THE MEDIEVAL QUARTER AND THE RENAISSANCE PALAZZOS

9 February 2016
The tour...
Finding out more…
Useful notes...

The tour...

  • We leave from Piazza della Signoria and go to Palazzo Davanzati, a typical Florentine house built in the 14th century and altered in the following century.
  • It is a short distance from Piazza della Santa Trinità, the setting for famous palazzos such as Palazzo Buondelmonte, now the Studio Vieusseux. We’ll also see Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni and Palazzo Spini Ferroni, now the Ferragamo Museum.
  • We next walk along Vigna Nuova and Via del Purgatorio to the Loggia Ruccellai and see Palazzo Ruccellai (the Ruccellai family contributed to building the façade of Santa Maria Novella).
  • Next we turn into Via Tornabuoni and come to Palazzo Strozzi and Palazzo Antinori. We’ll stop at the façade of San Salvatore al Vescovo, a typical example of Romanesque architecture.
  • We then come to Palazzo Medici Riccardi, first place of residence of Cosimo the Old. Once we’ve crossed Piazza del Duomo and had a good look at the Baptistery obviously, we’ll than look at the semicircular Torre della Pagliazza, and, in Via del Proconsolo, we find ourselves in front of Palazzo de’ Pazzi (of the madmen) also called Palazzo della Congiura (of the conspiracy).
  • A quick glance at Palazzo Gondi and, after a sort stop in front of the façade of Santo Stefano al Ponte, we cross the Ponte Vecchio and come to Piazza de’ Pitti and its famous palazzo.
  • A pleasant walk through the artisan quarter will bring us to Piazza Santo Spirito to see Palazzo Guadagni, where we’ll enjoy a well-earned ice cream.

Finding out more…

You must not miss Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Benozzo Gozzoli’s splendid frescos in the Cappella dei Magi (the chapel is closed on Wednesdays).
We can combine this half day with a visit to the main churches in Florence, such as Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella and San Lorenzo (there are charges for access to these).

Useful notes...

  • There is now a bike-hire service as well as pedal rickshaws. Ideal for getting quickly from one piazza to another.
  • Florence can be easily reached by train. If you would like comfortable tour with a private driver, call me, without commitment, for a quotation.

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