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Visit to Florence

Florence is known as the "cradle of the Renaissance" for its monuments, churches, and buildings which house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Museum, the Accademia and the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce.

The visit of Florence starts with the symbol of the Medici power in the 16th century: the Uffizi Gallery.  Commissioned by Cosimo I, Granduke of Tuscany, and planned by Giorgio Vasari in 1560, the gallery was intended to display the family’s art collection. During the visit it will be possible to admire artworks by medieval artists such as Giotto and Simone Martini next to works by artists such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

With the great discover of prospective and classical Renaissance, paintings drive us from what, according to Vasari, is called Youth of art to Maturity and finally to Decadence. Decadence is represented by great paintings such as Tiziano’s The Venus of Urbin and Caravaggio’s Baccus. The visit will conclude  in the two main piazzas: Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo.