- Roundtrip transportation with English-speaking driver
- Licensed English-speaking guide for a 4-hour walking tour in Florence
- Visit the Accademie to see David and more
- Walk through the Medici district and visit the chapels
- Enter the Museo dell'Opera to view one of 3 Pietas
- See the Church of Santa Croce to see the location of Michelangelo's burial
- See Special Instructions for information on the admission fees
- Free time for lunch
- Afternoon optional winery with tasting or Pisa or shopping
Born and raised in Tuscany, Michelangelo has had a long association with Florence. There remains a small be special trove of masterpieces by the artist, most of which the visitor is unaware exists. This tour will begin at the beginning, the Piazza San Marco, where Michelangelo's early training took place. From 1490 to 1492, Michelangelo attended the Humanist Academy which the Medicis had founded. This is the proper start to a tour of his works in Florence.
From this square, you will move to the home of the most famous of Michelangelo's works in the world, the Accademia Gallery, where you will view the statue of David. A few other Michelangelo works reside in the Accademia. They are "The Four Prisoners," a marble group designed for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and a statue of Saint Matthew.
A stroll through the Medici district is next, passing the imposing basilica of San Lorenzo on to the Medici chapels, where the New Sacristy is located, designed by Michelangelo. Though beautiful in itself, if the sacristy is open you will see the beautiful staircase, also designed by him. It is in the Biblioteca Laurenziana and though we cannot promise entrance, we will do our best.
You will continue on to the Piazza del Duomo, to get a first-hand look at the massive dome of the cathedral that inspired Michelangelo's design of the dome of St. Peter's in Rome. And then on to Museo dell'Opera del Duomo to view one of the 3 Pietàs, the one which he sculpted when he was 79 years old.
Your last stop with your guide will be the Church of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo is buried. This is also the burial location for Galileo, Machiavelli, Ghiberti and Rossini and the prominent star of David that Jewish architect Niccolo Matas included in the elegant neo-Gothic façade.
Your guide will leave you a local trattoria so you can have some lunch before your afternoon begins. The afternoon can consist of a drive to San Michele a Torri in Chianti, where you can wrap up your day by touring their cellars and tasting their world-class wines and organic farm produce.
If you prefer, you can visit Pisa to see the leaning tower. Or if wine is not your thing. If you’d like to remain in Florence to shop or look around on your own, you will have your freetime until 3:45 pm when you will head back to the pier.
Departures: 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Admissions are not included. The rates total 37€ though special exhibits may add a few euros depending on the exhibit. They are paid at the sites. You will have pre-reserved tickets at the Accademie.
- You will be met at the pier by your English-speaking driver who will connect you to your guide once in Florence.
- Not offered on Mondays as the Accademia is closed.
- The Laurentian library is not always open on Sundays.
- The Medici chapels are closed on alternating Mondays.
- Dress comfortably for an easy walk.