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A History of Heights


Go on a unique journey with the most unusual walking tour in Florence. Discover secret Florence as it is revealed to you from the perspective of height. Climb to the rafters of famous Florence sights and adventure across the rooftops of rarely seen Florence hidden gems. Unlock the mysteries of art and architecture through history as you gaze out over fascinating surroundings from the most remarkable angles. Your private art historian takes you on a dizzying experience across this charismatic city, leaving you with an entirely new perspective never before imagined.

Deep love for Florence

Florence sights are world famous, often photographed and well loved by travellers and art buffs across the globe.  This unusual walking tour in Florence offers up these familiar places in a multidisciplinary parade of what can only be compared to performance art.  Modern day Renaissance genius Saverio Pacchioni shines the light of his skill as a curator of the city on your exceptional journey through this timeless location.  Venture through ancient walls, up twisting, turning stone staircases worn smooth by thousands of footsteps throughout the centuries. Secret Florence becomes your playground as you view  the city from heights that are rarely ever explored. Using his insider knowledge and specialist access to spaces almost never glimpsed from above, this fascinating historian brings Florence hidden gems to life before your eyes...

Florence sights are world famous, often photographed and well loved by travellers and art buffs across the globe.  This unusual walking tour in Florence offers up these familiar places in a multidisciplinary parade of what can only be compared to performance art.  Modern day Renaissance genius Saverio Pacchioni shines the light of his skill as a curator of the city on your exceptional journey through this timeless location.  Venture through ancient walls, up twisting, turning stone staircases worn smooth by thousands of footsteps throughout the centuries. Secret Florence becomes your playground as you view  the city from heights that are rarely ever explored. Using his insider knowledge and specialist access to spaces almost never glimpsed from above, this fascinating historian brings Florence hidden gems to life before your eyes. 

Saverio Pacchioni is convinced that culture is the essential element of Italian identity and a powerful means to build relationships among people.  He pours his extensive history training, international experience, and deep love for Florence itself into creating engaging experiences in which aesthetic enjoyment merges with the profound human pleasure of understanding and awareness.  You will discover his lifetime of tireless work to promote cultural heritage and encourage both visitors and locals to actively engage in their surroundings. Saverio’s passionate and authentic perspective bring Florence to life for you in a rare and magical way.

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Change the way you view the world.

Experience Florence sights in the most unusual way, by turning them on their head. The historic cobbled streets, stunning piazzas, churches, museums bridges and forts of Florence will be the background for your experience of this wonderful city. Get an authentic bird’s eye view under the arching curves of majestic domes, over the balustrades, above the pillars and inside the balconies of secret Florence. Walk in the gravity defying footsteps of the ancients and the master craftsmen who built some of the world’s best loved buildings here in Florence. Drink in the stunning vistas along the River Arno from rooftop perches only true Florentines know....

Experience Florence sights in the most unusual way, by turning them on their head. The historic cobbled streets, stunning piazzas, churches, museums bridges and forts of Florence will be the background for your experience of this wonderful city. Get an authentic bird’s eye view under the arching curves of majestic domes, over the balustrades, above the pillars and inside the balconies of secret Florence. Walk in the gravity defying footsteps of the ancients and the master craftsmen who built some of the world’s best loved buildings here in Florence. Drink in the stunning vistas along the River Arno from rooftop perches only true Florentines know.

Climb the gentle rolling hills of Fiesole and join the statues atop the walled gardens of famous villas to see the city unfurl like a tapestry laid across the land at your feet. Experience the effects of  light and shadow playing below you instead of from above and see works of art transformed by your new perspective. This unusual walking tour in Florence will change the way you view the world.  

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The perspective of height

Viewing Florence in a whole new way, this unique walk gives you an incredible opportunity to perceive height as a philosophical, aesthetical and functional concept that shaped the development of the city’s art and architecture and ultimately enhanced the atmosphere of this world famous center of culture.  Lose your everyday grounded and linear perspective as the city is dramatically presented before you like a banquet viewed from the chandelier. You will intimately explore the beautiful domes and mosaics as you have never seen them before. Statues and masterpieces seen from new angles will change your perspective, both literally and figuratively.  Windows placed high in the walls of antiquity hundreds of years ago open just for you to give you the most unusual views over the city and its treasures...

Viewing Florence in a whole new way, this unique walk gives you an incredible opportunity to perceive height as a philosophical, aesthetical and functional concept that shaped the development of the city’s art and architecture and ultimately enhanced the atmosphere of this world famous center of culture.  Lose your everyday grounded and linear perspective as the city is dramatically presented before you like a banquet viewed from the chandelier. You will intimately explore the beautiful domes and mosaics as you have never seen them before. Statues and masterpieces seen from new angles will change your perspective, both literally and figuratively.  Windows placed high in the walls of antiquity hundreds of years ago open just for you to give you the most unusual views over the city and its treasures. 

Through the perspective of height, you suddenly see the most famous monuments of Florence in a completely new light.  Orsanmichele becomes a wonderful collaboration between civil construction and religious architecture. The Palazzo Vecchio and the secretive Vasari corridor reshape themselves through the lens of height.  Golden Tuscan sunlight bathes the medieval tower houses in a metallic sheen, turning them into something akin to modern skyscrapers viewed from a new and different position. Saverio Pacchioni unspools the yarns of history as you wend your way through the austere military architecture of Fort Belvedere and the mysterious tower of San Niccolò. Climb to the heights of the Baptistery and visit the long unused matronei, where the aristocratic women of  Renaissance Florence were kept apart from the men standing on the colorful inlaid marble floor below. Perhaps you walk the paths of the ancient students up through the green and flowery hills of Fiesole to the Villa la Pietra and over Florence’s rooftops to the workshop of Lorenzo Villoresi. You may return to the quiet halls of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte and the Sacristy of San Lorenzo, the air spiced with incense, to view the painted starry skies from an arm’s length away.  You might choose to include a unique look at the real sky, the highest of heights, from La Specola, the little observatory built by Grand Duke Pietro Leopold in the late 18th century and later moved to rest on the hilltop at Arcetri, near the Villa Il Gioiello, home to Italy’s famous astronomer Galileo Galilei until his death in 1642.  Whatever path you choose to follow you can be sure that Saverio Pacchioni crafts a magical experience that allows you to see Florence hidden gems as if through the eyes of an Italian butterfly in a unique and unforgettable journey through this rich, elegant, historic city unlike any other.

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