Tour of the Galileo Museum in Florence

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What You'll Do
  • Gain an in depth and well-rounded view of the groundbreaking intellectual developments in Florence
  • Enjoy a private group tour or a non-private tour of no more than 6 people in total
  • Learn about the key scientific and artistic figures of the Renaissance
Join us on a small-group walking seminar through the Galileo Museum and to some of Florence's most influential artistic and scientific sites. Explore the scientific progress and the rise of humanism during the Renaissance era in this historic city.
What to Expect
This thematic, three-hour walk traces the explosion of scientific progress and the rise of humanism during the rule of the Medici family in Renaissance-era Florence.

The Medicis Cosimo I and Ferdinand I were enthusiastic patrons of the sciences, especially astronomy. Under their rule, Florence became a shining star for experimentation, which the Roman church was frantically trying to suppress with the Inquisition.

At the same time, humanism, stemming from the study of ancient Greek and Latin texts, was a new way of thinking about man's place in the world and became a recurring theme in Renaissance literature, art and social history.

This walk, led by a social or art historian, will uncover some of the sites around town that stand as testament to this era of intellectual progress.

We begin our walk at the Museo Galileo, where the most important Medicean collections of scientific instruments are preserved. The greatest among these collections include some of the original instruments that Galileo Galilei, one of the most outstanding figures of the Scientific Revolution, used for his groundbreaking experiments.

Our encounter with Galileo will shed some light on the Medicean systems of patronage, and on the way in which scientists shaped their own image inside a court.

After visiting the museum, we will head to the center of town in order to trace the role of humanism in Renaissance Florence.

Be it through a delve into the poetry of Dante or Petrarch, a discussion of the drastic changes in the art of the period or of the growing interest in the study of the traditional liberal arts, you will find yourself engage in Florence's fascinating history in a whole new way.
What's Included
  • Expert guide
What's Not Included
  • Entrance tickets
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point

We will meet in front of the entrance of the Galileo Museum, located in Piazza dei Giudici 1. This piazza is just a few minutes east of the Uffizi, along the Arno river. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
The non-private tour is conducted in small groups of 6 participants or less to give you the best experience you can get!

The private walking seminar visits the Galileo Museum, tracing the explosion of scientific progress and the rise of humanism during Renaissance-era Florence. This tour is conducted in your own private group with no others joining you.

The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.

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Product ID: 14695