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Florence Highlights. Your highly professional English speaking driver will provide the perfect historical and artistic introduction to the city, cradle of the Renaissance and Mother of the Arts.
Piazzale Michelangelo is on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, just east of the center of Florence. Designed in 1869 by Poggi, it offers a great view of the city, and is a very popular destination.
The religious center of the city is dominated by Brunelleschi’s famous pink, white and green marble dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Dome of Florence. The adjacent bell tower was designed by Giotto. A few paces west is the Baptistry famous for its elaborately carved bronze doors.
You will come into the Piazza del Duomo and if you haven’t heard the stories of the Doors of Paradise or seen the inside of the cathedral, you will stop to catch up with stories of medieval Florence. You will see the “fix-it” shop of the cathedral and head down a couple of the oldest streets of Dante’s Florence. Next is Piazza della Signoria: for generations this square has been the gathering place for Florentines. It’s dominated by the 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio, once the palace of Cosimo I and now the city hall.
A copy of Michelangelo’s statue David, (the real one is in the Galleria dell’Accademia) and Ammannati’s Neptune’s Fountain are just two of the masterworks on this square. You will walk straight through the Piazza Signoria to the Loggia dei Lanzi where you will sit on the historic porch and learn the history of the Medici family and the art in the square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio (City Hall). You will hear stories of Greek gods and Old Testament heroes (and heroines) – all of whom are carved in marble and can be found in the piazza. The tour also includes Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), home to some of the city’s highest quality jewelers. The history of the Bridge touches on the 1500s and the years during World War II and the great flood of 1966.
Don’t miss the Accademia, with pre-booked tickets to avoid all major lines, to see the 15 foot tall marble statue of David. Michelangelo’s depiction of the young giant-killer, who saved his people from tyranny, is one of the symbols of Florence and for sure one of the high points of Western art.
Try to understand his mysterious expression and the political meaning hidden behind the work of art of the Florentine genius.
Founded in 1563, the Accademia was the first school established in Europe specifically to teach the techniques of drawing, painting and sculpture. The art collection displayed here was formed in 1748 with the aim of providing material for students to study and copy.
- Available: all year round
- Tour length: 9
- Pick up - drop off location: to be confirmed at the time of booking
- Pick up time (suggested): 7.30 am
- Luxury air conditioned vehicle
- English speaking driver
- Bottled water
- Parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
- Entrance fees, if required - unless otherwise specifie
- Tour guide not included