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The Academy has contacted a professional tour guide and asked her to organise some tours during the summer courses.

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 the 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 21 June and FRIDAY 5 July

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 its 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


THURSDAY 27 June and TUESDAY 9 July

An evening with the David

In a few special summer days the Galleria dell’Accademia is open in the evening too. This is a great chance to visit the Museum without the crowds. This world famous Gallery, houses a great collection of 14C to 16C religious paintings and many 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 5:30 p.m. in piazza San Marco, next to the monument in the centre of the square

PRICE: 27 € p.p. including guided tour, skip the-line tickets and headsets

DURATION: approximately 1.5 hours

To sign up 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.
Tours will be confirmed with a minimum of 8 participants.