The Architecture and Piazzas of Florence (3 hrs)

The Architecture and Piazzas of Florence private walking tour leads us through the famous historic piazzas and neighbourhoods, ‘borgos’, of the Medieval and Renaissance city; Santo Spirito, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza del Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica.

Early communities, ‘borgos’ of Florence, flourished outside the city walls, clustered around churches. The surrounding streets and urban spaces became vibrant dynamic sites of market places, festivals, and artisan shops. The spirit of these early medieval squares and renaissance piazzas still continues today, each with its own distinctive characteristics and sense of community.

Brunelleschi’s Dome and Architecture of the Early Renaissance (3 hrs)

Brunelleschi’s Dome which crowns Florence’s Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, has graced the city of Florence and the Tuscan countryside for 600 years.

The private walking tour of Brunelleschi traces his life and work in Florence from his early years as an apprentice in the goldsmith guild to his first built project, the ‘Ospedale Degli Innocenti’ representing the beginning of Renaissance architecture, to his ‘Old Sacristy’ in the Basilica San Lorenzo designed for the Medici family, culminating with his celebrated masterpiece the Dome of the Cathedral.

We continue our discussion on Brunelleschi and the building of the Dome in Florence’s new and acclaimed Museo Dell’Opera Del Duomo, which provides us with an exceptional opportunity to discuss the construction of the Dome through wood models and to see first hand the building and construction tools used.

Michelangelo’s Architectural Works in Florence (3 1/2 hrs)

Our private walking tour of Michelangelo’s Architecture in Florence begins at the Casa Buonarroti with his formative years, discussing his early influences.

The genius of Michelangelo’s architectural works lies in the fact that he was first and foremost a sculptor, and brings to architecture the sensitivity of the interplay of light and shadow. We discuss his model for the competition for the new Renaissance façade of the Basilica of San Lorenzo and his design for the ‘New Sacristy’ known as the Medici Chapel where he unites sculpture and architecture within one harmonious space. The walking tour culminates with a visit to one of his most notable and elegant architectural accomplishments, the Laurenziana Library.

Oltrarno and Its Artisans: ‘Left Bank’ of Florence (2 hrs)

The Architecture and Piazzas of Florence private walking tour leads us through the famous historic piazzas and neighbourhoods, ‘borgos’, of the Medieval and Renaissance city; Santo Spirito, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza del Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica.

Early communities, ‘borgos’ of Florence, flourished outside the city walls, clustered around churches. The surrounding streets and urban spaces became vibrant dynamic sites of market places, festivals, and artisan shops. The spirit of these early medieval squares and renaissance piazzas still continues today, each with its own distinctive characteristics and sense of community.