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Florence: The Medici Experience Tour

1. Florence: The Medici Experience Tour

If you love the television series 'The Medici', are fascinated by Florence, or passionate about art and history, then the Medici experience tour is a truly unmissable opportunity. After meeting your expert local guide, take a trip back in time as you enter the magnificent Palazzo Medici, home of the infamous family.  Feel like a member of the Medici family as you wander through the rooms of their stunning palace. Discover family secrets, conspiracies, and stories of love and hate as you hear all about Lorenzo The Magnificent and other family members from your guide. Learn more about how the Medici came to power in Florence and who their most powerful enemies were. As you explore the Palazzo Medici, visit the Chapel of the Magi and admire its incredible frescoes depicting some of the most famous family members. After your visit to the palace, you will have the opportunity to stroll around Florence and retrace the footsteps of some of the city's most beloved, and hated, historical figures of all time. 

Florence: Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour

2. Florence: Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes you through the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

Florence Footsteps of Medici Tour

3. Florence Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream. For the wine lovers out there, also choose the option to upgrade your experience to include a wine tasting with 5 wines and appetizers pairings.

Florence: E-Bike Tour with Michelangelo Square

4. Florence: E-Bike Tour with Michelangelo Square

Cycle through the city of Florence to discover the hidden treasures of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence so rich in history and art. Discover the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Then visit Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that has formed the city center since Roman times. Also, visit Michelangelo Square, to take in the best panoramic views of the city. Discover the captivating history of the city that gave birth to incredible artists and amazing scientists. During your ride, you'll also come across historic and religious landmarks, such as Pitti Palace, Piazza della Signoria, and the Basilicas of Santo Spirito, Santa Croce, and San Lorenzo.

Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Walking Tour

5. Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Walking Tour

Step back in time to the Renaissance period while exploring Pitti Palace and discover hidden caves in the historic Boboli Gardens on this shared or private walking tour in Florence. See the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Riccardi Palace, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Start your trip by experiencing the majesty of Palazzo Pitti, a symbol of the Renaissance palace built in 1458. The building became famous for being the residence of the Medici family from the 16th century until their fall in the 18th century. Learn the history of the palace and discover the details behind the Palatine Gallery's collection of artworks, including paintings by Raphael, Titian, Rubens, and more. Afterward, continue your journey to the magical Boboli Gardens. With your guide leading the way, walk through the alchemical paths made of mazes that lead to hidden caves covered with limestone. Admire the engineering of XVI-century architects like Buontalenti, the inventor of the first gelato. Wander around the fountains, obelisks, and ice-making pyramids. Finally, enjoy sweeping 360° views of Florence from Cavalier's Palace.

Florence: Medici Family History Tour

6. Florence: Medici Family History Tour

Relive the story of the family that managed to become the symbol of a city, facing countless obstacles, betrayals and victories. Explore the most symbolic places of the Medici family in Florence, the most famous city of the Renaissance period. See where many of the scenes from the tv series “The Medici” took place, and uncover the true essence of the main characters of the Medici Family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Cosimo the Elder or Piero the Unfortunate. You can also explore the amazing palaces of enemy families like the Strozzi, Albizi, and Pazzi. Together, you will visit the Palazzo Medici, a famous architectural work of the fifteenth century and the beautiful Chapel of the Magi, which was painted by Benozzo Gozzoli. You will also visit a secret place where the genius Michelangelo learned to sculpt, under the shadow of one of Donatello’s pupils, the Bertoldo.

Florence: Firenze Card Official Museum City Pass

7. Florence: Firenze Card Official Museum City Pass

Purchase the FirenzeCard and secure yourself access to all of Florence's 60 museums with a single pass. See the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, and many others, and also benefit from exclusive discounts at selected shops and restaurants. Avoid paying entrance fees with a card that includes priority entry to the city's museums including to exhibitions which usually incur an additional fee. Bring your kids for free, with under-18s gaining access when accompanied by a cardholder. Witness masterworks at venues like the Uffizi, Accademia, and the Brancacci Chapels. Book your timeslot to beat the crowds and secure access to these famous venues and many more.

Florence: Medici Tour with Michelangelo's David

8. Florence: Medici Tour with Michelangelo's David

Your qualified local guide will introduce you to the Accademia Gallery with an exclusive fast track entrance. After this quick detour, your guide will lead you to the Hall of the Colossus, where you can see works of art such as Giambologna’s “Rape of the Sabines”, Cassone Adimari and Domenico Ghirlandaio’s solemn “St. Stephen between St. James and St. Peter”. Afterwards, you will advance onto the main Hall of the Prisoners to learn more about the unfinished statues from Michelangelo's “Slaves”. After revealing the secrets of Michelangelo’s "David", your guide will walk you to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. From here you will go on to the square of San Lorenzo Church, Florence’s cathedral until the 8th century. From the early 15th century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way, you will also see the Medici Chapels, the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes. Here you can admire Michelangelo’s New Sacristy and his Medici Tombs, before continuing your visit across the city center to reach the Piazza Della Signoria, a monument of Cosimo I. Your tour continues along the Uffizi Courtyard towards the river Arno before crossing the river at Ponte Vecchio. You will then be in the Oltrarno district, where you will see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, last residence of the Medici family and one of the most important museums in Florence today. Here your art loving guide will tell you many more hidden stories of the world famous Medici family, as you walk through their land. At the conclusion of your tour, you can also enjoy an authentic italian Gelato.

Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

9. Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence by bike and see more of the city in less time. This bike tour follows unbeaten paths too far to reach by foot and too narrow for busses. In 2.5 hours, encounter Florence's most important historical and artistic places. Meet your guide at the agency, wear your helmet, and get on your bike to start touring Florence. Your guide will lead you to reach some of the most amazing and secluded monuments in the historical center of Florence. On this tour visit major points of interest in the historical center including Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cappelle Medicee, Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, Santo Spirito, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Casa di Dante, and Piazza del Duomo. Also explore the city's different districts of San Lorenzo and Oltarano. Throughout the tour, you will stop at several locations to learn about the city's history and some fun facts. You'll also be shown the best places to find gelato, bistecca alla fiorentina, and truffles. The highlight of this bike tour is a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo to experience stunning views of Florence.

Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

10. Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

Known for influencing and promoting the arts, the Medici were one of the most powerful families in Florence. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the family’s historical power as you admire the cultural and architectural stamp they left on Florence. Your first stop is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444, the impressive building was built to be the familial home. Continue to Basilica di San Lorenzo, the oldest documented religious building in Florence. Your tour continues to other landmarks commissioned or influenced by the Medici family, such as the Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini, and Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata. Admire the Piazza della Signoria and learn about the building’s diverse history. Finish your tour at Palazzo Pitti. Purchased in 1550 to be the new Grand Ducal residence, the building symbolises the Medici’s power over Tuscany. No entrance .

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,652 reviews

Giacomo is a great guy who is passionate, in sharing his knowledge, of the ufizzi collection. We are lost in our tour with him of 3 hours, he took us down history lane from gothic to past renaissance period of art. For two non art enthusiast, he explains the meaning and objects that you see but the stories, symbolism behind it. Definitely a tour to not forget and recommend. 10/10.

Interesting facts weaved into an enjoyable hunt. Great way to spend a few hours learning while sight seeing.

Julia was an amazing tour guide! Very interesting and fun tour to learn about the Medici family

Pam was excellent! We learned a lot. She gave us 200% of her time. It was great.

We had a wonderful tour with Vanozza, it was a truly memorable experience.