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Florence and the Middle Ages

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THE MEDIEVAL TOUR OF FLORENCE: NOT JUST RENAISSANCE

The Medieval tour of Florence will let you discover the deepest soul of this city, with its towers, the city’s guilds in the church of Orsanmichele, the medieval Palazzo Davanzati, and Dante Alighieri’s neighborhood. This is a tour for those who want to get to know Florence a bit better, instead of only scratching the surface. It’s highly recommended for children and families. Florence is widely known as the cradle of the Renaissance. However, it is in the Middle Ages that the base for the flowering of the Renaissance art in the 15th century was laid. How was the life of a medieval merchant? Did people live with all the comforts of our modern houses? How long people could expect to live in world dominated by pestilence, war and food shortages?

DAVANZATI PALACE & ORSANMICHELE CHURCH

Firstly, we’ll tour together Palazzo Davanzati. It houses the Museum of the Old Florentine House. In the in the past it was the residence of the rich Davanzati family. Thanks to the Medieval Tour of Florence, we will discover the medieval way of life, when the houses were tower-shaped and therefore not very comfortable. At the time strolling along the streets was unsafe. The windows were not covered with glass and only the rich families could afford a well. A visit to Davanzati Palace is a proper jump back in time! Secondly, we head to Orsanmichele Church. It was originally the granary of Florence. It was later converted into a church under the patronage of the Florentine Guilds. They were also in charge of the maintenance costs and donated the statues of their patron saint. These statues are now located in the external niches. The Guilds commissioned the statues to famous artists, such as Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Filippo Brunelleschi and Giambologna. Walking along the narrow streets around Piazza della Repubblica, we can find the seat of some guilds by looking at the names of the streets!

DANTE ALIGHIERI & HIS DISTRICT

This is the area where this great poet lived. In the small Santa Margherita dei Cerchi church he married Gemma Donati, and this is also where his beloved Beatrice Portinari was buried. During the fights between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, Florence was not a safe place and this is why many fortress-like houses were built. Indeed, the tower-houses served as a defence. When a family fell into disgrace, there were some people, known as the Buonomini (the Good Men), ready to help. We will see how all this happened in the Oratorio dei Buonomini (the Oratory of the Good Men).

Why you choose this Tour!

  • Because to intimately understand Florence, it is essential to know its medieval history.
  • Because every time someone refers to the Middle Ages as the "Dark Ages", I get goosebumps.
  • Because I went on TV talking about the Oratorio dei Buonomini!
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Medieval Tour of Florence,Davanzati Palace

A museum where we can discover how was the life of families 7 centuries ago. Warning: don't expect to find all the original forniture. It's all gone! We need to use our imagination!
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Medieval Tour of Florence,Orsanmichele Church

The church of the Florentine Guilds (the upper floor -the museum- is open only on Monday).
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Medieval Tour of Florence,Oratorio dei Buonomini

The very hidden gem of Florence (and one of our favorite places in town), located in the so-called Dante's neighborhood.

Additional Info

  • Duration : 3 hours
  • Kids : Absolutely yes!
  • Price : €195
  • Location : Davanzati Palace, Orsanmichele Church, Dante's neighborhood, Oratorio dei Buonomini.

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