Florence tours in August 2020

Here are my Florence tours in August 2020.

I am Ilenia, a licensed and official Florence local guide and I have organized some tour in fixed day and time so that you can easily organize your time.

In this article you can find my “Florence tours in August 2020.

The same tours (but even more, for example, the tours inside museums) can be organized for privates ( from 1 person to groups). Have a look at the tours page and contact me for all the details and also at the experiences page for some nice activities as cooking class.

August Florence tours: Old Bridge
August Florence tours: Old Bridge

PIZZA AND ART ALWAYS TOGETHER

I am a pizza lover and decided to offer to may guest a discount in the best Pizzeria of Florence :

Ti Do Una Pizza.

In this pizzeria you can taste the best pizza!

Domenico is a great pizzaiolo and also teaches in other pizzeria how to make pizza.

You can taste one of the pizza gourmet and also a special pizza dough.

It is also available the gluten free dough.

If you join one of my tours you will have a 10% discount on a full meal at Ti Do Una Pizza.

(Discount is valid for a full meal and can nob be cumulated with other propmotions)

FLORENCE TOURS IN AUGUST 2020

All this are walking tours and no entrance er included.

WELCOME TO FLORENCE WITH A WALKING TOUR

With this tour I will show you the highlights of Florence, the most important buildings as Cathedral, Baptistery, Palazzo Vecchio and I will explain to you the history of the town connected with the buildings and the life of many important artists.

THE MEDICI FAMILY

You can not visit Florence without hearing about them: The Medici. They were originally bankers but in the XVI century, they got the title of Duke and managed the power in town for about 350 years! In this tour, we well walk nearby the places that were part of the life of the Medici and I will tell you also how they supported many artists and made the Renaissance starts in Florence.

MEDIEVAL FLORENCE

In this tour, we will walk through the medieval area of Florence, the one that was not renovated when Florence became the capital of Italy. In this area of the town we will recognize typical medieval buildings and I will tell you about the life of Florentine citizens in the Middle Ages.

PRICES AND RULES

All partecipants must follow the post-covid rules:

  • wear a mask
  • mantain at least 1 meter social distance
  • use personal earphones

COST PER PERSON INCLUDING 10% DISCOUNT AT TI DO UNA PIZZA

Adult: euro 12

Under 12 years old: euro 8

RESERVATION

Reservation is required and you can book your tour as follow:

tel/whatsApp +39 3334018995

Mail : info@yourfirenze.com

CALENDAR

Sunday 9 at 06:00 pm : WELCOME WALKING TOUR

Tuesday 12 at 06:00 am: THE MEDICI FAMILY

Wednesday 13 at 09:30 am: WELCOME WALKING TOUR

Fridat 14 at 09:30 am: MEDIEVAL FLORENCE

Saturday 15 at 09:30 am: WELCOME WALKING TOUR

Sunday 16 at 09:30 am: THE MEDICI FAMILY

Monday 17 at 06:00 pm: MEDIEVAL FLORENCE

Tuesday 18 at 06:00 pm: WELCOME WALKING TOUR

Wednesday 19 at 09:30 am: THE MEDICI FAMILY

Thursday 20 at 06:00 pm: MEDIEVAL FLORENCE

Saturday 22 at 09:30 am: WELCOME WAKING TOUR

Sunday 23 at 09:30 am: THE MEDICI FAMILY

Monday 24 at 06:00 pm: MEDIEVAL FLORENCE

Tuesday 25 at 06:00 pm: WELCOME WALKING TOUR

Wednesday 26 at 09:30 am: THE MEDICI FAMILY

Thursday 27 at 06:00 pm: MEDIEVAL FLORENCE

Friday 28 at 09:30 am: WELCOME WALKING TOUR

Monday 31 at 06:00 pm: THE MEDICI FAMILY

And if you want to visit museums or organize other kind of tours, please have a look at my website where you will find some other proposals.

LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOME YOU IN FLORENCE

Cosimo the Elder

Cosimo the Elder

Cosimo the Elder is an importamt member of the Medici family of Florence.

I already wrote an article about Giovanni di Bicci, his father.

Cosimo has a brother, Lorenzo. And for both of them we have the appellation “the elder”. Later in the history of the Medici we will meet other Cosimo and Lorenzo with different appellations.

Cosimo The Elder and the Criptomonarchia

When Giovanni di Bicci died in 1429, Cosimo took the responsability of the family business..

During that time Florence was a Republic. No family had officially the power.

But several families made alliances in order to have more influence in the Republic decisions.

And there were 2 factions: the aristocrats was tha alliance made by familes Albizi and Strozzi; commoners was the alliance of Medici and Pitti.

Niccolo da Uzzano was the governator and found the way to keep the balance between the 2 factions. But has he died the Albizi accused Cosimo of conspiration against the Republic.

Consequently Cosimo was imprisoned in a cell inside the Signoria Palace Tower, called Alberghetto and than exile to Venice.

Meanwhile in Florence the Albizi loosed their power and the Republic called back Cosimo that was welcomed as a big hero.

From this moment Cosimo started to be very powerfull. Albizi and Strozzi were exile by the Republic and The Medici were the most important bankers of the town. And not only ….

But Cosimo was also very prudent and intelligent: he knew that he could not behave like a King!

Florence was a Republic where all the poople should had same power and position.

So he started to manage everything in a very “hidden” way: that’s what we call Criptomonarchia ( CRIPTO comes from greek and means hidden, MONARCHIA means monarchy).

Cosimo the elder: business and policy

The keywords of Cosimo are : corruption, alliances, balance and diplomacy. This are all the features that allowed Cosimo to have the control of Florence.

He diced to build a new palace for his family and he choose a simple one made by Michelozzo. Not too showy, not too big and with the main entrance in a secondary street not in the main street of the towN. This to avoid give his enemies more reason to fight for.

Moreover he put the main entrance of his palace in a secondary street of Florence and not in the most important one.

He was becoming a very powerful person, but also Florence was getting more iportant in the international political life.

In 1439 Cosimo found the way to move the Chucrh Council from Ferrara to Florence.

To do this he corrupt the Pope….anyway this was a very important international happening. Many important people came to Florence: Giuseppe Patriarch of Costantinopoli, Giovanni Paleologo of the Bizantine Empire, people coming from different countries. And of course any person took presents from his Country. New jewelery, fabrics that became part of the habbits of the reach people.

Cosimo was able also to create new alliances with Milano, which did not have the same business interest of Florence as the old alliate Venice had.

The power of the Medici grow up a lot with Cosimo.

But also the power and importance of Florence.

The father of the country

When Cosimo died in 1464 the Republic gave him the title of PATER PATRIA , The Father of the Country and this gives you the idea of how important has been this man for Florence.

He wanted to be burried inside the San Lorenzo Basilica, the favourite of the Family.

And his tumb is there, in the cripta together with the tumb of his friend Donatello.

Inside the Balisilca, on the floor in front of the altar, there is a big tombstone dedicated to Cosimo and made by Verrochhio.

This is the history of one of the most important man of the Medici family of Florence.

Ilenia

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