Aside from being brilliant bankers and leaders in the political arena, the Medicis are considered to be the greatest patrons of the arts of all time. In fact, the legacy of the Medicis in Florence is the incredible accumulation of beauty in art, architecture and culture.The privately guided tour will visit the Palatina picture gallery and the Medici Chapels.
Your local guide will meet you at the hotel for a four hour tour dedicated to the powerful Medici Family. The tour will focus on the Medici family and thier legacy as patrons of the arts between the years of 1470 to 1540. In fact, the Medicis left Florence with an extensive legacy of an incredible accumulation of beauty in art, architecture and culture. In 1569 Cosimo De’ Medici moved his office to the Uffizi. Here he began a small museum of art works. The Uffizi is now one of the most renowned museums of the world. Cosimo Later moved his resisdence from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Pitti Palace. Here his son Ferdinand II founded the Palatina Picture Gallery as part of his private collection. Your tour will begin here. The tour will continue to the Medici’s Chapels, containing the family’s monumental tombs. The walls and floors are entirely decorated with luxurious surfaces of rich marble and semi-precious stones. Statues, carvings and rich architectural details by Michelangelo abound in this setting.