Nice to meet you Michelangelo and Historical Garden in Florence

A specail experience to meet a special artist...

Bardini Garden in Florence


MICHELANGELO IN FLORENCE

For this day trip, we recommend going to Florence by train and your private guide will meet you at the Florence railway station. As an alternative, we can provide a private car with driver.

After meeting your guide, you will start the tour with a visit to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, where Michelangelo, the child prodigy, began his career under the patronage of Lorenzo the Magnificent, despite the opposition of his father and the Academy of Fine Arts.  Here you will admire the statue of David - the most famous work of art in Florence - and the so-called unfinished Prisoners by Michelangelo.

Your official guide will explain to you the various techniques the artist used to achieve a polished finish, revealing smooth and shiny surfaces, and the rough, dramatic effects obtained by delving into the material and deepening the shadows.

In the nearby Signoria Square, where the David was originally located before being moved to the Academy Gallery, you will admire important sculptures from the Renaissance and Mannerism periods such as the Neptune Fountain by Ammannati and Perseo by Benvenuto Cellini, amongst others.

You may continue your visit to the Opera del Duomo Museum and Santa Croce Church with the tombs of Michelangelo and other illustrious citizens like Galileo Galileo and Niccolò Machiavelli.


Tasting lunch based on typical food on demand
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HISTORICAL GARDEN: BOBOLI AND BARDINI

Our visit begins with the Boboli Gardens, originally built as a Palazzo Pitti garden in the fifteenth century.  Boboli is a beautiful example of an Italian garden, and is enriched by an extraordinary collection of statues of important artists and sculpted fountains from various historical periods, like the famous Ocean Fountain.

The Boboli Gardens covers a green area of 45.000 m2 and extends from the Ammannati courtyard in Pitti Palace to the hill of Forte Belvedere; here there are enchanting grottos, decorated both internally and externally with stalactites, and originally equipped with water features and luxuriant vegetation.

Leaving Boboli, you will skirt the ramparts of the imposing Belvedere Fort and enter the Bardini Gardens. The Fort originally belonged to the wealthy Mozzi family, since the mid-1200's, and the property eventually came to be owned by Florentine antiquarian, Stefano Bardini, who used it not only as a garden but also as an open air showroom for his extraordinary antique sculptures, fountains and architectural elements.

Today, after a massive restoration project, the gardens offer breathtaking views of the city of Florence from its paths and terraces, surrounded by seasonal plantings originally planned by Bardini himself.

Return to Rome by train at the end of the day.



David di Michelangelo in Florence



Palazzo Medici Riccardi tours



Guded tours in Florence from Rome



Fountain in Boboli Garden