EXPERIENCE FLORENCE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Do you want to see a “different” Florence, without missing a must-see like the Basilica of Santa Croce? Then this is the tour for you! Florence off the Beaten Track Tour lets you discover a very Florentine neighborhood, far from the big mass tourism, where you can experience the true face of Florence. With this tour we visit Santa Croce, one of the most famous churches in the world for the amazing number of illustrious burials, amongst them Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Santa Croce district is also famous for its artisans: a mosaic laboratory will open its doors to let us marvel at its unbelievable creations. Close by there’s a hidden gem: a boutique perfumery, where you can learn about fragrances thanks to the expert nose of a master perfumer, with whom you’ll find out how to make an ambient scent (optional). A museum which is very often left behind is Casa Buonarroti, that I particularly love. Forget about the crowds and lose yourself in this peaceful place, getting to know Michelangelo’s earliest pieces cheek to cheek. Florence off the Beaten Track Tour ends with a stop at Sant’Ambrogio market, the most local market of Florence, which is a great spot for lunch!
THE TRUE FACE OF FLORENCE SANTA CROCE AND CASA BUONARROTI
Private tour of Santa Croce Basilica: it’s much more than a simple church, it’s the real essence of Florence. One of the largest Franciscan basilicas in the world, Santa Croce is the monumental cemetery of Florence, housing the tombs of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, Machiavelli, Gioacchino Rossini and many others.
Private tour of Casa Buonarroti Museum: it’s one of the lesser known museums of the city. Michelangelo Buonarroti the younger, great-nephew of Michelangelo and highly-educated man, restored the family’s palace in 1612, creating a gallery to praise the memory and work of his illustrious ancestor. A rare collection of Michelangelo’s drawings, a studio conceived as a temple made of paintings which depict the Maestro’s life, and, especially, two of the few original works of his youth (The Battle of the Centaurs and The Madonna of the Steps), make this museum really worth-seeing.
A REAL FLORENTINE MARKET: SANT’AMBROGIO
Sant’Ambrogio district: it’s a nice district surrounding the old church with the same name (St. Ambrose), the Jewish Synagogue, the elegant Piazza D’Azeglio, and its beginning in the 19th century as the new residential area for the ministries of Florence as capital city in 1865, and the market. We will visit St. Ambrose church, where some Renaissance artists are buried (like Verrocchio, Leonardo’s teacher) and after the “cultural” part, we will experience how to bargain at the flea market in Piazza dei Ciompi and how to ask a “panino al lampredotto” (this is the real street food of Florence!) at the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio…
How long? 3 hours. Perfume workshop is optional and upon request.
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