The Medici ruled in Florence for three hundred years, and the founder of the family was the son of a merchant, Cosimo the Elder, later - an outstanding politician and owner of the largest fortune in Europe. The dramatic history of the family left its mark throughout Italy, because they, like no one else, aspired to power and universal recognition, did not stop at anything until they received the title of Dukes and Grand Dukes of the Tuscan region. I will tell you about the history of the family, intrigue and secrets, as well as the influence of Cosimo on the formation of Florence. Individual excursion for 1-10 people Duration 3 hours Children Without children How it goes On foot Rating 4.8 on 5 reviews € 160 per excursion Price for 1-10 people, regardless of the number of participants
What awaits you
The influence of Cosimo the Elder in Florence can hardly be overestimated. It is no coincidence that the residents themselves gave him the honorary name of "Father of Nations", because it was he who contributed to the formation of the city as the capital of Tuscany, was one of the first patrons of art, founded the city public library. Already after him, to glorify their name, the Medici will help the great masters of their era, such as Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo. The coming revolution will deal a heavy blow to the Middle Ages and give life to a new era, whose name is Renaissance. At the origin of these dramatic changes are the Medici, led by Cosimo the Elder.
On a walk, you will learn interesting facts about the Medici family and Cosimo the Elder, visit the architectural monuments associated with them:
- the monastery of St. Mark, the reconstruction of which became possible thanks to Cosimo;
- the first Medici palace "Palazzo Medici - Riccardi";
- the tomb and temple of the Medici family - the Church of St. Lorenzo, created by Brunelleschi according to the classical canons. In this church, Cosimo the Elder, his father Giovanni and the great Donatello found their last refuge.
Using the history of one of the most famous Italian families as an example, you can trace the entire chronology of the formation of Florence as a political and cultural center.
Entrance tickets to the "Palazzo Medici - Riccardi" are paid separately (7 euros - for adults and 4 euros - for teenagers).
The meeting point is by agreement with the guide, you can discuss it when ordering the excursion.