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The missing city: Florence in the late nineteenth century

  • Florence
  • Available in: Spanish, Italian

About the guru Firenze Free Tour

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!

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!

About the tour

Anyone who comes to Florence thinks of walking in a city immersed in the splendor of the Middle Ages, with its ancient vestiges of towers or in that of the Renaissance city dotted with majestic buildings of the time: but it is not. With the Italian Unity, the city completely changed its face and underwent a total metamorphosis: the Center of Florence today is only the pale memory of its glorious past. At the end of the nineteenth century the "heart" of Florence centered on the Old Market, full of history and magic was subject to many urban misdeeds prompted by new needs and was sacrificed to the savage building speculation of the time: with it also the old disappeared forever Jewish ghetto. With the help of your imagination and with the support of many photographs and paintings we will retrace some of these stages together. 1- We will start from piazza SMN for a small introduction and then continue to the 2 Mercato di S.Lorenzo majestic work of the era 3-We will make a short stop in front of the facade of the Cathedral to understand the tastes dictated by the new ruling class. 4-We will proceed towards the "new" via Calzaiuoli to finally reach Piazza della Repubblica, the beating heart of the city before the major disembowelments with its post-unification cafes. 5-We will continue towards Piazza della Signoria where the original layout of the square fortunately remained almost intact. 6- Finally, with an exceptional guest invented by the creative imagination of Collodi, Pinocchio, we will talk about the facade and the interior of the Basilica. Before saying goodbye we will pay homage to the statue of the Divine Poet overlooking the square to remind us that the Poet would never have approved of this metamorphosis. The story will be fueled by anecdotes, curiosities and small stories that will remain carved in your memory for a long time. We are waiting for you for this new and exciting adventure.

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Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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