FULL DAY TOUR OF FLORENCE

If you have just one day to see Florence then this your tour. Our guide will meet you at your Hotel (if located n Florence's city center) and will show you all of the city's highlights including the Uffizi Gallery. All entrance skip-the-line fees are included in the price. The guided tour is 6 hours long.

Florence

A UNESCO World-Heritage site, the city of Florence was founded in 59 BC as a settlement of former soldiers who had served in Julius Caesar's military campaigns. This must be way the chosen patron of the city was Mars, the god of war, who presided over its fortunes at least until St John the Baptist replaced him with the advent of Christianity. The city was conveniently situated on the Via Cassia, one of the many roads that theRomans built to connect the provinces to the pumping heart of their growing empire. This lucky position enabled Florence to expand as a commercial center to the point that Emperor Diocletian made it the capital of the Province of Tuscia.
 

In the 13th century Florence became one of the main commercial and financial centers of Europe. Its economic and urban expansion was fast and unrestrained and was mainly based on the wool trade started by the so-called Arte della Lana, a guild importing raw wool from England and skillfully refining, dying and reselling it. The huge profits coming from this activity provided the initial capitals for the innovative banking industry of Florence that soon started lending money to popes and kings all over Europe. This was the time when Florence started to mint its prestigious gold coin: the Fiorino.

The economic growth created the conditions for the city to become a cultural center of major importance whose preeminence lasted for centuries ahead and it still is highly influential. Florence is the very places where Italian culture, including visual arts, architecture, literature and even Italian language was born. A city of extraordinary charm, history and beauty, flourishing Florence is a repository of invaluable artistic treasures from the ancient time to the modern day, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and beyond. This shore excursion tour of Florence will make you drop jaws at every corner.

The Uffizi Gallery

Originally intended as an administrative office, the Uffizi Gallery was turned into an astonishing art collection by thepowerful family of the Medici. With its inestimable treasure of paintings, jewelery, sculptures, weaponry, and scientific instruments, it is still one of the most visited and beautiful museums of the world. As paintings are
displayed in chronological order, it is possible to fully appreciated all the innovations occurred in the visual arts throughout the centuries.

Main works at the Uffizi Gallery:
• Botticelli's “Birth of Venus,” and "The Primavera."
• Giotto's “Ognissanti Madonna.”
• Piero della Francesca's double portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino.
• Paolo Uccello's "Battle of San Romano"
• Titian's "Venus of Urbino."
• Michelangelo's "Tondo Doni."
• Raphael's "Madonna of the Goldfinch."
• Artemisia Gentileschi's "Judith and Holofernes." 
• Caravaggio's "Bacchus."
• Leonardo da Vinci's "The Annunciation."
• Agnolo Bronzino's portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi.
• Works of Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Simone Martini, and more.

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