Your professional photographic guide will point out details invisible to the untrained eye and reveal the best vantage-points on your chosen route. Learn to tell a story through images, take great shots of iconic monuments and capture atmospheric images off the beaten track. Be ready for the unexpected.
Discover Florence with a native Florentine who will teach you how to create beautiful photos in the city where the Renaissance was born. Sites you will visit include the Pitti Palace, Boboli's Garden, Signoria Square, Ponte Vecchio, Repubblica Square, Orsanmichele, and S. Trinita Bridge.
Pitti Palace is one of the largest in Florence and was built for the Pitti family by Luca Fancelli on a project by Brunelleschi around 1460; acquired by Medici in 1549 was expanded and then connected to Palazzo Vecchio by a corridor passing over Ponte Vecchio and today houses several museums. On the back of Pitti Palace is Boboli's Garden based on a design by Niccolo Tribolo which began to take shape in 1549 when the Medici family acquired the palace but the work continued until 1650. It is a typical Italian garden, less formal than French but still spectacular placed on a hill with a view of the town.
Signoria Square has been the central point of the political life through the centuries with Palazzo Vecchio, the fortress-like city hall, the huge Fountain of Neptune by Ammannati and all the statues like Michelangelo's David and the ones in the Loggia dei Lanzi makes it like a sort of an outdoor gallery.
Ponte Vecchio was built in the XIV century to replace an earlier bridge destroyed by flood. It housed butchers, grocers and other merchants before Ferdinando I decided to throw them out to install goldsmiths and jewelers who are still there.
Repubblica Square marks the site of the ancient forum, the core of the original Roman settlement, now home of Florence most fashionable and expensive cafés like Paszkowsky and still the center of the life in the town.
Orsanmichele has a long story: originally a grain market became a church at the end of the XIV century. After the arcades were closed, two additional stories were added. The statues on the exterior represent the work of many Renaissance artists.
S. Trinita Bridge was built in its elegant curves by Ammannati in XVI century, probably using Michelangelo's drawings, but was rebuilt in 1952, using the original stones after being destroyed during the Second World War.
- Expert Photographer Guide
- Entry Fees
- Meals and drinks unless specified
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
- Personal expenses
- Please bring cash with you, ticket to the garden is payable on the spot.