All the tours will be conducted by Costanza Barlondi. Costanza is a native of Florence and art historian. She has been working as professional tour guide of Florence and Tuscany for over ten years and has given several tours for the European University Institute and European Union.
To register please send an email to [email protected] indicating the date of the tour in the subject line and specifying the number of people you wish to sign up for.
FRIDAY July 6
Introductory Walking tour of Florence
No city in the world contains so many stunning works of art in such a small space as Florence. This tour is planned to show you the highlights of the city but also some hidden gems and give you some suggestions for things to do and see during your stay in Florence. We will start from the Duomo, the cathedral of Florence, which produces a memorable effect of massive grandeur with its enormous dome and it’s marvellous decoration in coloured marble. We will then move to Piazza della Signoria, Florence’s most impressive outdoor sculpture gallery and cross the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge to go the fascinating neighborhood of Oltrarno; less touristy but not less interesting. Here we will see the foreboding Pitti Palace, home of the Medici and of the King of Italy and Santo Spirito’s Church where Michelangelo spent his youth and where he made his first studies on human anatomy.
MEETING POINT: at 4.00 p.m. in piazza del Duomo in front of the Pharmacy S.Antonino
PRICE: 10 € p.p.(no entrance tickets)
DURATION: approximately 2 hours
WEDNESDAY JULY 11
Visit to the Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous museums in the world. In this majestic building commissioned by Cosimo I de Medici and designed by Giorgio Vasari, we will discover the roots of the early Renaissance in works by Giotto and Cimabue, move on to the sublime poetic style of Botticelli and Filippo Lippi to the High Renaissance with works by Michelangelo and Raphael. We will also see three amazing works by Leonardo, including the famous Adoration of the Magi, which has just returned to the Museum after a five-year restoration, and the brand new room of Raphael which opened in June 2018.
MEETING POINT: at 3.00 p.m. in piazza della Signoria in front of the replica of the David
PRICE: 38 € p.p. including guided tour, skip the-line reservation, entrance ticket and headsets
DURATION: approximately 2 and a half hours
THURSDAY JULY 12
The Accademia: David, music and ancient icons
The Galleria dell’Accademia is one of the most famous galleries in Florence. It contains a great collection of 14C to 16C religious paintings and extraordinary works by Michelangelo: besides the incredible David, which fascinates all visitors, there are four unfinished Slaves, the St Matthew and the Pietà from Palestrina. An interesting section of the museum displays beautiful ancient musical instruments including a Viola, a Cello and a violin by Antonio Stradivari.
MEETING POINT: at 3.00 p.m. in piazza San Marco, next to the monument in the centre of the square
PRICE: 25 € p.p. including guided tour, skip the-line reservation, entrance ticket and headsets
DURATION: approximately 1 and a half hours
To register for the tours please send an email to [email protected] indicating the date of the tour in the subject line and specifying the number of people you wish to sign up for.