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 Italy The Art Of the Italian Renaissance West Podtours

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Under the beneficent rule of the Medici Family, artists and architects such as Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Giotto, Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo and Vasari beautified the city and created a unique city of art - a true cultural highlight of Europe.

So it's not surprising that tourists head to Florence from all over the world - whether for a quick weekend break, or for a longer stay. Florence can get incredibly busy, but we've found some out of the way sights for you as well as the 'must sees'.

We have three Podtours™ available for you covering the central area of the city. The Florence East tour shows you the highlights - as well as a few oddities - while each of the other tours lies a little way out of the centre and introduces the cityscape as well as the works of art.
n our Florence West podtour™ we visit the west of the city, from Piazza Santa Trinità to gothic church of Santa Maria Novella, and finally to Michelangelo's Medici mausoleum - visiting Renaissance palaces on the way. We spend quite a lot of time looking at frescoes by Ghirlandaio - perhaps not the greatest, but certainly the most approachable of the Renaissance artists - and we also see much of the work of Leon Battista Alberti, one of the earliest architects to use the new Renaissance style and vocabulary.

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