Invitation to Cosimo's Court

Discover some of the profound differences between today's society and 16th century civilization in Florence.
Invitation to Cosimo's Court
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Converse with Cosimo de’ Medici himself!

Technical organization MUS.E Musei / Eventi Firenze
Provided by MUS.E Musei / Eventi Firenze

Overview

Visit the Quartieri Monumentali (Monumental Apartments), which highlight the character of the palace created by Cosimo and, above all, the link between art and power. The Palazzo Vecchio reflects Cosimo’s ardent support for the arts and humanities, a passion which was continued by his descendants. The Medici’s patronage of the arts and humanities ultimately turned Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance as well as the cultural and business center of Europe, a flowering only paralleled by that of ancient Greece. Suitable for everyone from 8 years and over.

After your visit of the Palazzo Vecchio, you will be “granted audience” with either Duke Cosimo or Duchess Eleonora at the Museum Theater “Renaissance Civilization in Florence.” Discover some of the profound differences between today's society and 16th century civilization in Florence during the free flowing dialogue between the characters and the visitors. Gain a new point of view for placing the architecture and the works of art at the museum into their original cultural context.

  • Suitable for everyone from 8 years and over
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Maximum number of participants: 25

IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.

Availability:
October 1 to June 15, on Sundays at 4:30pm.

Tablet Video Guide for the Palazzo Vecchio
Add the reservation of a Video Guide for the Palazzo Vecchio to the service! The Video Guide is a modern tablet, 7 inches long with headset, which can be picked up at the Info Point of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio.



The tablet is provided for up to two hours, so the time of booking of the tablet will be calculated based on the time of booking of the selected combination. The tablet contains an explanation of the Monumental Quarters without Bianca Cappello Room

Tablet Video Guide Characteristics:

  • Interactive Map of the Palace
  • 60 minutes of video contents available in 6 languages (English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Russian).
  • 3D reconstructions – including the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred), the Green Room and The Room of Maps
  • Photo Gallery: 60 zoomable pictures in high resolution

Cancellation Policy:

For cancellations once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

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Details

In 1537, at the age of eighteen, Cosimo de' Medici, son of the famous condottiere (mercenary captain) Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, became Duke of Florence. By handing over the government of the city to such a young duke, the most powerful Florentine families – including the Guicciardini – thought they would be able to control him. However, Cosimo I quickly proved to be an able, determined, and unscrupulous politician in governing the State, managing to end the ongoing civil war caused by rivalry among the various factions.

In 1539 he married Eleonora, second-born of Don Pedro di Toledo, Viceroy of Naples. In 1540, they moved into Palazzo Vecchio that became the new Ducal Palace. The union between the couple was very solid: Cosimo I was a faithful husband and the Duchess followed him on his many journeys, whenever possible. Nevertheless, the life of the ducal family was devastated by death, and only three of their eleven children reached adulthood. Eleonora died in 1562 and Cosimo followed her in 1574, after having been crowned Grand-Duke of Tuscany.

Your visit to the Quartieri Monumentali (Monumental Apartments) highlights the character of the palace created by Cosimo and, above all, the link between art and power. Cosimo was an ardent supporter of the arts and humanities, a passion which was continued by his descendants. The Medici’s patronage of the arts and humanities ultimately turned Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance as well as the cultural and business center of Europe, a flowering only paralleled by that of ancient Greece.  

Your visit ends in the Museum Theater “Renaissance Civilization in Florence.” Here, you will be “granted audience” with either Duke Cosimo or Duchess Eleonora, impersonated by actors with a solid historical background. During the free dialogue between the characters and the visitors you will discover some of the profound differences between today's society and 16th century civilization in Florence. This experience will allow you to place the architecture and the works of art at the museum into their original cultural context.

Prices

Full Price Ticket

Reduced Price Ticket: Persons between 18 and 25 years.

Free Ticket: Children under 18 years of age and Firenze card holders

The cultural activity fee and service cost are due for all the ticket categories.

Complimentary

Dr.Vranjes

The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.

 

The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.

 

Every client presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be given
- a complimentary scented bookmark, regardless of purchase
- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
- a free fragrance spray 25 ml for a purchase minimum of € 100.00

Dr. Vranjes
Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
Via San Gallo 63r - Firenze
Borgo la Croce 44r - Firenze
Via Fiori Chiari 24 - Milano

Dante Cardini

Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.

Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.

Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.

 

Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence

Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri

Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.

Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.

The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.

A dream that continues into reality.

Hard Rock Café

FREE COLLECTIBLE GIFT!
Present your voucher and receive a complimentary Hard Rock Cafe gift.

Valid with Euro 25 purchase in the Cafe or Rock Shop. Valid till 30th of Dec. 2015. Not valid with other offers.

One per person per visit. Valid only at Florence location

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