Duration About 2 hrs Days of the week Everyday People with disabilities Yes
Walking through the streets of downtown is impossible not to be charmed by the magnificent monuments of the city. Who knows, maybe you might be perturbed by so much beauty. Stendhal definitely knew something! Many things have looked at these monuments in all these centuries of history and who knows how many artists in their works have hidden meanings and symbols to be discovered?
This tour is for the most curious, to discover the secrets, crimes and all that Florence still preserves secretly. You will discover a different Florence, with its stories and unsolved mysteries from the past that still surprise us and that may still not know how to give answers.
Piazza del Duomo:
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance sacred places often became privileged places for conspiracy and murders. Duomo, April 6, 1478, it was here that was organized one of the most heinous conspiracies of history. The revenge was not far behind: the Pazzi conspiracy against the Medici Family. But who were the Pazzi? And what Leonardo da Vinci did for this event? Let’s find out this episode and the other mysteries that took place in the square and in its monuments.
The district where you can still breathe the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, the area of the tower houses that once belonged to the rival families, the church where Dante celebrated his wedding, the Florentine jails with tortures and executions, and much more history to be discovered among the narrow and dark medieval alleys.
Piazza San Firenze:
in the square there is the oldest public building of the city, the Bargello, now a museum which houses masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, that was in the past court and prison, with cells for prisoners who were executed in the courtyard of the palace. The holding period for the prisoners inside the Bargello Palace was short, because as soon as the sentence was handed, the offender was transferred to another prison or directly to the gallows.
One of the most charming places of the city that was from the past site of the Florentine public events, as well as public executions. There are many mysteries and curiosities that lie in the stones of Palazzo della Signoria, which looks like a real castle with its high tower where Cosimo de ‘Medici and later Savonarola were jailed. But the first one survived, the latter, considered a heretic, was burned in the middle of the square.
One of the most famous bridges in the world and the oldest bridge in the city, where the murder that took place in the thirteenth century caused the fracture of Florence into two important factions. It survived several floods and destructions in 1944 during the Second World War. It is crossed by Vasari long corridor that allowed the Medici to cross the city in safety and to be able to observe and listen to the Florentines down on the streets without being seen.
The visit will end in the square in front the imposing building, considered something new in architetture for residencial buildings. The banker Luca Pitti wanted to compete with the Medici family for wealth and size of the family palace. But after the financial downfall of the Pitti, just their worst rivals, the Medici, could buy the unfinished building where, once the works were completed, they will move and where the last of the Medici died.
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