We start in Livorno, a harbor town of the Tuscany Region, and take the highway through the lovely landscape of Tuscany, passing Lucca, Pistoia and Montecatini. We arrive in Florence you will going to meet your local official English speaking guide and go directly to San Mark’s square, the location of the Academy of Fine Arts, which houses the Statue of David by Michelangelo, as well as his Prisoners (4 sculptures which he created for the tomb of Pope Jules II). Also in the Academy are paintings by masters of the early and late Renaissance period. In the room dedicated to Michelangelo, we find paintings by Pontormo and Alessandro Allori, both contemporaries of Michelangelo.
Leaving the Academy of Fine Arts, we walk along the Via Ricasoli to the Cathedral of Florence, also known as Saint Mary of the Flower, the third largest cathedral in Europe. The focal point of the cathedral is the magnificent dome created by Brunelleschi in the 15th century. Upon entering the church we pause to admire the inside of the dome decorated by Giorgi Vasari in 1570. Vasari’s frescoes, 3,600 square meters in size, depict the Heaven and Hell of the last judgment.
Next on the agenda is a visit to the Piazza Della Signoria. Its magnificent statues are done by great artists such as Giambologna, Benevenuto Cellini, Bartolomeo Ammanti and Pio Fede. Also of interest in the Piazza Della Signoria, is the Loggia Dei Lanci, the location of public assemblies and ceremonies from its completion in 1376 throughout the history of Florence to present day. Displayed here are other original statues by important artists. We continue onto the Arno River for a view of the Ponte Vecchio, built in the 14th century where all of the important jewelers of Florence can be found.
The tour concludes with free time for lunch to taste the specialties of Florence and a browse around the Mercato Del Porcellino (Market of the wild boar). The day concludes with a trip back to Livorno.
This tour is conducted by an English-speaking driver/guide and a private, authorized English-speaking guide that will escort you around and inside all of the major highlights of Florence.
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