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  • Porta Romana

    "...they could make their way

    across it,

    bypassing the

    Porta Romana undetected."

  • Duomo

    "Langdon

    wandered around the interior of the

    Duomo

    admiring the artwork that Ignazio had so deeply loved..."

  • I am the shade

    "I am the shade,

    through the dolent city I flee.

    ... along the banks of the

    river arno

    I scramble breathless..."

One book three cities

inferno

Robert Langdon is back and he has replaced his Harris tweed suit and Mickey Mouse watch with a Brioni suit as he goes about solving this new Italian mystery.
The book "Inferno" sets out to challenge a scenario where all of the characters are not what they purport to be.

Amongst the many coup de theatre in the book the striking characters are the three magnificent cities making up the backdrop to this adventure, namely Florence, Venice and Istanbul. On our site you will find details of all of the locations visited by Sienna and Prof. Langdon in their race against time to...

Book your tour in Florence

ssh24If you loved, as we did, Langdon's adventures through the tiny streets of Florence, you can't miss our tour of the city.

The tour starts at 9.15 from Boboli then, after crossing Ponte Vecchio, offers an accurate visit of Palazzo Vecchio. It continues to the Badia Fiorentina, where the book starts and then stops at the Church of Dante where you can learn more about the Divine Comedy.

Immerse yourself in this unusal tour on the trail of Bob Langdon and pick the chance to view Florence from a different perspective, 

all you have to do is book the tour.

 

 

 

 

Vasari Corridor

The Corridoio Vasariano is an additional and elevated passage that is over a kilometer long, which connects Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, passing through the Uffizi Gallery. The Corridor was built by Vasari in 1565 for Cosimo I de'Medici, on the occasion of the marriage of his son Francesco I with Giovanna d' Austria. The corridor, which began in March 1565 was completed in just 5 months, in time for the wedding that was celebrated on December 16th of the same year.
The design of the Corridor included some small windows and views of the streets below the passage and of the Arno river. In this regard, the butchers' shops, emanating unpleasant odors for the Grand Dukes and their guests, were removed from Ponte Vecchio. In their place goldsmiths' workshops were placed, which still characterize the most famous bridge in Florence.
To realize the corridor, some of the towers that were along the way were literally crossed. All the owners gave their consent to the crossing, except for the Marinelli family, who strongly opposed. Vasari had then to "get around" the obstacle, making a detour around the tower.
This extraordinary elevated way was designed to enable the Grand Dukes to move safely from their private residence of the government building. It also gave prestige to the Medici.
For the first 200 years, the Corridor was exclusively used as a passage between the two residences. Although it was only a kilometer long, it was crossed with a small litter, used for the carriage of 2 people. Perhaps along the passage there were seats to rest. Over the centuries some areas of the Corridor had unfortunately been lost. In particular, during the Second World War, because of the bombing, the passage was extensively damaged, including the destruction of the final part that connects it to the left bank of the Arno river.
As a result of the will of the Palatine Electress Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, who bequeathed his property to the City of Florence, the Uffizi became a public place and also the Corridor lost its function as a private passage, while keeping intact its suggestions.
The Corridor was restored and reopened to the public in 1973; visits are available by appointment only and for a limited number of people. The tour starts from the Uffizi museum and ends in the Boboli Gardens at Grotta Buontalenti.

Church of Dante

The church of Via Santa Margherita, already mentioned in 1302, was the parish of many Florentine families, such as Cerchi, Donati, Adimari and Portinari. It was the church in which the family of Beatrice, the Portinari, had their own graves, and for this reason today you can see the tombstone of Folco Portinari, the father of Dante's muse. Santa Margherita is also considered the "church of Dante", where perhaps he married Gemma Donati. It is also said that at the age of just nine years old Dante saw for the first time his beloved Beatrice.
The church is a small and simple building. The altar preserves a precious painting by Neri di Bicci (second half of 1400). In the church you can see a plaque dedicated to Beatrice Portinari. It seems to be a fake, because, being married to Bardi, the grave should have been placed in the tomb of Bardi, the family of her husband, in Santa Croce. In any case, it is a place of great tourist attraction, where usually lovers leave a letter next to the memorial plaque of Beatrice.

Canottieri Firenze

The Club "Canottieri Firenze" was founded in 1911 and took the heraldic colors of the City of Florence that were also used for the uniform. In 1913 the first victories came, and in May 1933 the Club moved to its current headquarter close to the Uffizi Gallery. Today, the Club is composed of 700 members engaged in various sporting activities, both competitive and for amateurs. Paddlers rowing in the Arno are now an icon intimately tied to the traditions of Florence.

Casa di Dante

The building in the small Piazza Santa Margherita that is today called Dante's house is nothing other than an arbitrary reconstruction, carried out around 1900, of one of the houses belonging to the Alighieri family. It is, however, thought that one of the houses facing onto this piazza was the birthplace of Dante.
The Casa di Dante houses the Museo di Dante, which includes a rich collection of various editions of The Divine Comedy and extensive geographic documentation of Dante's Florence.

Giotto's bell tower

Following his nomination as master of works on the construction of the new cathedral, Giotto began building the bell tower, a spectacular Florentine monument, which he did not, however, live to see completed.
When Giotto died, Andrea Pisano took over from 1337 to 1348, and when he too died, Francesco Talenti completed the work, presenting the city with a Gothic masterpiece just as we see it today.
Giotto's bell tower, 85 metres high and only 14 metres wide at the base, was built in just thirty years and cost the city seventy thousand florins. The Florentines were only too happy to pay to have, like their rivals Siena and Pisa, a monument which announced the city from afar. In that period the dome had not yet been built.
The three masters of works were also able to draw on the work of eminent artists to decorate the bell tower, artists of the calibre of Andrea Pisano, Luca della Robbia, and Donatello, who decorated it with sculptures and marble carvings.
The bell tower is completely clad in marble in three colours: the red marble of S. Giusto, the white of Carrara, and the green of Monte Ferrato.