Free Tour of Florence and the Medici: lights and shadows of a family

Duration: 2h
Languages: German, English, Italian
Quality Verified Registered on August 17, 2019

The Free Tour was born in 2011, as the first free tour group in Florence; since then we offer varied tours and attractiveness of great quality. Authorized guides, national officers specialized in Florence and Tuscany. We are locals, graduates, food experts organized many years ago, as tour guides in Florence!

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

  • The Medici family

The Rise and Fall of a Dynasty: Lights and Shadows of a Family .

Have you ever wondered why our region still retains such a strong charm and identity that it can be seen visibly in the uses, customs, public and private architecture and even in the kitchen. For centuries and decades, Tuscany has been a "pilgrimage" destination for many travelers and attracts the curiosity and attention of many people, whether they are intellectuals or not, it doesn't matter. Today globe trotters of all kinds invade our region to discover its most arcane secrets. We owe all of this to a family that has illuminated the area over the centuries with its constant presence: the Medici.

In 400 years of almost unchallenged dominion, it has left us a cultural legacy that the whole world envies us: THE Renaissance.
In our journey through time we will meet world-famous writers, humanists, artists, shrewd bankers, enterprising merchants, but also squanderers of public money, bloodthirsty despots willing to do anything to maintain power. We will come across corrupted Queens, Grand Dukes and Popes and together we will understand more the intrigues of the court. There will be stories of unscrupulous adventurers such as Giovanni dalle Bande Nere. In short, you understood it: behind each member of this glorious family emerges one and only ambitious project: to pursue and realize an impossible dream: the grandeur and magnificence that still today never ceases to amaze us. Enjoy your visit.
1 Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo
2 Cathedral Square
3 Palazzo della Lana
4 Piazza Signoria
5 Old Bridge
6 Pitti Palace (exterior)

Important instructions for walkers :
- Minimum number of participants n. 6
- walkers who wish to cancel the booked tour are requested to do so at the latest 24 hours before the start of the tour.

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  • Meeting point:
    Piazza di Maria Novella, 21, 50123 Fi...
    Piazza di Maria Novella, 21, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
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    WE HAVE A flag with the lily IN OUR HAND AND a sign with the writing Medici Tour. in front of the entrance to the BASILICA In Piazza Santa Maria Novella, in front of the façade of the church of Santa Maria Novella

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Renato 02 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Tour molto interessante, consigliato!!!
Julia 14 Sep 2022

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
Sehr kompetent und sehr informativ, Sergio verfügt über sehr umfangreiches geschichtliches Wissen und langjährige Erfahrung. Er hat die Tour durchgeführt, obwohl kurz zuvor Teilnehmer absprangen und wir eigentlich zu wenige waren. Vielen Dank!
Alfred 04 Jun 2022

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2022
Sehr gute Möglichkeit einer geführten Städtetour
Melinda 27 May 2022

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Travelled in couple - May 2022
Es wäre schön, wenn er besser deutsch sprechen würde. Der Herr hatte mit Sicherheit viel Wissen, konnte sich aber teilweise nur schwer verständlich ausdrücken und hatte auch etwas Probleme deutsche Fragen korrekt kurz zu beantworten. Allerdings ist es beachtlich, dass er mit über 80 Jahren noch solche Touren macht. Für eine free Tour ist es deshalb ok.
Heidrun 27 May 2022

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Travelled in couple - May 2022
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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