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Thread Your Way
Through Florentine
History


One of the most unique things to do in Florence, this magical mystery tour takes you on a spellbinding exploration of Florence secret places, combining art collections, museum collections, contemporary art pieces and timeless historical details, all bound together by a single silken thread of storytelling through symbols. Discover the secret hidden in plain sight and unlock the mystery behind some of the most beautiful buildings in Italy.

Impressions of magic

Focus on the little known symbols, the back stories, the ever present thread of history that weaves its magic in and out around this golden Tuscan city.  Listen to the long lost stories behind Florence secret places. Tuscany Again puts you in the inimitable hands of Saverio Pacchioni, expert historian and passionate Florence native.  Saverio follows the magic thread, slowly unravelling historic secrets of this remarkable Italian seat of power, intrigue and creativity. Patron saints, famous structures, symbolic legends are decoded for you as you delve into the intimate world of medieval and renaissance Florence.  When the key to the symbolism is unveiled, you will suddenly see Florence secret places with an insight available only to those who experience this incredible initiation at the hands of a master storyteller...

Focus on the little known symbols, the back stories, the ever present thread of history that weaves its magic in and out around this golden Tuscan city.  Listen to the long lost stories behind Florence secret places. Tuscany Again puts you in the inimitable hands of Saverio Pacchioni, expert historian and passionate Florence native.  Saverio follows the magic thread, slowly unravelling historic secrets of this remarkable Italian seat of power, intrigue and creativity. Patron saints, famous structures, symbolic legends are decoded for you as you delve into the intimate world of medieval and renaissance Florence.  When the key to the symbolism is unveiled, you will suddenly see Florence secret places with an insight available only to those who experience this incredible initiation at the hands of a master storyteller.

Saverio Pacchioni is convinced that culture is the essential element of Italian identity in the world and a powerful means to build relationships among people.  He works closely with the Florence Discovery Experience project and has taken the lead helping international journalists to better understand the art and culture of the city.  This profoundly knowledgeable historian uses his gift for crafting a tale to reveal his beloved Florence to his guests in a never before imagined style. He applies his genius to the city and stages an unforgettable experience for you that leaves an indelible impression of the magic that is Florence forever in your heart.  

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Behind the scenes of Florentine history

The fabulous jewel of Florentine architecture, the church of San Miniato, standing on the “mount of crosses” high above the city with unparalleled views over Florence, is the jumping off point for one of the most unique things to do in Florence. It is here that Saverio Pacchioni reveals the first symbol, the first twist of the silken thread of history about to unwind in front of your eyes as you follow the unique plot of this fascinating story...

The fabulous jewel of Florentine architecture, the church of San Miniato, standing on the “mount of crosses” high above the city with unparalleled views over Florence, is the jumping off point for one of the most unique things to do in Florence. It is here that Saverio Pacchioni reveals the first symbol, the first twist of the silken thread of history about to unwind in front of your eyes as you follow the unique plot of this fascinating story.

Your adventure will take you behind the scenes of one of the most crucial times in Florentine history.  Saverio Pacchioni leads you across the city center and pieces together the mosaic of driving forces behind the development of economic, artistic and political factions in the 15th century.  Visiting the stunning museum collections and breathtaking buildings that together form the unique backdrop for the period’s architecture and symbols of power, your expert historian gives you the necessary insight to become a privileged member of the few who fully understand Florence secret places.

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Space, time and legend

Tuscany Again refuses to spoil your fun by revealing the secret behind this rare opportunity to become a true Florentine citizen at heart.  Suffice it to say that you will follow a little known trail encompassing religion and economy, faith and profit, to discover and understand the city in the most authentic way imaginable.  As you progress through the fine art collection of Museo del Bargello and the Orsanmichele church, the dramatic story based on the symbols embedded in the ancient art collection begins to build in intensity...

Tuscany Again refuses to spoil your fun by revealing the secret behind this rare opportunity to become a true Florentine citizen at heart.  Suffice it to say that you will follow a little known trail encompassing religion and economy, faith and profit, to discover and understand the city in the most authentic way imaginable.  As you progress through the fine art collection of Museo del Bargello and the Orsanmichele church, the dramatic story based on the symbols embedded in the ancient art collection begins to build in intensity.

Fierce rivalry and competition between historic creative factions have left their mark in the statues and streets that you will witness throughout your fascinating journey across this captivating city.  Cast your eyes upon the 600 year old bronze doors of the Baptistry and lose yourself in the story of the 18 year old artist who won the competition to create them. Wonder at the space encompassing the Paradisium, between the Baptistry and the Duomo, and delight as you begin to comprehend the depth and breadth of meaning behind the choices and placement of the statuary.  Saverio Pacchioni wraps your experience in the final thread of his tale at the Ospedale degli Innocenti, where the legacy of the forces behind Florentine power and artistic development commissioned a young Brunelleschi to create a holy space where mothers could leave their children with dignity, to be cared for in times of need. Here you come to the end of the story, as you stand in the presence of the first Renaissance building in Florence, moving away from the gothic period and into the light of the new era.  This journey through space, time and legend is truly one of the most unique things to do in Florence, a magical voyage through history and symbology.

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