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The Medici Grand Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Florence, Tuscany, Italy

  • Activities

    Art Walk, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $450 USD per trip
  • Duration

    7 hours

  • Avg Distance

    1.6 km, on foot

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Wednesdays the Medici palace is closed. Sundays and Mondays we have to check the openings of St. Marc convent and the Medici chapels (they alternate their closing days)

  • Starting Location

    Your hotel or a central convenient place

  • Price Includes

    A full day tour with a professional qualified guide. The tour is divided between 3 hours in the morning and 3 more hours in the afternoon, with a break of 1 hour for lunch.

  • Notes

    Tickets, food and extra expenses are not included.


  • No visitor to Florence should be without a modicum of Medici knowledge – although sometimes it is better to discover the precise details through exploration of that which they left behind.
  • San Lorenzo church: the basilica that was chosen by the Medici as their temple. Artists like Brunelleschi and Donatello, both backed by the Medici, worked here, transforming this church into the celebration of the Medici dynasty.
  • The Medici palace and the stunning Magi chapel by the Renaissance artist Benozzo Gozzoli: a triumph of the grandeur of the Medici, protagonist of the political life of the 15th century. A profusion of richness, good connections, important friendships, all depicted in this tiny treasure box.
  • The Medici chapels: a family that wants to be remembered for ever. This is the mausoleum of the Medici. In addition to the imposing funeral chapel wanted by the Gran Dukes, we will marvel at the most complete Michelangelo's work: the New Sacristy. Not just statues, also architecture, makes this place so unique that it seems a modern artistic installation, Michelangelo really surpassed himself here.
  • After the Pazzi plot in 1478 Florence won't be the same anymore: the failed conspiracy marked the real ascent to the power for the Medici. In 5 decades the became the first Gran Dukes of Tuscany, thanks to Cosimo I. He moved his residence to Palazzo Vecchio, the former Republican palace. Every corner in the palace was made in his own image: his military victories, his brave, his love for art, his political power.

Trip Info

Florence is the city of the Medici – and there are few cities which can claim more illustrious patrons. They played a key role in the Italian and European history between the 15th and the 18th century. The Medici ruled Florence first and Tuscany later, they even gave birth to two popes and two queens of France. The House of Medici is still extremely important since it encouraged and helped the artistic, cultural and scientific life throughout the centuries. With the Medici Grand Tour we will retrace the story of the family through the many places related to their memory.

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