Gay life in Medieval and Renaissance Florence
Laws, habits, punishments and weddings.
During our walking tour, we have the opportunity to learn how the daily life for gay people was in Florence, during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance era.
Florence has been an LGBTQ-friendly town, since those times, famous in Europe for its liberality towards this community, even if the Government created a special Police to fight the sodomy.
Laws, penalties, punishments, exile, death penalty, but also gay weddings, celebrated in front of an altar. And, not only common people were involved in that activity; many famous artists and aristocrats had "secret" and forbidden relationships.
Sensuality and Innocence in Donatello 's statues at the Bargello Museum
Looking at some Art highlights with a different eye, ready to discover unexpected elements in seemingly innocent figures.
The Bargello Museum houses unique Renaissance masterpieces such as the Bacchus by Michelangelo and the two trial bronze panels made by Brunelleschi and Ghiberti, in 1401. By the way, don't expect the classic tour of the main rooms to see the usual famous statues, as my aim is to give you a different idea of the visual concept expressed by the first Renaissance sculptor, Donatello, through some masterpieces, like his homoerotic David and Athys. As this museum is also the seat of some sculptures made by the young Michelangelo, we have the chance to see how the Florentine master represented both the religious and mythological elements in some works.
**This tour is available from September 1, 2023
The Medici Tour
Florence is the seat of the first LGBTQ protest in the world, in 1512, organized by a group of young men who asked the Government to abolish some laws regarding sodomy.. And when the Medici came back, they stepped forward.Many members of the Medici family were gay or bisexual, and, among their activities, we also find the management of some brothels, in the center of Florence. Our tour starts from their district, in front of San Lorenzo church, aside their palace and Chapels. After, we go on as far as the Cathedral complex and and the Signoria square.
The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important painting museums in Europe, housing tens of masterpieces by artists,such as Botticelli , Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio.
The Best of Michelangelo
Accademia Gallery and Medici chapels: to enjoy the Florentine masterpieces by the "maestro" Michelangelo. During this tour, we talk about the interior dicotomy of the artist, trying to better understand his idea of sculpture and also the true meaning of his statues, such as the "Slaves", the Dawn and the Dusk.
The Best of Florence
Not too much time in Florence?
Don't worry! With my Best of Florence, you have the chance to see the not-to-miss sites, in 4 hours: Accademia Gallery to admire the original David by Michelangelo, followed by an orienting walking tour of the historical center, before reaching the Uffizi Gallery, housing hundreds of masterpieces, realized by the greatest Renaissance painters, such as Giotto, Masaccio, Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo.