No single family shaped the course of Florentine history more than the Medici. This wealthy banking family essentially ruled the city from the 15th through the 18th centuries, first as unofficial “princes” of the Florentine Republic and then as legitimate dukes of the city. Their patronage gave rise to some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance including Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Michelangelo as well as some of the most celebrated monuments and works of art in all of Italy.
My tours offer visitors a chance to get to know some of the key players of the Medici family and the ways in which they used their wealth and influence to shape Renaissance Florence.
- The Medici Tour: Half Day
- Spend a morning or afternoon learning about the Medici family. Visit the key sites of their patronage such as their family palace (Palazzo Medici-Riccardi) and neighborhood church (San Lorenzo).
- The Medici Tour: Full Day
- Immerse yourself in the history of the Medici family from their not-so-humble beginnings as Florentine bankers to the height of their power as dukes of Tuscany. This tour includes visits to Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, San Lorenzo, Palazzo Vecchio, and Palazzo Pitti.
- Medici Murders: Half Day
- No rise to power would be complete without a few homicides along the way. From the Pazzi Conspiracy to the assassination of Duke Alessandro de’ Medici, this tour offers visitors the darker side of the Medici family history.
- Medici Women: Half Day
- Although biographers tend to focus on the Medici men, there were many women who contributed to the rich history of the Medici family. This tour focuses on both the illustrious and the infamous female members of the family including Lucrezia Tornabuoni, Eleonora di Toledo, Marguerite Louise d’Orleans, and Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici.