Meet the Medici: The Family Who Ran the Renaissance

Meet the Medici: The Family Who Ran the Renaissance


You know about the Renaissance’s greatest artists; it’s time to learn about the extraordinary family who bankrolled them.


What you’ll do

Without the Medici family there would have been no Italian Renaissance. Without their love of art, culture, and insanely grandiose public works, Michelangelo would never have sculpted David, Brunelleschi would never have built his Dome, and Leonardo da Vinci would not have painted the Mona Lisa. But how much do you really know about one of the most influential families of bankers that ever lived? This tour takes you to attractions that tell the story of the Medici through art and architecture, from Michelangelo’s sculptures in the Medici Chapel to the hallowed halls of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio. 

  • Includes: Pre-reserved tickets to all sites on the tour
  • Sites Visited: Basilica of San Lorenzo (Medici Chapel), Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Palazzo Vecchio (first courtyard)

Where to find us

We will meet in the Piazza San Lorenzo, beneath the statue of Giovanni delle Bande Nere (the muscular guy sitting on a chair). The statue sits at the corner of the piazza where the road Borgo San Lorenzo intersects with Piazza San Lorenzo. This small plaza is just a minute's walk north of the Florence Duomo. Your guide will be standing beneath the statue holding a yellow "Meeting Point" sign. 

How you’ll do it

  • Meeting Time: 8:45am
  • Start Time: 9:00am
  • Duration: 2.5hrs
  • Group Size: 25 or fewer


This tour runs rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if inclement weather is predicted.

Wheelchair and stroller access is often limited at the sites we visit. Please contact us for more details.

Only bookings made online will be accepted - reservations will not be possible on the day and guests arriving without a booking will be turned away.

Get in touch

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