Dante Alighieri and the Medieval tower houses
Florence is widely known as the cradle of the Renaissance. However, it is in the Middle Ages that the base for the flowering of the Renaissance art in the 15th century was laid.
The Medieval tour of Florence will let you discover its deepest soul, with its towers, the city's guilds in the church of Orsanmichele, the medieval Palazzo Davanzati (Museum of the Florentine Medieval House), and Dante Alighieri's neighbourhood, where the so-called Divine Poet lived before being exiled from the city.
-Palazzo Davanzati: it houses the Museum of the Old Florentine House, but in the past it was the residence of the rich Davanzati family. We will discover the medieval way of life, when the houses were tower-shaped and therefore not very comfortable, when strolling along the streets was unsafe, when the windows were not covered with glass and only the rich families could afford a well. A visit to Davanzati Palace is a proper jump back in time!
-Orsanmichele Church: it was originally the granary of Florence and was later converted into a church under the patronage of the Florentine Guilds, who were also in charge of the maintenance costs and donated the statues of their patron saint.
-Dante Alighieri's Neighbourhood: it is the area where this great poet lived. During the fights between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, Florence was not a safe place and this is why many fortress-like houses were built. Indeed, the tower-houses served as a defence.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or apartment, if it's situated in the historic centre.
End location: City centre
Duration: 3 hours
On foot, walking tour
3 hours guided tour with a a professional guide.
This is a morning tour, since Davanzati Palace is closed in the afternoon. However, all my tours are private, so feel free to contact me to modify it and to adjust it to your necessities.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4 euro - Entrance ticket to Palazzo Davanzati
The cost of the ticket for Palazzo Davanzati: 6 €
I am self-employed tourist guide, not a tour operator. I am not a driver and in Italy you need a special licence to transport people in your own vehicle.
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When we met Francesca we were tired, hot, and cranky. Our kids (ages15 and 12) did not want to be there. We changed our original tour and asked for something completely different. We were pretty difficult and unpleasant, but she kept a smile on her face and managed to engage four very grumpy people. By the end of the tour we were all smiling again. Francesca brought Florence to life for us in a fun and engaging way. We learned a lot about the city and barely noticed the time go by. We fully recommend her.