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Time to travel in Florence: sites to discover in the heart of the Renaissance

13th Jan 2016

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

For anyone fascinated by history or enchanted by art, Renaissance Florence is an obvious choice. Imagine walking through the streets and piazzas of a city that was being transformed by geniuses such as Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. Visiting Florence today, it doesn’t take too much imagination to travel back in time. Just stand in Piazza della Signoria or gaze at Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia and you’re there.

This is the city of the Medici, the dynamic family dynasty that ruled the city for centuries from Palazzo Pitti and Palazzo Vecchio. Their immense wealth and political power ensured their absolute domination of Florence, and as you explore their city, from the palaces to the piazzas, your guide will tell you stories of the personalities and politics that defined Florence.

The Medici and other wealthy Florentines had a crucial influence on the arts, as patrons to artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli. Without them, many of the Renaissance masterpieces we admire today would not exist. Your Florence walking tour is the perfect way to begin your artistic voyage, discovering the treasures of the Renaissance.

The Uffizi’s unrivalled collection of Renaissance art can seem almost daunting at first. There are so many masterpieces that you may feel you don’t have time to see them all. But in just a few hours, your expert guide will take you on a fascinating journey, including unmissable masterpieces by artists such as Titian and Caravaggio but also the overlooked treasures on our Uffizi Gallery tour. With a knowledgeable guide to share the secret lives of the artists and give you a greater understanding of the historical context, you’re sure to have an enriched experience of the Uffizi. Discovering the gallery’s exquisite artworks on an Uffizi group walking tour will help you to appreciate just how remarkable Florence is, as the world capital of Renaissance art.

No Italian journey would be complete without a visit to the Accademia. Having the opportunity to see Michelangelo’s iconic David in person is one of the many highlights of a Florence tour, and there’s so much more to be discovered in the Accademia. Once you’ve seen David, your guide will show you many other masterworks by Michelangelo, Botticelli and their contemporaries.

After your immersion in Florence’s world-famous art galleries, admire the view from Ponte Vecchio that has remained unchanged for centuries. To step back in time, walk with us on a Florence group tour.

~by Alexandra Turney~