In the Steps of Michelangelo
Follow the Path of a True Renaissance Man
DURATION: UP TO 4-HOURS
Come along on an extraordinary tour that details the life and times of Michelangelo. Your expert local guide will start your tour at Casa Buonarroti, purchased in 1508 by Michelangelo. The property, never occupied by Michelangelo, was converted into a museum dedicated to the artist by his great nephew. Its collections include two of Michelangelo's earliest sculptures, the Madonna of the Steps and Battle of the Centaurs. It also houses an extensive library including the family's archive and some of Michelangelo's letters and drawings.
Continue your walking tour with a visit to the Church of Santa Croce where you will view the tombs of such notables as Galileo Galilei, Ugo Foscolo, Vittorio Alfieri, Macchiavelli, and Lorenzo Ghiberti. Here you will also find the tomb of Michelangelo crafted by Giorgio Vasari at the behest of the Medici family. Amongst its other treasures are works by Cimabue, Giotto, Donatello, Brunelleschi, and Vasari.
After leaving the church, you will head to Palazzo del Bargello (the old Florence jail) which is now the National Museum of Sculpture. Here you will follow the footsteps of Michelangelo from the garden of the Palazzo Medici, a school for painters and sculptures, where he was a pupil of Bertoldo di Giovanni.
For the last part of your journey, visit the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia) which houses seven maserpieces of Michelangelo. Stop to appreciate the extraordinary beauty and majesty of the David, the four unfinished "Prigioni", the second of his famous "Pieta" and other unfinished works scuplted with his famous technique, the non-finito.
This 4-hour tour includes stops at:
- Casa Buonarroti
- Basilica of Santa Croce
- Palazzo del Bargello
- Palazzo Medici
- Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Our guide will pick you up from your Florence City-Centre Hotel, or other central location in Florence (Santa Maria Novella Rail Station, etc). Your tour will conclude at a point within the city-centre, where your guide may assist with instructions to return to your hotel or recommend further sightseeing opportunities or dining options.
Includes: Private English-speaking guide for 4-hours, pre-reserved entrance ticket to the Casa Buonarroti, Church of Santa Croce, Museo del Bargello & Academy of Fine Arts.
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Taxis/Local Transportation (if needed).
This tour is not available on Mondays. On Tuesdays the tour will not include Casa Buonarroti. On Sunday mornings the tour will not include Santa Croce Church.
- Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.