used to. In Summertime only on Tuesday I suggest a very special tour: Florence by night! The tour includes a walking tour in the city and the visit of the Uffizi Gallery. During the walking tour lasting about one hour and a half you discover Florence, its monuments and its famous citizens and then you can even taste one of the best gelato of Florence. During the Uffizi Gallery tour, lasting about one hour and a half, I show you the most important and famous masterpieces of the collection: Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rafael, Titian, Caravaggio… No queues, no hot, no hurry. If you prefer, instead of Uffizi Gallery we can visit Academia Gallery or the Great Duomo Museum. The last one is open every day until 10 pm so we can arrange the city tour whenever you prefer!

The great Museum of the Duomo

The Cathedral square of Florence is a very full of artistic masterpieces microcosm. Recently has been inaugurated the new Museum of the Cathedral’s Opera suddenly attracting Florentines and tourists. During this 3 hours long tour we are going to visit the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery named after St. John the Baptist and then the beautiful and very modern Museum. The Duomo doesn’t need any presentation, it’s the result of a geniuses concentration, which you won’t find elsewhere: Arnolfo di Cambio, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci. The Baptistery – recently restored – is one of the most ancient and fascinating religious buildings in Florence, it’s a precious case of Florentine handicrafts and Art. The museum itself is worthwhile your trip in Florence: it collects 8 centuries of Florentine History and Art, masterpieces of humanity as, for istance, the Michelangelo’s Pietà, the Donatello’s Mary Magdalen, Paradise Gate, works by Lorenzo Ghiberti and Luca della Robbia, the secrets about the construction of the Dome. After the tour, using the same ticket, you can climb on the top of the Dome, on the top of Giotto’s Bell Tower and then visit the archeological ruins of the first Cathedral. About 2000 years concentrated in a square and in 3 hours long tour. Not to be missed!

At Medici's

Medici played an role of primary importance in Florence, in Tuscany and even in Italy and Europe. All Florence is strongly permeated by Medici’s spirit by there is a special area where the presence of this unique family is still tangible. This is the block in the surroundings of San Lorenzo Church and Palazzo Medici. This tour is thought to discover the so called Medici quadrilateral: San Lorenzo Church, Medici Chapels and Medici Riccardi Palace. San Lorenzo Church has been the first cathedral of Florence then it was completely renovated in the 15th century by Filippo Brunelleschi and became the Medici family main church. The Basilica is one of the first attempts of Renaissance architecture and conserves important masterpieces of Florentine sculpture and painting dating back from !5th and 16th centuries: Donatello, Brunelleschi, Rosso Fiorentino, Bronzino, Michelangelo just to have an idea… Next to the Church are the Medici Chapels, a real memorial chapel of the Medici dynasty, whose members are buried under the big red brick dome. The Princes Chapel with its walls fully covered by mosaic inlay of semi-precious stones hosts the tombs of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany; the New Sacristy nearby is one of the most known Michelangelo’s architectonical and sculptural masterpieces and hosts the amazing sarcophagi of Duke Lorenzo and Duke Giuliano Medici and the unfinished tombs of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano, killed during the Pazzi Conspiracy in 1478. In front of San Lorenzo Church is Palazzo Medici Riccardi, dating back from 15th century, has been the Medici family residence until 17th century, when Riccardi family bought it. Palazzo Medici is the prototype of Florentine Renaissance Palace and its model was imitated by wealthy families as Strozzi, Rucellai, Pitti. The Medici Palace conserves a priceless pearl, the Magi Chapel, frescoed by Belozzo Gozzoli representing the Magi Cavalcade. Going in the small tiny chapel you make a big jump in the past and you find yourself wondering on Florentine hills together with the Medicis, their friends, allies, guests, all amazingly wearing precious velvet brocade cloaks and gorgeous jewels. During this tour, lasting about 3 hours, you will immerge yourself in the history of the most powerful family Florence had.