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 in Florence city center) and will show you all of the city’s highlights including the Accademia Gallery. All entrance skip-the-line admission tickets are included in the price. The guided tour is 6 hours long.
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 ACCADEMIA GALLERY
Second only to the Uffizi in Florence, the Accademia Gallery is mainly famous because it features the original of the famous David made by Michelangelo Buonarroti, a giant marble statue that represents the biblical young king in all his beauty, power and that kind of human composure so typical of the Renaissance. Here you can also find the statues of St Matthew and the famous Prisoners, still by Michelangelo. But that is not all, because the Accademia Gallery features numerous other art work that will let you breathless. The site welcomes the visitor in the Hall of the Colossus which hosts the plaster model for Giambologna’s stunning Rape of the Sabine Women which the artist prepared as an exercise in creating a tightly-knit group of three figures from just one block of marble. The other rooms display more art works by unparalleled Italian masters such as Sandro Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and many more. The recently opened section of musical instruments display unique masterpieces by Stradivari, the famous violin maker, and Bartolomeo Cristofori. The latter is especially famous for his clavichords and the invention of a musical instruments that surpassed the test of time and it is still a protagonist of modern and pop music: the piano.