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About the guru Vincenzo
My name is Vincenzo, I live in the wonderful Mugello, at the gates of the magnificent city of Florence, the city where I conducted my studies, and that I fell in love with since I was very young. Because Florence is not a city like the others. I have always been passionate about history, and Florence, like the whole of Tuscany, is a gateway to the past, thanks to its monume... More »
My name is Vincenzo, I live in the wonderful Mugello, at the gates of the magnificent city of Florence, the city where I conducted my studies, and that I fell in love with since I was very young. Because Florence is not a city like the others. I have always been passionate about history, and Florence, like the whole of Tuscany, is a gateway to the past, thanks to its monuments, the works preserved in its museums, its traditions, the food and the people who live there. Florence, and Tuscany, are unique. My other great passion is nature, which I respect and protect, because nature, as well as a city, or a museum, has a lot to tell. In fact, life in the city depends completely on what nature offers, and to appreciate it at its best and protect it, we must know it. These passions prompted me to become an environmental guide first, and then a tourist guide, to be able to transmit them to those visiting Tusany, and also to those who live here, in the most genuine and ecological way possible, walking. Walking is the most natural way to move. Walking allows us to observe details that could escape our eyes if we used a different transportation. Walking allows us to stop when and where we want.
About the tour
Florence is, as many people know, the cradle of the Renaissance, and besides this also a real open-air museum. In this tour we will see the monuments and the most significant places of the city that some of the most important artists in history mage great.
We will begin our visit in the square of Santa Maria Novella, famous for a tradition now forgotten, the race with chariots. We will also admire the beautiful facade of the church, work of the genius of Leon Battista Alberti, famous fifteenth-century theorist and architect.
Our visit continues in the religious centre of the city, cathedral square, the famous cathedral surmounted by the majestic dome, by Filippo Brunelleschi, who still arouses the curiosity of architects and engineers, and the admiration of those who are watching it.
We will then continue towards the square which is still today the political centre of Florence, Piazza della Signoria. But before we get there we will visit the small church of Orsanmichele, building born as a barn, then converted into a place of worship, which today houses some of the most beautiful statues of artists like Donatello and Verrocchio.
In Piazza della Signoria, in the shadow of the imposing Palazzo Vecchio you will be able to admire statues like Michelangelo’s David, the Rapture of sabines of Giambologna and the Marzocco of Donatello, you will also discover some of the most significant events of the city’s folklore.
The last part of our itinerary will be dedicated to Ponte Vecchio, dating back to 1345, and to the river above it, the Arno. The river that was, in the centuries, luck and misfortune for the inhabitants of Florence.
We will conclude our walk, for those who want it, with a delight all Florentine. Ice cream.
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