Medici Tour

Medici Tour

The history of this family is a story about power and glory, plots and murders, money, art, astrology and magnificence.
In 1397 a man with a red cloak registered his private bank. He was Giovanni de Bici de Medici. He was not of noble birth but his family becomes the most important family, to rule Florence for about 3 centuries. You may have heard about Cosimo the Elder, Lorenzo the Magnificent and the duke Cosimo I. As the richest family at the time, the Medici would invest in The Arts and all things cultural establishing their name as the foremost ruling family in Florence at this time. Florence becomes a jewel of architecture, art, philosophy and culture and we will become witnesses to this Medici influence as we tour The Medici home, palazzo Medici Ricardi, the monastery of St. Mark (San Marco), their parish church San Lorenzo, rebuilt by Brunelleschi, the Michelangelo’s pearl, Cappelle Medicee (Medici tombs) and the Corridor of Vasari, connecting Uffizi with Palazzo Pitti. The Corridor of Vasari was the private street of the duke Cosimo I. We will also see the portrait of Laurence the Magnificent in the frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the church S.Trinita (the Holly Trinity).

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