- Tour/Package Length: 3 hours
- Dates: Every season
- Departure Point: From your accommodation
- Departure Time: On request
- Days of Week: Everyday.
- David by Michelangelo
- Michelangelo tomb
- Michelangelo house
- Michelangelo square
- Ponte Vecchio
- Repubblica square
- Santa Croce
- Piazza Repubblica
- Piazza Signoria
- Medici palace
- Shopping area.
We start our experience about Michelangelo by visiting the Bargello, used from the 15th century as a prison and today the National Museum of Sculpture. The museum houses the most significant collection of Renaissance and Mannerist sculptures: we look at masterpieces like the Bronze David by Donatello, commissioned by the Medici and recently restored. We also see other works of art by the same artist and you will fully enjoy the brightly coloured works of glazed terracotta by Luca and Andrea della Robbia.
Our visit will focus on important sculptures by Michelangelo such as Bacchus, David-Apollon and the very famous Tondo Pitti, a fine example of "non-finito". Our guided tour will take you through medieval streets, to the nearby church of Santa Croce, Franciscan church, burial place of Michelangelo and many other distinguished Italians of the past.
The tomb of the artist, planned by the Medici family's architect, Giorgio Vasari, reminds us of how in his life, the three major arts, sculpture, architecture and painting, always intertwined. The Michelangelo tour culminates at the Gallery of the Academy, the richest museum concerning our artist: we will see his "unfinished" works, the Prisoners, made for the tomb of Pope Julius II and your guide will discuss with you Michelangelo's later career in Rome. You will be moved by the feeling that the Palestrina Piet arouses on you.
Finally, the worldly known David, icon of the Florentine Renaissance. You will be able to explore the statue in its full beauty as your guide will narrate the history, the events that brought to the birth of this absolute artwork. In the atmospheric setting of the Bargello museum, a medieval palace used as a prison during the 16th century, we will visit the city’s most significant collection of Renaissance and ‘mannerist art’. One of the earliest works by Michelangelo on display here is the intriguing Bacchus, the clearest expression of the artist’s youthful sensuality.
We look at other significant works by Michelangelo too, including his Brutus, David-Apollo and the Tondo Pitti. The museum also hosts Donatello’s masterpiece, the bronze David, as well as the David by Verrocchio, another outstanding Renaissance work commissioned by the Medici and recently restored. Another highlight of the Bargello is the glazed terracotta work by Andrea and Luca Della Robbia. On leaving the Bargello we stroll down the road to look round the imposing church of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo and other distinguished Italians are buried. The tour culminates with a trip to the Galleria dell’Accademia where we marvel at the mastery of Michelangelo’s David, his unfinished Prisoners and the Palestrina Pietà.
Note: This tour is offered by a Licensed Tour Guide, specialized in Foreign Languages and in Art History.
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