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Cultural Travels from Home: A Walking Tour of Florence

Thursday 25th March 11.00AM

In our series of online webinars, we visit artists, art historians and guides in cultural cities around the world and enjoy an hour’s guided tour, museum visit or demonstration. The visits are live and interactive, allowing you to ask questions. These webinars will enable you to gain special access to sites, studios and galleries which are either currently closed or difficult to visit whilst at the same time providing a wonderful opportunity to travel virtually from home, no matter your location. Our visits will also support galleries and individuals working in the cultural sector whose activities have been affected by the pandemic.

Today we take you live to Florence as we celebrate the first day of the Florentine year and the start of Dante's anniversary commemorations (2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the Florentine poet’s death) .Despite the magnitude of her historical importance, Florence is a delightfully intimate city. Situated on the river Arno, she is the capital of the region of Tuscany, taking its name from the Etruscans. In the Middle Ages she was largely governed by the flourishing merchant classes who had grown wealthy in trade and banking: the florin, first minted in Florence in 1252, became one of the strongest currencies of Europe. However, in 1434 power came under the control of the Medici family, a period which saw some of the most lavish programmes of patronage in the history of art.

Join us for this specially arranged walking tour through the historic heart of Florence, led by one of the city’s most experienced guides. We start at the Piazza Santa Croce in front of the beautiful Franciscan church and stroll along the Borgo dei Greci where we pass Michelangelo’s house and the site of the Roman Colosseum before arriving in the Piazza della Signoria, the ancient political and commercial heart of the city. Outside the Palazzo della Signoria or Palazzo Vecchio we can admire Giambologna’s huge equestrian statue of Cosimo I, Ammannati’s Neptune Fountain and a copy of Michelangelo’s celebrated David.  Nearby lies the Uffizi Gallery which we pass en route to the elegant Ponte Vecchio, the most famous bridge over the River Arno, where we conclude our tour

Our guided tour lasts one hour including interactive Q and A. Our events use the most up-to-date technology to provide you with the best possible virtual experience. You will feel as though you are exploring the city yourself with the running commentary given by our guide.

This is a live event starting at 11.00am (UK time) and will last one hour.  Tune in from anywhere in the world to join or watch on catch up. For those who are unable to participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session enabling you to watch later that evening or the following day. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live.

Booking closes the day before the event is streamed. Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

We will be running a new course starting on April 16th entitled Virtual Florence: Treasures of Art and Architecture combining lectures by specialist art historian and National Gallery lecturer Siân Walters, with guided walks and exclusive museum visits in Florence led by our expert guide Lucia. Please see the website for more details.

 

Further Information

Participation

1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button on the right hand side now, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £10.00 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.

2. DOWNLOAD

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3. REGISTER

You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will receive the Zoom log in link immediately both on your screen and by email, please keep it safely as you will need it to log in

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under and at least 45 minutes before the lecture begins, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders.

4. JOIN

Join the lecture from ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can still book online, as above. You will be contacted after the lecture has been broadcast with instructions on how to access the recorded lecture, for up to 24 hours afterwards.You do not need to advise us if you can't participate live, don't worry! Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live.

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don't worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recorded lecture link.

Thank you Sian, that was a wonderful virtual tour, so inspiring and so informative ”

Mrs J Marsh

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Highlights

  • Live tour direct from Florence's historic centre
  • Expert local guide
  • Live Q&A / interactive
  • Viewable from anywhere in the world

Practicalities

  • Price: £10.00
  • Venue: See Further Information
  • Lecturer: Lucia
  • Guest Lecturer: Siân

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