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Medici & Martelli: Power & Patronage

Florence, Italy

Experience hosted by Bruce

2 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 7 people
Includes tickets

What you'll do

We will start our 2 hour tour in front of the first Martelli residence (now a public school) right beside the Medici palace (of which we will admire the exterior and if possible the courtyard). Then we will turn the corner into the San Lorenzo basilica to visit the Medici and the Martelli chapels. From there we'll proceed to the nearby Casa Martelli for a guided tour of the house and its magnificent paintings and decorations. The Martelli residence is the only example of a Florentine aristocratic town house to be open to the general public.
Other things to note
Please feel free to mention any mobility issues you may have, as we will have to climb a few steps (to reach the second floor).
We will start our 2 hour tour in front of the first Martelli residence (now a public school) right beside the Medici palace (of which we will admire the exterior and if possible the courtyard). Then we will turn the corner into the San Lorenzo basilica to visit the Medici and the Martelli chapels. From there we'll proceed to the nearby Casa Martelli for a guided tour of the house and its magnificent paintings and decorations. The Martelli residen…

What's included

  • Tickets
    to enter the Basilica

Meet your host, Bruce

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 4 Reviews
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I'm a certified guide and a history buff with a particular interest in Florentine history. The idea of this tour is to highlight the Martelli family in the context of the first years of the Medici rule of Florence. I look forward to sharing my insights about these two important families: the Medici, who ruled for three centuries, and the Martelli, one of their closest allies and fellow patrons of the arts. My tour is for maximum 7 people. Owing to limited opening hours of Casa Martelli, the tour is available only twice a week, Thursdays 4:00-6:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00-11:00AM. Do join me!
I'm a certified guide and a history buff with a particular interest in Florentine history. The idea of this tour is to highlight the Martelli family in the context of the first years of the Medici rule of Florence. I look forward to sharing my insights about these two important families: the Medici, who ruled for three centuries, and the Martelli, one of their closest allies and fellow patrons of the arts. My tour is for maximum 7 people. Owing to limited opening hours of Casa Martelli, the tour…
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Where you'll be

To be clear, the experience includes visits to the crypt of San Lorenzo, with the tombs of Cosimo 'the Elder' de Medici and Donatello, then inside the basilica, to see the 'Old Sacristy' and the nearby Martelli chapel. The third and last of our stops is Casa Martelli, five minutes away on foot, where a guided tour of the house awaits us.
Ute Katharina
September 2018
We had a very nice trip with Bruce. He is very kind and a absolutly competently Guide. He has aroused our interest in the history of the Martellis
Megan
June 2018
This is a gret opportunity to see two very unique places. Bruce is a fantastic guide and a well versed historian. Check listings for live music performances at the Martelli house.
Thomas
May 2018
Es war absolut phantastisch! Obwohl es das erste Mal war, dass Bruce diese Experience veranstaltet hat und es hier und da nicht ganz rund lief, hat seine offene und interessierte Art und sein geballtes Wissen alle Makel beseitig! Wir können die Tour jedem empfehlen - ein must experience in Florenz!
Es war absolut phantastisch! Obwohl es das erste Mal war, dass Bruce diese Experience veranstaltet hat und es hier und da nicht ganz rund lief, hat seine offene und interessierte A…
Oliva
April 2018
If you are interested in history and in understanding why some of the greatest masterpieces of Renaissance art were born this is the tour for you, Bruce is fun to listen to and very knowledgeable. Casa Martelli is a hidden treasure, the Quadreria (painting collection) still displayed according to XVIIIth century fashion, really gives you a sense of travelling to the past in a noble florentine house.
If you are interested in history and in understanding why some of the greatest masterpieces of Renaissance art were born this is the tour for you, Bruce is fun to listen to and ve…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.