Renaissance Florence

Renaissance Florence

The most dangerous heresy which started probably as an adventure to discover the ancient culture and resonates through the centuries its name. Rinascimento! Renaissance! It was the age of Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo. It was an explosion of ideas, an intellectual dream during the marvellous age of Laurence the Magnificent.
We will start in piazza SS. Annunziata, one of the most beautiful in Florence, where stands the first building by Brunelleschi, the hospice Spedale degli Innocenti or the Hospital of the Innocents. We will continue on to the church of San. Lorenzo, one of his masterpieces, where he worked together with a young sculptor. His name was Donatello, the poet, the expressive genius of the Renaissance. The story continuous on to the communal granary, or the church Orsanmichele where are displayed the statues of the patrons of the guilds into individual niches. One of this statues is St. George by Donatello. This statue marks a new era in European sculpture. We will meet another Renaissance architect in the Medici palace Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Michelozzo. He will lead us to the Baptistry to show us the funeral monument of Baltassare Cossa, the Pope pirate. His tomb is the fruit of the collaboration between Michelozzo and Donatello, who were in association in their workshop, which we will see of course outside shadowed by the dome of the Cathedral, Brunelleschi’s real masterpiece and symbol of Florence. I will try to recreate for you the Brunellesch’s prospective show. Than we will go to another important Palazzo, that of the Strozzi family to learn the story of the rival family of the Medici’s. The tour will finish with a coffee, or ice cream in its wonderful courtyard. Your coffee, or cappuccino will be as beautiful as a work of art and I will tell you a love story, one of the many love stories of the Florentine Renaissance.

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