Artists and Movements

Florence has fostered some of the greatest artistic talents that the world has ever known including Giotto, Masaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo Buonarroti. I have put together a number of tours, which highlight specific artists and artistic movements. If you are interested in learning more about an artist that I haven’t included below, please let me know and I will create a new tour just for you.

  • The Divine Michelangelo: Half to Full Day
      Spend a half or full day learning about one of the most important and influential artists of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo Buonarroti. Visit sites such as the Accademia, the Medici Chapels, Casa Buonarroti, and Santa Croce.
  • Gothic Art and Architecture in Florence: Half to Full Day
      Although Florence is known as a Renaissance city, its true height of wealth and power was actually over the course of the 13th and 14th centuries. During this time most of the important religious and civic structures were erected including the cathedral and the government palace. Spend a half or full day visiting some of the greatest gothic monuments and works of art in Florence including the churches of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella as well as the Uffizi Gallery.
  • Early Renaissance Masters: Brunelleschi, Masaccio, and Donatello: Half Day
      Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio, and Donatello were no doubt the most important artists of the early Florentine Renaissance. Their works really shaped the visual fabric of the city in the 15th century and influenced artists for more than a century to follow. This tour highlights some of the most important works of these three men including visits to the Duomo, the Bargello, and Santa Maria Novella.
  • Renaissance Sculpture: Half Day
      The Renaissance traditionally started not with painting, but with sculpture — the famed “Competition Panels” created by Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi in 1401. This tour offers visitors a chance to see the evolution of Renaissance sculpture over the course of the 15th and 16th centuries. Visit the Bargello, Piazza della Signoria, the Church of Orsanmichele, and Piazza del Duomo.
  • Sandro Botticelli: Half Day
      Sandro Botticelli produced some of the most iconic paintings of the Renaissance including “The Birth of Venus” and “La Primavera.” Spend a morning or afternoon learning about this incredible artist whilst admiring some of his most beloved works. Visit sites such as the Uffizi Gallery and the church of Ognissanti.
  • Florentine Mannerism: Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, and PontormoHalf Day
      After the High Renaissance came one of the most bizarre and wonderful artistic movements to ever hit Florence: Mannerism. This three-hour walking tour offers visitors a chance to see how this movement developed from the Chiostro dei Voti at the Church of Santissima Annunziata to the Chiostro dello Scalzo to the Capponi Chapel at the Church of Santa Felicita.