April 26, 2019
For a long time now I personally felt way too ignorant about my own city and its Art and History. I started reading books for my own cultural background and a few Saturdays ago I also dedicated some hours to a specific tour guide in the city.
I had the Medici Tour with Guide Me Florence by Agata. An intense experience leading us to a queue-free paths along the places of the Medici Family’s history.
You can visit Florence with a random guide telling you about dates and old names, or you can visit it with Agata, and soak in the spirit of the city, its fascinating history and charactres who transformed Florence into the amazing city you see nowadays.
“Guide Me Florence is a project initiated by me, Agata, in 2017. I wanted to turn into work my biggest passion – art history. I think there is nothing more beautiful than sharing with others what I love the most. This is what I try to do”.Agata
Time: 3 Hours
Min-max: from 1 person to 25+
Price: from €180 to €220 (prices varitions are depending on the number of partecipants) Excluded tickets prices.
Total tickets prices: €25 (except for special events or reduced tickets)
Languages: English, Italian, Polish, Spanish, French.
The Medici Tour begins in Palazzo Medici Riccardi, a few steps from the Duomo, and here I started dreaming with open eyes.
Agata, our guide, is passionate about what she does, and it comes easy to share her passion. The expert-led Medici Tour go deeply into history and history of Art, skipping the ordinary (boring) tours to get you into the Medici Family's life. By ‘expert-led’ I mean that she isn’t only a tour-guide but an Art Historian first, specialized in the study of the 15th century Florentine Art and Culture.
The thing I really liked, and that made me enjoy even more the experience, is the Agata's friendly way to communicate. It actually feels like touring Florence with your expert friend; she can get your attention soon and this way her contents are easy to be delivered.
The Tour will be entirely in the quarter of San Lorenzo, not far from the Duomo. Now, what you may don’t know about Florence is that in here the “minor” museums preserve the biggest masterpieces by Michelangelo (like the Medicean Chapels) and Donatello (like the Bargello museum). Sometimes you need to skip the main track to get a more authentic touch of the city, and this is a key point to really undesrtand the Florentine environment.
Along the Medici Tour you will have access to amazing art and you’ll enter in wonders like the Medici Chapel, or stand under the mysterious twin frescoes in San Lorenzo holding a secret which haven't been revealed yet.
Some of the buildings we visited, belong to the very beginning of this Christian city. San Lorenzo church is dated 393 a.C. and it was the first Cathedral of Florence. See how Brunelleschi re-created its interiors, decades later. The peaceful harmony of Brunelleschi Architectures is still there, welcoming you in its huge naves.
Follow Agata in the path she created, step by step, and the stones ‘’will start speaking’’; the old fashioned city will have an open dialogue with you. And if Florence starts engaging with you, I promise this is a no-return falling in love with the City.
“What we try to do is to show, that art: its history but also its materiality, are fascinating and that they belong to everybody. Everybody can learn something from looking at art, everybody can find something moving, beautiful, touching or ugly and disgusting in a work of art. Art invites us to interact with it.”- Agata
Palazzo Medici Riccardi, San Lorenzo church, San Lorenzo church crypt and cloister, and Medici Chapel. All them connected to Agata’s tour-line. Note: this is a tour which avoids the crowds and especially the queues!
Here are two fun facts I didn’t know about the city and discovered here:
1-Bistecca Alla Fiorentina: This is the most famous Florence’s food. The feature of it is in the way the meat is cooked and it comes from a feast remembering Saint Lorenzo who was actually grilled alive (creepy, I know!). I had no clue of this. We discovered it by chatting with Agata in front of Saint Lorenzo fresco in the church!
2- There is a star-studded fresco on the cupola of the old sacristy at San Lorenzo, commissioned by the Medici Family.
It is a real bizarre theme for that time, and it captures the night appearence of the sky of a particular day: july, 4th 1442.
I have never seen something similar in my whole life. It is really bizarre for that centuries’s Art. The extraordinary fact is that they found the exactly same arragement at Pazzi Chapel in Santa Croce Church and commissioned by Pazzi Family(another historical and very famous Florentine Family- enemy of the Medici Family).
Nobody has a clue on the meaning of such a twin work of art, and nobody knows what connects these two opponent families and that specific date. It feels like a Dan Brown story isn’t it ??!?! I loved this detail.
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Guide Me Florence - Official Web Site
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Contact directly Agata to book a tour or to have infos about the Expert-Led Tours in Florence.
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