Off The Beaten Path Florence Tour
Discover the hidden treasures in Florence’s less explored wonders
Florence is the most elegant Italian city; all orange and gold, under the Tuscan sun. If you’re an avid lover of Renaissance culture and want to discover Florence’s hidden wonders, this Off the Beaten Path Florence Tour is for you.
Enjoy skip-the-line access to three Renaissance Palaces; positively brimming with treasures. Discover the dramatic ascension of the Medici, Florence’s former ruling family, in the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Then, experience the luxurious lives of Florence’s aristocratic elite in Palazzo Davanti.
Once, Florence’s was the world’s wealthiest city. On this Florence private tour, you’ll see the wealth of art and culture that remains.
It’s a wonder that Palazzo Davanzati survived the ages. By the 1800s, the Palace was in a bad state of disrepair. It was only the decision of an antiques dealer to restore the palace at personal expense and open it to the public which preserved this architectural treasure.
Next stop on your Florence private tour is the incomparable Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. In 1445, the Medici family were on the ascension. Cosimo de’ Medici had become the de facto ruler of Florence which ended the Florentine Republic for good. For the next 300 years, the Medici would rule Florence.
Cosimo decided to celebrate his new leadership with a grand new Palace. He rejected the first design, by Brunelleschi, the genius behind the Duomo, for being too luxurious. In the end, Cosimo opted for a palace which combined a traditional mediaeval style with new Renaissance concepts — and reserved the luxury for the interior.
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi is resplendent in beautiful artwork, as is entirely appropriate for the home of the first great patron of the Italian Renaissance. Experience the beauty of refined frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli and Filippo Lippi.
Join this Off the Beaten Path Florence Tour…
And discover the magnificent luxury hiding behind closed doors in Florence. Get an insight into the glamorous lives of Florence’s aristocracy when the city was the world’s wealthiest. Peel back the curtain on the extravagant lives of Florence’s rulers as your expert guide reveals the real histories of these amazing abodes. Discover amazing art, astonishing architecture and beautiful interiors on this special private tour of Florence.