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Your renaissance experience starts here

Along The streets of the Medici, through various itineraries, you can immerse yourself in the Renaissance atmosphere, discovering the magnificence, the curiosities, the mysteries of the Medici dynasty, protagonist of the birth and development of the Renaissance in Italy and in Europe: not a fiction but a real, authentic and unforgettable experience.

Visit of the Medici Villa in Cerreto Guidi

The Medici portraits of the Aulica Series at
the Uffizi, such as those preserved in the
impressive Medici Villa of Cerreto Guidi
UNESCO 2013, represent an exceptional
testimony of the power and wealth of the
characters depicted, as well as the taste and
fashion of the time. With this itinerary it
will be like leafing through a family album:
you will experience the thrill of becoming
part of the dynasty.

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VISIT of vinci and cerreto guidi

What unites Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) and Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, are the enchanting places between Montalbano and Valdinievole popular with Cosimo I and his court during the hunting trips and with Leonardo as a child whose atmospheres are reflected in the pictorial works of the genius. Places where you can immerse yourself with all five senses through this truly emotional itinerary.

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VISIT of the lake of Fucecchio

In an area of extraordinary interest for its nature and landscape, where Cosimo I used to go on hunting trips, you will discover the Medici farms and the majestic Villa di  Bellavista, once compared to the Royal Palace of Caserta, which are evidence of great land reclamation carried out by the successors of Cosimo I. A tour on foot, mountain bike or small boat: an immersion in nature in contact with marshland fauna and flora.

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The Medici magnificence is also expressed through several hunting reserves that were created ‘for the delight’ of the Grand Dukes to complete suburban villas: in the Renaissance hunting was a typical princely expression with court ceremonial. With this itinerary you will follow in the footsteps of the monumental “Barco Mediceo” of the Montalbano ring that links the four
UNESCO Medici Villas 2013.

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Urban Trekking is a new way of tourism, slow and sustainable: a walking route to discover the most hidden corners of the city. Artisan shops, markets, local taverns, monuments…

it develops in the heart of the village of Vinci, crosses its streets and touches 22 stops, including restaurants, bakeries, bars, pizzerias, attractions, art sites, monuments and more…

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VISIT of medici villas near Florence

The Medici Villas are considered the maximum expression of Medici power and magnificence.
They still tell the Medici’s passion for art but also for good food and court intrigues!
With this tour you will discover an unparalleled heritage where architecture, gardens, landscape come together in a model of a noble residence that would be exported throughout Europe.

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Florence, capital of the Medici grand duchy, is known as the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’.
Most of the Medici interventions are concentrated here. The tour is an immersive journey into the public and private life of the Medici dynasty that dominated the Renaissance: on a visit to the city centre, among the palaces that symbolise the power and magnificence of the Medici, with their official halls and secret paths, you can also discover curious signs such as Turtle with a sail, Cosimo I’s most famous feat.

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Livorno was a city of strategic importance, becoming the port of the Medici Grand Duchy, one of the most important emporiums in the Mediterranean. The boat tour of the Medicean moats is the most suggestive way to learn about the history of the city. Even today the most characteristic events, Effetto
Venezia and Gare Remiere, have their cultural roots in the 17th century of the Medici.

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Do not miss the tour to Cosmopolis, today’s Portoferraio, the capital of the Island of Elba in the Tuscan Archipelago. The enchanting summer holiday destination was founded by Cosimo I for defensive, productive, patrimonial purposes: to guarantee the naval defense of the coast from pirate attacks and to exploit the rich iron deposits present on the Island of Elba after having acquired the monopoly of the mineral.

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The two fortified port cities of Livorno and Portoferraio are part of an imposing defensive system built by Cosimo I de ‘Medici for the defense of the Grand Duchy: the entire territory is considered a ‘war machine’. With this itinerary you can discover one of the most striking and evocative aspects of the Medici intervention in Tuscany, which is still little known today.

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Tuscany is a region rich in mines and quarries. The Medici exploited its excellent economic potential. Famous are the salt pans and alum mines of Volterra area, as well as the marble quarries such as the “Medici breccia di Seravezza”. The itinerary offers exciting tour routes that wind through mining tunnels and paths of historical, geological, naturalistic interest, between ancient villages and innovative iron museums.

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The magnificence of the Medici is also expressed through the use of water, in the double value of utilitas and venustas, guaranteeing the water supply through fountains and spectacular arched aqueducts such as those in Arezzo, Pisa and Pitigliano which is starting point for an interesting and little known Medicean itinerary through the lands of the Tufo and the Etruscans.

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da Vì Travels – Stefania Tielli
Via Fucini,1 50059 Vinci – Firenze (Italia)
Tel: +39 0571 56034
Cell: +39 366 3416693

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Technical Direction: Stefania Tielli

Food & Wine Manager: Roberto Neri

Itineraries Manager: Dott.ssa Patrizia Vezzosi

Project Manager: Dott. Gaspare Ienna

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