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ARTS & CULTURE
Adults and children can visit the exhibition in a fully independent way using the Family Kit, a special bag containing games and additional information on the exhibits, or else they can sign up for tours and workshops tailored to cater for different age groups from three upwards. The starting point in each case is the observation of works of art, an activity shared by adults and children alike, accompanied by stories for younger children and by interactive experiments for older ones.
LEONARDO DA VINCI MUSEUM
The museum houses the reconstructions of various civil, military and flight engineering projects developed by the Renaissance genius, some of which were found in the famous Leonardo Codices. Several machines in the museum itinerary are interactive and this is undoubtedly the most fun aspect for children, even small ones who can directly experience the functioning of the reproductions.
The Gallery entirely occupies the first and second floors of the large building constructed between 1560 and 1580 and designed by Giorgio Vasari. The collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include some absolute masterpieces: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, in addition to many precious works by European painters.
La Galleria dell’Accademia of Firenze exhibits the largest number of Michelangelo's sculptures in the world. The foundation of the Galleria dates back to 1784, when the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo reorganized the Academy of Arts of Design in Florence, founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de ‘Medici, in the modern Academy of Fine Arts. The decisive event for the history of the museum was the transfer of Michelangelo’s David from Piazza della Signoria, in August 1873.
PALAZZO VECCHIO - CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
It is not easy to introduce the little ones to the charm of history, often perceived as a succession of dates and names. In a constant confrontation with today's life, children are welcomed by the mercy of the little princes that accompanies them through the rooms of the Palace to the rediscovery of the daily life of a very particular family, the ducal one. The path ends with the meeting of Duchess Eleonora of Toledo who will converse with the childrens and who, for the little guests, will be confused with a fairytale princess.
FONDAZIONE SCIENZA E TECNICA - THE PLANETARIUM
A ideal place for kids who want to learn and comprehend more about celestial phenomena. You can travel across the space thanks to the 3D Map of the Universe just like you were on a spaceship, reaching nebulae, galaxies and planetary systems.
FONTANA DEL PORCELLINO
Admire and rub its nose for good fortune. Some of us even placed a coin in its mouth and let it slip hoping it would fall in between the grates and fulfill our wishes. But the story of “Porcellino” represents much more than just a lucky charm. Il Porcellino is a Florentine nickname for the beautiful bronze fountain of a boar, sculpted and casted by maestro Pietro Tacca, commissioned by Cosimo II of Medici in 1612. Come and discover IL Porcellino story and some particular legends around him.
GALILEO THE GENIUS MUSEUM
The Galileo Museum preserves an important collection of tools designed and made by Galileo Galilei and the scientific collections of the Medici and Lorraine families. Visiting the museum, you will find yourself in front of over a thousand instruments and scientific equipment which will take you on a journey into the past, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
It consists of 6 separate sections located in different locations but all are still in the historical center. One of the most interesting is the Geology and Paleontology Section, you will see a large number of fossils from Italy (and beyond) tracing the evolution of life on earth from the most ancient remains of 3.5 billion years ago. You and your children will be impressed by the collection of skeletons of fossils found in the Valdarno area on Tuscany, including the elephant "Pietro", as he was nicknamed, standing tall at 4 meters high.
Siena And San Gimignano Tour
Pick up at the Hotel. A licensed tour guide will lead you on a journey through local politics and religion and reveal the most fascinating sculptures in town. Pondering over their specific location and the materials and techniques used over centuries to make them, is essential to understanding what you will admire inside the Accademia Gallery (skip the line ticket). Best known as the home of Michelangelo’s unfinished works of art, the Gallery will make your eyes glow right in front of the original ‘David’.
Pisa And Lucca Tour
You will immerse yourself in the history and traditions of the two cities that are close in proximity, yet very different in personality. A charming Tuscan landscape will be the frame to your day, spent relaxing in company of our knowledgeable guides. You will find Pisa along the road that leads to the coast from Florence. Our guide will show you the most important squares and monuments in Pisa: the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower, the Cemetery and the Cathedral. The tour continues for lunch in Lucca in typical restaurant. Afterwards continues for walking tour of Lucca. It is a distinctive city of art and Renaissance style surrounded by walls interrupted by beautiful gates and ramparts. First, we will walk along a section of the town walls and enjoy beautiful views over the roofs, alley’s, house-towers, churches and marvelous noble palazzos. Then you will be led to the old town center to see Piazza Anfiteatro, Guinigi tower, St.Martin’s Cathedral and the typical street of antique shops. End the day with a pleasant ride back to your local stay.
Walking Tour In Florence
The expert tour guide will explain details of Florentine life from Roman times, the Middle Ages and through the Renaissance. During this experience you will get to understand how, through the smallest details, Florence has managed to become such a wonderful city and why it has given birth to figures of the caliber of Dante and Michelangelo. You will have a chance to visit the most interesting locations, pass in front of off-the-beaten-path little churches, pass the iconic spots of the City, still allowing yourself short detours inside the narrow streets and intriguing alleyways where great craftsmen still work today. Don’t miss the center of town, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, take a lunch break or aperitif in the quaint area of Oltrarno. Because Florence entire center is one of the few spots in the world to have registered as World Heritage by UNESCO, we are sure that this walk will remain an unforgettable memory of yours.