Day Tour

Galileo and Science in the Renaissance (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Florence, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 12 Mar 2019

Galileo and Science in the Renaissance (3 Hours )

Florence, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



This thematic, three-hour walk traces the explosion of scientific progress and the rise of humanism during the rule of the Medici family in Renaissance-era Florence. The Medicis Cosimo I and Ferdinand I were fervent patrons of the sciences, especially astronomy. Under their rule, Florence became a shining beacon for experimentation, which the Roman church was frantically trying to suppress with the Inquisition. At the same time, humanism, stemming from the study of ancient Greek and Latin texts, was a new way of thinking about a man's place in the world and became a recurring theme in Renaissance literature, art, and social history. This walk, led by a social or art historian, will uncover some of the sites around town that stand as testament to this era of intellectual progress.

We begin our walk at the Museo Galileo, where the most important Medicean collections of scientific instruments are preserved. The greatest among these collections include some of the original instruments that Galileo Galilei, one of the most outstanding figures of the Scientific Revolution, used for his groundbreaking experiments. Our encounter with Galileo will shed some light on the Medicean systems of patronage, and on the way in which scientists shaped their own image inside a court.

After visiting the museum, we will head to the center of town in order to trace the role of humanism in Renaissance Florence; be it through a delve into the poetry of Dante or Petrarch, a discussion of the drastic changes in the art of the period or of the growing interest in the study of the traditional liberal arts.

This walk is intended, in true humanist ideology, to present an in depth and well rounded view of these groundbreaking intellectual developments and the various Florentine characters who played a large role in spurring on this change.

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The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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By: Joe C

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington