This fascinating walk winds along an enchanting itinerary of a mile over a UNESCO World Heritage area: a mile with the highest concentration of wonderful monuments and open-air works of art in the world! Led by a professional local guide, it will be possible to discover the most important sights of the city, retracing the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty who put their power and wealth at the service of patronage and art, laying the foundations of Renaissance.
You will listen to stories and anecdotes of intrigues, power struggles, secrets and betrayals, but also tales of incredible foresight, which made it possible to leave to the city a priceless artistic and cultural heritage site. You'll be able to admire the palaces, monuments, streets and squares where the members of the Medici family lived and used their political and economic power over the city. You'll walk along the same narrow streets where they walked, touch the stones used to build their residences and see the same monuments that they were used to see every day. Palazzo Medici Riccardi, their first residence in San Lorenzo district, is where you can find their church and mausoleum: the Medici Chapels.
A few steps away, you'll reach their second residence, the magnificent cathedral with its imposing Brunelleschi’s Dome and the stunning Palazzo Vecchio, which dominates the marvelous Piazza della Signoria. Further on you'll follow the path of the Varasi Corridor, a spectacular elevated passageway that connects the two banks of the river Arno passing along the enchanting Ponte Vecchio and crossing houses and Santa Felicita Church. The church was used as a secret and comfortable corridor by the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany to move between their third residence, the Palazzo Pitti, to their offices located inside the Palazzo Vecchio, without being seen by the citizens.
The majestic Pitti Palace, which hides the marvelous Boboli Gardens, is the last Florentine residence of the Medici and is also the last stage of your incredible journey into the art and history of a city unique in the world! In addition to the tour, you'll be given an entrance ticket to visit the Boboli Gardens, Porcelain Museum and Bardini Gardens to explore for yourselves!