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 Italy The Art Of the Italian Renaissance West Podtours


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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